While many children and college students will be asking "trick or treat?" tonight, the Knoxville community was asking a different question two nights ago.

On Monday night, the question was "trunk or treat?"

Sponsored by the United Residence Hall Council, "Trunk or Treat" is a safe and fun trick or treating event that has gained popularity across the country in recent years. The idea is to decorate one's car, dress up in the most creative Halloween garb imaginable and pass out candy to kids. All members of the community were welcome to Circle Park.

Organizations from across campus, such as the UTPD, political organizations and athletic clubs, participated in "Trunk or Treat." Some used themes for their decorations and costumes, offering the nearly 300 attendants all sorts of candy.

"Campus organizations put on all the cars you see, not just housing. ... It goes all the way to individual hall associations, the swim club, tennis club, College Republicans are here, there (is) just a wide array of interest (groups) and people who come to take part," said Hunter Tipton, a senior in microbiology and president of the United Residence Hall Council. Tipton is also a weekly contributor to The Daily Beacon's editorial page.

Trick or treating is not the only activity that goes on. URHC also puts on games and other activities for the kids. All of the food, crafts and games are free to the public or students at the university.

Tracy Trentham, a junior in food science and technology and the secretary of URHC, manned the mystery jar table. The mystery jar table is where kids can assemble jars filled with spooky items such as fake eyeballs, fingers and other ghostly items.

One of the greatest joys for Trentham was working with the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces.

"My favorite part of the event is just to see how happy the kids are," she said.

The URHC doesn't earn any money from Trunk or Treat. The purpose of the event is simply to give back to the Knoxville community.

"It doesn't really go to benefit anything, we don't raise money," Tipton said. "It's just for the children of the Knoxville area to have a safe trick or treating experience."

For more information on URHC, visit http://web.utk.edu/~urhc/.