What is a Trunk-or-Treat? It's when several families get together at the church building, park their cars in the parking lot, open up the trunks of their cars, and kids come around to each car to Trunk-or-Treat instead of going house to house to Trick-or-Treat.

You can just have the Trunk-or-Treat part outside or you can have a combined indoor/outdoor party.
I had never heard of this until someone brought it up to my mom as an idea to do at their church. I noticed an ad for it today in a book I got from our Parks and Rec place today for our area. My mom said they would never do it. Last year they had a couple people do it at a church event and several of the kids fathers were police officers. They said how much they hated this new idea. They try so hard to teach kids not to take candy from strangers, esp in cars.

Just got me thinking. Would you take your kids to a Trunk-or-Treat? Does Trick-or-Treating send our kids "mixed signals"? Do you make it clear to your children this is a one time thing and only allowable b/c you are with them, but to never take candy from strangers?

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Oct. 10, 2007 at 10:34 AM That's a neat idea

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Oct. 10, 2007 at 10:37 AM I wouldn't do it.  When my kids were little, we moved to a new town & because I didn't yet know the neighbors, I wasn't comfortable letting them go trick or treating.  We had a halloween candy hunt in our house & they got to pass out candy to other kids.  They had a ball & they were safe.

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Oct. 10, 2007 at 10:37 AM

trick or treating from house to house is just as bad. but the idea keeps the kids off the streets and out of harms way. if i was to start this up I would have an app or only let people i know participate.  this is a good idea to be sponserd from a church. 

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Oct. 10, 2007 at 10:55 AM

We did this once about 6 years ago with the church we were currently attending.  Back when we only had one child ;)  It was a GREAT turn-out.  We did it in a local parking lot and, being sponsored by a church, we had a time of music and evangelism too.  I decorated my "trunk" (we had a Montero at the time) like a pirate's chest and handed out silver dollar candies and the bracelets with 5 colored beads used as an evangelistic tool (do you know what I'm talking about?  I don't know what to call them) and then I had a pamphlet to go with them to explain the meaning of the colors.

I can understand why the police wouldn't approve of the idea...but that's pretty much what Halloween is all about, isn't it?  Taking candy from strangers.  Unless you are like my family...we have so many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and greats...we don't need to go ANYWHERE after visiting them here in town.  My kids get MORE than enough candy from just visiting them!

Our town sponsors every year a trick-o-treating downtown.  All the shops hand out candy.  HUNDREDS of ppl line up on both sides of the road to get a candy.  Some older kids now don't even dress up, they just go and mooch candy.  It's so crazy...and the shops spend SO much money on candy for everyone.  They finally made a few rules like you had to be under a certain age and actually dressed.  We went two years and decided it was way to crazy and like I said, WAY too much candy in the house afterwards.

I think, on the safety side, that the trunk-o-treat was thought up so kids wouldn't be running across streets going door-to-door.  If you think of it that way...it seems like a good idea.  Especially if you are going to let your kids run door-to-door w/o supervision...never understood those parents...

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