What Is Trunk or Treating?
During trunk or treat events adults decorate the back of their cars for Halloween, load up on candy, and come sit in a parking lot for kids to "trick or treat" from car-to-car. It's more fun than it sounds, trust me! Sometimes kids come in the hundreds, fully dressed in Halloween costumes and holding out bags or plastic pumpkins for treats. The adults get to socialize and be creative while seeing all the cute and scary costumes.
How Does Trunk or Treating Work?
About a month beforehand, the host of the trunk or treat event will start collecting volunteers. Sometimes the parking spaces are limited, so be sure to get in on the fun as quickly as possible!
While the volunteers are buying candy and planning decorations in preparation for this Halloween fun, the host will possibly be sending around a sign-up sheet at the location where it's being held or online so anyone in the area can join. Trunk or treat is often an RSVP event for the kids. That way there's no risk of running out of candy as the volunteers will know approximately how many trick-or-treaters to expect.
When the big night comes the cars are given specific spots to line up in separate from the attendee parking lot. They will form an area through which the kids can safely run around and beg for candy. Some of the car decorations and displays can be quite elaborate, requiring hours of setup time in advance.
When the kids arrive, the real fun begins. They'll usually be told to go in a certain order and they'll say "trick or treat!" and collect their candy just like at houses on Halloween night. Most cars give out more than one piece so the children end up with a pretty good haul of Halloween candy, though of course, the amount and style of candy will vary from event to event. And you can probably expect that the parents get to steal a few pieces, of course!
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