We wanted to do something different for Halloween this year, so I decided to make a Trick or Treat Cart that we could take with us around the neighborhood. Shooting toilet paper as the “trick” and launching candy as the “treat,” this cart is a fun way to engage kids on Halloween.
The concept behind this Halloween cart is that it could be disassembled and all the components could return to their normal operating configuration easily. The project involves leaf blowers, a yard cart, a power station, Halloween inflatables, and a paint roller. Some of these things I already had, but the rest were purchased from our local Lowe’s. The leaf blowers were modified by removing the stock blower tube and replaced with 4″ PVC pipe. That way, we can add length, angled fittings, and screw directly into the pipe without damaging the leaf blower. In addition to a blower designated for launching candy, another blower was fitted with a paint roller at the end that will blow out a stream of toilet paper.
Using the yard cart as the base, I affixed a plywood platform with uprights into some channels build into the sidewalls. On this platform will sit a giant, inflatable spider we found at Lowe’s. Not only will this menacing spider look cool with its green strobe lights and dangling arms, it will cover up most of the items we place in the cart. This way the kids will be surprised when they receive their trick or their treats. Furthermore, to conceal our intentions, we painted the platform and the blower tubes black to match the cart. I used some screws to attach the blower tubes to the wooden platform and tested our candy launch and covered Anthony in toilet paper.
One problem we faced when using an inflatable item is that it needs to be constantly plugged in for the spider’s fan to keep running. To solve this issue, we found an emergency jump start kit at Lowe’s. This device has a massive power bank that can jump start a car, inflate tires, and run multiple 120v items, like our spider. I charged the power bank over night, set it in the cart and plugged in the spider. The fan kicked on and our spider came to life perfectly, lights flashing, and arms dangling. We loaded up extra candy and extra toilet paper in the spacious cart and went walking around the neighborhood.
We revealed the cart to a big group of costumed kids in our neighborhood and they went wild. They’ve typically seen those inflatables in people’s decorated yards, but I doubt any of them have seen a lighted inflatable spider walking towards them in the street. We gathered the kids in a group and had them yell, “trick or treat!” and we launched the candy (which landed nicely at their feet) and covered them in flying toilet paper! It was really fun to find a new way to share trick or treating with kids. The Trick or Treat Cart had a pretty large following around the block and it was fun to see all the kids having fun.
New Spin on Halloween!
In conclusion, Trick or treating and Halloween costumes are good fun and adding this cart to those festivities just adds to the experience. The best part of this project, is that all of the items used can easily be converted back to their working order. You don’t need to permanently ruin these tools for a once-a-year item. This project was sponsored by Lowe’s, and we’re really appreciative that they’d support our silly idea like a Trick or Treat Cart. All of the products we used for this project are available at Lowe’s.
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