Halloween Trunk or Treat Block Party and Costume Parade Hot
Halloween is just around the corner, and it is a great time to create a fun experience for the kids of the community! Communities can section off a parking area where residents can pull up and participate in a Trunk or Treat contest where they are encouraged to use their creativity to decorate their trunks/tailgates and win a prize for the best trunk. Usually the participants will bring candy and goodies to hand out to “visitors” same as they would for trick or treating. The trunk or treat should last about an hour to an hour and a half depending on participation. Some ideas:
The costume parade would occur immediately after the winner of the best trunk is announced—kids AND PETS should be strongly encouraged to participate. Property employees should round up all residents’ kids and their costumed dogs. The parade path should be pre-planned and should cover as much of the community as possible, within reason for the larger communities. If you really want to get creative, lead the parade using the golf cart which should also be decorated for the occasion. Staff participation is a must and staff costumes should be encouraged.
A winner for the most creative pet costume could be announced and the prize should be something enjoyable for the pet- a bag of treats, a squeaky toy, or a gift card to a nearby pet store, for example.
This is a picture that my resident shared with me when I did this event last year:
It was captioned: “Laney really enjoyed her trip to Petsense last night. She picked out a stuffed animal, of course, and I got her a new leash :-) Thanks so much!" ~ JoAnna (Laney's mommy)”
After the trunk or treat and the costume parade, we had hot cider and Halloween themed cookies waiting in the clubhouse for everyone to enjoy. We played kid-friendly Halloween music and they danced and played. This is a low-cost event since it is dependent on residents to participate but it offers something for everyone, not just kids. The pet parents can also have fun with the parade and those without kids or pets can participate in the trunk or treat. With these ideas, everyone can be included.
If the community will be giving out the door hangers to communicate whether trick or treaters are welcome or not, this would be a great event to do it. Put on your flyer, “Come pick up your Trick or Treat door hanger” to encourage more participation.
Example which could be made into a reversible door hanger: