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Halloween & Harvest Trunk or Treat 2023 Guide: For Parents, Kids, & Even Grandparents!

Crisp air, changing leaves, and candy galore! Fall festivities are here and PublicSq. has all you need to make connecting with your community easy and fun!

Discover helpful tips to keep your kiddos safe while trunk-or-treating, ideas for fun and unique costumes for all ages, ways to get creative with your candy feast, inspired hacks for carving pumpkins like a pro, and oh so much more. So pour yourself a cup of hot cider and let's brew up some fun!

Helpful Tips for Parents While Trunk-or-Treating

When it comes to trunk-or-treating with young children, safety and supervision are key. Here are some tips to make the experience fun and worry-free:

  • Plot your fun inspired path ahead of time and visit only the most brilliantly illuminated, friendly stops on your trunk or treat quest!
  • Ensure your costumes sport reflective flair for visibility.
  • Set rules: never venture from your group while trunk-or-treating, and wait to eat candy until it's inspected.
  • Light up the night with flashlights, glow sticks, and phones in case anyone gets separated.
  • Bring sanitizer and wipes before digging into that candy!
  • Stash extra candy at home, so you can inspect it before granting access to the treats.

The Most Popular Halloween & Harvest Costumes of 2023

If you're looking for costume inspirations, check out these fun ensemble ideas for all ages! Consider pop culture figures, professions like firefighters or doctors, or classic options like princesses. Not quite what you’re looking for? Accessorize with wigs, makeup, masks, and props to take any costume up a notch. Whatever you choose, have fun with it!

Halloween & Harvest Party Makeup Ideas

The right makeup can take your Halloween costume from basic to spectacular. Use face paint, eyeliner, eyeshadow, or more to create fun Halloween makeup effects. Watch YouTube tutorials to get application tips. The right makeup can make you look positively magical or funny, depending on what you’re going for this Halloween!

8 Creative Ways to Use Your Halloween & Harvest Candy

Let’s get creative with all that candy! Here are some ideas:

  • Make candy bark by melting chocolate and mixing in your favorite treats
  • Bake cookies, cakes, or other desserts and add candy to the batter
  • Create candy gift baskets or goody bags for teachers, friends, and family
  • Use it as an edible decoration for baked goods like cupcakes
  • Melt down sweets to make candy syrups for pancakes or ice cream
  • Try your hand at candy crafts like dipped pretzels or homemade lollipops
  • Play a candy tasting or guessing game at a Halloween party

Get the whole family involved in coming up with fun ways to eat it! The options are endless!

A Guide to Pumpkin Carving for Beginners

Carving jack-o-lanterns is a favorite Harvest tradition for many families. Here is a simple guide to pumpkin carving for beginners:

Supplies Needed:

Pumpkin (look for smooth, symmetrical ones)

Carving tools (knife, spoon, toothpicks, etc.)

Newspaper or tarp to work on

Marker to draw a face

Candle and matches


Cut a large circle around the stem and scoop out insides

Draw a face design on the front with marker

Use tools to carve out face elements like eyes, nose, and mouth

Put a candle inside and light it to bring your jack-o-lantern to life!

Safety Tips:

Supervise young kids and have them draw a face instead of carving

Light candles inside pumpkins away from flammable objects

Place jack-o-lanterns on a flat surface and keep away from doorways

Have fun coming up with creative designs – you can find stencils online if you need inspiration!

Halloween & Harvest Party Game Ideas 

A harvest party isn't complete without some fun games to entertain guests of all ages. Here are some activities to celebrate the season:

  • Corn hole or bean bag toss
  • Apple bobbing
  • Pumpkin decorating or carving contest
  • Hay bale maze
  • Apple cider tasting
  • Pie eating contest
  • Farmers market scavenger hunt
  • Corn kernel counting contest

These games are great for keeping your guests engaged and entertained! Set up stations and have prizes to take the party up a notch!

Shop Values-Aligned Businesses for All Your Fall Festivity Essentials

This harvest season, make the switch to PublicSq. and shop from a curated selection of liberty-loving brands to add the finishing touches to your Harvest and trunk or treating festivities.

Here are some of our favorites you can shop from:

Vine & Shepherd - Only Spirit Up In Here Is The Holy Spirit Hoodie

Luxy Vibes - Howdy Pumpkin Canvas Tote Bag 

Mainely Coffee - Autumn Harvest - Rooibos, Spices & Cascara


Liberty Flagpoles - Halloween: Pumpkin Flag | Nylon 3' x 5'

AP4Libertyshop - Government Scary Tee

Impressions Online Boutique - Pumpkin Patch Cutie Oversized Sweatshirt

Aunt Jody's Treasures - Pumpkin Cookie Cutters

Deliciously Marshmallows & S'mores - Pumpkin Marshmallows

PublicSq. is your solution to vote with your wallet and support American-owned businesses determined to preserve this country's core values and ideals. Make a powerful statement and put purpose behind your purchases at