From http://trunkortreat.homestead.com/, A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is often church- or community-sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters.
At first glance, it sounds like this could work. You drive your kids to a parking lot and let them move from vehicle to vehicle, which are decorated (primarily in non-scary/gory themes), gathering the sugary goodness that makes Halloween such fun.
Parents have happy kids and have the peace of mind that comes from keeping their children safe from bad influences.
Or do they?
Here's what I'm guessing that the folks who tamper with candy are thinking: "Okay, first let us disguise our vehicle. And let us get dressed in non-threatening costumes, to lure in the kiddies. Nobody will ever be able to identify us, and they'll never know where we live. It's perfect."
I'm sure that church members feel an extra sense of security in knowing all of the participants, and ensuring that the children are not exposed to evil graphic images and costumes.
We all know that creepy sickos never go to church, right?
Then why do they offer workshops like this?
Maybe the parents should consider this bit of Scripture first:
"Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep who are really vicious wolves." Matthew 7:15
After Halloween, pedophiles and kidnappers might get an uptick in potential victims, since the little ones now think it's perfectly normal to walk right up to decorated car trunks belonging to complete strangers.
I'm hoping that parents still have some common sense, and aren't lulled into complacency by these "family-friendly" environments. You're in charge, you decide what costume your children can wear.Take your children Trick or Treating yourself, in your neighborhood. Stay on streets where you are familiar with residents. And to be on the safe side, check any candy before you let your children eat it.
It's a scary world out there, and it only takes one cretin to ruin a childhood right of passage, and turn it into something sinister.
Here's a cool mausoleum at a Trunk or Treat - the vehicle isn't visible at all:
|So much for the non-scary theme|
This one is pretty awesome