Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A tiger, a fairy and a teacher walk into a bar. No wait, that’s not right. A tiger and a fairy roll into a bar in a stroller, being pushed by a teacher. No, that isn’t it either. Wait, I’ve got it. A teacher pushes a stroller carrying a tiger and a fairy into a church parking lot for an evening of trunk or treating.
Our church hosts an annual Fall Fest each year. This year, they changed things up a bit and moved all the games and fun outside for a Trunk or Treat. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, I’ll give you a quick lesson. Basically, car trunks (or tailgates or whatever) are decorated and filled with candy. The kids go around to the parked cars and “trick or treat” at the trunk.
Since we knew the festivities at church would be outside (and Halloween night is an outside affair too), we opted for costumes that could easily adapt to just about any weather. Because in NC, you just never know. We’ve had hot, cold, rainy, windy, you name it. I learned a long time ago to expect extremes and be happy when the weather isn’t too uncomfortable.
Halloween used to be my favorite holiday. But, in recent years, it has gotten too
Christmasy commercialized that some of the fun is lost. And, in our neighborhood, I got tired of seeing 15 year olds “trick or treating” as high school students.
Anyway, we got really lucky at Once Upon a Child a couple of weeks ago. We found a costume for Katie and one for Jeb. Total cost – $11 (with tax). I couldn’t have made costumes for less than that. And, they were perfect for their ages. Katie – Tinkerbell (who she is totally fascinated with these days thanks to Netflix). Jeb – Tigger. Abby couldn’t decide on what she wanted to be when we were costume shopping. She finally settled on a teacher, so she had her clipboard in hand during the evening. And, amazingly, everyone knew she was a teacher. That costume was FREE!
Everyone had a great time. The kids stayed warm in their costumes and it was lots of fun seeing our church family celebrating and embracing the surrounding community. I’m already looking forward to next year. I’d really like for us to decorate a trunk. Some had themes… there was a trunk that was lit with Christmas lights and filled with Christmas village figurines. Other memorable ones included UT Vols, NC State, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella & Prince Charming.