Friday, November 7, 2008

fPhoto Friday - Trunk or Treat











Today, I wanted to share photos from last Friday night. Our chuch is located in the midst of an old, large neighborhood community with thousands of homes. Three years ago, we began an outreach on Halloween called "Trunk or Treat." About 200 of our church families park their cars and give away candy from their trunks. In addition, we grill and give away free hot dogs, drinks and snacks, as well as New Testaments, tracts and information about our church. There are free games for the kids and also drawings for gift certificates to a local toy store. From the very first year, it's been a HUGE success. This year was no exception. It was an absolutely beautiful night and nearly 4,000 people came through! The parents often share how much they appreciate having a safe place to bring their kids. A number of these families have joined our church as a result of this outreach.

Tom and I love taking part because at our house, we never have more than 4 or 5 trick-or-treaters. (We always leave a bowl of candy on our porch for those who may come by.) My pictures will give you an indication of what we do at Trunk or Treat. In our opinion, it's one of the best jobs of all! Winnie-the-Pooh and Barney greet and hug the kids, and I get to take photos! Can you spot my "hunny?" ☺

Camera: Canon Powershot A610 (point & shoot digital).

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16 comments:

Melanie said...

Hi, Tracy. We do trick or treat, too, at our church. I love this event!

Have a great Friday!

Joyfull said...

What a great ministry! The pictures are wonderful, it looks like everyone had a great time.

Natalie said...

Tracy, it is such a wonderful ministry. This year was the first I experienced anything like a trunk-or-treat (we've only been at this church since Jan). I would not have missed it for anything in this world. The kids, the candy, the ministry! Even the adults got into it. Your pictures show kids that are just bursting with energy and excitement (maybe from the sugar-high). Thanks for posting!!

Woman on a Mission said...

I love Trunk or Treat. I wish I would have had it when I was younger. I can remember my parents going through our bags at the end of the night, yes, to still some candy, but also to throw out all the candy that seemed opened or tampered with. It just feels good as a mom to know that I have a safe place to take my kiddo.

Laurie Ann said...

Great pics! Sounds like a wonderful ministry outreach. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and had a good time snapping these awesome shots!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Love pictures. Love playful and creative hearts of children. Can learn so much from them.

Cheryl said...

We have "Trunk or Treat" at our church also. We do not have the number of people that you do though. Wow, this is a hugh thing there huh? I think it is a wonderful outreach to the community. You have some great pictures, I love the Barney and Winnie costumes. Keep up the good work!

Peggy said...

Blessings Tracy...Love your fotos!
Love the new look! How sweet to have Barney & Pooh! Nice camera!!! actually I believe it's in the eye of the beholder and so it is YOU who is so lovely & sweet! That's a great turn out & different idea for the church to hold! May you enjoy a wonderful weekend & may God bless your home & honey!!!

Becky said...

What fun!

Our church usally does Trunk or Treat for our Awana Club kids, but that's a really great ministry. A great way to invite folks in, too.

Cheryl said...

Hey there,

Those are great pictures. I just want to know why you didn't dress up? Or are you dressed as the photographer? Just teasing. I think programs like this at churches are so valuable to the communities for many reasons, but most especially to reach some that might otherwise not be reached.

I guess I must be blind. Today, I found a package on my front porch. Thank you so much. I love it and your note. It has a place on my desk, so I see it often.

Love,
Cheryl

Debra said...

Tracy,

We used to always do this at our church when our children were smaller. This year Joshua was at a football game so we were there supporting him. I kept seeing so many little ones coming to the game afterward all dressed up and kept thinking "thank you, Lord" that I would get to see a little one all smiling and happy from where they had just been.

Blessings to you, sweet sis!

Kristi said...

We do trunk or treat at our church too. It is such a fun event! I hope you don't mind...but...tag! You are it!

Cheryl said...

Tracy,

Got something for you! It is under the giveaway post!

Love,
Cheryl

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Your trunk or treat looked like so much fun!
Stop by the shed later okay?
Lea

godlover said...

What a great out-reach! I don't know who thought it up but it's wonderful and obviously very successful. Do you all like park your cars in a parking lot of a store and the kids can go from car to car or what? I think it's a great idea. Thanks for sharing and I always love your blog like so many others.

Kathy S. said...

What an awesome idea!