Door-to-door is the standard for collecting candy on Halloween, but a church in downtown St. John’s is offering a Trunk-or-Treat event in the hopes of adding parishioners. “It’s where we fill our parking lot with cars, open up the trunks, have them decorated, fill them with treats and the children can come and go from trunk to trunk to trunk and get treats,” says Rev. Gail Coley MacDonald of St. Thomas Anglican Church on Military Road.
“We thought this would be a good way to do it — let’s reach out to the children, to the families in our neighbourhood to let them know that we’re here.” She said she first heard of the idea a couple of years ago, but this is the first time the church has taken it on. A church in Corner Brook did a similar event in 2015. Coley MacDonald said in talking to people in the community, church officials came to the conclusion that St. Thomas had become “a destination parish rather than a neighbourhood church.” New outreach and hospitality committees were set up to try and get people in the vicinity to make St. Thomas their church of choice. She said at least 25 people had committed to decorating the trunks of their vehicles for Halloween — albeit with some gentle guidelines about gore and thrills. “We would rather not have witches and vampires, but if people come in with that I’m not going to say no,” said Coley MacDonald.