Vehicles surrounded the North Polk Middle School parking lot this past Friday night as children and families attended the North Polk Central & West PTA annual Trunk or Treat and Costume Ball.

“The North Polk elementary school PTAs have sponsored this event almost 10 years now. The idea came from how there are North Polk students and community members in rural areas. With houses spread so far apart, that tends to not work well with a traditional door-to-door beggar’s night,” North Polk Central and West annual Trunk or Treat and Costume Ball organizer Misty Fosselman said.

The evening began with a trunk or treat event. Children who attended dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes and went from vehicle to vehicle collecting candy.

Afterwards, the PTAs then hosted a costume ball at the North Polk Middle School gymnasium.

“The costume ball is very simple after the trunk or treat ends. The students and their families head into the North Polk Middle School gym. There will be a DJ with music and some decorations. The kiddos get a chance to hang out with friends, show off their costumes and dance. There are no prizes, just fun dancing,” Fosselman said.

In addition to a night of fun and disguises, the PTAs also provided an opportunity for parents and children to donate their favorite books to the Blank Children’s Hospital.

“The Blank Children’s Hospital looks for book donations in October as a kickoff for their Festival of Trees event in November,” North Polk Central and West annual Trunk or Treat and Costume Ball organizer Shelly Cory said, “It always falls around our trunk or treat event, so we have tied it into the event for the last few years to encourage our kids to give back to the community while coming to attend a fun event. This year we collected 40 books!”

In addition, the Polk City Chamber of Commerce also held their annual Trunk or Treat event on the Polk City Square Monday night, making it a beggars’ night weekend.