How to Decorate a Trunk for Halloween

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    by Athena Hessong

    About the Author

    Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high-school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor in Arts in history from the University of Houston.

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    If you are participating in a "trunk or treat," this Halloween, try a few captivating ideas for decorating inside the trunk of your car. Many communities have begun holding these celebrations as a safer alternative to the more traditional door-to-door candy fest. Trunk-or-treat allows acquaintances to congregate in a parking lot, open their car trunks, decorate the insides and pass out candy to the children who trick-or-treat from car to car.

    Things You'll Need

    • Black plastic garbage bags
    • 4 to 5 bags of candy
    • Fruit basket
    • Small hay bale
    • Assorted fall decor
    • 3 to 4 cable ties
    • Angry jack-o'-lantern
    • LED tealight
    • Scary masks
    • Fabric ghosts
    • Black, plastic cauldron
    • 2 fashion dolls
    • Castle poster
    • Pink tulle, several yards
    • Glass dish

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    Open your car trunk and line the inside with black, plastic garbage bags.

    To create a fall harvest theme, place a small bale of hay in the corner of your trunk. Add a scarecrow, some fake crows and pumpkins. Use cable ties to hang a few bundles of Indian corn from your trunk lid. Display your candy in an old fruit basket.

    Make your trunk frightening by adding scary decorations such as an angry jack-o'-lantern housing an LED tealight, bloody monster masks or fabric ghosts made from sheets with eyes and a mouth drawn on with a permanent marker. Display your candy in a black, plastic cauldron. Consider the venue of your trunk-or-treat before you make the decision to go scary. Many church groups and community organizations frown on gory Halloween decor.

    For a fairy-tale trunk-or-treat, place a pair of fashion dolls dressed as fairy-tale characters in the trunk. Hang a poster with a picture of castle on it at the back of your trunk to provide a setting. Display your candy in the center in an elegant glass dish surrounded by waves of pink tulle.

    • Keep extra bags of candy in the car in case your trunk becomes the most popular candy stop.
    • Don't allow children to climb into the trunk of a car -- ever, for any reason.