What is Trunk or Treat?
Trunk or Treat is an alternative to the house to house trick or treating tradition associated with Halloween. Participants park their cars side by side in a designated area of the parking lot. Most folks decorate their trunks for the event. Candy is handed out by the participants. Some folks actually sit amongst their decorations, some bring yard chairs and some stand to hand out the candy.
Trunk or Treat could be described as a child’s version of a tailgate party with the ultimate food being free candy!
Where can you find a Trunk or Treat event?
Trunk or Treat events are generally sponsored by a local church, apartment complex, shopping mall or other organization. Most churches invite the public and prepare for crowds. I have seen churches with several thousand guests to show up for their Trunk or Treat event.
When will it be held?
Some organizations sponsor the event on Halloween night and some schedule it prior to Halloween, usually on a Saturday. Churches tend to host a Trunk or Treat as party of their Fall Festival. Check with your local churches for Trunk or Treat events in your area. These events are usually Free as they are considered an outreach ministry of the local church.
Why is Trunk or Treat considered to be more safe?
- Most host organizations screen who is allowed to give out candy to the children
- Some organizations collect the candy and inspect it prior to allowing distribution
- The smaller confined location allows parents to keep up with their children better
How To Trunk or Treat
The host organization will hand out their rules for participation. Decorating your vehicle for the event is generally expected. Some hosts will also sponsor a vehicle decoration contest to encourage more creativity. Be very creative! Bring a lawn chair so you can sit by your vehicle and hand out candy. Bring lots and lots of candy!
Can the children wear costumes?
Yes! Check the rules of the event you plan to attend. Some churches may ask that participants not wear anything considered to be frightening with insinuations of blood or gore. Many organizations will have costume contests.
Where to find Trunk decorating ideas
We have some Truck or Treat ideas here. Our Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Pinterest board below has even more ideas!
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