In the light of day, rather than the dark of night, some residents celebrated Halloween on Sunday not by opening their doors, but by popping their car trunks.
As a way to unite community, safety and faith, churches across Montgomery County participated in Trunk or Treat festivities, providing children and families with a fun and festive way to collect candy, while staying safe.
Toting her 1-year-old daughter, Alice, who was dressed as a bear, Jennifer Black visited Hyattstown Christian Church down the street from her house in Hyattstown, after seeing a sign off the road. She also learned about the event from her friend, the Rev. Lisa Kay C. Smith, the church’s pastor.
At the tiny church, where the congregation is around 100 members, car trunks were decked out in the parking lot with colorful decorations like spider webs and pumpkin heads, and filled with bags of candy. Inside the church, hotdogs were devoured and pumpkins were available for painting.
“She’s a little too young for the candy, but it’s a nice way to spend a nice Sunday afternoon with the neighbors,” said Black, who attends a church in Riverdale.
Handing out bags of candy from the “Wizard of Oz”-themed trunk of her car, church member Pat Bush of Hagerstown said she thinks Trunk or Treat is likely celebrated as a way of promoting safety and security.
The celebration also gives her the opportunity to have some fun for herself.
“My kids and grandkids are back in Kansas, so Grandma doesn’t get the chance to be a kid herself,” she said.
Smith credited Trunk or Treat as a gateway into piquing children’s into the church.
“It’s fun, it’s children, it’s candy,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to be happy and not too serious.”