I seriously started thinking about Halloween in May this year, because this is the year we’re definitely winning the church trunk-or-treat competition. Trunk-or-treat, if you haven’t heard of it, is a pretty wonderful concept; it brings together the community for an evening of all out fun. Cars pull into an empty lot, pop open their trunks and decorate them for the kids to come by to trick or treat at. This year our theme is Super Mario Brothers, so I’ve got a few Mario Brothers trunk or treat ideas for you to steal for your own–they’d also be great for Mario birthday party.
And if Mario isn’t your bag, I’ve got a whole list of trunks for you to see!
This post is part of the Halloween Trunk or Treat Blog Hop, with some seriously talented ladies participating in coming up with some incredible trunk or treat ideas. Links are at the bottom of this post.
When you live in a family full of video game enthusiasts, you learn stuff you don’t want to know by osmosis. (See last year’s Minecraft Trunk or Treat display.) And if you ask opinions on party themes, etc., you will inevitably get a video game suggested in response. But since we do take trunk or treat seriously and it’s such a big family activity for us, I bent to their will and came up with quite a few ideas that are MUCH easier than they look to put together for a Super Mario Brothers theme.
HUGE TRUNK OR TREAT TIP: Always think BIG with your props! You don’t need many, but the big items fill up lots of space and look impressive. Almost all the props here started out as a cardboard box or a dollar store item, big doesn’t need to be expensive…but you are going to have to be creative!
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Super Mario Brothers DIY Ghosts
These ghosts are called “Boos” on the game. There will be a full tutorial later–it’s made from a printable and a white paper lantern (buy them here.) We used a bit of fishing line to hang them from our open trunk. It worked out that we were able to put a few suction cups with hooks (buy them here) to hang them up with instead of tape–which was a much less messy route for hanging things up.
Super Mario Trunk Treats
The number of kids with food allergies is getting out of control, and I always feel bad for the kids who can’t do the candy at Halloween. Our house has pretty much switched over to giving little toys for trick or treat. If you hit up Oriental Trading, they’ve got massive amounts of great Halloween toys that end up costing less than candy most times. And it’s not just us ditching candy! Check out the Teal Pumpkin movement.
Crowd favorites? Lighty blinky glow in the dark toys, like blinking spiders or finger lights. I have a whole list of suggestions along this route in this blog post. (click here)
Mario themed favorite? Definitely these mustache whistles. The parents are going to curse your name for a bit, but the kids will be wildly delighted and these whistles look just like a Mario mustache. Also available at Oriental Trading.
The added bonus to non-candy treats? There isn’t any candy to hang around for you to accidentally eat before Halloween. But maybe your willpower is far greater than mine…
Super Mario Chomper and Question Mark Box
These guys were on the list of things I HAD to put in our trunk from the kids.
Chomper was a bit of a challenge, but now that I have him figured out, I know you could totally make him, too. I got a few beach balls from the clearance section, spray painted them black, then cut out white and black vinyl with my Cricut to make teeth and eyes. The dollar store has plastic chain lengths you can use, or get it shipped by Amazon (buy it here.) Each one would have been a 15 minute project to construct had it not been for a few screw ups on my part along the way!
The question mark boxes pop up coins in the game, so I thought they’d make great tables for treats. I started with a 20x20x20 cardboard box (mine was from Office Depot) and yellow craft paper (buy it here.) I printed out the question marks and dots and used a glue stick to put each of the dots on the box–just 4 of the sides, though!
Super Mario Brothers Piranha Plants
The kids were impressed by these, jaded little beings they are, so I was really excited about my Piranha Plants! I designed the plant and it was a bit more to have them printed as posters, but I thought the end result was well worth it. After mounting the picture to black foam core, I cut each plant out with a hot knife and taped a 4 foot rod to the back.
The green pipe was made from a cardboard box. I wrapped it around a hula hoop, then covered it in green paper (buy it here). The outer lip of the pipe was just another piece of cardboard wrapped in green craft paper. I have a PVC pipe sunk in a bucket of concrete I’ve used over and over for yeaaaaars (aka, you should have one if you do lots of parties) that I popped the plant into. It weighs it down against the wind that way, as well as provides upright support.
Super Mario Brothers BoBombs
Cute little guys. These are made from a printable, a tissue poof and a 5 inch piece of cord. All you really have to have to put it together is a pair of scissors and a glue gun! Tutorial soon.
Covering the Inside of Your Trunk
If you have kids, chances are, you’re going to want to cover up what’s inside your car because the mess is a horror show all on its own. I’ve found the science fair boards (buy it here) fit perfectly into the back of an open small to mid-size SUV to cover the space and doesn’t require any tape or pins. Plus, science fair season starts next months, and now I’m already prepared. You can print out and pop on a few graphics that go with your trunk to keep everything festive.
Super Mario Brothers Trunk or Treat Costumes
It can’t be stressed enough that the adults (or kids) at the trunk will totally make or break your display. Be sure to dress up!! We were lucky to have a whole lot of Super Mario character costumes at our disposal–they really add a lot to the overall trunk, and act as a decoration all their own. Plus, it’s just fun.
Halloween Trunk or Treat Blog Hop
You certainly can’t have a trunk or treat with just ONE trunk! Click around and see a few more!