On Wednesday of last week, my coworker mentioned an upcoming Trunk-or-Treat that she was taking her kids to. "Whats a trunk-or treat?" I asked. "You take the kids to a parking lot and folks hand out candy from their cars." she answered. "Oh."
Then, Thursday afternoon my good friend called to ask whether she could borrow the Frozen decorations we had leftover from last April's Frozen-themed birthday party. "Sure!" I said, "For what?" To which she replied, "The kids' school Trunk-or-Treat".
So, I googled Trunk-or-Treat and can I just say... OMG! People turn their trunks into spooky/fun dioramas and the kids go car-to-car for candy! Adorable! So I pulled my husband over to show him the cute pictures and he mentioned the our daughters' school was having a Trunk-or-Treat on Friday. 24hrs is totally enough time to put together a Trunk-or-Tream plan, right? Totally!
We decided to go with a Pirate themed trunk... primarily because I'd just agreed to loan all our Frozen stuff to our friends. ;-)
The decorations are from our 2013 Pirate & Princesses birthday party, with the addition of a Halloween store skeleton, which I can definitely put to use since we don't have a lot of Halloween decorations (despite Halloween being my favorite holiday!) I had wanted to take the raft that we made as a table for the pirate party, but it wouldn't fit in our car (we really need a friend with a pick up truck!) Regardless, I think we did a pretty good job, considering that 24hrs earlier I had no idea what a Trunk-or-Treat was, right?
I didn't really know what to expect. When I brought out the gold chest from the basement my husband teased that ours was going to be overboard, but that wasn't the case at all! I was really blown away by the variety and creativity of the other cars. The kids were free to run around 'unsupervised' in the closed parking lot. It was so much fun!
We played our "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" album, and handed out gold chocolate coins to all the kids dressed a pirates and twirlers to everyone else. My husband and I enjoyed practicing our Pirate puns while the girls felt so grown up to be on their own with their friends. Evangeline's favorite part by far was the "hot coffee"--- she thought she was hot stuff with a 'cup like Mommy's'. (No worries, 'hot coffee' served by an elementary school is actually just tepid hot cocoa).
(Oh, and PS, the Pirate decorations only got creepier as the night went on!) :-)
All-in-all, we had a ton of fun and I can't wait until next year to do it again!
Here is the trunk our friends put together, as photographed by my friend Adam who is an insanely talented local photographer. (If you're local to the Michigan area, you might check out his services over at Breakfast With Adam). It was their first time doing a Trunk-or-Treat too, and reported that they also had a blast! They said the kids were lining up to get their pictures taken with the Elsa/Anna cardboard cut out and the homemade Marshmallow was a big hit, too.
I saved their trunk for the end because it seriously puts our to shame. :-)
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these awesome trunks made by the other parents! They're amazing!!! Going to have to step up my creativity for next year!