Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Ideas

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

Halloween is just around the corner and I am already thinking about how I’m going to decorate my truck for our annual “trunk-or-treat” event!  I live in El Paso where the Mexican culture is HUGE so I decided to do a Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos theme for the truck.  I partnered with Oriental Trading and came up with the most colorful and fun trunk or treat car ever!  They have everything you could ever need for Halloween and even have really great costumes for everyone in the family at a great price.  This post is full of fun crafts for the kids, sugar skull face painting, simple decorating ideas, and even a spooky treat for the trick-or-treaters!

Before I share the details, here is the entire truck.  I love all of the bright colors!!  Those HUGE tissue paper garlands in the back are so great!

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog

Probably my favorite aspect of the whole truck was the sugar skull pumpkin crafts!  Just paint your pumpkins white with spray paint or acrylic paint and then add the stickers from Oriental Trading.  You could also add these to white helium balloons!

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

Another craft that was fun was the sugar skulls banner that we made.  I got the sugar skull tissue paper crafts and me and Cole put them together and then I punched a hole in the tops of the skulls and made a banner.  This is also a simple sticker craft that is great for the kids!

I also got this fiesta pennant banner and only used about 4 feet of it.  I tied it to two dowel rods that were just sitting inside the small holes that are on every truck on the sides.  It was about 100 ft. long so I have left overs too!

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

This white felt skull cut out is one of the only things that wasn’t from Oriental Trading and I just got it and hot glued some silk marigold flowers to the head.  They sell one that is similar here.  I love my Mexican blankets and think that they just make the truck even better.  Just use any colorful blanket you have or you could even use a cheap plastic table cloth in orange or another bright color.

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

I bought a couple of cheap purple mums and wrapped them in orange burlap that I had in my craft closet and then just tied them up with a black and white string.

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls! Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

Another fun thing we did is get some sugar skull tattoos to hand out to all of the trick-or-treaters!  They even have glow-in-the-dark ones!!

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas: the Child at Heart Blog Check out this colorful and fun truck inspired by Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls!

Ok now about the face paint.  I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on fancy Halloween makeup so I just used the cheap craft costume makeup from the party store and a black makeup crayon.  I painted his face white first, then used the crayon on him for the eyes and mouth.  For the nose you just draw a black upside-down heart shape.

For me on actual Halloween night, I used a bright pink makeup crayon and just drew different flower shapes around my eyes and did the “stitches” around my mouth.  Super easy and not scary at all!  🙂  I hot-glued some bright flowers to a dollar store head band for my hair.

Day of the Dead Makeup Ideas: the Child at Heart blog

Cole was actually a Rodeo Cowboy on Halloween and you can check that out here!

Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat Decoration Ideas: the Child at Heart blog

I hope this inspires you to do your own Day of the Dead trunk-or-treat and please check out this page for other Halloween ideas from Oriental Trading!

**I was given these items that I chose from Oriental Trading and all opinions are my own.

By |2018-09-17T10:08:51-06:00September 15th, 2016|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Gloria Siegfried September 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Please, please, PLEASE!!!!! Do NOT use acrylic paints on your child!!!! They are full of lead!!!!! If you need to go cheap, go to WAL-MART and get some paint by Palmers. You won’t get the same results that we professionals use, but will be MUCH, MUCH SAFER!!!!!!!!!

    • Deonna September 17, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Hey Gloria! Yeah I need to update this post because I actually ended up using the cheap party city costume makeup later on because the acrylic paint did kinda make my son’s face red. This was LONG before Halloween and I didn’t know at the time…thank you for your comment!

  2. Jacinda October 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    This is so fun!! I’ll have to remember this for Halloween.

    • Deonna October 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Yeah it was really fun…we’re doing it in Artesia for their trunk or treat and I’m excited…that’s about as scary as I’ll go 🙂

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