Halloween night is traditionally about going door to door and shouting, "Trick or treat!" However, some churches are offering an alternative like Conway’s 2nd Baptist.
In anticipation of up to 3,000 kids, Janalyn Satterwhite is busy. She's hauling balloons and setting up an oversized Candyland game board. She's doing this for Conway's 2nd Baptist Church and their event called Trunk or Treat.
Satterwhite says, "Every child is given a bag with three tickets, one for a hot dog, one for lemonade, one for popcorn. Then, they go from trunk to trunk. Each trunk has a game; the children play the game and get the candy. We’ll have over 50 trunks available tonight."
Setting up in Tuesday's wind proved quite challenging for the crew. In fact, last year's weather was so bad they had to move the annual event inside the church. However, Satterwhite says having it outside, in Wal-Mart's parking lot will be a big advantage.
Satterwhite says, "Many people are hesitant to come to church property thinking it's for church members. Here at Wal-Mart, everyone comes to Wal-Mart, everyone needs something."
If you can't make it to the Conway area Tuesday night for Halloween, 1st Baptist Church in Little Rock is doing something similar. Theirs is also called Trunk or Treat. It will be held in the church's parking lot at 62 Pleasant Valley Drive. It's from 5:30 to 7:30.
Satterwhite says this is one of her church's largest outreach missions all year.
She says, "It gives us an opportunity to express our faith and to show people we love you as a person. We don't want anyone to feel threatened that we're going to put religion down their throat in any way."
The church asks parents to fill out a registration form at the Trunk or Treat event. Then, several days later, the church will call the people who wrote down that they have no church affiliation, and invite them to a service.
Trunk or Treat in Conway runs from 6:00-8:00 Halloween night.