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What is a Trunk or Treat?
Trunk-or-treating is a version of trick-or-treating, but instead of children going door to door to collect candy, they go from trunk to trunk. Trunk-or-treating typically takes place in church or school parking lots.
It was initially an alternative to Halloween night that was introduced by churches. However, many non-religious groups and communities have adopted trunk-or-treating in place of traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween. Trunk-or-treating is much like classic trick-or-treating, where kids still dress up in costume and ask for candy. However, with trunk-or-treating, issues with walking from house to house or encountering a stranger are diminished because the event is held in a parking lot with parents and guardians present.
Today is Halloween, and I just finished trunk-or-treating at the boy’s school. The theme for our costumes and trunk was Paw Patrol.
I was searching all over for ideas and had a tough time as there is nothing out there, so I had to customize and be creative. It took me two days to put it all together, but I did it. My husband thinks I am a bit crazy, but that is okay.
Supplies used for Paw Patrol Trunk-or-Treat
- Blue rectangular table cloth
- Red rectangular table cloth
- A large piece of cardboard
- Tacks to hold up the table cloth – There is not even a mark left behind in the ceiling.
- Yellow streamer, optional
- All your child’s Paw Patrol toys
Most of these items you can pick up at your local dollar store or even Walmart for relatively around a dollar apiece.
How to put it together
First, attack the red table cloth to the ceiling and down the back. You can use tacks or tape to hold it up. Tacks worked well until the wind from the side door knocked it down.
Hoarding some empty boxes in our garage was key to making this successful. I used one large piece for the back where I wrote Paw Patrol. Then I put one rectangle one in front of that one, followed by two in front of the next.
Then I dropped the blue rectangular table cloth over the boxes and, with the excess, make it like a wall that attached to the sides of my van. Then it was time to fill with the good stuff!
I went and collected as much of the kid’s Paw Patrol stuff that I could find. I put all the pups behind the little blue wall with there small trucks in the front next to the buckets filled with candy. I put the Marshall Firetruck in the back, so it looked like they were all hopping out. However, something was missing.
Mighty Pups Lookout Tower for the final piece!
There faces when they saw the trunk where priceless. The first thing my boys noticed as they walked around and saw it was the lookout tower. My original intention was to make a lookout tower out of cardboard, but time got away from me, and I felt it still was missing something.
This morning I had to stop by Walmart and pick up the lookout tower. It made it feel complete. However, if I had extra time, I would have preferred making a cardboard one because that was an expensive splurge.
We had more children handing out at the back of my van than any others. Let alone you had to watch out because some were even trying to take off with some of the toys. It was fun and such a great morning before the rain moved in.
Have you ever been to a Trunk-or-Treat? What did you decorate your trunk as? I would love to hear about it.