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Trick or Treat Trunking for Halloween Safety
Halloween can be a lot of fun, and it can also be dangerous for little children if they are not supervised by parents. Not every person out there have kind intentions towards the cute little goblins.
Our church started Trunk or Treating a few years ago. It takes much of the worry out of the holiday but leaves all the fun.
Fortunately in our neighborhood, the parents have joined forces to make Halloween trick or treating a safe and fun experience. All the neighbors in invited to bring their cars to the church parking lot. They park with their trunks facing the main area and open the car trunks.
Many people go all out decorating their trunks, and the treats are usually placed in the trunk. Sometimes the parents stand there and hand out the treats, and some just leave the candy or treats there for the children to take (if they dare!).
Treats do not just have to be just candy, but some give out ice cream or baked treats, and the children eat it as they go to the next vehicle.
Some have Halloween music or noises coming out of their trunk. They decorate with pumpkins, spiders, and black cats. Most of the parents even dress up, which makes it tons of fun for every one.
Dry Ice added to warm water in a stainless steel caldron can make a great spooky fog machine. I have seen some very creative and impressive trunks.
Some people even decorate the actual car or truck itself.
Another thing we have been involved with involves our little town of Laie. There is one street that gets visited the most for trick or treating, so the neighbors joined in to make it a safer place. They block off both ends of the main street for Halloween evening with saw horses, and actually have involved the police with official traffic signs to make sure no one drives down the street.
The children go up and down the street in wagons or walking with their parents. This is perfect for smaller children that can't walk a long distance. There are enough homes on the street that it is quite enough treats for one Halloween night (they always get so much).
At the end of the last trunk or treating I went to with my grandchildren, the church members also put out a table with hot cocoa and donuts for the parents and kids (big people like treats too!)
There was a spook alley inside the cultural hall at the chapel, so after trunk or treating, the children could go inside. It was a very fun and safe evening for the children.