Some parents choose safe, not spooky Halloween

Some parents choose safe, not spooky Halloween
By: Wes Wallace
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Black cats, spooky costumes, and lots and lots of candy. Those are just a few of the ingredients for a tradition Halloween. Over the years, the threat of child predators and the need to X-ray candy changed the face of the fall holiday from fun to truly frightening.
"It's a very safe alternative," says Meleia Sides, "You don't have to worry about them running out in front of cars or anything like that, it's just right here in a parking lot. It's much safer."

Sides watches her three children and niece go from car to car, instead of door to door. The Trunk or Treat concept is nothing new, but it's one many parents are turning to just to cut out the "what if" factor.  "We started doing it as an outreach to the community," says Brenda Shadron, a member at Grace United Methodist Church, "It's truly a fun and safe place for the kids."

The only scary sight around are the car trunks themselves, all decked out in spooky fashion. A big black spider made of garbage bags and other materials sits atop Shadron's car.  "It doesn't really take the fun out of trick or treating," explains Shadron, "They like it, it's just like one stop shopping for them."

Safe seems to be the keyword for everyone. It may not be the same as neighborhood stroll for candy and treats, but as long as the end result is the same, the kids don't seem to mind.