Church-based Halloween alternatives are becoming as popular than traditional trick-or-treating.
The popularity of Trunk or Treat has been steadily growing. More churches are coming to realize that Trunk or Treat provides a way to reach the community and invite visitors to church. Also, as the concern over the safety of trick-or-treat grows, parents are looking for safer alternatives.
“It’s basically trick-or-treating, but out of the trunk of a car,” said the youth director at West Side Christian, which is hosting its first trunk or treat with neighboring Immanuel Baptist Church on Halloween night.
Most churches look at Trunk or Treat as a safe alternative to offer the young people, while they can still have a great deal of fun, and of course, get a real stash of goodies before they are done. Other churches will also have fall festivals with pumpkin-carving, face-painting and carnival games. Some of the events raise money for the church ministries, but most are free.
Trunk or Treat events at local churches include:
Southside Christian Church, located at 1610 Southside Road, will have their annual Trunk or Treat event Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
There will be lots of candy, games and crafts.
The event is free.
For more information, call 542-2234.
Calvary Baptist Church will have its Trunk or Treat Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4:30 to 6 p.m
Church members are asked to decorate their car trunk and fill it with candy to distribute to the neighborhood children.
Zion Baptist Church, 1982 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, will host a “Harvest Festival/Trunk or Treat” event Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Trunk or treating will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to dress up and participate.
Hot dogs, drinks, chips and cookies will be served to all who attend. There will also be games for kids and a cake walk.
For more information, contact Andy Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.zion-baptist.com.
Trunk or Treat will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Keenburg Free Will Baptist Church from 6 to 7 p.m.
Kids are invited to dress up and attend the event, which will be held in the church parking lot.
& West Side Christian
Trunk or Treat will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church.
The church is located at 205 Hunter Ave.
Joining Immanuel will be the West Side Christian congregation.
First Free Will
Trunk or Treat will be held Sunday following the evening worship service, which begins at 6 p.m. Trunk or Treat will be held in the parking lot on First Street.
East River Park
Trunk or Treat will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, at the East River Park Christian Church, 1207 Broad St.
Activities will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and will include car trunks filled with tons of candy, a huge inflatable slide, a bouncy bounce, fun games, face painting, a hot dog campfire roast, free drinks, hot chocolate and popcorn.
Freedom Road Baptist
Trunk or Treat will be held at Freedom Road Baptist Church, 708 W. C. St., Elizabethton, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
A free concert will be presented by Bless the Broken.
Free hot dogs and drinks will be offered to attendees.
Elk Park Christian
Elk Park Christian Church will have Trunk or Treat Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Children are invited to wear their costumes and go trunk or treating. There will be games, apple cider and coffee for the adults.
The church is located at 220 Old Mill Road in Elk Park.