Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas for Cars

KTLA Morning News Segment: Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas for Cars

Happy Halloween!! This year is my third year showcasing some DIY Trunk or Treat ideas on the live morning news. Today I specifically have some easy trunk or treat ideas for cars.  No matter what size your car, you can always make it work and show off you Halloween decorating skills.


But first, in case you missed my last two appearances, check out:

Live TV is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love the challenge of the unknown.

Watch the Video

I made a video of some behind the scenes. You can see me making some props in my garage, some behind the scenes footage from the KTLA lot, and the actual segment that aired on TV.

These ideas below contain lists that have Amazon affiliate links for recommended products I used. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

The Themes

Glamorous Hollywood Movie

Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas for Cars - Hollywood

The Look:

The Treats

Since we were on TV, of course I had to go BIG. You can, of course, choose the less expensive route and pass out mini candies. I bought boxed movie candy from Walmart and filled popcorn treat boxes with white cheddar popcorn. The movie candies were:

  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Mike & Ikes
  • Milk Duds
  • M & M’s
  • Junior Mints
  • Red Hots
  • Swedish Fish


I made wooden boxes out of the extra plywood I had in my garage and painted them black. You can see my process in the video. Needing Styrofoam, which is expensive, I decided to go to Hobby Lobby to see if I could get some for free. The manager kindly and graciously allowed me to go in the back and take a bunch of Styrofoam they were about to throw away. I stuffed the boxes and placed fake greenery on top. Lastly, I stuck the HOLLYWOOD letters and stars into the Styrofoam.

Wanting to include a Halloween element, I added classic horror monster names to the stars that I stuck on the red carpet. The monsters I included were:

  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Mummy
  • Godzilla
  • The Thing
  • The Wolfman
  • King Kong

Spooky Romantic Dinner for Two

Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas for Cars - Spooky

The Look

The Treats

For these treats I used full sized candy bars on a spider platter. I also stuffed skull treat bags with candy bars and added some fake worms inside. I bought a bag of black worms from the 99 Cent Only Store.


I had two old white curtain panels that I tea stained to give a spooky look. Here is my tutorial on how to tea stain. It works great for Zombie costumes. These two panels were used to cover metal patio folding chairs I had.

To hang the cardboard Halloween Chandelier I bought, I used a potted plant and 10 foot Shepard’s hook I bought at Home Depot. They have several different sizes.

For the table I made a wine bottle by recycling a glass bottle and covering it with spooky labels.

I gathered several items I had around the house including:

  • Candle holders
  • Silver Platters
  • Mercury Glass Pieces
  • Glasses and Cups

Race Car

Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas for Cars - Race Car

The Look

The Treats

In case there are kids with allergies it’s important to also offer non-food items. For this trunk I had plastic gold trophies with a Happy Halloween sign and toy race cars.


To add a Halloween element to this car, I took apart a 20 flagged checkered flag banner. Five flags were TRICK, five flags were TREAT, and the other ten flags I placed on dowels. I drilled holes on top of the orange cones and placed one flag inside to line the walkway up to the trunk. Lastly, I took apart a trick or treat banner and placed green and yellow construction behind them to add some color for the top and bottom of the trunk.

I hope you like these ideas! In case you missed them again, here are my other two segments.

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