Instead of having a fall carnival or festival, this year our church did a trunk or treat for halloween.

Prior to this announcement I have never heard of a trunk or treat.

I am now aware that I am the only person in the world who had never heard of it and from now on I will be taking mandatory breaks outside of the box I am getting so comfortable in.

Thank you.

Most cars involved did really fun and creative and interactive designs.

Picnik collage.trunktreat 

We, uh…. well…. we sorta opted for simplistic design principles.


Our churches' trunk-n-treat was open to the general public, so I was tickled when one child approached so cautiously and whispered,

"What is that?" as she pointed up.

"Well, thats a cross sweetheart." I said with a smile.

Her mom got closer and said to her tiny sprite of a daughter, "You know what that is!"

She looked at me with mild frustration… "She's just being shy."

So I leaned in closer and said, "Do you know who died on the cross for you?"

She looked up at me with a mixture of curiousness and fear in her big eyes…

"Jesus did.  All for you.  He loves you that much!"

Her eyes crinkled a bit at the corners as a smile creeped onto her face.

Either she was delighted in hearing those words, or happy I had just dumped 27 suckers into her bag.

I'm taking the first choice. 

Just wait!  You are not getting away that easy!I just have to show you pictures of my little ones dressed up! 


Yeah.  They had fun.

How was your Halloween?  I'd love to hear all about it!  If you blogged about it, feel free to leave a link so we can all check it out!

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Reader Comments

  1. Okay, so…you’re not the only one who’s never heard of “trunk or treat”!! Guess I need to crawl out from under this rock!!

  2. I hadn’t heard of it until this year. My new fav though is the church who has a neewollah party. Seriously? I just don’t get it.
    Our church did one, but it was POURING, so we opted out. ๐Ÿ™
    I love the new baking site. It’s so cute and fun and my hubby just got me a new oven so I can bake again. Yep, I’m gonna go pack on the pounds. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Okay one last really stupid thing, but you’ve got to check out this link. You’ll laugh when you see it.

  3. My church did the Trunk and Treat, too, but unfortunately we weren’t able to go. I did have a good time handing out candy to our neighborhood kiddies, while Monte froze while walking around the neighborhood with our kiddos! I’ll upload pictures soon (meaning, hopefully tomorrow)!
    Miss you – lets get together soon, okay?! Loves!

  4. how fun! we almost went to a trunk or treat this year, but my girl got pooped out from t or t’ing. your kids are adorable!! so awesome that you shared Jesus w/ that little girl too!
    so, i left you a blog award on my blog. make sure you check it out!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’ve never gone trunk or treating either…it never would have occurred to me to decorate the car!
    I posted all sorts of Halloween pictures and what not, but nothing too fabulously entertaining to anyone other than grandma’s who wanted to see the costumes. Well unless you count my sewing mistakes as funny then you would be entertained ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love that you put up the cross. So awesome. YOu are such a light. Your children are so cute and I love their little costumes. Fun!

  7. Our church did trunk or treat too in addition to a Harvest Festival, but since the Harvest Festival is almost the same as the Gym Jam they do once a month we opt to go trick or treating instead since that is only once a year.
    I liked the kids’ costumes but can I say that I loved the monkey the very best. That is an extremely cute costume for a little one!
    If ya’ll would like ta see my child’s homemade R2D2 costume pop on over to
    I honesty cannot believe I was able to pull it off but it turned out great.

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