Trunk or Treat Ideas!

{ September 23rd, 2014 }

Trunk or Treat!!

Looking for something new to celebrate the Fall and Halloween season? Try Trunk or Treat!  This can be a great alternative to a traditional Halloween party or trick or treating.  This type of event is often sponsored by churches. The concept is simple.  For those who are not familiar, here is how Truck or Treat works.  Each family decorates their car trunk, usually with a theme.  On the designated day and time, cars assemble in the parking lot with their trunks open and the children go from car to car, admiring the fabulous decorations and basking in the generosity of the hand-outs!  Parents are at ease for a safe, fun Halloween activity for their children.  Treat hand outs can be candy or small prizes or a combination of both. For optimum safety, when inviting small children, daytime hours are best.

The fun part of Trunk or Treat is deciding on a decorating theme.  Often a Halloween theme is preferred.  But it’s best to stay away from scary decorations if you are gearing your event toward small children. There are many other themes that can be used.

If your church offers Vacation Bible School, this is a perfect opportunity to promote your VBS for next summer. Decorate your trunk with the theme of your VBS. Think of it as a sneak preview and to generate interest and excitement.

The themes can be individual or all centered on a topic, like bible stories.  Each family can take a different bible story and decorate accordingly…think of all the fun you will have being creative.  How would you display the story of Creation, Noah’s ark or Daniel and the Lion’s Den? Check out Guildcraft’s Trunk or Treat sections to see great crafts and possible decorations, like backdrops, for these bible themes!  Be sure to also check out Guildcraft’s Trunk or Treat board on Pinterest for decorating ideas and more!

Other theme ideas center around sports, books, movies, decades, seasons, board games or pick your own theme!  Another idea is to have a carnival theme and have a game in the back of your car. This way kids have to “earn” their treat!  Keep it simple with choices like “pin the nose on the pumpkin,” ring-toss, bean bag toss, go fish or guess the number of marbles in the jar.

Additional activities to hold in the area can be face-painting, simple crafts and pumpkin decorating.  The Guildcraft digital Fall catalog has many engaging simple crafts you may want to consider, such as Frightful Frames, Shine Bracelets, Cross of Thanks or the Thankful Hands Necklace. Shop the 2014 Digital Fall Catalog today! Your youth group is a great resource for these types of activities. Your congregation may want to offer food and drink as part of your Trunk or Treat. Cider and donuts are an easy choice, but a cookout can include more members of your organization and help feed your attendees! Live music is also an option.  Here is a perfect opportunity to showcase your Praise Choir or Youth Band!

You can invite people to attend from the community. Trunk or Treat is usually free but a canned good for a food pantry is an idea that most people would be happy to contribute. Another thought is to hold this event as an outreach activity and invite children from a less fortunate area or from an inner-city church or refugee families.

Encourage everyone to wear a costume.  It’s fun if those displaying their trunks dress according to their theme! If you are interested, you can even have prizes for the best/most original costume and trunk.

After all this planning and work don’t neglect to promote your event!  This should be at least 3-4 weeks in advance with heavy advertising the week of your event. Use a combination of posters, flyers, local newspapers, signage at church and outside the church, church bulletin and newsletters, public service announcements and word-of-mouth!

One more thought! Encourage participation; enjoy the fellowship and takes lots of pictures!

Share your thoughts and ideas for Trunk or Treat here!

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