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Trunk or Treat Ideas for 2016
Trunk or treat has grown in popularity as churches have found it a very effective way to reach out to the community. Here are a few ideas that will help make your Trunk or Treat more fun and effective.
Plan Ahead. Determine how many cars you need and get people to sign up ahead of time. If more people show up that will be great, but you don’t want to run out of treats and you don’t want the parking lot half empty.
Get as many people involved as possible. Most trunk or treats were started by youth groups or the children’s ministry but to make it as successful as possible encourage other groups to get involved.
Have live music. Get your praise band or members of the choir to put some music together. A concert will encourage people to hang around.
Use a Nintendo Wii or Xbox, projector and screen, and a dance game. Kids will enjoy imitating the dancers on the screen. I could not find any Christian Dance games for the Wii, but here is the dance revolution bundle on Amazon. If you use it preview the music first. There will be some that is not appropriate for a Trunk or Treat. If you know of a Christian dance program for the Wii or Xbox put it in the comments box.
Serve food. Hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza are a good choice because you can quickly cook more if your crowds are larger than you expected.
Include games. They don’t have to be games specifically for Halloween, just something the kids will love playing.
Have a craft area. Many kids enjoy creating something and a craft area makes a nice addition to most trunk or treat festivals. Memory Cross has created two coloring cards for trunk or treat that can be colored and embellished with stickers but also lets the children know about God’s gift.
Have a welcome table. Use it to let people know what is going on and costs if any. Make up a flyer in advance that tells them something about the church and the activities that are coming up. If you have another event coming up print up tickets that and put a complimentary pass on it, good for the whole family. Even if you are not charging for the event it is a great way to encourage them to come back and visit.
Show a movie. Look for one that is around an hour. Usually kids have school so getting them to stay for 2-3 hours may not work.
Have a pumpkin decorating table – If your church is also selling pumpkins set up a table with the mini pumpkins, I believe they are called Jack Be Little pumpkins, paint, markers and stickers and let the kids decorate the pumpkins. Kids love this activity. If your church is not selling pumpkins you can buy them for around $1.00 each and probably work out a discount on a large quantity.
Collect email addresses. Have a prominent sign up where parents can put their email to find out about other things going on at the church. Have a check box that lists categories they might be interested in such as worship, children’s activities, scouts, daycare etc.
Share the Gospel. Hand out a Christian trunk or treat tract that ties the candy into the great gift that God is offering all of us along with a flyer that lists activities that parents might be interested in.
Promote, Promote, Promote. Create flyers and posters to put up around your community. Send an announcement to local radio and TV stations and newspapers. Post on Facebook and online communities. Send a flyer home with the children of your church and ask them to invite a friend. If you have daycare at your church send a flyer home with each child.
If you have other suggestions let us know. We always appreciate the comments.
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This year there are more churches than ever holding Trunk or Treats so I decided to put together 7 ways a church could reach children who attend their trunk or treat with the Gospel.
- Have several cars hand out Christian tracts. They need to tell the Gospel story but also something that children love. At Memory Cross we have created tracts for trunk or treat that are available on our website, but other companies have also created tracts that you can us.
- Consider handing out a Christian children’s book. This can get pricy if you have hundreds of kids but talk to your Christian bookstore. They will often cut a deal on a large order.
- Hand out information on your church, worship services and other activities that children or parents might be interested in.
- Set up a mini movie theater and show a short Christian video. There are several at I Am Second including Bailee Madison and Bethany Hamilton.
- Have plenty of adult volunteers around with name tags that are available to answer any questions that children or adults might have.
- Have your praise band play Christian Music.
- Have a welcome table set up where parents can register their kids. Ask parents for their email address so you can keep in touch with them about upcoming events.
Remember the children and adults are there to have a good time so sharing the Gospel needs to be incorporated into the strategy. Your goal should be to convince them to come back and visit your church at other times and give them a few things that they’ll value that also share the Gospel.
Memory Cross has created a number of Halloween Tracts for Trick or Treat and Trunk or Treat. We’ve put together a video that shows how our cards work.
They may be purchased from our store.
If you have other trunk or treat ideas, post them below.