A Trunk or Treat is the perfect alternative to traditional door to door trick or treating. Hosting your own trunk or treat is easy, and perfect for schools, churches, or clubs to offer to children during the Halloween season. There are several ways you can assure your trunk or treat is an effective one, and you can find those tips below. Take a look at how to host a trunk or treat that children and adults are sure to enjoy.
1. Set the date. It seems as though most trunk or treats are held on a day other than Halloween night. That way, children who still do traditional trick or treating can still attend. Choose the date for your trunk or treat and advertise it via social media, email, or community newsletters.
2. Find some “trunks.” To have a trunk or treat you will need participants who can pass out candy from their trunks. Ask members of the organization the event is being held at to donate their time and some candy. For example, if held at a church, ask members of the congregation to come and be part of the event as candy passers. If members can’t donate their trunk and pass out, they may wish to donate a bag of candy.
3. Decorate your trunks. One of the fun parts about a trunk or treat is decorating the trunks. Once propped open you can decorate them with spider web, inflatable décor, flashing lights, and other spooky sights and sounds. Some cars can play spooky music if they wish as well. Get into the spirit and make the cars decoration themselves.
4. Take safety precautions. On the night of the event, get all participating trunks into the lot and close the lot off. This way you don’t need to worry about any other cars driving through which may be a hazard. Have each car take a parking space and be sure to have them park so their trunk is facing outward.
5. Let the fun begin. Once children start arriving, have them start at one end of the lot and work their way through collecting candy. When done, you can have simple games for children to play, music to dance to, cookies to decorate, or other simple activities.
Offer beverages too so your little ones (and their parents!) who are going from trunk to trunk have something cool to drink!
A trunk or treat is nice because it is safe, it offers a shorter experience for those who may have young children, and it is a great way for a club or venue to bring the public in for some fun. Give these tips for hosting trunk or treat a try and see how fun and festive it can be.
Have you ever hosted or attended a trunk or treat? I’d love to know your tips!