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Turn Heads at This Year’s Trunk or Treat Events

Each year, it seems like trunk or treat events are even more popular than the year before! If you’ve missed the memo, a trunk or treat event is when a location–like a municipal complex, mall, or auto dealership–invites locals to park their cars, decorate their trunks, and have trick or treaters go from car to car collecting candy. It provides a safe, supervised alternative for kids in areas where trick or treating might not be the best option.

Dog at Halloween trunk or treat

If you plan on participating in a trunk or treat event, decorating is crucial! Just like some folks decorate their yards or homes to get in the Halloween spirit, it’s important to spruce up your trunk for the event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!

Keep It Classic

You’ve probably done some last-minute costumes in your day, in which case you know just how much house hold stuff can be used to make some spooky crafts. Old sheets or pillowcases become ghouls; pizza boxes or cardboard from the recycling pile turns into tombstones; just about anything orange can be converted into a jack-o-lantern with some creativity.

Classic trunk or treat decoration

Of course, a quick stop at your local seasonal halloween shop can turn a few dollars into some appropriate decorations, too. Don’t worry, there’s no shame in the store-bought route! Plus, those same items can be used to decorate your home when you get back.

Use Your Environment

Since you’re decorating your trunk or cargo area, don’t forget about the open trunk lid or hatch. You can hang items here, using thread or fishing line to suspend floating ghouls or hanging shower curtains or other backdrops to add to your area.

Don’t be afraid to leave the trunk, either. Extra items on the ground, like tombstones or hay bales, are easy to set up and add a new element of involvement as little ones make their way through.

Be Creative

Sometimes, “creative” really means “resourceful.” Don’t have anything spooky hanging around? Just like a costume, you can always leave the classics behind and embrace other hobbies or interests. Ever dressed up as an athlete or movie character at the last minute? You can do the same thing for trunk or treat! Hang a jersey or banner from the trunk and load up on sports gear and collectibles for a last-minute solution that looks great–even if it’s not likely to scare anyone!

Whatever route you take, participating in a trunk or treat is a great and safe way to get involved and have some fun in your community. For more information on local events, or on how to get your car ready for just about any event, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today.

Making Tailgate Food Ahead of Time for a Low-Stress Game Day

Whether you’re rushing to the field after work for the local high school’s game, starting the weekend with a Rutgers game on Saturday morning, or waking up with the sun on Sunday to root for the Giants or Jets, one thing is certain during football season: you’re not a true fan if you’re not in the parking lot for the tailgate!

Of course, getting everything ready for game day isn’t always easy when you’re juggling work, school, or other commitments. You’re definitely going to want your burgers to be fresh off the grill, but prepping other food beforehand can make things a lot easier. Here are a few of our favorites!

No-Mayo Potato Salad

This one’s got a lot going for it: it’ll keep in the fridge the day before, it won’t get gross during the tailgate, and the flavors go perfectly with a meal fresh off the grill! Use potatoes, parsley, onion, and your other potato salad favorites. Instead of mayonnaise, though, toss them all in a dressing made from ¼ cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The result is savory, flavorful, and keeps longer than it’s mayo-based cousin. Want an extra bit of freshness? Toss a diced apple into the mix!

No Mayo Potato Salad

Lightspeed Chili

You might think of chili as a time consuming, simmering dish, or even an all-day-in-the-slow-cooker dish, but using different ingredients can speed things up. Stick to Great Northern beans and pre-canned green chiles for your base, and toss in a shredded rotisserie chicken from the store, and you’re practically done before you’ve even started. Simmer for a bit the night before, then heat things back up with a pot on the grill for gameday. This one’s perfect for those cold weather games!

LIghtspeed Chili

Sausage Snacks

Essentially a stuffed mushroom without the mushroom, these savory delights are going to fly once you uncover them. Mix sausage, cooked quinoa, shredded cheese, and a bit of pepper and cornstarch, then shape them the way you would make meatballs. Simply bake them, and you’re good to go! While they still need to be cooked before the game, it’s good to note that you can refrigerate the balls the night before or even freeze them up to a month beforehand. It’s easy to make a double batch, make half for the game, and save half in the freezer for an easy setup next time.

Whatever you decide to snack on, cooking and packing your Subaru beforehand can make for a nice, smooth morning on game day. For more on all you can do in your Subaru to ensure an awesome tailgate, or to find the right ride this season, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Traveling Safely With Your Pets This Summer

Road trip with pets

Summer weather is perfect for road trips and adventures, and there’s no better companion than your four-legged friend. After all, your dog might be the only one on Earth who loves spending time outdoors even more than you do!

Of course, traveling with your pets calls for some added planning and preparation. While no pet owner wants to think about the worst case scenario, it’s important to plan out your adventure in a way that keeps your pet safe.

Along the Way

Your Subaru is designed for your protection. In addition to advanced active safety systems to help you avoid accidents, though, you also rely on passive features like your seat belt without giving it a second thought. You should certainly provide the same safety for your pet, whether it’s a harness that buckles into the seat belt receiver or a crate that ties down in the cargo area.

Dog in a pet harness

In many accidents, being thrown around the cabin is actually what causes injuries for many pets. This also keeps your pet secure after an accident, when their first reaction may be to flea from the vehicle even if it isn’t safe to do so. By using an appropriate harness, you can keep your pet safe and secure.

Once You Arrive

You wouldn’t want to get caught on a sunny day without plenty of water, and neither do your furry friends. Any time you’re headed on a long drive or a day outdoors, be sure to bring water specifically for your pets. The pet supply store offers many options, from collapsible bowls to bottles with built-in drinking dishes. Bear in mind that your pup will likely drink more than usual due to heat and exertion, so bring plenty of water along to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

As long as you take the time to plan for your adventure and keep everyone safe and happy, your four-legged pal is sure to make a perfect copilot. For more information on how to tackle summer road trips safely, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

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