City Morgue Trunk or Treat
City Morgue Trunk or Treat. I am so super excited to be a part of Tikkido’s Trunk or Treat blog hop again this year! This year’s theme is a little outside of the norm for me, but I asked my sister if she was going to be a part of my nephew’s school’s annual trunk or treat, and then allowed her to choose the theme. It was a little bit of a challenge for me, but I really do love the end result.
Oriental Trading Company offered to send the bloggers in the blog hop an allowance for decor. Let’s just say my sister was like a kid in a candy store! She picked out a skeleton in a body bag, a shaking foot, some plastic rats, black acrylic ice, and a few more things. Obviously, I wanted a cohesive Trunk or Treat Display, and when I looked at the skeleton in the body bag it said CITY MORGUE, so the theme was quickly and easily decided! My sister only has about 10 minutes to set up her SUV’s trunk between after care and the start of the Trunk or Treat, so I wanted to pre-make most of the display, and have it easily set up for her.
An old box and foam core became the City Morgue backdrop against the backseat of the SUV. I painted it with primer paint, and then added “tiles” by making a washi tape grid and painting an off white color over it. Then, I used a green stain from DecoArt to age it. Then, I painted the foam core with primer, metallic spray paint, and again the green stain. I attached the foam core to the cardboard with some mounting tape, and added hinges and latches with hot glue. A scrap piece of cardboard was painted white, and I created a CITY MORGUE stencil with my Cricut and spray painted the cardboard with black paint. I didn’t want it to be too precise, so I wasn’t really neat when I painted it. I added green stain to the sign as well. Hot glue held a chain on the back. Because I used a left over box for the morgue wall, it wasn’t as tall as the car. I simply added a piece of Halloween “fabric” to help hide it, and hung the sign with a clamp over it.
My sister firmly believes that almost anything goes for Halloween decor, and the more gross the better. With that in mind, I made a gut bucket to hold the candy. I had an old rectangular bucket in the garage, so I placed it on a plastic bag and covered the outside of the bucket with Great Stuff Foam in layers. Once the foam was fully dry, I sprayed it with primer, and then a heavy coat of high gloss red paint, allowing it to drip and run. The gut bucket was placed inside the skeleton bag. I left the bag unzipped some to allow for the gut bucket. Plastic rats were stuck on the foam too. I filled the bucket with various candies for the shoot, but, my sister has body parts gummies and mentioned filling the bucket with red jello for a real hands on “treat”.
The bag with the shaking foot was put in the back of the SUV with more rats. The skeleton body bag was put on a table with a simple white sheet. A vase of black flowers added a nice touch to the SUV as well. Rats were put all around the back of the SUV and on the decor, including on the body bag “nibbling” an ear.
My sister couldn’t be more excited for her Trunk or Treat, and I really had a lot more fun with this theme than I thought I would!
Want even more fabulous Trunk or Treat ideas for Halloween? Check out the amazing Trunk or Treats created by my blogging friends:
Ancient Egyptian Mummy Trunk or Treat from Fern and Maple Events
City Morgue Vendor Credits:
Styling and Photography: Everyday Party Magazine
Skelton Body Bag, Shaking Foot, Rats: Oriental Trading Company