So here it is:
I take my kids trick or treating. I do. I always have. Every year of their lives. And not once did we stop and worship satan along the way.
(Please do not email me to tell me the history of Halloween or the true meaning of All Hallows Eve. I've heard it all. We still trick or treat.)
Anyway, I was actually surprised (and a little disappointed) this year when my kids said they wanted to attend the trunk or treat at our church instead of trick or treating in our neighborhood.
We have a lot of homeschoolers at our church and many of them do the same history program. Currently they are all studying the Amazon. So they decided to have a themed alternative party at the church on Halloween with a South American theme. We aren't used to working with a theme, and it actually made it much more difficult to come up with costume ideas. Plus with Kerry gone, my mind is overloaded with all I have to do each day and I just didn't have the brain power or energy to work on this a lot.
Katie went as a flower.
Emily went as a monkey.
Ben went as an explorer with two snakes wrapped around him. (I made him rearrange the snakes so that neither of them was coming out the leg of his shorts after this picture.)
I didn't know what to expect. I've always heard of "trunk or treat" so I thought there would be cars parked in the parking lot and the kids would go to each car for candy. Didn't sound like much fun. Didn't seem like it could take very long. The parking lot isn't that big.
There was a giant Easter Island type statue which was used as a hula-hoop tossing game.
Kids had to throw two green snakes (green tube socks filled with a tennis ball and stuffing) at this pyramid and knock it down.
"Bananas (duh) - from Costco."
There were plenty of great activities, but one of my favorites was a maze made of refrigerator boxes.
The students had set up an area with displays of the studies they had done about South America as well. One adult exclaimed, "Wow! These look like something you'd see in a real school!" The teens thought that was hilarious.
There was also a "snake stomp" where long balloons were tied to the kids ankles, and each person tried to pop everyone else's snake before theirs was stomped out of existence.
I'm not sure who came up with the idea of giving every kid a pea shooter and all the Kix cereal they could blow thorough it. There were all out wars breaking out left and right with people shooting Kix through their straws at each other. Some folks were laughing so hard I was afraid they were going to inhale their cereal instead of blowing it back out.
Turns out trunk or treat is a lot more fun than I thought!