Trunk-or-treat & chili cook-off

An event for the whole church family. Decorate the trunk, hatch, or whole car and pass out candy as kids "trick-or-treat" from car to car. Those interested can also enter a pot of chili for our first ever chili cook-off.

Saturday, October 26th

5:00 - 7:00pm

Location: Holy Cross Church parking lot


There will be games and activities as well as a prize for the Best Dressed Car and Best Chili! The whole family can dress up for the event. 

Decorating or Cooking not your thing? 

No problem. Come enjoy fellowship with the church body. Everyone is invited.

If you'd like to register your car or chili for competition, please click the button below. 

Scroll below for great decorating tips & more event details.

Tips & details

Car Decorating Guidelines:

There are lots of creative, family friendly ways that you can decorate your vehicle. We recommend that you pick a theme for your vehicle and your costume. The less your car looks like a car, the better; and the best car will win a prize! 

Because so many of our trunk­ or treaters will be preschoolers and toddlers, we ask that participants keep themes suitable for young children. 

  • Decorate the trunk of your car in any theme you'd like! 
  • Bring candy to pass out for about 50 kids
  • Incorporate a game into your design to engage kids as they "trick or treat".
  • Plan to stay for the entire event if you are decorating your car. 
  • Arrive as early as 4:00 pm to set up your car. Cars must be ready by 5 pm. 
  • Consider teaming up with another family for a group effort!
  • No music, music will be provided on site. 
  • All children should be accompanied by parents, childcare will not be provided. 

Chili Cook-Off Details:

  • Please bring a large pot of chili (4-quart minimum).
  • Feel free to offer a variety of chili toppings and "go-withs" (shredded cheese, crackers, sour cream, etc)
  • Bowls and spoons will be provided. No need to bring your own. 
  • Chili should come ready to eat. A good idea would be to transport in a crock-pot to keep warm.
  • There can be too much of a good thing! Chili entries are limited, so register asap if interested.
  • The cook of each chili will be secret until after voting.
  • Guests and judges will rate each chili on the ballot and then announce the winner.