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"Hood or Treat": An Alternative to "Trick or Treat" 2024-04-17 04:32:42

This Halloween, some candy enthusiasts may opt for a more stationary form of candy collection known as "Hood or Treat" as an alternative to the traditional "Trick or Treat." In "Hood or Treat," parents and caregivers gather their vehicles in one place, usually in a parking lot, open their trunks, and distribute candies as children move from one car to another.

Some candy givers decorate their trunks with scenes and themes, such as pumpkin patches, spider webs, and monsters.

Here's a brief overview of how it all began and how to find one nearby.

How It Started: The first mentions of "Trunk or Treat" date back to 1994 and are typically associated with churches that present these events as a safer alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating.

An article from 1994 in The Birmingham News in Alabama featured Hilldale Baptist Church in Center Point, where children up to the sixth grade could participate. Attendees advertised attractions like a ball game area, a game room, and prizes, including bicycles.

According to an article in The Greenville News, by 2003, Providence Presbyterian Church in South Carolina held its second annual hot dog dinner as a part of their "Trunk or Treat" event.

Child psychologist David Miller from the University at Albany, though often considered a safer option than "Trick or Treat," says there is little evidence that "Trick or Treat" is unsafe.

Concerns such as people distributing poisoned candies and razor blades in apples arose in the 1960s and have been debunked.

"I think one of the things that we don't appreciate enough about [Trick or Treat] is the sense of trust that we place in our neighbors when kids go out to play," he said. "And in most cases, that trust is justified."

However, he said that "Hood or Treat" can be a good option for those living in rural areas where there are long distances between houses.

"I don't think either 'Trick or Treat' or 'Trunk or Treat' is inherently better than the other," he said. "It really depends on personal preferences. It's a fun activity, and people should have fun, so whatever suits them is suitable."

How to Participate: "Hood or Treat" events take place in many locations, including schools, churches, YMCA facilities, courthouses, and even car dealerships.

These events are often advertised on Facebook, making it a good place to search for one near you. Some of them feature games, contests, and arts and crafts activities.

If you're looking for trunk decoration ideas, social media platforms like Pinterest and TikTok can provide DIY ideas and instructions for setting them up.

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