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My post Halloween ramble

Photo from Flickr by: A.C. RileyHalloween is October 31st

In the three years that we’ve lived in Nashville, this was the first time that I noticed debate on which night kids were going to be trick-or-treating. I had heard some chatter about Sunday being a school night, but school nights never stopped us in the past, right?

Local news reported that some city officials in Tennessee (and elsewhere) had decided that kids should trick-or-treat on Saturday (October 30th), while another suggested parents take their kids out on Friday (October 29th). Our own city leaders decided not to lead, but rather suggest that parents decide for themselves. Way to lead guys!

Halloween is and always will be October 31st. There, I said it.


The other thing I heard about for the first time was trick-or-trunking. According to Wikipedia, trick-or-treating is done from parked car to parked car in a local parking lot, often at a church house.

I can only guess that people trick-or-trunk because they are too lazy to walk around their neighborhood with their children, or they are too paranoid or anti-social about meeting their neighbors.

Maybe someone can explain this to me, maybe I’m missing the point of trick or trunking. I think it sounds like a lame way for your kids to spend Halloween. Leave the trunks to tailgating.

Photo from Flickr by: A.C. Riley


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  • Joey Strawn

    Amen, Dave. Amen. I couldn’t agree more with you about the Trick or Treating on 31st or not doing it at all.

    Also, I’ve seen the trend of Trunk or Treating increasing over the years myself and I am also not a fan. I don’t think it’s particularly for lazy people, I think it’s more for parents who want to distance themselves from the “evils” of Halloween. More than likely they are the same parents who think Harry Potter is a hidden message from the devil.

  • Agreed on the trunk or treating!

  • Dave Lake

    Whoa, whoa, whoa Dave, maybe Trick or Trunking gives Fat Tony and the boys to scope out the interior size of different trunks. I mean when you’ve got to whack a couple of guys it makes no sense to stick them in a car where they’d be seen right? Ask the guys in Shedden. I mean if they’d used 70’s Lincoln Town cars they could have dumped them all in one trunk! :-)

  • Ok, “Trick-or-Trunking” sounds weird to me. Dig your line: “leave the trunks to tailgating”. I could only imagine that the reason someone would opt for this is that it “might” be considered safer? I don’t know. I don’t see it and I don’t get it. Door-to-door is the way it’s supposed to be and if the houses on the block are decorated, even better. Walking around the neighborhood is part of the fun.

    Side note: my 7-year-old nephew told his dad on Sunday (the day Halloween should be celebrated) – “c’mon dad, don’t be a wuss, let’s pull an all-nighter!!” Ha! I thought people only talked about all-nighters in college with a box of redbull.

  • Jacques

    I fear that we are loosing one of the last community building activities to people’s distrust and brain washing. I agree with you as well.

  • Great point Dave! I never considered that.

    Buda Bing,

  • That would be a long night! Cool kid!!
    The safety issue keeps coming up, but I don’t buy it.

    There are more drunk drivers on the road during Halloween. Less cars in the road makes more sense to me.

    Plus, who’s to say that the owner of the car with the big trunk isn’t some freak?

  • Thanks Jacques. It’s a sad state of affairs, eh?

  • If parents truly care about their kid’s safety, they need only trick-or-treak with them, but stay with them. I’m not talking about the creepy guy down the street, I’m talking about making sure your little goblin doesn’t dart out across the street into an oncoming car.

    Thanks Joey!

  • I agree with you on 10/31 being Halloween. I think trunk or treating is good idea. I live in a very rural community with sometimes a mile between houses. All the townsfolk get together at the local high school to trunk or treat. I like it as an alternative to unloading 3 kids (6, 4, and 6 months) go to a door and repeating the process.

  • Thanks Jeff. I can see that as a good use for trunk-or-treating. However, the stuff I’ve been reading is primarily about replacing trick-or-treating with trunk-or-treating. That’s what irks me.

    Thanks for your two cents.

  • Dave Lake

    Not surprising with the trunk thing, maybe it is parents deciding it is safer than sending their kids out in the neighbourhood.

    Not sure about down your way but almost no kids walk to school any more, they all get a drive, even when the school is in their own neighbourhood. I live right across the street from an elementary school (with a day care as well) and I swear every single kid is driven.

  • A. Charlotte Riley

    Trick or trunking?!! That’s a new one to me, and so sad. It seems to promote a feeling of –not only insular thinking but also– suspicion and fear of your local community. What better way to teach your kids to look both ways and not dart out onto the street than when you are walking with them door to door? And, I’m with you, Oct 31st IS Hallowe’en!

    PS: Great pic! ;-)

  • Thanks. It does seem sad, doesn’t it?