Bumper to bumber at Trunk-or-Treat

October 23, 2005|By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

BOONSBORO - About a dozen members of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church parked their cars in the parking lot behind the church Saturday afternoon and popped their trunks.

Instead of spare tires and lug wrenches, they revealed pirates' booties of candy, pumpkins, an oversized polar bear, teddy bears and, in one instance, a statue of a mechanical dancing witch singing "I Like Candy."

"We decorate our trunks with whatever there may be. This is my first shot at it," said the Rev. Robert Brennan, pastor of Mount Nebo, who was wearing a set of bear's ears.


The trunk filled with teddy bears belonged to Brennan.

"I thought it would be a fun thing to do in the spirit of Halloween being fun instead of being scary," Brennan said.

As part of an outreach trend sweeping the nation's churches, Mount Nebo hosted its first Trunk-or-Treat event Saturday. Members were invited to fill their trunks with Halloween decorations, and, of course, candy, and set up shop in the church parking lot. Instead of knocking on doors, the young trunk-or-treaters merely had to wander from bumper to bumper for treats.

Sharpsburg resident Curt Johnson brought his children to the event after hearing about it from a member at Mount Nebo. While he has taken his children trick-or-treating before in the neighborhood, he said he felt the Trunk-or-Treat would be a good environment for his young ones, ages 5 and 7 months.

"I thought it was great when I heard about it," Johnson said. "I think this is a positive."

Johnson transformed his car's trunk into a miniporch, with a giant, black trash bag setting the backdrop. In addition to a smattering of orange-colored bats and pumpkins, he had set the singing witch in the center of his trunk. With each passer-by, he would push a button on the statue's base, prompting it to belt out a tune.

"This is mine. I have a little animatronics," he said with a proud smile.

Event organizer Beth Clipp, with the church's children's ministry program, said she seized upon the idea for the event both as a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating and as a way to welcome members of the wider community to Mount Nebo.

The event was open to children between the ages of 2 and 10. In addition to the candy-laden car trunks, there were a variety of games and activities set up for children inside the church, including a mini-golf game in which children putted golf balls into a pumpkin, two water-filled bobbing-for-apples tubs and an arts-and-crafts station where the children could paint faces onto miniature pumpkins and make Halloween cards for their family.

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