San Antonio opts for Trunk or Treat

November 14, 2013 by  

Like many other communities, San Antonio celebrated Halloween with ‘Trunk or Treat’ rather than the traditional ‘Trick or Treat’, as communities begin to look for alternatives to the time-honored custom of trekking through neighborhoods.

Speaking to, Charlie Simons, who is the pastor of the Alamo Heights Baptist Church, said it began the event seven years ago as a Halloween community outreach evening. He noted they believed it would be good to create a safe place in which children and adults alike could enjoy themselves, share candy and other food, and celebrate the evening. That first year, Trunk or Treat drew approximately 30 people but, this year, hundreds of parents and their children took part, coming from all across San Antonio to attend.

Trunk or Treat saves children and parents from the risks of crossing busy streets and canvassing unfamiliar areas. Instead, they can gather in the parking lot, where people participate by decorating the trunks of their cars, and selected hosts hand out candy and other snack foods. There were other activities too, including a moonbouncer.

Trunk or Treat has been adopted by several other San Antonio churches, as well as local YMCAs also held similar events earlier in the week.

San Antonio officials may want to consider making this a city-wide alternative to Trick or Treat, and work with brochure printers to create a mailer explaining the purpose of Trunk or Treat, the safety it affords both parents and children, and possible venues for next year’s celebrations.