There is a popular twist on Trick or Treat aptly named “Trunk or Treat”. It is somewhat surprising when someone is unfamiliar with the term, considering it has been around since the late 1990s. Touted as a safer way to collect candy, the custom is said to have begun in Utah and has slowly spread to small towns in the Midwest and South.
The premise is that vehicles of all types gather together, typically at a church or school. They decorate the trunks of their cars, often in popular themes such as Disney, Peanuts or Zombies. The kids dress up and carry Halloween buckets, going from parked car to parked car to collect candy or other treats. Those who are handing out the candy may be dressed in costume as well to enhance the experience.
Increased safety is definitely one incentive. Many families choose to do this in lieu of going door to door to strangers’ homes. For those who live in a rural area, having a major sugar haul consolidated in one area is very convenient! The event offers a neighborhood feel to it and reaching out to the community in this manner can be a unique way to spread information, educating about church services, school programs or local organizations. And spending quality family time together either hosting a trunk or enjoying visiting the circuit is a bonus.
There are now even kits one can purchase from companies such as Oriental Trading to decorate your car. Check out Pinterest online to see unlimited ideas and creative examples of trunk designs.
Many refer to this event as Halloween Tailgating since a.) it is held outside, b.) happens out of a trunk and c.) often involves food. Many organizations have expanded the event to include music, games, hayrides and food. In the Waynedale area there are several opportunities to join in the fun:
On Saturday, October 24th from 10–11 a.m. Kingston Residence at 7515 Winchester Road will host a free Trunk or Treat. Local businesses have contributed to this fundraiser benefiting the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalks Initiative. Walgreens will be taking photos of the children in costumes.
Also on Saturday, October 24th from 1–3 p.m. Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road will host a free Fall Festival including food, games, activities and fun.
On Sunday, October 25th Waynedale United Methodist Church, 2501 Church Street will host a free Trunk or Treat from 4–6 p.m. including Donuts and Cider and Bible Story Time.
Additionally on Sunday, October 25th, Avalon Missionary Church, 1500 Lower Huntington Road will host their free Trunk or Treat from 5–7 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun will be hosting a free Trunk or Treat from 3-5 p.m.
Also on Saturday, October 31st, Peace Lutheran Church, 4900 Fairfield Avenue, will host a free Trunk or Treat from 4–6 p.m. They will provide hot dogs to roast over an open fire, a photo booth and games. If it rains, the event will move indoors to the Café.
November 20th from 6–8 p.m. Waynedale Baptist Church, 633 Lower Huntington Road will host a free Fall Festival in their Family Life Center including a chili and hot dog dinner and games for the children.
So get out, enjoy the crisp fall weather and all the fellowship and fun that the Waynedale Community has to offer!