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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