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19 Creative DIY Trunk-or-Treat Ideas for Halloween

Dress your car to impress this Halloween with these scary-fun trunk-or-treat decorating themes and easy DIY ideas.

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Creative Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Ideas Kids Will Love

Be the star of your trunk-or-treat event this Halloween and show off your DIY skills with an over-the-top car, SUV or truck display. Our list of 19 Halloween car decorations has something for everyone, whether your style is friendly, kooky or slightly scary. Are you a movie lover? Check out our Harry Potter-inspired trunk. Love unicorns? Our DIY balloon arch is a must. Are dinosaurs more your speed? We show how to turn your trunk into a mini bone excavating site (really!).

Don't have a trunk-or-treat event to attend this year? No problem! We love the idea of dressing up your trunk in the driveway to entertain neighborhood trick-or-treaters. And we've included tons of creative ways to package Halloween candy and even some non-candy treat ideas.

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Photo: Sarah Busby, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Pumpkin Patch Trunk-or-Treat Idea

Trick-or-treaters will be delighted when they arrive at this mini pumpkin patch. A cute sign invites little ones to pick a real pumpkin or a pumpkin-shaped bag filled with Halloween candy. Hay bales, a plaid blanket, a DIY picket fence, a roll of faux turf, wooden crates and a cardboard backdrop covered in faux wood paper create the look and feel of a fall day spent outdoors. All that's missing is a hayride!

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Photo: Sarah Busby, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Get your pumpkins here! A small, hand-lettered sandwich board sets the tone for this pumpkin patch-themed trunk. Go above and beyond by offering two types of pumpkins: Real, mini gourds or candy-filled pumpkin treat bags.

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Pumpkin-Themed Candy Bags

These candy-filled pumpkins will delight trick-or-treaters of all ages. To make your own, fill orange cellophane treat bags with candy, then tie with wired twine and finish with a faux leaf. Arrange the treat bags inside old wooden crates and add a sign next to the set-up that encourages trick-or-treaters to pick their own pumpkin.

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