This year was the first year The United Parish of Upton brought “trunk or treating” to the community.
While the origins of “trunk-or-treating” are a mystery, the benefits of them are well-known: less walking for little kids, a safer environment for Halloween, and fun for everyone! It’s a safe family oriented way to bring the community together, especially members of the community who don’t get many trick or treaters.
Part of the tradition is decorating your car’s trunk to match a specific theme. Some people keep it simple, and others go all out. The “trick” to it seems to be finding something you’re passionate about and displaying it in your trunk as creatively as possible. If you’ve got Christmas lights, sports gear, cardboard, or fake cobwebs, you can have a creepy or cool trunk in a flash. And if you’re feeling a little more ambitious your trunk station could even include activities for the trick or treaters.
Jessica Murphy thought “trunk or treating” would be a perfect fit for the United Parish, “I had always thought that our welcoming little church would offer the perfect venue for “trunk or treating” because of our location along the Halloween Parade route.”
“For our inaugural year, we had 8 vehicles participate, and I would say upwards of 250 children come through the parking lot. There were games and all kinds of photo opportunities and plenty of candy. Now that people know what Trunk or Treating is, I am hoping that next year we can fill our parking lot with even more cars,” said Jessica.