Thank Heaven For Trunk Or Treat

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As a dad with two small boys, I'm always on the hunt for fun -- FREE -- things to do with them. If not free, than at least discounted. But of all of the things that we've done together, I think that one of the most delightful would be Trunk or Treat.

The origins don't really concern me. All you really need to know for the purpose of this article is that Trunk or Treat is a safe alternative to traditional trick or treating -- sometimes at a school, but mostly at a local church. In our case, we had access to four different churches over a two day span. Though because of the windy and rainy weather we chose to be content with our Friday night pre Halloween take and then called the season a wrap.

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What Trunk Or Treat Means To Me

I was raised by a single mom. I as an only child. However, my dad -- also never married -- had a bundle of kids all over town by different women. I'm not judging per se, however from a child's perspective, not having a father around full time is a strange thing; something that you really don't think about until you're at school and you hear your friends talking about their own fathers. Or even seeing your friends with their father can make you feel some kind of way.

My mother filled in the gaps by taking me to the zoo and museums and the Ice Capades and the circus and The Harlem Globetrotters ... So to be honest, I had very little time to miss my dad.

Once I got married, even though my four boys had the both of us full time, I suppose I needed to be sure they felt my presence. That's why whenever a festival or any other kind of free event came to town, I was on it. And when I discovered that you could bypass going door to door for Halloween, just show up and get loads and loads of snacks and goodies ... Show me where to sign up.

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A How To List

Now the very basic Trunk or Treat is folks parked in two or more rows with their car trunks facing the aisle. Maybe each person dishing out the treats is dressed in a costume and the trunk is decorated like a certain theme. The decorating of the trunk could be an incentive for your candy distributors (usually members of the church/staff) to participate and possibly win a prize for best trunk.

Basic is nice. But I've had the pleasure to go to events that went a little harder. Two in particular are our favorites. One was strictly outdoor. However, the church had a DJ blasting contemporary Christian music and there were free hot dogs, pops, cotton candy and popcorn. Nice.

The second started out as an outdoor event with games as well as candy. Then after the kids retrieve their candy, they are invited inside of the church. On the basement floor is walking tacos, hot dogs, juice and hot chocolate -- all free of charge. Then upstairs there are a few more games, as well as a chance to dress up (with stickers and such) a pumpkin and taking it home. Great for the kids.

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