It’s Halloween-time! Time for costumes and candy and spooky thrills!
It’s also time to get your trunk decorating on! And this year, we’re not just going to set a bowl of candy somewhere in the dark depths of our car.
We’re going to not only clean out all the loose coats, gas cans, and old socks; we’re going to add a few themed accents to BLOW THOSE KIDS AWAY.
To begin, set your kids at Start and draw a double green card to skip right up to this Candyland car.
You’re giving out candy anyway, right? It all fits so nicely, and the kiddos will immediately recognize a beloved board game.
Here’s another great idea that really doesn’t take that much preparation: The Cat Car!
The whiskers are duct-taped insulation tubes from the hardware store. The teeth were cut from posterboard and also secured with duct tape (it’s great stuff!).
It’s difficult to tell from the picture, but the green eyes are spray-painted push lights.
“Welcome to Trunkdonald’s. May I take your order?”
No matter your vehicle, this cardboard drive-thru can be set up just the way you like it. Or… maybe you’ll be lovin’ it.
Want a bonus idea? Serve those horrible gummy hamburger and fries candies.
When we had one of those hatchback cars, I felt like we were limited in our decorating options.
I wish I’d seen this gumball machine. Look at the cute gum balloons, the key, and even the quarter.
And, of course, you’d hand out Dubble Bubbles.
C is for …car trunk. That’s good enough for me, especially if it’s also for candy.
This one will need some extra cardboard, plus a trunkload of blue tissue paper. I love how this picture made the tissue all fluffy, like Cookie Monster‘s fur.
Don’t forget the crazy eyes on top, plus “cookie” accents. It’s up to you, but I’ll bet children coming here will expect a certain round dessert to be given as well.
*Cue arcade music* Bleep bloop bleep bleep.. oh, you need English.
Visitors will feel they’ve hit a bonus level when they navigate up to our Pac-Man trunk.
Go ahead and dress up in those sandwich-style costumes, but I’ll bet a few ghosts taped by a pretend screen will give them the picture.
Light it all up with flashing LEDs and throw out a few cherry candies.
Have you ever looked at the lights of a car, and seen a face? I mean -before you saw the movie Cars.
Run with that idea to piece together a full-on Muppet head.
You don’t even have to stick with Dr. Teeth, though his smile does work well with that Altima.
Speaking of teeth, and church trunk-or-treats, what better idea than Jonah and the Whale?
Crack out some fins and teeth, and attach them with our good friend, duct tape.
Definitely don’t forget to throw Jonah off the boat and into the opening. He could parcel out Swedish fish.
Hey! What are those guys doing with those priceless artifacts? They belong in a museum!
That dad certainly shouldn’t be handing things out to anyone who approaches, even if he does know how to handle that whip.
As a side note, which of those two is the original Indiana Jones, and which is Junior?
My children have been listening to a lot of Halloween music lately. Unfortunately, there are only so many songs of that genre.
As such, I heard “This is Halloween” a few dozen times.
The good news is that they’ll be game to put together this simple layout. I can make a background and a Zero, then drape lights on an old Christmas tree and amongst old cotton filling.
The Nightmare Before Christmas has never been sweeter.
If you have children with computer access, you are probably beyond sick of a certain game involving mining and crafting.
If there is one good thing about Minecraft, however, it is that the entire game is blocky. This means you can make its components using leftover cardboard boxes and paint.
So, drape some brown cloth in the back and add a Creeper, a pig, or some pumpkins.
Or, use those boxes and a metallic curtain to create a portal to The Nether -“The Nether” being your open trunk with candy inside.
I don’t think I’m done with teeth yet. It’s just such an easy thing to think when viewing the open back of a car.
So, for my final and simplest idea, please consider The Mouth.
You can pull this all together with poster board for the teeth and an old plastic tablecloth for the tongue.