Recently, I heard Trunk or Treat referred to as “Halloween Tailgating”. I smiled and gave a little chuckle as I agreed with the assessment. What is more fun than gathering together for conversation, fun, and food? Throw in a party for the kiddos with costumes, masks, free candy and lots of safe activities, it’s a win-win.
I grew up going trick or treating in my neighborhood. Some of my neighbors really went all out in the spooky department. One of my most intimidating trick or treating memories is of a neighbor’s house with a pitch-black tent in the front yard set up with tables of bowls each labeled as gross items such as brains, guts, eyeballs. You get the idea. The challenge was to put your hand in the bowl!! Eww! No way! My very active imagination believed that what was labeled as what was in the bowl was actually in the bowl. How did they get that stuff anyway? My dad grinned at me and stuck his hand in the bowl. Not going to happen dad!!
As you can surmise, my family really enjoyed this holiday because they were really into scaring their victims, cough children. One Halloween, while in my teen years, my entire family set up a Haunted House complete with zombies, Frankenstein’s monster, and other horrifying characters. I was not amused, especially when I recognized uncle Eddie behind that mask. How could he make my blood turn cold like that?
Now, I realize that a lot of people enjoy the thrill and excitement of visiting decorated homes, scary haunted houses and the like, but a lot of the hype is geared toward teens and adults and are not very kid friendly. That is why communities, neighborhoods, and churches offer an alternative to the grown-up version of the holiday.
Here at Bixby’s First Baptist Church, we want our neighbors to know we care about them whatever day of the month or year it is. That is why every year on Halloween night we offer Trunk or Treat for the entire community.
Children of all ages are welcome to receive candy from the trunks of cars from trusted adults and that’s not all:
- go on a hay ride,
- ride ponies,
- enjoy inflatables,
- sno cones,
- cake walk,
- hot dogs,
- hot chocolate,
- door prizes.
All for free!
We’ll see you here on October 31st, 2017 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.!
Author: Shirley Pittenger
Shirley Pittenger was the Executive Assistant, Office Manager, and Digital Communications & Social Media Manager at Bixby’s First Baptist Church from 2009 to 2017. Shirley is married to Bob Pittenger who is the Community Groups Pastor at the Church at Battlecreek in the Tulsa Metro area. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Baptist College of Florida. She enjoys teaching in the youth group, singing, reading, studying God’s Word, and spending time with her family.