Families in Holyoke got in the Halloween spirit a few days early Friday night.

The Education Club at Holyoke Community College hosted its 2nd annual “Trunk or Treat” pre-Halloween celebration. The free alternative trick-or-treating event gave area children the opportunity to collect candy while also checking out dozens of cars decorated in different themes. 

22 HCC clubs, departments and community groups signed up for the event this year. 

Co-advisor of the HCC Education Club Sheila Gould told 22News, “Anyone can show up and enjoy. It makes it really nice for families when they live in an area where maybe it’s harder to trick or treat or there’s not a lot of sidewalks – things like that – and it’s a great way to experience the campus too.”

Awards were given out in five different categories. Gould said this year’s turnout was even better than last year’s.