Trunk or Treat Ideas for 2013
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Trunk or treat has grown in popularity over the last few years. Many churches have found it a very effective way to reach out to the community. Here are a few ideas that I hope will help make yours 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.
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. Here are a few I found from Grace Point Church if you are looking for a few trunk or treat games.
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.
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.
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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