WAITE PARK -- Although Halloween isn't until Friday, that didn't stop some local kids from getting an early start on their trick or treating.

Hundreds of superheros, princesses and other creatures filled the Minnesota School of Business parking lot waiting for their treats.

Campus Director Jim Beck says the event is a Pre-Halloween for kids.

"This is a safe alternative to trick or treating, instead of letting the kids go out at night it's a day time event open to the public to come out and trunk or treat," say Beck.

The 5th Annual event gives a new meaning to the holiday. Instead of going door to door, kids go trunk to trunk for candy.

"We get a lot of community partners and they decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy, soda and other treats," says Beck.

Every year the school does a community engagement project and this one always seems to be a hit.

"Our Allied Health Association said we should do something for day time trick or treating and they came up with this event and it got so big we all had to start helping out with the turnout we were getting," says Beck.

Trunk or Treat doubles as a fundraiser for the school, where all donations and proceeds go to local food shelves.

"So everyone who comes in can donate food items or cash donation and we sell food on site and all of those donations go back to the food shelves," says Beck.

Beck says last year brought over 3,000 people and he expects bigger numbers this year.


Kids line up for candy at the 5th Annual Truck or Treat event. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)