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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s never too late to trick out your ride for Trunk or Treat – a new spin on trick-or-treating. Usually held in school or church parking lots, Trunk or Treat involves decorating your vehicle as costumed kiddos go from car to car to get their treats. Cruise through these Caliber-curated tips for inspiration that will get you revved up to decorate your own ride this season.

Dream Up A Theme
Decorating for Trunk or Treat is something the entire family can participate in. If you have trouble deciding on a theme this year, look to your kids (or their costumes) to have it solved in no time. You can also think about things you have lying around the house for answers. For instance, if you happened to throw a themed party earlier in the year, don’t be afraid to put those decorations to use once again. Most importantly, a tricked out trunk doesn’t have to be expensive, and a fresh coat of spray paint can recycle just about anything.

Think Outside The Trunk
It’s what’s on the outside that counts when it comes to Trunk or Treating. Using the space in front of your car as an extension of your theme is an easy way to give visitors an unforgettable experience. For example, you can accentuate a beach theme with beach towels and an inflatable beach ball, add some magic to a witch theme with a cauldron full of homemade root beer, or plus up your pirate theme with a pirate hook ring toss and treasure chest prize box. What matters most is making your trunk feel like a part of the display, rather than the display itself.

Dress To Impress
Getting older doesn’t have to mean growing up. Wearing a costume that goes with your theme is a fun way to make your trunk even more of a treat for everyone. If you’re unsure of what to wear, try theming your costume with your kids for even more family fun. Strapped for supplies? Even simple accessories, like a pirate hat or witch’s broom, can make world of difference. Halloween is a magical time for kids, and a little enthusiasm goes a long way in making the most of that magic.

The Right Light
Since most Trunk or Treating takes place in the evening, adding bright colored decorations will help your trunk shine. Dark interiors are definitely creepy, but too many shadows can conceal your hard work, or worse, your candy. Try adding glow sticks into the mix for a perfectly spooky amount of illumination, or try setting a flashlight in the corner of your trunk for a few dramatic shadows.

Tune Up
Nothing complements a decorated trunk like some spooky tunes. With a wireless Bluetooth speaker and apps like Spotify, iTunes or Pandora, it’s easy to find the perfect music at the press of a button. Try searching for well-known movie soundtracks that go with your theme, or stick to the classics, like “Monster Mash” or “Thriller” to keep your own little monsters dancing all night.

With these tips in mind, your next Trunk or Treat is sure to be a hit with the whole family. If you’re a fan of bringing your ride along for the party year-round, take a look at our tailgating guide for even more suggestions. And, should any tricks happen on the road this Halloween, our collision repair experts are always here to treat you right by Restoring the Rhythm of your Life™.

Happy Halloween from your friends at Caliber Collision!