Trick or treating is a Halloween tradition for children in countries across the globe – but there’s a new trend that has popped up in the last few years.
Trunk or Treating is simply trick or treating out of the trunks of vehicles that have loaded up with goodies for the holiday.
Here’s how First Lutheran Church in Mandan is getting in the spirit, while making sure kids have a fun, and safe Halloween night.
“I can’t even describe it. It is so fun, everybody is laughing and having a good time,” says Jackie Schulz, event coordinator.
Trunk or treating just may be the new Halloween fad.
“We have gotten so much positive feedback on it,” says Schulz.
Schulz works at First Lutheran Church, where they’ve had a trunk or treating in their parking lot for the past 4 years.
It’s simple – people come with the trunks of their vehicles full of sweet treats, park in a row, and let the little monsters walk around to get their goodies.
“Some people go all out decorating their trunk, others just have a Halloween theme,” says Schulz.
So, why this, instead of the traditional way of door to door knocking?
“It is safe, for one thing. Our community has gotten to be a place that you probably don’t want your kids to be out in at night. So we thought, 4 years ago, you know what, let’s try it and see how it goes, and it’s just been phenominal ever since,” says Schulz.
Parents feel the same.
“I think it’s safer because you’re in one location, they block off cars so that you’re not having to worry about your kids running into the street – it’s just a good, safe fun option for families,” says Shantel Burrer, parent.
“It’s a high. It’s a very awesome high. You see all these little trick or treaters, and some big trick or treaters, and it’s just really fun,” says Shulz.
First Lutheran church will be serving free hot dogs and chips in the basement of the church for those who attend the trunk or treating party.
The event is tonight from 5:00-7:30 and is free for everyone.