Last year our church decided to do an “All Saints Day Trunk or Treating” and it was so much fun! I wanted to share some ideas with you. Most of these ideas would also work for any All Saints Day party.
For anyone who doesn’t know what “trunk-or-treating” is, it’s basically like trick-or-treating, but it happens in a parking lot. Each car sets up a “station” for the kids to come and get candy in the back of their vehicle. I usually see this happen at churches. This makes things pretty safe and easy for kids.
First of all, if you’re thinking it’s too late to plan something like this, think again- our church pulled it together just a few weeks before the big day, and we had such an excellent turn-out, especially from our Hispanic community. It was awesome!
Check out some of these ideas for decorating your car for All Saints’ Day trunk or treating.
Divine Mercy trunk-or-treating decoration
Rosary themed trunk-or-treat decor
Lamb of God themed trunk-or-treat decor
St. Jude and Divine Mercy Jesus costumes
And they decorated our picnic shelter like “heaven” and this is where we played some group games and the kids got to bust open a pinata. Very fun!
For my van, we had a “Canonize the Saints” game in the back. I used our knock-off American Girl dolls and dressed them up like Saints for the ring toss. It’s funny because the ring is supposed to be a halo- hence the “canonization” part.
I raided the doll clothes drawer to see what I could make work. The first is Blessed Imelda- Lydia got the First Communion dress for her doll as a First Communion present. The second doll is St. Rita- the nun outfit was another First Communion present for Lydia- these both worked out perfectly. The third little guy is St. John Henry Newman. I think he’s wearing a Little Red Riding hood cape that we had… I know he’s wearing Julian’s zucchetto we made a few years back- I just trimmed it a little smaller with some scissors. 🙂
I just dressed the dolls up, then duct taped their feet to a giant rubbermaid tub lid to get them to stand up. I am lucky enough to have stow and go seating in our mini-van, so after we got there, I just folded the seats into the floor, leaving ample space inside for the ring toss. (I did, however, wish I had taken the time to vacuum the van once I got there- something to consider.) It would have possibly also been nice to have a table cloth or sheet to drape around their feet and out the back of the van to look nicer.
I used glow necklaces for the rings because it really makes them seem like halos then. I got these at the Dollar Tree. 🙂
The ring toss was fun! I just let each of the kids try 3 times, then I gave them some candy whether or not they were successful in their toss. It was a hit!
And because I’ve been recently accused of never posting pictures of myself here, here’s one with me and Lydia.
My kids went in pairs of Saints who go together last year. Lydia was St. Cecilia, and Anabelle was the angel that crowned her with roses and lilies.
Violet was Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Julian was St. Juan Diego.
This picture of the 4 of them together melts my heart!