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TRUNK-OR-TREAT


Halloween is traditionally a time for kids and even adults who are young at heart to don costumes and roam their neighborhood to gather those precious treats and have some spooky fun.

But what happens when you live in a sparsely populated town or a rural area where your neighbors are spread out over large distances. Many parents drive their costume clad children from house to house, sometimes even organizing Halloween night car pools to shuttle the children around.

On the flip side, for people who love handing out treats, but receive few if any trick-or-treaters because they live in a neighborhood with few children or out in the country, it can be frustrating.

Trunk-or-Treating, also known as Halloween Tailgating or Tailgate Trick-or-Treat is a simple concept and fun alternative. A group of people park their Halloween decorated vehicles in a central location, usually the parking lot of a business, school or other suitable area, at a designated time, where trick-or-treaters can move from car to car to show off their costumes and collect treats.

Nothing will replace house-to-house trick-or-treating, and nothing should, but this form of mobile trick-or-treating is quickly growing in popularity where conventional door-to-door trick-or-treating is difficult, unsafe or  not very practical.

Like many things, no one really knows or probably will even know how Trunk-or-Treating got started, but it doesn't really matter. It simply gives people another option for celebrating Halloween.

Some of these mobile trick-or-treating events are loosely organized, with one neighbor suggesting to their friends and fellow neighbors, "Let's have a Halloween Tailgate party in the Quickie Mart parking lot on Halloween night, see you at seven o'clock and don't forget to decorate your car."

Other Truck-or-Treat events have a whole committee, a business or even the town itself organizing them.

In some communities kids go out for traditional trick-or-treating in their own neighborhood, then its off to a Halloween Tailgating party. Double the fun, double the treats!

Whether its the trunk of a car that looks like an Autumn Harvest, the backside of a van decorated as a vampires lair, or a pickup truck with a mobile pumpkin patch on it, you can decorate your vehicle with a little imagination. Many organizers have a Trunk Decorating Contest where  prizes are given out to the best decorated trunk or vehicle.

Trunk-or-Treat Tips

Number one and most important is to get permission from the business, school, etc. to use their parking lot in advance. Make sure everyone parks out of the flow of their regular traffic so as not to disrupt their business.

Halloween Tailgating should only be held in well lit area's.

Let local law enforcement and the fire department know when and where you'll be holding the Trunk-or-Treat in advance. They may get involved, give you some tips and even help out.

Check with your local city offices and the local newspaper to see if there's going to be a Trunk-or-Treat in your town. If not, maybe you should organize one!

Use common sense safety - Never leave your children alone at one of these events.

Battery powered lights and decorations work great, but if you want to run holiday lights and props that are for AC power, and draw low current, you can buy a device called an inverter from your local auto parts store that will convert the DC power of a car battery into AC power.

Be sure to take folding chairs to sit on and some refreshments for yourself.

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