The Greater Derry Area
TRUNK or TREAT
What is it?
Trunk or Treat is an event where volunteers come to decorate the trunks of their vehicles and hand out candy or prizes to trick or treaters.
Trunk or treats are great because they're typically held at a safe location where children and their families can either decorate a vehicle, trick or treat, or both in a fun and traffic free environment.
Because everything is closer together and other activities can be offered at the same location - Trunk or Treats are perfect community building events.
This one has togetherness and community at its core.
The Greater Derry Trunk or Treat was started by Journey Church as a community outreach several years ago. In 2015 Thrive Outdoors took over operations to free up the church volunteers and offer extra support. Since community and togetherness are an integral piece of Thrive Outdoors' mission - and Halloween has always been a favorite of Jake (one of the partners) - taking this on as a free event for the town made perfect sense.
Candy, decorations, face painting, a petting zoo, hot dogs, hot cocoa, and a safe place to celebrate are all brought together by local agencies to create one of the most memorable nights of the year.
Thrive Outdoors prides itself on finding the best volunteer face painters around. You may even find one of the partners chipping in at this table...
The Show (AKA The Quiz):
Because Thrive Outdoors and Journey Church like when people take some knowledge from their events, there is always a quiz based on local and world lore surrounding Halloween. But that's not all.... When the crowd gets a question correct they get to have some fun. Jake stands in the "danger zone" while lucky participants get to throw eggs (and other nasty surprises) at him. Enough correct answers (and egg hits) means he goes for "a dip"...
Each year we procure more and more pumpkin guts to fill a small pool. Each year Jake ends up taking a bath in it. Will the crowd hit their mark and send him into The Dip this year?
We have over 40 trunks each year - and are looking to grow. The time and detail that goes into these trunks is amazing and the volunteers who do this deserve so much credit. Below are a few...
The Photo Booth:
Our photo booth is as good as it gets. Melanie from Simply Mella Photography takes a lot of pictures... FOR FREE! And posts them to our Facebook gallery for families and friends to grab. Check out her regular work at the link above - or check out our past Trunk or Treat galleries below.
This incredible event is possible through the gifts, hard work, dedication, and love for community of the following agencies. This year we would love to add your name to the list...