At Halloween who doesn’t get candy? Since I was a little girl, I can remember Halloween and it meant candy. After hours of going door to door yelling ‘Trick or Treat’ at the top of my lungs I would end the night with a large bag of candy. Looking back, I also remember smiling adults who filled my bag and filled my heart with childhood joy. The joy of Halloween candy can be similar to the joy of Christmas gifts. With that in mind, at Christmas many children qualify through a school or church support program, but what happens during the holidays like Halloween?
While assisting at Lutheran Trinity Church’s ‘Feed your Neighbor’ program I unfortunately have seen children not getting to be children. Isn’t is bad enough that these kids have no idea where their next meal will be coming from, but many times they are also coming alone because their parents work 2 jobs to make ends meet.
Many of our club members had heard about schools and churches hosting Trunk or Treats, but it wasn’t until we worked with these children first hand that we realized the huge need for such a simple event. The kids get to dress up or face paint or wear their clothes in some silly way pretending that it is a costume. Then they go to the church and one by one travel from trunk to truck, not even knowing what to say or do. But after hours of going from trunk to trunk they end the night with candy and snacks and smiles and loving support from the community.
I am proud to say that this is the second year that the Paragon Optimist Club attended and hosted a trunk for the kids. It has been fun to dig out old costumes, so I too can dress up like the kids, and so they also see that it is OK to be silly and smile.