How to Plan a Safe Trunk-or-Treat Event

Ensure a Sweet Time for All

Every autumn, ministries find unique ways to enjoy the season. Many offer events for kids and families as a substitute for traditional activities, such as trick-or-treating.  

A popular way to give out candy has sprung up in church parking lots in the form of Trunk-or-Treat events. The idea is to decorate the trunks of various vehicles and distribute candy in a personalized and fun way. Children can go car to car, gather candy, and enjoy the themes and decorations. Usually the event is paired with carnival games or a cook-out. Trunk-or-Treats may be done day or night and offer an alternative for kids walking door to door. They also allow churches an opportunity to reach out to the community with a positive message about their church and ministry.

These activities can be fun and safe when planned properly. Check out these quick tips.

Safety Tips for Cars and Drivers:

  • Designate and secure separate areas for the various aspects of the event -- an area for the decorated cars that are participating in the Trunk-or-Treat, an area for parking for families who are bringing their kids, an area for games/food, etc.
  • Have a designated time for people to get their decorated cars in place before the event starts and a designated time to pull their cars out after the event ends -- minimizing car movement during the event.
  • Remind participants to keep their cars turned off for the entire event.
  • Ensure all children are a safe distance away before allowing cars to move.
  • Watch for children darting into unsecured areas.

Safety Tips for Participants:

  • Require parental supervision for all children.
  • Only allow prepackaged treats to be given away.
  • Ask parents to inspect treats before children eat them.
  • Respect the designated areas for treats and games to avoid accidents in the parking lot.