The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday will host its first-ever Trunk-or-Treat – a fun-filled afternoon of treats, games, and classic automobiles.


The Halloween event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at John Tarleton Park, 2487 Sutherland Ave. All ages are welcome, and costumes are encouraged.


“This should be a great event for families,” said Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. “Creative ideas like this show how much our Parks & Recreation Department cares about Knox County kids.”


The event will feature a number of lawn games including tic-tac-toe, cone ring toss, sack races, pumpkin decorating contests, and a scarecrow toss. In addition, sponsors will set up a photo booth and children can trunk-or-treat for candy and prizes from several hundred classic cars, hot rods, and trucks.


The Parks and Recreation Department is working with various local businesses, including Fierlis Enterprises, to fund the event through donations and sponsorships.


“We have been looking for fun ways to give back to the community and we feel that the Trunk-or-Treat event is just one of those ways,” said Joe Mack, senior director of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department. “We hope this becomes an annual event.”