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With Easter egg hunts, come iffy parents

With Easter egg hunts, come iffy parents

Chaos broke out in New Zealand during what was supposed to be a charming Easter egg hunt. Organizers expected around 5,000 children, but over 30,000 showed up. This, however, was not the main issue.

Problems arose when over eager parents, intent on harvesting the most chocolate eggs for their precious little ones, disregarded restrictions and entered the “children’s only” egg-hunting area.


Several children were injured in the melée, three of which ended up in the emergency room. Afterwards, frustrated parents took to the event’s Facebook site to air their complaints.

Read the whole story here.

So how did the Easter egg hunting go at your local parishes?

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David O'Rourke

Our congregation did something a bit different this year. The plastic eggs scattered around the grounds had play money in them rather than candy, which we called "Easter Bucks". Once done hunting the eggs, the children were able to put the "Easter Bucks" into one of three jars in the parish hall, one jar for each of three local agencies that help local families with children with either food support (supplementing SNAP benefits), clothing support or tutoring support. After doing that the children then were given a piece of candy. Our Vicar explained how this would work during her sermon and got the children to think about which organizations they wanted to support. Afterwards the Easter Bucks got counted up and checks were sent to each of the three organizations based on how much the children put in each jar.

We also knew how many eggs had been put out, and about how many children we had hunting, so we asked them to stop after collecting 5 eggs and to see if anyone else needed eggs, and they did that!

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Leslie Scoopmire

Quite well, actually. People were civilized, kids squealed, all was right with the world.

Until my own teens had a message delivered that they really didn't mean it last year when they told us it was lame that the Easter Bunny visit at home, and demanded a rematch.

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