Trunk or treats is the new hot thing to take your kid to at Halloween, and there are a bunch of them happening this week and next in the Rockford area. See the list here, and get ready for a major sugar-high!

I have never been to a truck or treat before, and I will admit they have always made me a little sad. Don't get me wrong, I think trunk or treats are a great idea as a parent, but I hate that they have now taken the fun out of good ole fashioned trick or treating. I believe the neighborhood I live in is a safe one, and I wish we would see more kids at our door on Halloween night.

That being said, I think my daughter Ella would love to go to a trunk or treat this year, (not to mention Mom and Dad would love getting extra runs for the good money spent on this year's costume), so here are some local trunk or treats and other Halloween fun I found on

Wednesday Oct 21:

Christ The Rock Preschool - 8330 Newburg Rd Trunk or Treat and fun fair style games. 6-7:30 p.m. Click here for details.

Friday October 23:

Concordia Lutheran School - 7424 N 2nd St Machesney Park 4-6 p.m. Details here

Northeast Family YMCA Trunk or Treat - 5:30 – 7 PM ( activities until 8 p.m.) Details here

Saturday October 24:

GPS Faith Community - 10714 N 2nd St Machesney Park Trunk or Treat for children through 6th grade 10-11 a.m.. Also a craft and Bake Sale 10 – 2 the same day. Details here

Midway Village All Hallows Eve - Robin Hood’s Enchanted Woods: 6799 Guilford Rd  2-8 p.m. Adults and children $6 , Under 3 years are free Midway Village members are free.  Details here. Click on the date Oct 24 calendar.

First Free Methodist Church - 2157 Cardinal Drive Freeport IL 5-7 p.m. Facebook details here

HyVee in DeKalb/Sycamore Trick Or Treat - 1-4 p.m. at the store. Cookie decorating and more. Click here for details.

Tabor Lutheran Church - 2233 12th Ave Rockford. Tabor is hosting Trunk or Treat for families on Saturday, October 24th, 2-4 p.m., with treats in the parking lot from members, and chili and games inside for families after they have gotten their treats from the cars and members outside.

Sunday October 25:

Grace Lutheran Church - 343 Grand Ave Loves Park Trunk or Treat 4-5:45 p.m. It is listed on their calendar here.

Sam’s Drive In - Byron IL 4-7 PM. Details here

Firstborn Ministries - 8213 N Alpine Rd Loves Park 4-6 PM Get details here ( Facebook Event). Please note it is a FREE event but you HAVE to register. Last year they served over 4000 people. Inflatables, trunk or treat and more. The link to register is on the Facebook event or register here.

Rockton’s Halloween Bash - 12-5 FREE Click here for details

Riverside Assembly of God -  4242 W Riverside Rockford, Trunk or Treat. Details here

North Park Fire Department Halloween Fun Fest  - 11-1 Details here

Thursday October 29:

Rasmussen Halloween Trick or Treating - Rasmussen College 6000 E State St 3rd Floor. Click here for details

Friday October 30:

Discovery Center - 711 N Main St Spooky Science night ( non scary) 6-9 PM $3 members $9 public .Details here

Christ Methodist Church - N Alpine near Edgebrook  6 – 7:30 PM

Saturday October 31:

Central Christian Church - 6595 Guilford Road 6 p.m.  Listed on their calendar here.

Our Saviors Lutheran Church - 3300 Rural St Rockford 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information

 Temple Baptist Church - 3215 E State St Rockford Light the Night Fun Fair Event. 6-8 p.m., Free dinner and games.

First Free Church - 2223 N Mulford Rd Rockford 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $1 Hot Dog Meals, inflatables and more. This is ALWAYS a packed event so get in line early.

Locktoberfest Sweet Treats Roundup - Lockwood Park 10-4 p.m.. Details here

Faith Center - 4721 S Main in Rockford Family Fun Fest 3-5 p.m. Click here for details

Lifechurch Harvest Festival - Lifechurch 5910 Elevator Rd Roscoe 5 p.m.. Details here. Free. There is a waiver form you need to complete so click here to do that before you attend.

Parents, just think about it, if you planned your strategy right you could score a years worth of candy to freeze and enjoy at will. Please notice how I said "you could score," and not "your kids could score." No kid needs that much candy unless the parents are a glutton for punishment. Rationing is key here.

If you have any Halloween events coming up, comment below and we'll add them to the list!

Happy Halloween!