Trunk or Treat events are the epitome of the Car-Is-King society.
Posted elsewhere by me: I have a love hate relationship with Trunk or Treat. My two kids are 18 years apart, the older one primarily did neighborhood trick or treating in the various places we lived over the years. We live in a socio-economic challenged community now where few residents pass out candy and many children don't participate in trick or treating due to economic and cultural reasons as well as perceived safety concerned. Last year my little one's school decided to set up a trunk or treat in there parking lot during the school day. Probably 90% of the students dressed up and came trick or treating in the parking lot. The principal was amazed at how many students participated as generally only about 50% participate in dressing up. The kids had a blast and it was a lot of fun for all involved. I took my little one out for traditional trick or treating in the evening and of course we passed out candy at our house as well, but we were just 1 of maybe 5 houses doing so on a street with 50 houses.
Yes we do. We refer to it as Trash TV Time at our house. My husband loves to make fun of the Dominican guy Pedro. Pillow Talk is the best to watch if you don't want to suffer through the 2 hours and get pithy commentary from previous participants.Dan said:Anybody watch 90 Day Fiance? That's some quality television right there.
That's exactly what it is. The idea is: Get people from the neighborhood to come to your church, meet some church members, and who knows, maybe they'll stop by on Sunday. It's probably the easiest neighborhood event to draw engagement from the community.Frequently churches put up temporary banners several days ahead of time advertising these events. Which leads me to believe the origins of Trunk or Treat are tied directly to some kind of church involvement.
The "trunk party" is all about laziness and convenience. I can get my kid a bagful of candy in 15 minutes, versus an hour and a half? Yes sir.the trunk party I think was a response to people freaking out that their kid was going to have a razor stuck in their Nestlé Crunch bar or to avoid the creepy in the shadows - all of which are rare and isolated incidents but they influenced how Halloween is done - it's pretty sad, especially when they are done in towns that have walkable and safe neighborhoods
My last house was in a suburban neighborhood- 60x120 lots more or less, and by the time we left I would say the MAJORITY of trick or treaters were driven house to house by their mom. There were traffic jams all throughout the neighborhood, with impatient parents and clueless kids. I hated that.I grew up rural enough that my parents used to drive us around to knock on doors for trick-or-treating.
I live in Newark which is dense and walkable. Of the 50 or so houses on the block maybe 5 hand out candy. The kids actually trick or treat at the businesses on the commercial corridor. We decorate ours quite a bit and it's become a stopping off point for kids to take their picture in front of. There's a new neighbor that moved in recently and they decorated, another neighbor that generally doesn't decorate put some out yesterday. We might get a few more trick or treaters this year.When mini WYP was little, we would take her to the houses in the subdivision. the church would also have a "Fall Festival" in lieu of Halloween. Sounds like what is happening is the low density, sprawl development is having yet another unintended consequence.
When I was a kid we trick or treated in the neighborhood, but two blocks down was a fire hall. They always had hot apple cider and plain cake donuts. I didn't really like plain cake donuts (I always wanted something with frosting), but on Halloween I thought they were delicious. I wonder if they still do that.The kids actually trick or treat at the businesses on the commercial corridor.
My town used to open up an old, otherwise unused grange hall as a haunted house and townwide Halloween party. It was super spooky with the big old locust trees all around and pretty much a dried out cornfield right up to the hall steps. Also really fun. Cake doughnuts on strings figured prominently.When I was a kid we trick or treated in the neighborhood, but two blocks down was a fire hall. They always had hot apple cider and plain cake donuts. I didn't really like plain cake donuts (I always wanted something with frosting), but on Halloween I thought they were delicious. I wonder if they still do that.
That's the idea but most of the folks that attend our church's trunk or treat go to the other area churches' trunk or treats. I know one lady that mentioned that we were one of 6 that she and her family visited. I doubt we have ever gained a member as result of that event. I am all for providing a safe place for kids to go trick or treat but how much candy does one kid/family need.That's exactly what it is. The idea is: Get people from the neighborhood to come to your church, meet some church members, and who knows, maybe they'll stop by on Sunday. It's probably the easiest neighborhood event to draw engagement from the community.
This was almost the exact situation for us when we lived in Oak Park, IL. We lived about 3 blocks from the border with the Chicago Austin neighborhood, which, in 2007-ish, was still pretty rough. So, we had gobs of kids coming into our side of Oak Park that were not Oak Park residents. It was cool nonetheless and I was happy to pass out candy to all the kids with my then 4 month old son on the porch in his hot-dog-on-bun costume.When I lived in an inner ring streetcar suburb, there were kids at the door every couple of minutes. It was like what @Planit described -- a trick-or-treat destination. The neighborhood was a "safe" middle class area that's not far from a lower income area with a high crime rate. I wasn't in a "they give out full size candy bars" kind of neighborhood, but the streets were still full of kids, probably 75% of which weren't local.
I observed this back when Junior Trick-or-Treated. Whenever he'd hit up houses on out of the way cul-de-sacs, neighborhoods with a higher percentage of seniors, or other areas that saw relatively few trick-or-treaters due to their relative isolation, the few houses that were handing out candy tended to dump half the candy bowl in your bag when the doorbell rang.In our current neighborhood, we're dense enough for walking traffic, but door to door distances are relatively long (100-200 feet due to lot widths and front setbacks). Kids poop out quickly, but we still get a large amount of loot, regardless.