A few years ago, at the first house we visited on Halloween night, my two-year-old daughter McRae walked inside the minute the door was opened. Before the 75-year-old man at the door could react, she had juked passed him and was deep into his living room casing the joint for candy.
In her defense, Halloween is kind of confusing. For 364 days of the year, we tell her not to accept candy from strangers. Then on Halloween, we dress her up as a big blue M&M, and encourage her to use her hand as some sort of crane device to pick up the maximum payload possible when strangers offer her buckets of treats to choose from.
It would be a lot simpler if our church had a Halloween alternative event. They’re pretty popular these days and come in a variety of shapes and colors. Some churches hold fall festivals or harvest hayrides or Trunk and Treat, an event that combines both strangers with candy and a place usually best suited for a spare tire.
I think those are great. I appreciate that different Christians handle the whole trick or treat thing in different ways. But since my dad, a minister, a church planter, a former member of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention took us trick or treating, I don’t have much experience with Halloween alternative events. (Sorry to throw you under the Halloween bus dad, but that’s what you get for making me be a “hobo” for 6 years running, a costume that involves wearing old clothes and charcoal from the grill. Easiest/worst costume ever.)
I was going to create my own version of a Halloween alternative event, complete with a fantastical acronym and name. (My first thought was “Junk in the Trunk” because I figured I could hire Sir-Mix-A-Lot to play the gig.) But then I got an email from my friend Bryan about a Halloween event he went to as a child at the First Christian Church of Hendersonville. I was instantly reminded that fact is stranger than fiction and that you readers are funnier than me. Want to guess what the name of the event was?
On the surface that is probably a B- idea. I mean at least they named it after something car trunk related. I didn’t think it was that awesome until he told me what it stood for.
I heart that. If that was a bumper sticker I would mail a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to request one. I would dress up as David or Samson (no one ever goes as Enoch) and go to that event in about 2 seconds. I would expect to eat some “alternative oreos” that didn’t get eaten at VBS and drink forearm-stirred orange drink and use the smoke machine the youth minister tricked the church into getting and sing “Friends are Friends Forever“ when the whole thing was over. That’s just how I get down.
How about you? Are you going trick or treating tomorrow night?
Are you going to a Halloween alternative event tonight at a church?
What are your plans for Halloween?
(Post originally appeared on February 23, 2008.)