Tricks, treats, and trunks [Family and Parenting]

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Tricks, treats, and trunks

When kids say “trick or treat”, does anyone ever refuse to give a treat and instead ask for a trick? Just wondering. Let’s let the candy hunting, gathering, and stashing begin.

When I was a kid, the only way to get those adored treats was to disguise myself in a costume, trek off into the neighborhood (in the dark mind you; there was no going out at 5:00), and hope that every house had their lights on. We walked up to a doorbell, rang it, and politely begged (I mean asked) for a piece of candy. I had to keep up with my kid sister, freeze our buns off up in northern New Jersey, scamper around puddles, and see how many leaves we could crunch under our feet through the three hour excursion up and down the lanes.

And we had 1 shot at it. If you had awakened with a stomach bug on Hallow’s Eve A.M., too bad. If the storm clouds had rolled in and lightning ruined your best laid plans, too bad. If your costume had been eaten by your dog and you had a gaping hole where it shouldn’t have been, too bad.

Fast forward to adulthood and a family and kids of my own. Fliers and signs appeared all over the place about parking lots and shopping centers where kids could walk around in the middle of daylight to pick up candy! I learned about these trick-or-treating events when my daughter was in preschool. What? Kids have multiple chances to store up candy for the winter? When did Halloween and trick-or-treating become so super simple?!

Actually, as a parent, I think the trunk-or-treat experience is simple: simple for me! Whether it’s a Halloween party at Norton Commons or a Trunk-or-Treat at a church, lots of candy getting events are happening everywhere all around Louisville from this weekend through the end of October. Here are a few of my family’s favorites:

Westport Village held on Friday, October 26 from 6pm-9pm

Jeffersontown Pumpkinfest, held on Saturday, October 27 from 11am-2pm

Middletown Christian Church, held on Sunday, October 28 from 5pm-7pm

And check out Louisville Family Fun’s list to keep up with all of your options through Halloween.

Photos by Erin Nevitt

Trick or Treat in the Village
About Erin Nevitt
Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!
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