The New Tradition That Is Changing Halloween As We Have Known It
It’s a foggy Halloween night. A man is walking home alone late when behind him he hears – bump, bump, bump. Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him – bump, bump, bump. Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing faster and faster behind him – bump, bump, bump. He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping clappity on the heels of the terrified man – bump, bump, bump. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps. With a loud crash the casket breaks down the door, clapping toward him – bump, bump, bump. The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket, and … the coffin stops.
One of the most joyful memories of my childhood was that of Halloween. Every October 31st I would come home from school and scrape together whatever I could find to make up some sort of costume and along with my now empty pillow case, sit outside and wait for the official sign of dusk (the street lights coming on). Then, for the next three hours or so, hundreds of us kids would walk the endless streets of our neighbourhood going from house to house, giving each home owner the same option, “trick or treat”.
But now, move over trick or treat, there’s a new way of doing Halloween and it’s called, “trunk or treat”. Here’s how it works: Number one, you find a fairly large local parking lot. Number two, you get a good number of area homes who want to participate in this new way. Number three, each homeowner decorates the open trunk of their car instead of the front of their house. Number four, inside the trunk of the auto are placed the treats to be given out. Number five, each vehicle then drives to the designated area and lines up parallel to the other cars. Number six, the costumed children go from auto to auto and their bags are filled by the car driver standing by their open trunk. Number seven, everyone then goes back home. (Thus the back of your vehicle becomes your front porch and instead of kids going from house-to-house they go from trunk-to-trunk.) As one person aptly described it, it’s kind of like a Halloween tail-gating party. And there are all kinds of web-sites that provide additional ideas for the evening (games, activities, music, prizes, etc.) as well as trunk decorating tips and kits. And parents are really loving trunk or treat for it greatly cuts back both the time and distance they have had to previously put in for doing Halloween traditionally, finding it especially helpful with young kids. So, whether done by church groups or social clubs, it is the growing trend.
The bottom line? Just what the average Canadian child needs today – an easier way to do Halloween that involves a lot less exercise and a lot more eating.