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Skeletons, witches and other creatures of the night made their way to the Columbus Middle School parking lot on Wednesday evening.

Their goal: to seek out yummy candy and other goodies as a part of this year's Trunk-or-Treat. The event is put on each year by Columbus Public Schools and attracts hundreds of costumed kids. 

Seventeen decorated cars were assembled this year for the event by various community groups, such as the Columbus Middle School cheerleaders, Circle of Friends, Platte County Emergency Management, Bank of the Valley, Next Generation Kiwanis of Columbus, a group of middle school teachers, Future Business Leaders of America, Pinnacle Bank, Viaero Wireless, Valmont Industries and AngelSugar Child Development Center.

Across the street, Trinity Lutheran Church hosted a Trunk-or-Treat of their own in conjugation with CPS. This year, the church's youth groups hosted 11 decorated cars for kids to get candy from. Church volunteer Edrie Blezek said last year about 550 trick-or-treaters attended both events, but this year estimated there would be more than 600 because of the good weather. 

"We started this one last year, this is our second year doing it," Blezek said about the church's Trunk or Treat. "(CPS) had theirs already going, so we thought we would let the kids have a couple of (more trunks) in a nice and safe environment in the community." 

Each of the 17 CPS trunks were eligible for wining a prize in one of four categories. This year's winners were Bank of the Valley for Most Creative, Circle of Friends for Best Student Trunk, a group of CMS teachers for Best Themed Trunk and the Vollbracht, Rains and Rosno families for Best Costumes.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News Review.

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