Halloween was over a month ago, but I am sure that you all are thinking about next year already! Okay maybe not but between getting this post ready and my Halloween Lantern Village in progress things are this weird mix of Halloween and Christmas around here. Hopefully, you too will get the all-year Halloween bug with our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.
Now, let me start by describing what a Trunk-or-Treat is, just in case you are unfamiliar. In our area, most Trunk-or-Treats are hosted by churches. Basically, you go to the parking lot and decorate your car, more specifically your trunk or in our case the bed of our truck. Then the kiddos come around and collect the candy. This year’s event had about 30 participants, each class has a representative. Since I was not sewing Little Misses costume this year I had some spare Halloween energy just floating around. I knew it had to be cool and big and Harry Potter themed.
This was our entry! My husband wore his Harry Potter robe. I dressed as McGonnagal, our other parent volunteer came as Rita Skeeter, and we picked up a spare Bellatrix Lestrange from the front office. We built our castle using 2x4s and plywood. I had my in-house engineer (aka the husband) help me with the design and build. The wall is about 7 feet tall and fits right about the tailgate and comes in two pieces, which were joined on-site. Next, I skinned the wall with insulation foam. This comes in large sheets at the hardware store. Once the walls were covered with the foam I used my Dremel-like tool to carve in the stones. Once that was done. I then heat the foam with my paint stripping gun (hot!). This causes the foam to contract where it has been carved and gives it a more authentic look.
At this point, I really should have covered my walls with monster mud but I was afraid to add to much weight, so I just used craft acrylic to paint my walls. I used a sea sponge to get the stone look. I used a beige color for the mortar and three shades of gray on the blocks. This took awhile, mostly because I had to keep running to the store to buy more.
I create the “Hogwarts” sign with more foam and a lot of carving with the Dremel. I printed out a guide that I traced onto the foam to use as a guide. Then carved around the letters. I then hit is with the heat gun before adding the Monter Mud. This gave the piece a lot of strength and didn’t seem to add too much weight. I painted it to match my wall.
I cut a Hogwarts silhouette out of plywood for the bed of the truck. We used fabric stapled to the top of the wall to give the whole thing some depth. We also added a background made from 2x4s and plywood behind the castle silhouette. I bought a fancy light projector that I shone on the background, this was supposed to look like it was behind the castle but it was too bright out so it was a little less than I had hoped for.
We drug out all the Harry Potter Party props that we could lay our hands on, really it was everything that I could fit in the truck. We bought:
- Directional Signposts
- Giant Spider
- Caged Pixies
- Snape Cut-out
- Sorting Hat
- House Banners
- New Harry Potter Textbooks
- Smoke Machine
- Monster Book of Monsters
- Gryffindor Scarf
- Bertie Bots & Chocolate Frog Boxes
I also loaded the soundtrack to my phone and played it through a Bluetooth speaker. This was so much fun! The Hubbs would like the castle to find a new home but I really would like to keep it for down the road, I guess we’ll see. Hopefully, this will inspire you to create your own Trunk-or-Treat.