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Since moving out to the country 20 years ago, I could probably count on one hand the number of times we've been visited by trick or treaters. The houses here are pretty spread out and the center of this one-street-light town is at the intersection of two busy state highways so it's not a good place for kids to go around on Halloween night. I imagine their parents drive them to a few places or else take them to some of the nearby villages that have sidewalks and houses are closer together.

But a couple years ago, someone here had a good idea and started a new Halloween tradition. Now residents are encouraged to come out to our town park and dispense treats from the back of their cars. The idea is to decorate the trunk or back of the car and the kids will dress up and go around from car to car collecting treats.

Here is my DH walking our dog past the pavillion where they were cooking hot dogs. I told people that our dog was dressed up as an Irish Setter.

Some other animals attended:

Here are a couple of the decorated cars:

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Comment by Pam/NY on October 31, 2010 at 6:06am
They do that in Ft Myers...very good idea!
Comment by Christine DeNezzo on October 30, 2010 at 10:03pm
I live in a rural county in western KY and Trunk & Treat has been very popular in our town/area for about 6-8 yrs. We go to one of the local church's that host this event. Everything is free. They even have chili & hot dogs/chili dogs, cookies & cake. I think this is the best concept for Halloween. It is a safe environment for a little ones and the slightly older ones also. There are no crazies driving around at an unsafe speed and the kids aren't in the streets/roads. Our county has Trick or Treat hours from 5 pm to 8 pm. If you live in town you put your porch light on and that's the signal for kids to come to your house. All these things are - hopefully - to keep children and their parents safe.
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on October 30, 2010 at 7:55pm
a couple of our local churchs were advertising Trunk or Treat night, but I had no idea that's what they were talking about. It looks like fun. We live in a mobile home park with lots of kids, but we haven't had a trick or treater in at least five years - now I think I know where they've went. As long as they have a good time.

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