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Kids say "trunk or treat" in Leesburg

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October 31, 2006

Lee County--  Every year, some people give the spooky Halloween holiday a bad wrap. Many say it's evil. A Leesburg church found a fun way to give the community an alternative outlet to get candy and camaraderie.

It's an event that sends people car to car instead of door to door. It's called Trunk or Treat. "We wanted to provide the community an alternative way to trick or treat," said church member Wendy Salter.

A creative concept started by Thundering Springs Baptist Church three years ago.  Church members set up shop in the trunks of their cars.

"The children can go around to each car and either play a game or get candy," said Salter. But here's the twist.  It's not always as easy as just saying "trick or treat".

"I want the children to tell me a bible verse when they come up," said Sunday School Teacher Patsy Hartley. Sunday School teacher Patsy Hartley calls her trunk set-up Scarecrow Bible Study.  If kids can't give her a verse, they just need to say something about God.

"They tell me everything. One little boy told me He lives up there," said Hartley. This atmosphere gives little cowboys and baby lions a safe, well-lit place to spend the night of October 31st. It also gives grown-ups a chance to play dress-up.  Pastor Calvin King has plenty of fun each year giving the community a Halloween alternative.

"That kind of helps us buy into the evening more if we do that," said King. It's an evening that of course gives kids the main thing that brings them out each Halloween.

"Umm, getting candy," said Caitlyn Davis. But organizers hope they have an even bigger experience.

"Learn about God and have fun at the same time," said 14-year-old Jeremy Laramore. That's the biggest treat and one many walk away with as they go trunk to trunk.  

Trunk or treat is open to any member of the community. Organizers say it grows each year.  

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