If you've ever had a dead car battery at the end of a Trunk-or-Treat, you're not alone.  But there's one thing you can do to avoid it.

It would burn a lot of gas if you left your vehicle running for two to three hours while kids were making the rounds collecting candy, so if you happen to be "the trunk" at a Trunk-or-Treat over the next week or so, the best way to avoid a dead vehicle battery at the end of it is to start your car every thirty minutes or so and let it run, then resume the candy dispersements.

Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media

It's rather embarrassing to ask for a jump from the neighboring vehicle when the event is over, but when it happened to me, it turned out I wasn't alone.  There were three other vehicles in the parking lot that night who tried to start up after the trunk-or-treaters were gone, and thankfully, one guy in a truck happened to have jumper cables and was nice enough to help us all get going.  We had been so focused on the costumes and M&Ms that we neglected to think about the damage we were doing to our vehicles by having the trunks and hatches open for so long.  Whoops!

Even if the vehicle is off, the accessories are still in use when the lid is open and that drains batteries in a hurry.  (Or, within two to three hours in my case.)

There are several Trunk-or-Treat events coming up this week and they'll be fantastic, as long as you rev up the engine every so often.  If your theme is the Disney Cars movie, it will all be part of your act the kids will think nothing of it.  My theme was E.T. (the stuffed animal scene), and I ended up with a dead battery.

Saturday, October 30th:

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Salvation Army Trunk-or-Treat
9492 W Emerald St, Boise

5 PM – 6:30 PM
Caldwell's Annual Trunk or Treat
3610 E Ustick Rd, Caldwell

6 – 8 PM
First Christian Church - Nampa
619 12th Ave S, Nampa

Sunday, October 31st:

5:30 – 7:00 PM
Tenmile Community Church
4440 E Columbia Rd, Meridian
4 PM
Euclid Community Church-Nazarene
1319 S Euclid Ave, Boise
6 – 8 PM
Oregon Trail Church of God
23057 Old Hwy 30, Caldwell
6 – 8 PM
Discovery Church
1177 N Roosevelt Street
If your vehicle's theme for the night is "mechanic" and you've got extra jumper cables, you'll have the most popular trunk there.  Happy Halloween!

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