Three Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas

Let’s be real here for a minute: assuming Halloween doesn’t get cancelled this year…or that the Walking Dead doesn’t actually become a reality (because it is 2020 after all), you may need some cheap and easy trunk or treat ideas—for social distancing purposes.

These fun and easy trunk or treat ideas for Halloween can come together in a jiffy and take minimal (if any) actual work.

If you don’t want costumed strangers coming to your front door, maybe your neighborhood could organize a trunk or treat and you leave bowls of candy a nice, socially-distanced six-feet away from your car.

That way, the kids still get dressed up, you still get to ooh and aaah over how cute they all look, and they still get candy. It’s a win win for everyone.

You Can Do It

BUT, I know what you’re thinking: “Jessica, I can’t add one more thing to my already overflowing plate.”

And I get it, so here are some super cheap and easy trunk or treat ideas that you can get pretty much all at one store.

Plus, if you don’t procrastinate, this won’t have to be last minute. Go get the things you need for it now, and by the time your official Trunk or Treat festival rolls around, you’ll be ready to go.

Three Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas

Here’s my biggest trick for picking a trunk or treat theme: go to a party store or the party section of a store and pick a theme.

Find one common idea that has a lot of accessories and decorations, and roll with it. Spend the DIY projects for your house or fall decor and just keep it fun and easy for your trunk or treat display.

Under the Sea/ Little Mermaid

If you have little girls, this may be up your seashell path. We did an under the sea/little mermaid theme, which was super easy to put together with a few party decorations.


What you need:
Balloons (shades of blue)
Blue table cloth (to cover the trunk as “water”)
Crepe paper (for more “water”) or these (more expensive, but also more fun)

Under the Sea accessories
Little Mermaid accessories


Since our girls still wanted to be mermaids, we switched up locations a bit and went with an island/luau/tiki theme for this easy trunk or treat theme.


What you need:
Grass table skirt (to hide the trunk)
Green table grass skirt (to hid the rest of the car)
Blue tarp (for “water”)
Inflatable Island (to hold the candy)

Extra fun accessories to hang around the trunk

Up, Up, and Away

Inspired by my husband’s flight suit and my son’s love for airplanes, this up, up, and away theme was pretty fun.


What you need:
Blue tarp (for the “sky”)
Dolls for the “passengers”
Blue table cloth (for the “sky”)
Cardboard boxes (to make airplanes; easy tutorial here)
Poly-fil (for the clouds; a little will go a long way!)
Spray paint

More Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas:

Looking for even more easy and fun trunk or treat themes to spur your imagination? Check out this post!

Have you participated in a trunk or treat before? I’d love to hear what ideas you’ve used!

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One Comment

  1. Jess, this is too much trouble and I’m too old to mess with all this! I’m going to turn my lights off and go to bed early that night! But love your ideas.😍

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