Trunk or treat is a fun addition or alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. While many schools or other organizations may hold “private” trunk or treats. they have also become more popular as public events, where anyone can participate by entering a trunk or collecting treats. While our guide doesn’t cover these private events, we have scoured the area to pull together a list of trunk or treats that are open to all.
Our guide also includes other forms of trick-or-treating, such as Halloween Walks, treat handouts, touch-a-trucks, and sponsored trick-or-treats.
Please be sure to check each event’s specific information for details. Most are open for all ages, though some might be geared toward younger children. Most if not all are free but may request donations of either cash or charity items. Also note that some of these events may request or require participants to RSVP or have tickets to attend, even for free events.
Want to enter a trunk? It’s a great way to help support these events and many are open to anyone who would like to enter. If you are interested in decorating your car or truck, then please see the respective event’s website for specific details on the deadline for entry, entry forms or processes, and any rules or specific information for entrants.
See below for some decorating tips!
All information is subject to change and we always recommend contacting the specific locations to verify conditions and availability, especially those that are weather dependent.
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Old Town Trick-or-Treat & Movie in the Park
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 5:00 pm – ~8:30 pm
Come out for trick-or-treating around Old Town Algonquin with local businesses, grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants, and enjoy a family-friendly, spooky movie in Towne Park.
Address: 2 S Main St, Algonquin, IL 60102
Cary-Grove Chamber Annual Halloween Walk in Cary
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 11:00 am – noon
Join the Cary-Grove Chamber and members for the annual Halloween Walk in Cary. Please bring a canned food item for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Address: 696 Northwest Hwy, Cary, IL 60013
Living Grace Community Church Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Dress up in your Halloween costume and join the Living Grace Community Church for their “terror-free & safe for all-ages” trunk or treat.
Address: 1500 Silver Lake Rd, Cary, IL 60013
St. Barnabas Lutheran Church Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
St. Barnabas Lutheran Church invites all to their annual drive-thru trunk or treat.
Address: 8901 Cary-Algonquin Rd, Cary, IL 60013
Crystal Lake Park District Truck or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10:00 am – noon
Touch and climb on trucks while collecting candy at the Crystal Lake Park District’s annual Truck or Treat.
Address: 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Halloween Family Event at Crystal Lake Plaza
Date & Time: Sunday, October 29, 2022, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Swing by Crystal Lake Plaza for family Halloween fun. Trick-or-Treat at the stores, fun games, petting zoo, Lee’s Martial Arts Demo team performance, and live broadcasting with Star 105.5.
Address: 6500 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Downtown Crystal Lake Halloween Handout
Date & Time: Monday, October 31, 2022, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Head to downtown Crystal Lake for the annual Halloween Handout for children 12 and under. Also featuring Teal Pumpkin Project alternatives for those with food allergies.
Address: 51 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
First Church Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Sunday, October 23, 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
First Church invites you to their annual Trunk or Treat community event for candy, popcorn, coffee, candy, and games. The first hour is reserved for families with special needs. This event is free, but tickets are required.
Address: 236 W Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Light the Night with Jesus Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Friday, October 28, 2022, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake for this annual family fun event with decorated trunks, candy, games, snacks, and more.
Address: 300 Pathway Ct, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
St. Paul’s Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Friday, October 28, 2022, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Safe trunk-or-treating and a kids Halloween movie at St. Paul’s Trunk or Treat.
Address: 485 W Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Willow Crystal Lake Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fun and safe trick or treating with Willow Crystal Lake’s Trunk or Treat. Enjoy candy, games, crafts, a treasure hunt, and free food and beverages.
Address: 100 South Main Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Fox Lake Police Department Halloween Howl
Date & Time: Monday, October 24, 2022, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come join the Village of Fox Lake Police Department for Halloween Howl and enjoy treats, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and hayrides. Meet the police officers and check out the vehicles.
Address: 301 Illinois Rte 59, Fox Lake, IL 60020
Fox River Grove
Cary-Grove Chamber Annual Halloween Walk in Fox River Grove
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join the Cary-Grove Chamber and members for the annual Halloween Walk in Fox River Grove. Please bring a canned food item for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Address: 980 W State Rte 22, Fox River Grove, IL 60021
Community Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join the First United Methodist Church of Harvard and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Harvard for this fun, community trunk or treat event!
Address: 1100 N Division St, Harvard, IL 60033
Trick or Treat Around the Square
Date & Time: Friday, October 28, 2022, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Trick or treat around the Huntley square for the little ones and special promotions from local businesses as well.
Address: 11700 Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142
Village of Island Lake’s Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy music, crafts, and decorate your trunk (pre-registration required) for trunk or treating fun. Concessions are available and prizes for the best trunks!
Address: 3720 Greenleaf Ave, Island Lake, IL 60042
Lake in the Hills
Trick-or-Treat at Safety Town
Date & Time: Monday, October 31, 2022, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Safe family trick or treating with family-friendly monsters, ghosts, and ghouls with local officers, Police Explorers, and community volunteers.
Address: 1109 Crystal Lake Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Trunk or Treat Ideas
Let’s be honest, trunk or treat can be scary! Not the actual event necessarily, but coming up with an idea. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Your trunk decoration doesn’t have to be a Broadway set, and sometimes a simpler, more minimalist approach is best.
The most important part is to have fun! It can also be a great way to get the kids involved in helping with ideas and decorating.
Remember, trunk or treats are often geared especially for younger kids, in part for the added safety and close proximity, so maybe tone down the scareville! It’s also a nice touch if you can have some non-candy treat options and/or treats geared for those with food allergies.
- Pick a favorite book, movie, or video game as a theme…and it doesn’t have to be current and trendy.
- Think of a memorable scene to keep it simple, or overall iconic imagery that encapsulates the theme.
- “Blacking out” or neutralizing the backdrop can enable just a few key props or items to “set the stage.”
- Reinforce the imagery with sound…think theme song or sounds from a soundtrack.
- Treat tie-in? Can your treat, which doesn’t have to be candy, relate to the theme?
- Make it easy for trick-or-treaters to get to, access treats, and get out of the way.
Lakemoor’s Annual Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Head to Morrison Park for trunk or treat fun! Come decorate pumpkins, enjoy custom taffy apples, and maybe win a prize for the best-decorated trunk!
Address: 233 Rand Rd, Lakemoor, IL 60051
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Starck Annual Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Enjoy trunk or treat with free popcorn, treat bags, and candy! Concessions are also available from the Lions Club.
Address: 803 N Front St, McHenry, IL 60050
Green Street Cruise Night Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Monday, October 10, 2022, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy trunk or treat with cool classic cars at this special Green Street Cruise Night!
Address: 1209 N Green St, McHenry, IL 60050
Pack 131 Trunk or Treat Halloween Party
Date & Time: Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come out for Cub Scout Pack 131’s trunk or treat at the First United Methodist Church.
Address: 3717 Main St, McHenry, IL 60050
McHenry VFW Post #4600 Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the McHenry VFW Post #4600 for a trunk or treat with popcorn, hot dogs, a costume contest, and see local police and firefighters and vehicles… and candy!
Address: 3002 W IL Rte 120, McHenry, IL 60050
Reeses Barkery Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Halloween fun for kids and canines! Come out for the 2nd annual Reesess Barkery Trunk or Treat for pumpkin decorating, deals, giveaways, a food truck, pet adoption, and trick-or-treating for dogs and kids!
Address: 1313 N Riverside Dr, McHenry, IL 60050
Prairie Grove’s Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Head to the village hall for some trunk or treat fun, games, prizes, and walk the haunted trail!
Address: 3125 Barreville Rd, Prairie Grove, IL 60012
Richmond Police Department’s Truck or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Richmond Police Department for some trunk or treat fun.
Address: 5600 Hunter Dr, Richmond, IL 60071
Launch Enrichment Trunk-or-Treat
Date & Time: Friday, October 28, 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Launch Enrichment invites you to trick-or-treat through their parking lot and staff and family members decorate their trunks.
Address: 2850 US Hwy 12, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Village Trunk or Treat
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Head to Horse Fair Park for some trunk or treat goodness! Be sure to get there in time for the costume contest for a chance to win a prize.
Address: 8105 Blivin St, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Wonder Lake Halloween Hoopla
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Enjoy the 2nd Annual Halloween Hoopla! Trunk or treat, costume parade, and more!
Address: 7505 Hancock Dr, Wonder Lake, IL 60097
Halloween On the Square
Date & Time: Monday, October 31, 2022, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Enjoy trick or treating around the historic Woodstock square after the annual costume contest! Don your scariest, funniest, or most original costume for a chance to win a prize!
Address: 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098
Halloween Trick Or Treat Event
Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kick off the indoor farmers market season with some Halloween trick-or-treat fun! Costume contest and prizes for the winners in 4 categories (baby, child, teen, & adult).
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