DICKINSON, N.D. - Hundreds of children packed the streets of Downtown Dickinson Monday evening for Trick or Trunk.
The organization Downtown Dickinson Events puts on the festival every year to give children a safe and easy way to trick-or-treat.
"it's providing a safe environment for children to come down. YOu don't have to worry about your children wandering door to door, you don't have to worry about anything that might happen while they're out at night.," says Alan Byers, Downtown Dickinson Events.
Local businesses lined three blocks to give away candy. They say the event is a great way to get involved with the community and showcase their organization.
"We want to get out there that we are in need of foster parents, and the counties are in need of foster parents and to show what we do," says Kimberly Hanson, Independent Living Coordinator, PATH.
"Let the kids get to know us, get to see us, get to interact with us and that kind of thing. And that way when they see us in the public, they're less intimidated by us," says Officer Todd Weiler, Dickinson Police Department.
Parents say Trick or Trunk gives younger children a chance to enjoy the festivities before the sun goes down.
"It's in the daytime. It's not in the night, so with the little ones it's easier. It's not so cold out," says Heather Minard, parent.
"It's a good time for him because he can get out and play and get candy at the same time. And it's early enough so that you're not out in all hours of the night," says Jeremiah Thorpe, parent.
More than 40 businesses were involved in Trick or Trunk.