Sure, trick-or-treating can be a blast, but it’s far from the only way to celebrate Halloween with your kids. Over the last few years, “trunk or treating” has become a phenomenon in its own right, and it’s a great way to enjoy all things spooky in a safe and fun way. If you are hoping to put together your own trunk or treat event this Halloween season, we at Royal Palm Nissan have a few tips to get you started!

Location: Maybe you’re working with an organization and have a parking lot handy, or maybe you don’t. If you want to host a trunk or treat event, it’s best to figure out a location early, in case you need to ask special permission or, if the parking lot in question is a public one, get a permit from your city.

Date: While some parents enjoy trunk or treat events as an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, others do not, so you should schedule your trunk or treat on a day other than Halloween itself. The weekend before Halloween may work, and you’ll want to have it early enough in the day that the eager little superheroes, witches, and goblins will be wide-awake.

Volunteers: Who will help judge the decorations, answer questions, and pass out candy? Depending on the size of the event, you may need other volunteers to keep the event running smoothly. If you are familiar with some of the parents attending your event, you might try asking them if they’d be willing to volunteer. If not, some retirement communities may have volunteers ready and waiting to help hand out candy, and high schools and colleges often have students looking for ways to help out around the community.

Decorated Vehicles: This is the fun part. When planning your event, reach out to the parents or guardians invited about decorating their cars! Chances are, many people will get a kick out of decorating their vehicles to look spooky, sparkly, or fun. Adding a competition element to vehicle decoration will make participation extra exciting, and delight kids and adults alike.

Spread the Word: You’ve planned your event, gotten the necessary permits, and bought tons of mini chocolate bars in bulk; now what? You’ll want to promote the event. This is where Facebook comes in handy. Post on your personal page and hit up a few local community pages that you think might have people who would enjoy the event. There’s also no substitute for the old-fashioned way: print out posters and put them on community bulletin boards in coffee shops and local stores all over your town.

The Devil’s in the Details: Prior to your event, make sure that you have a backup plan in case of rain, a first aid kit handy to take care of any mishaps, and a clear list of what’s in each treat for any child who may have a food allergy. It never hurts to be prepared.

Have fun! A trunk or treat event should be fun, and with these tips, Royal Palm Nissan hopes that you’ll have a great time.