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What is Trunk or Treat?

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Monster mouth trunk or treat decorations Photo by Collin Harvey

You may have heard about something called “trunk or treat” and wondered what it is. This activity is a great alternative (or addition) to the traditional trick or treat for Halloween. Think of trunk or treat as a Halloween tailgate party.

Instead of kids going door-to-door to get candy, they walk through a parking lot and go trunk-to-trunk. The trunk of your car becomes your front porch. These events are usually hosted by groups, such as a church or school, but can be community organized as well.

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Trunk or treat lanternsPhoto by Tojosan

What makes this activity appealing to parents, especially with young children, is these events are geared towards younger children. Parents often feel it is safer than going door-to-door, you avoid many of the scarier costumes and decorations, and it’s easier on the littlest children as they don’t have to walk as far.

Participants will usually decorate their trunks or cargo areas with Halloween décor and some will even create games or activities where the kids can win prizes in addition to candy, of course. Check local community calendars or talk to friends and neighbors to find a trunk or treat event near you.

Have you ever participated in a trunk or treat event?

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