On my way back from work the other day, I heard a brief radio ad for a Halloween event. I didn’t really pay much attention to it as I’m not much into this specific holiday. However, I did pause when I heard the phrase ‘Trunk or Treat’ as part of the announcement. ‘Trunk?‘ Before I could start pondering the meaning, I heard the word ‘tree,’ and – content to have the context – I focused on the road ahead of me again. Tree trunk. *shrug*
Once I got home, I checked my email and found one from the apartment complex where I live. The announcement was about an upcoming ‘Trunk or Treat’ event. OK, at that point, I was hooked and had to read on. It turns out that this time the event has nothing to do with trees and instead involves CAR trunks. The email invites all residents to dress up their (car) trunks and drive them to the leasing office, where a Halloween party will take place and treats will be exchanged.
It was my assumption that the trunk event started during the 2020 pandemic when parents would drive to their kids’ schools and teachers would toss some candy into the trunk so as to minimize contact. However, people report ‘trunk or treating’ decades ago. If you say so…
Car trunks, candy, and kids… hmmm… I wonder where your brain will take you. Mine took me the obvious route – nefarious people manipulating kids with candy to get in their car for nefarious reasons – an ancient tale. We all talk about how terrible the world is, yet, we choose to be ignorant at the weirdest of times. Surely no one would take advantage of people having fun!
Back in the day, people were worried about dangerous things being hidden inside Halloween candy. All year round, kids were told not to talk to strangers and not to get into their cars, especially when bribed with candy. These days, we tell kids to get candy from random people’s trunks? In what world is that a good idea?
I don’t really see anything positive in this scenario. You want to dress up – go ahead. You want to decorate your house/yard? Why not. Adorn your car, if that’s what you would like. We can have ALL of that, without unnecessarily inviting evil (paganism aside).
Shannon Sweeney’s pictures in her post from 2018 say it all. Yes, I am an adult and enjoy horror movies. I also am known to have fun every now and again, but the photos of their trunk give me the hibbie jibbies.
If you’re looking for some last-minute costume ideas, check out my post from two years ago. Still very much relevant.
- Are you celebrating Halloween this year?
- If you’re dressing up, what’s your costume?
- Have you heard of ‘trunk and treat?’
- What are your thoughts on ‘trunk and treat?’
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