Decorate your car with a theme like ours, "peace of candy."

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Halloween brings great seasonal fun—family-friendly activities and games, spooky and silly décor, imaginative costumes, and trick-or-treating for candy. Except for this year, that is: The uncertainty of the pandemic leaves a question mark on trick-or-treating, so it's a good idea to have an alternative plan in mind. We think a "trunk-or-treat" with your immediate family or quarantine pod might just be the ticket.

trunk or treat yellow vintage car
Credit: Ashley Poskin

This tradition is exactly what it sounds like: Instead of walking from house to house, everyone in your family or quarantine pod congregates in a parking lot or open field in which costumed kids walk around from car to car where they can grab candy or non-candy treats from displayed in open trunks. This is seen to have several benefits. Kids can enjoy Halloween without having to traverse unmanageable distances, participating families are screened in advance for safety, and only sealed, packaged food is permitted to be distributed at the event. Plus, it's an excellent contactless celebration since children can take their treats directly from the trunk.

Originally coordinated to provide a safe space for kids, it's the perfect way to continue safely distancing within your quarantine pods and to allow children with severe allergies to have a fun night collecting only candy that is safe for them. The idea of trunk-or-treat this year is especially comforting, knowing we can provide our children with a dose of normalcy in these tricky times is truly a treat.

trunk or treat yellow vintage car close up
Credit: Ashley Poskin

How to Decorate Your Car

As part of this tradition, families choose a theme for their car and decorate the trunk accordingly. And there is really no limit when it comes to themes: Traditional motifs with black and orange colors, swashbuckling pirates with chests of treasure, silly monsters­—everything goes. History is always a wonderful place to draw inspiration and our kids have been immersed in learning about political activism and the hippie movement of the 1960s, so we thought a "Peace of Candy" theme would be fun. Pictured here, this dreamy balloon garland made with various sizes of balloons and balloon tape ($15, walmart.com) adds huge visual interest and really adds to the décor. Oversized paper daisies and takeaway bouquets add to the vibe, and a row of little flower pots ($1, michaels.com) are each filled to the brim with candy as easy grab-and-go treats.

How to Plan a Trunk-or-Treat

To arrange your own trunk-or-treat gathering, get in contact with your family and quarantine pod and set a date, time, and place to hold the celebration. A parking lot is ideal but a large yard or field works well, too. Discuss any themes you want to avoid, social distancing and safety practices, including any pre-event quarantine or testing plans, and any allergies or dietary needs of the children who are attending the event.

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