Trunk or Treat is a Halloween tradition for many churches across the area. It's a time when the community dresses up and comes together to trick-or-treat from the trunks of their cars.
Trunk-or-Treat is an tradition for many East Tennessee churches. It's a time when the community dresses up and comes together to trick-or-treat from the trunks of their cars.
The events held at Ridgedale Baptist Church and Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church on Wednesday night had activities for the whole family.
The main attraction was the candy. Pastor Mark McGill at Ridgedale Baptist said their event included 21,000 pieces of candy and 18 car trunks.
People in the community decorated their trunks to hand out candy to the kids.
"The primary purpose for a church is not just to hand out candy. It's to meet their community," said McGill.
Marielle Kusch helped organize the event at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church. She said it's a time for great fellowship.
"There's a lot of wonderful people in the churches, and this is a way just to get them together," said McGill.
They said it's also a way to keep kids safe, because trick-or-treating at the church can be safer than going door-to-door on Halloween night.
"It's just a very safe Christian environment where children can trunk-or-treat," said Kusch.
"We have a lot of folks in our church that live in areas they would not necessarily take their children out trick-or-treating and this is a great alternative for them. This is all they do," said McGill.
"We would also love for them to go out on Halloween as long as they feel that its a safe environment," said Kusch.
Wednesday night, organizers and pastors said they planned to spend most of their time meeting new people because this one event may even change someone's life.
"We see a lot of families end up coming by to visit us on a Sunday for worship," said McGill.