Getting ready for Halloween fun? If you’re considering doing a Trunk or Treat instead of going door to door this year, you’re going to want to have an arsenal of the best themes for trunk-or-treat around.  Whether you’ve got time to crafty, or if you’re scrambling to decorate your car at the last minute, we’ve got something frightfully fantastic everyone. From a Cookie Monster trunk-or-treat theme to easy trunk-or-treat kits you can buy, scroll down to see 17 of our favorite trunk-or-treat decoration ideas.

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Dead of the Dead

How colorful is this Day of the Dead trunk-or-treat theme? With a few paper garlands, blankets, pumpkins and a sugar skull or two, you can easily pull this off. Get all the details over at Deonna Wade

Keep It Easy

While we love all the unique ideas we've found so far, sometimes buy the ready-made kit makes more sense (and keeps us sane). Target has already released their Trunk or Treat decor, and while you might not win any awards, the kids will have just as much fun. 

Party City Kits

If you want to go big, but want to find all the supplies in one spot, check out Party City's Themed Trunk or Treat Kits. You'll find Trolls, Spiderman, classic Halloween and Frozen 2 kits, and they all include balloons, serving bowls, streamers and more! Get the details here.  

Practically Perfect in Every Way

We love this detailed Mary Poppins trunk or treat idea, spotted over at An Alli Event. The faux fireplace adds the perfect chimney sweep touch, and with costumes like these and a few props, you too will be ready for any event. A spoonful of sugar optional!


Your letter to Hogwarts has finally arrived! Put together a Dumbledore-approved trunk or treat display with stuffed owls, lists of spells, and a roll of star-covered black fabric as a backdrop. If you're extra crafty and want to make an over-the-top display, check out these instructions to make a castle of your own out of plywood and paint.

It's a Jungle Out There

Roar into the trunk or treat with a jungle theme. Round up a few stuffed animals and fake plants. Then, add a finishing touch with a DIY wooden sign and an adorable tiger cub. Bonus: theme-worthy cozy animal costumes are perfect for fall weather. Check out Dandelions and Daffodils for more wild inspiration.

Gumball Machine

This DIY gumball machine trunk or treat idea is one we can chew on. We love that it coordinates with an easy apron costume and that it doesn't take much more than fabric, paper, and puff balls. Take a closer look here.


Rubber Ducky, You're the One

A rubber ducky-themed trunk or treat is a sure bet for squeaky clean fun. With cardboard cut-outs of a bathtub and a duck, bubbles made out of clear balloons, and a shower curtain bathtub, your car will make a splash. Tie up your bathrobe and check out this inspiring, easy DIY trunk or treat.

Who You Gonna Call?

Poster board is put to use along with a diaper wipe box, PVC pipe and Hazmat stickers to make this ghostbusting containment machine. Add a proton pack made from Tupperware odds and ends and plenty of cans of black spray paint, and the ghosts and ghouls will have met their match. Who you gonna call? Just head to Instructables for the detailed how-to.

Just Keep Swimming

The genius of this Finding Nemo-inspired trunk is turning the pumpkins into clownfish. With a blue background in the truck and a hand-painted Dory, the stage is set. The tissue paper decorations add a pop of coral color.

A Whole New World

Another underwater theme is The Little Mermaid. Swim noodles are great for creating coral, either standing upright or cut and curled. Disney fan Natalie Cittadino added styrofoam coolers, tissue paper, and coffee filters to make the coral reef. The fringed seaweed was made from a plastic tablecloth and would work for any aquatic scene. Fairy lights and a chest of treasure complete the look.


Big Mouth

Family cars seem to swallow junk, so why not turn that trunk into a super-sized mouth? Some fabric for a tongue and a cut-out of pearly whites made this mouth an obvious choice for Manhattan Dental Care. Make those teeth a little scarier, and you've got the start of a monster's mouth. Just pile up the candy and see who is brave enough to put their hand in.


Let It Go

Acrylic paint on old cardboard boxes creates Elsa's stunning Frozen Castle. A genius touch is using melted water bottles for the icicles and fairy lights to add sparkle. The pumpkin buckets and snowflakes came from the dollar store, and the styrofoam coolers double as blocks of ice.



Here's an easy trunk or treat idea that will pop! Fill the car with yellow helium balloons accessorized as minions, and you'll be all set with a despicable display. You could also use blue balloons for an aquatic bubbly underwater scene or multicolored ones as gumballs.


Bat Cave

A cave is the perfect Halloween backdrop whether you're a monster, ghoul or bat. The stalagmites and stalactites for this bat cavern are made from styrofoam attached to the open trunk with paper bats hung on a string or attached with toothpicks into the foam. Head to Tikkido for the details.


Cookie Monster

A great Cookie Monster Trunk or Treat just requires the right color blue. This version from Love of Felt uses a wooden frame, a black fabric mouth, brown felt cookies and poster board eyes. You can also have the open trunk as the mouth, blue fabric stretched in place, styrofoam balls for eyes and cookies made out of cardboard.


The Great Pumpkin

Peanuts for peanuts! This trunk uses dollar store props and well-crafted cutouts to create a low-budget Halloween scene—Linus sitting in wait for the Great Pumpkin. This clever Charlie Brown comic strip scene used plastic pumpkins, burlap to line the trunk, some fall fabric placemats and faux leaves plus a poster board Linus and welcome sign. Head to Lynlee's for all the details.


—Oz Spies with Emily Meyers


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