SAN ANTONIO -

Church and community groups are beginning to host more "Trunk or Treat" events as alternatives to traditional trick or treating.

Charlie Simons, pastor at Alamo Heights Baptist Church, said their original idea seven years ago was to host a small community outreach event on Halloween.

"We took that and said it would be a good thing for us to do to try to contain within that atmosphere a safe place where adults and children could all come and be festive and enjoy and just eat and get candy," he said. "I think that's what the kids are out here for."

Since then, it's grown from a 30-person event to one that hosts hundreds of kids and parents who come from all across the city to take part in their "Trunk or Treat" event.

Rather than cross streets and walk in neighborhoods, events like this offer families an alternative, with decorated trunks and hosts passing out candy.

This particular event also had games, other snacks and a moonbouncer.

Other local churches hold similar events on Halloween and many of the local YMCA chapters held "Trunk or Treat" events earlier in the week.

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