Posted on 17 Oct 2021
Calling ghouls, ghosts, and goblins of all sizes! Join the Reunion community on Sunday, October 24 as our annual Trunk or Treat event returns to the Reunion Rec Center parking lot. Now that Halloween is back on according to medical experts, we’re celebrating the opportunity to spend this festive and magical time together.
Before we get into the details of our own community festivities, did you know about the history of trick-or-treating?
Spooky Trunk or Treat History
Although there are many historical accounts of people visiting homes to perform songs, poetry, or short skits in exchange for food, the practice of “trick-or-treating” as we know it didn’t begin in the United States until the 1920s. While trick-or-treating stopped during World War II when there were significant sugar shortages, by 1951 the activity was such a part of American culture that it was referenced in a Peanuts strip by Charles Schulz.
The earliest iterations of Trunk or Treating were called “Halloween Tailgating” and were mentioned in the New York Times as early as 2006. Americans now spend an estimated $2.6 billion on candy at Halloween, (according to the National Retail Federation), and the day itself has become the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday. The Federation also predicts that Americans will spend $10.4 billion on costumes this year. The most popular costumes of 2019 — the last time we held Trunk or Treat at Reunion — were Fortnite, Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Black Panther. Who do you think we’ll see at the Rec Center this year?
Save The Date!
At 4 pm on October 24, bring your whole family down to trick-or-treat from the decorated trunks of your neighbors’ cars, all while sharing smiles and making unforgettable memories with other Reunion residents. Although your sweet tooth is sure to be sated, feel free to bring an appetite for other fare as well — food trucks will be on-site so you can pad your stomach for the oncoming candy deluge. If you want a little break from the action, take your chow to-go and settle in for a mini Halloween picnic at one of our picture-pretty parks: Heartland, Unity, or Harmony all have play equipment to keep the whole family entertained while you munch.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of our littlest Reunion friends in their costumes. From princesses to pirates, monsters to Muppets, everyone is welcome here at Reunion. Call us today to find out more about joining our spooktacular community!