Looking for Pinterest worthy Halloween trunk or treat ideas? See how I saved time and my sanity with the help of Cricut Explore 3!
Has the rise of trunk or treating made your Halloween a smidge more stressful? Not only do you have to figure out a costume for your kid, but you also have to figure out a costume for your car! Yeah, it’s a lot. Luckily, there are some tricks that can make this whole experience more of a treat. 😉
Bonus: This post is specifically on easy trunk or treat ideas (for church, school, community, etc.); however, if you’re looking for ways to simplify your kid’s costume, try:
What is Trunk or Treat
But first, what is trunk or treat? If you aren’t familiar with the concept, it’s time to dive in because trunk or treating is becoming more and more common in the United States. It’s essentially Halloween tailgating combined with trick or treating.
A more in-depth answer to what is trunk or treat is an organized event where people bring their cars to a central location, decorate their cars, and then give candy to children who roam from vehicle to vehicle. In other words, kids trick or treat cars instead of houses. Trunk or treating was initially made popular in areas where going from door to door isn’t feasible, such as in areas where there are large distances between homes, but it’s popularity is growing!
And while trunk or treat decorations may initially seem like just another annoying item on your ever expanding to-do list, this event can actually a lot of fun. (Yes, even for Mom and Dad.) You’ll get to socialize with other adults and connect with people in your community while watching adorable dressed up kids run amuck. 😉
Halloween Trunk or Treat Ideas: Dunkin’ Donuts
While some party stores and online retailers are starting to stock trunk or treat decorations kits, there are not a huge variety of options (yet), so I decided to come up with my own trunk or treat decorating ideas this year. While I wanted something cute (not terrifying), the emphasis was definitely on easy trunk or treat ideas. I landed on a Dunkin’ Donuts theme.
What made this an easy trunk or treat idea for church, school, or any event was my Cricut Explore 3. Keep in mind that I’m still pretty new to using my Cricut; I’ve only had it for a few months. In other words, you don’t need to be some kind of subject matter expert to use your Cricut to bring your trunk or treat decorating ideas to life!
I made the big Dunkin’ Donuts sign (see picture above) using foam board and Cricut Smart Vinyl. I opted for the Smart Vinyl because it’s weather resistant, and if I hadn’t gone that route it 100% would have poured on trunk or treat night. I purchased the font and images for the logo on Etsy, but I used Cricut’s Design Space image for the donut. I cut the donut out of cardboard then used Smart Vinyl for the decorations.
My large Cricut sign was impressive, but I needed more trunk or treat decorations to really be on theme. I bought pool inflatables that looked like donuts on Amazon. (What can’t you get on Amazon?). Here were the two I purchased:
And of course, what’s a trunk or treat decorating idea without the treat? To stay on theme, I purchased 200 Dunkin Donut Munchkins to give out, which were a huge hit! Since I’m always on a quest to save money, I called around until I found a local Dunkin Donuts store that would give me a discount on a bulk order. I also had some candy set out; it was Halloween, after all, but the Munchkins were far more popular.
I made the Munchkin and candy signs with Cricut Smart Vinyl as well, using the same font as the large Dunkin’ Donuts sign.
Last, but not least, I wanted to extend this Halloween trunk or treat idea to me and Mr. Freebie Finding Mom. Luckily, thanks to the easy trunk or treat idea for church, school, etc. that I picked, we didn’t have to go crazy with our costumes. We just needed to look like Dunkin’ Donuts employees. 😉
I’ve never made custom shirts before, so I was a little apprehensive. Turns out, there was no need to be! I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was.
After I cut out the Dunkin’ Donut’s logo on an iron-on, I used the Cricut Easy Press 2 to adhere the iron-ons to the shirts. (See the image above.) They turned out pretty well, don’t you think? My husband even wore his!
This was the end result of my Halloween trunk or treat idea! Looking for more easy trunk or treat ideas? If you’re up for something a little less sweet and a little more scary, you could turn your trunk into a monster’s mouth. Cricut’s Smart Vinyl could definitely help you create “sharp” teeth and a tongue.
Have you tried trunk or treating? What are some of your favorite easy trunk or treat ideas for church, school, and more?