We have had the opportunity to participate in trunk or treats at Halloween time since our first year of marriage. We are not always able to host our own trunk because of my husband’s work schedule but when can we have a favorite way to make the trunk extra “Spook-tacular” in a fun way for the kids who stop by!
What You Need:
- Black or dark blue blanket or sheet
- Duct or masking tape
- Favorite candy to hand out
- Candy dish/bowl
- Black or dark clothing that covers all skin
- Black skeleton gloves or other spooky hands (we only had one so we used a black glove for the other hand that was hidden)
- Spiderwebs and other fun accents – it was too windy to put ours up
- 2 people to work the car -preferably you and one other adult or helpful teenager
- Weights or large books to hold the blanket in place
This works best with a car that the back seats can lay down. We’ve always used a sedan like car but I am sure you can adjust it to work with a van, too.
Step 1: Gather all your supplies and don’t forget to pick up a bag of your favorite candy. Having “the good candy” to hand out is always important to my husband and kids and Hershey’s candy is one of our favorites to grab. We found these large variety bags of Hershey Halloween Candy at our local Walmart.
Step 2: Clear out the trunk and black out the trunk light as best as possible using the tape or other means. You want it to be as dark as possible in the trunk so visitors don’t pay attention to anything other than the candy in the dish. 😉
Step 3: Gather all your supplies and prep the trunk. Open the trunk, lay down the back seats to open the back of the trunk between the inside of the car and the trunk. Lay out the blanket over the opening and use the weights or some heavy books to hold the blanket in place inside the car by the back window.
Step 4: Dress your helper in all black and fill the candy dish.
Step 5: Have the helper lay in the car face down with the blanket over most of their body. This picture is not as dark as it would actually be at a trunk or treat, but it is hard to see the head/body, especially if they are not looking for it. The goal is for their hand to rest in the bowl.
Step 6: When our guests arrive, I will give my assistant a heads up on whether it is a little kid, big kid or adult. (little kids with adults count as little kids…just in case you were wondering 😉 ) If it is a little kid, my assistant will only move their hand when they feel someone reach in the bowl. If it is a big kid, he may lift his head and give a nice “Boo” in a normal voice. With adults alone my assistant might jump up little more when they look up and yell boo. Adults usually will come over alone after their spouse or friend has visited and told them to stop by.
We have so much fun doing this and are excited at the chance to be able to do it again this year!
See It In Action:
What is your favorite trunk or treat idea?
I would love to hear it in the comments below