What is Trunk or Treat?
The popularity of Trunk or Treat and Fall Festivals has grown in recent years. I wrote about it and you can Go here to find out more about what is Trunk or Treat.
We created this Candy Cottage for our church Trunk or Treat event several years ago, before I ever started blogging. It was a huge hit with all the children. My mother may have had more fun than anyone. She sat in a chair next to the exit and laughed all night. Such fond memories.
Trunk or Treat Design Idea
The idea for our Candy Cottage was born out of the fact that my husband’s parents had this wonderful giant box from having just purchased a new stove. We all know how much children love to play with boxes.
We decided to dress up the box in a way that all children would enjoy and make a Trunk or Treat design that was a little different. We wanted to keep our design fun, colorful and, friendly. From the child’s perspective, it’s all about filling their bucket with candy so why not make a candy cottage!
More Things To Make With Cardboard Boxes
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You can create hours of indoor pretend play with our tips for making the ultimate indoor fort using a box. This one is pretty awesome.
The candy cottage was intended to be as cost efficient as possible.
Supplies for making a Candy Cottage Trunk or Treat using a box:
- A big box, ours is a stove box
- brown wrapping paper, like this
- sharp cutting tool, we used this kind
- lots of tape (we used both scotch tape and shipping tape)
- Elmer’s glue
- one package of ball pit balls, like these
- colored wrapping paper of your choice, here is the red stripe
- construction paper in your choice of colors
- and a couple of Dollar Store candy canes
You can certainly use your imagination and decorate any way you choose
Step By Step Directions
Carefully cut away the flaps from the bottom of the box and set aside. You will be using those as part of the roof later.
Then cut the door out using those sharp box cutters. A rounded top to the door adds a bit of whimsy. We cut two doors on opposite ends from each other. An entrance and an exit.
On the back side of the box you will cut a window just larger enough for you to be able to hand out the candy to the children as they pass through.
Our car is a hatchback, so my husband just sat in the trunk and handed candy through the window. If you would rather sit in a chair to hand out the candy, make your window low enough for that purpose.
Decorating Your Trunk or Treat Candy Cottage
Red and White Whimsical Stripes
The red & white striped corners are wrapping paper tubes. Cut them in half lengthwise. Wrap each piece with your choice of wrapping paper. I had the red and white in my stash. Glue them to the side of the house.
Use construction paper for the front facing window, flowers, grass, door hinges, door knobs, hearts, enter and exit signs.
The candy canes on the entrance door came from the Dollar Store. Sadly, Christmas decorations are in stores in October.
The Enter and Exit signs are hanging with yarn from my stash.
We used Elmer’s glue for this project and were quite pleased with the results. Elmer’s helped to keep this project budget friendly.
The Candy Cottage sits perfectly in place behind the car.
There was a long line the entire time. Most children came through the candy cottage twice. We planned ahead by bringing lots of candy to give out.
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More Trunk or Treat Ideas. These Tunk or Treat images are all from my church event.
Toilet Paper Toss was one of the games at this Trunk or Treat event at my church.