I have been so busy lately with our new house and am currently taking a break from removing old painted over wallpaper (say a prayer for me okay? lol) to share this themed Shark Trunk or Treat trunk I put together. Each grade at my children’s school was responsible to have one trunk decorated. I volunteered to do one this year and it was my very first time ever decorating for this type of event. A big thank you to my husband and some of the other moms who helped me set this all up! I couldn’t have done it without them. It was all a lot of fun and we have some great ideas for next year.
I tried to think of decor that wouldn’t take too long to set up and could be created in plenty of time before. A lot of what I used came from the Dollar Tree or was something that we or someone I knew already had so that made putting this together a lot more feasible.
I had a piece of plywood cut down to fit my van for a painted shark to go on. I cut out the mouth and decided against cutting out the teeth so no one would accidentally hurt themselves, so I just painted the area black around them to make it look like they were cut out. I placed one of those silver streamer curtains behind it and then we put a lot of the “treats” there so the kids could reach into the sharks mouth to get them.
I purchased multiple sizes of blue and white balloons from Party City to create a fun garland because I just love them and wanted to incorporate one some how. I made it the day before and it lasted very well and no balloons popped on the way there. The front arch was created with some 1/2″ pvc pipes attached to wood bases. I taped plastic blue table cloths together to drape over it and go over the trunk of the car. We taped the back edges over the car so wind wouldn’t blow it all over the place. I also had some random items to anchor down the sides.
I drew the shark silhouettes on some brown paper rolls from the Dollar Tree and cut them out. We taped them on top of the table cloths the day of to create the feeling of walking underneath a tank with sharks in it. I loved that part! The sun shining really made it stand out.
This trunk was actually one that I found in the attic of our new house. How timely right? It appears to be an old trunk used by someone in the military, but still could give off that treasure chest vibe. I had a bunch of shells from the summer to use and had paint cloths to mimic sand underneath. The clam shell was one my mom had already and it was perfect for this. It originally came from Home Goods.
For the treats we had some candy and lots of bags of gold fish to pass out. I also put together these little shark repellant bubbles for them. You can get a package of six from the dollar store so that’s a great deal! I used the labels from A Few Shortcuts, here, I just had to make them a lot smaller to fit on these.
My sweet miss E had a blast and so did miss J. They are still working through their bag of treats they got. I also took quick pics of all the other trunks so you can see how amazing everyone did! It totally blew my mind how fabulous it all was. There was even a snow blowing machine! Great memories were made for sure.