Halloween tailgating events growingST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new twist on Halloween trick-or-treating that appears to be growing in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new twist on Halloween trick-or-treating that appears to be growing in Minnesota.
Similar to tailgating at sporting events, the family-friendly "trunk or treating" events are being adopted by a handful of communities and churches across the state. Staged in large parking lots, participants decorate the trunk of their vehicles and pass out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Burnsville recently held such an event that also included a bouncy house, games, crafts and a concession stand.
"We've learned that people want to find things they can do together as a family, and this is meant to be one of them," said the Rev. Mike Geiger, pastor at Good Shepherd.
Downtown Red Wing had its fifth annual trunk-or-treat gathering last week.
"The first year, we had maybe 500 to 800 kids," said Tracy Hardyman, events coordinator for Red Wing Downtown Main Street. "This year, we had about 2,000 people downtown."
Salem Lutheran Church in West St. Paul will host its second annual trunk-or-treat on Thursday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"It gives older teens a chance to dress up and have fun, too," said Rhonda Hlavinka, director of family ministry. "They might be too old to go trick-or-treating, but this way, they can still hand out candy, decorate and dress up. It's a safe way for them to be part of Halloween."