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What is Halloween Trunk-or-Treating?

Updated on September 27, 2012

Trick or treating is a long standing tradition in the United States. Going door to door on Halloween and receiving candy brings back fond memories for most of us. However, the world has changed in the past few years making this tradition a little harder to accomplish. Enter the new tradition of Trunk or Treating.

Trunk or Treating Events

Trunk or treating is also referred to as Halloween tailgating. Many communities have started this tradition as an alternative to knocking on people’s doors. The idea is that you gather in a large parking lot and open up your trunks and hand out candy from there. Kids still get the candy that they want and parents get a safer environment.

Many organizations have adopted this style of Halloween tradition. Churches will often throw this type of event and encourage children to dress as characters from the bible. Local PTAs and other organizations have trunk or treating events and offer other fun activities along with the actual trunk or treating such as bounce houses and live entertainment and games.

Throwing a Trunk or Treat Event

Putting on a trunk or treat event is really not very difficult. The first thing that you will need to do is find a location. If you are with a church, the parking lot is the perfect place, the same goes with a school. Local organizations may want to contact the local parks and recreation department to see about using a parking lot at one of the local parks.

Once the location is secured, get people to sign up to bring their cars. You will want to have at least two rows of cars for the children to go around to. Ask people to decorate their cars in any way they would like. Offer prizes for the most creative.

Rent a bounce house and consider serving some type of food such as hot dogs and sodas. You could ask a local band to play as well. Set up some children’s games and you are ready for a great trunk or treating event.

Finding Trunk or Treat Events

If you are looking for a trunk or treating event near you, look in the local newspaper or on bulletin boards at the library and around your town. The parks and recreation department for you city is likely to offer a listing of these trunk or treating events as well.


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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Hey, what a great idea. I have never heard of this. I think it would be fun for kids. Love it. Vote uP!