The city of Powell will host trick-or-treat with a twist this weekend.

The city of Powell will host trick-or-treat with a twist this weekend.

The third annual Candy by the Carload event is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the parking lot at Village Green Park, adjacent to the Municipal Building, 47 Hall St.

More than 35 local businesses and nonprofit groups will open the trunks of their festively decorated vehicles to pass out candy to costumed children.

The event is a safe and controlled way to enjoy the holiday without spoiling the spooky fun, said Powell Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Silas Bowers.

"It's a blocked-off area so the only traffic is foot traffic," he said. "There's no cars to worry about like there would be if you go out in your neighborhood.

"It's an incredibly fun time for families," he added.

The event is free and open to children of all ages.

Bowers said he expects a bigger crowd than ever before. Last year, the event attracted about 500 people -- more than double the attendance for the inaugural event in 2010.

The business with the best-decorated vehicle will win an award, giving sponsors an incentive to come up with fun designs, Bowers said.

The Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Powell is the contest's two-time defending champion, winning for the past two years with vehicle themes based on The Wizard of Oz and Mario Kart.

"We always look forward to seeing what kinds of creative things people come up with," Bowers said.

The traditional Beggars Night is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Powell, Liberty Township and Orange Township.