Trunk or Treat is one of my favorite things because it usually means, a community gathers to host in one area, providing a more safe Halloween experience for the kiddos. Our church, along with several others in our town, are hosting a Trunk or Treat again and I was happy to participate for the second year!
Last year, we decorated my car and handed out candy. We took to Pinterest and did the fun teeth and tongue to dress up my Kia Sorento. It turned out pretty great I thought!
So while that was all find and dandy, it offered no engagement, other than grabbing a piece of candy. This year, I wanted to make it more fun for kids, so me and Truett decided to have a game our “trunk”. I browsed online for some ideas to buy a game but man, they are kinda expensive! Instead, I decided to DIY a game. While I didn’t see this particular game online, I did get inspiration from dart game with velcro balls. And with that, we began……
- Foam Board
- Felt (in your choice of colors, depending on design)
- Craft Bond (i used Elmers)
- Templates (or freehand like I did)
- fabric (or tablecloths from Dollar Tree)
- Making sure your felt is at least one inch bigger than your foam board, all the way around, lay it flat down.
- Spray adhesive all over the foam board and lay flat down on felt. Turn over and smooth out.
- Turn your board back over, felt side down, spray edges of foam board, and fold up felt to seal edges.
- Decide what designs you want on front of board. We chose pumpkin, cat, bat, and ghost. Draw and cut them out of felt, and glue them on with Spray Adhesive .
- Using sticky velcro, cover a ping pong ball.
- To help cover up my car a little bit, I use Dollar Tree tablecloths as curtains. You could also use fabric.
Spray your foam board with adhesive and lay felt down flat. Smooth out wrinkles quickly. Turn your board over and spray edges, folding up ends of felt to seal.
Draw and cut out shapes, spray with adhesive, and place on felt foam board. I gotta say, I’m awful proud of how well I drew these out. I’m a horrible drawer so to whip these out and they be decent, I’m feeling pretty awesome.
Finally, you need to add some velcro to the ping pong balls. I tried adding only a few pieces but ultimately needed to add it ALL OVER the ball for it be effective and stick well. It ain’t pretty but it gets the job done!
While it’s not necessary, you can add the tablecloths or fabric to decorate your car. I was a budget so I went with the Dollar Tree tablecloths. If you can afford it, invest in fabric so that you can use for other projects!
The foam board was $5.49 using a coupon at Hobby Lobby, and was the perfect size for my mini SUV. 32×40. The felt was around $6 for way more than enough in all colors. This gives me a lot of excess to use for other things. You could also buy those $.29 cent squares. The spray adhesive costs around $5.50 and that will last you a long time. The ping pong balls were $1 and the velcro a couple of bucks.
All the games I found to buy online were a minimum of $35 and up. With the adhesive being a one time invest to last many projects, I really was only out of pocket of $15 bucks. It was tons of fun and I can keep it around for next year.
Hope your Halloween is safe and full of fun!
P.S. Something that I’ll also do, is add a box for each thing; a box for the ghost, one for the cat, the bat, the pumpkin, and the green backdrop. Each box will contain different things. Depending on what their ball lands on, they get to pick out of that box. Everyone wins this way! You could also use buckets!