Fall Festivals and Trunk or Treats

Fall Festivals and Trunk or Treats

Although it is only the middle of August many schools have already begun! Which means that fall activities are just around the corner. You may have been tasked (aka “volunteered”) to organize a school or church fall festival. Believe me, having been “volunteered” myself, last minute planning is not the way to go. I’m here to help. Here is a re-post of Fall Festivals and Trunk or Treats originally posted September 23, 2015 with updated and added information and links.

October is a great time for church outreach! The weather is cooler, families are looking to make memories, and it marks the calm before the hectic days of the holiday season.

Whether you are in the midst of planning and need some help or are thinking about it for next year, these links are sure to help you in your preparations.

Trunk or Treating Ideas and Tips

10 Costumes for Your Car

16 Ways to Decorate for Trunk or Treating

50 Trunk or Treating Decorating Ideas

Trunk or Treat Decorating 

Images to use in advertising and handouts – always check for usage requirements before using

TIP: Be prepared to hand out bags pre-filled with tracts, coloring sheets, and church information to all your guests. You could also include restaurant crayons in the bags.

TIP: For tight budgets, you can simply purchase a bulk supply of plain or “Thank You” U-handle shopping bags from Amazon or Sam’s Club.

Halloween/Seasonal Tracts

Halloween Tracts/Chick Publications – article and tips for handing out tracts at Halloween; tracts also available

Halloween Tracts/Christian Book Distributors

Halloween Tracts/Crossway.org

Halloween Tracts/Moments with the Book – KJV or NKJV

Halloween Tracts/Tract League


Carnival Games and Ideas

10 Easy Face Painting Ideas – simple ideas with steps and video links

34 Fun School Carnival Game Ideas – article; several good ideas

100 Ideas for a Fall Family Festival

Beginners Guide to Face Painting – learn to paint animals, pirates, princesses and fairies, and so much more; kits, brushes, sponges, paints also available on the site

Ideas for Indoor Carnival Games

Carnival Savers – free ideas for DIY game booths

Fantastic Fall Festival Carnival Game Ideas for Your School or Group – article listing oldies, fun stations, and new ideas

Fun Attic – game ideas with instructions; also have supplies for games

Minute to Win It Games – 200+ minute to win it games plus more information

SchoolCarnivals.com – alphabetical game listing; numerous easy to moderate game ideas with instructions

TIP: Although you can purchase carnival games, many prefer to DIY their games. This is a great way to personalize the game to the theme or your organization.

Games for Purchase

Carnival Depot – carnival games and supplies, concessions and supplies, carnival prizes and more

Plinko Games – for purchase; designed to your specs, can use your own artwork; browse for DIY ideas

Carnival Savers – prizes, candy, and carnival game supplies

TIP: Begin asking church members to donate candy for your fall festival or trunk or treat event at the beginning of SEPTEMBER. Most stores begin putting bags of candy on sale at this time.

TIP: You will need at least one 40 to 50 gallon storage tote. You will also need two flat furniture dollies to move the candy to the event location.

Prizes, Candy, Giveaways

Bulkfoods.com – variety of assorted wrapped candy packages; provides approximate number of candies per pound with each package; sold in 1, 5, or 25 pound packages; other types of candy also available

Bulk Toy Store – carnival supplies including tickets and wristbands; candy; toys/giveaways

CandyCrate.com – individually wrapped candy sold in 2 to 10 pound quantities; candy by decades offered; other types of candy available

CandyStore.com – individually wrapped candy sold mostly in 5 and 10 pound quantities; multi-count packs; other types of candy available

Candy Warehouse – bulk wrapped candy among many other types

Christian Tools of Affirmation – various Christian items for giving

Carnival Savers – prizes, candy, and carnival game supplies

Crayon King – offers in-stock crayons as well as CUSTOMIZED crayon packets; great giveaways to include especially if handing out coloring pages/books or having a coloring booth

Kipp Brothers – shop various different ways for toys/giveaways and more

Oriental Trading Company – shop for toys/giveaways; shop by theme or season

POS Paper – variety of choices for restaurant crayons

Webstaruantstore.com – source for 3 pack and 4 pack restaurant crayons; bulk

TIP: Store your candy in an air conditioned or cool office to prevent melting!

TIP: How much candy do you need? We have filled a 50 gallon storage tote with donated candy for an event held in a school gym and had barely enough for the evening (estimated 500+ families in a 2 hour period). Most booths (15 booths) gave out 3-5 pieces per game won and one for trying. There was no limit as to how many times the children could play throughout the evening.

TIP: To re-supply candy to the booths throughout the event, use baskets or large ice cream buckets. DO NOT wheel the tote to each booth!! We have seen that done… the mob was not a pretty sight.

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