Trunk or Treat: what was that all about?
Published on: 24 Nov 2017
DRESSING up, multitudes of sweets, parties, decorations - it’s no wonder that Halloween is becoming more popular every year. It was with this in mind that Christ Church Downend decided to put on an event called Trunk or Treat. Originating from America, it’s an alternative to the traditional trick or treating around houses.
Using this idea, the Church decided to organise a celebratory event, where the children could dress up and have lots of fun but with Jesus as the focus. So on All Hallows’ eve in the church car park, 12 cars parked up with their ‘trunks’ (boots) wide open. Each trunk held an activity. Hot chocolate, soup, hot dogs and many other food items were on offer, as well as various games, including hook a duck, guess the number of sweets in the jar, a competition for the happiest pumpkin and a lolly lucky dip.Sweets, chocolates and glow sticks featured too, but the real treasure was the bible verses that were being collected at each stall. There was also a letter to be collected from each trunk which was a clue that could be rearranged. For any that didn’t get all, it spelled out “Jesus is my Light”.
With each car brightly lit and almost 140 people, there was a very exciting atmosphere. This was captured beautifully at the end of the evening when everyone gathered to sing in front of the brightly lit pumpkin entries, each family holding an electric tea light and singing. It seemed to encapsulate what the church wanted to achieve, everyone having a great time, celebrating the light that triumphs over darkness, Jesus.