Trunks provided the treats when Hillside celebrated Halloween


There were plenty of trunks—35 to be exact—and of course, there were plenty of treats.

Thanks to the efforts of two personable and tireless co-presidents of the Parents Teachers Organization (PTO), the first Trunk or Treat to celebrate Halloween was held at the Hillside Intermediate School  in the rear parking lot on the chilly and haunting but tasty evening of Thursday, October 27.

Four days before the Hillside students will go from house to house to collect their goodies on Halloween, they dressed in their costumes and went from car trunk to car trunk to get an early start on stocking their bags of candies and snacks.

The 35 car and truck owners stored their trunks with Halloween treats and many decorated their vehicles while the students paid a visit with open arms—and bags. 

“This is just super fun. We are all back in person to celebrate,” Hillside Principal Dr. Tali Axelrod declared. “This is the first real fun family event and it is extra special. Our thanks to the PTO.”

Yes, the PTO ringleaders are Lori Kusterer and Heather Kronengold, the co-presidents who pulled off this trick–and treat–while they held the same titles while their children attended the Crim Primary School.

“We did this at Crim and wanted to continue here,” Ms. Kusterer said. 

Since Covid put events in the dark for two years, this dark evening was filled with fun, music and treats. And plenty of families, too.

The event attracted a huge gathering, to the delight of the PTO officers.

 “We instituted this because we want more families to come and enjoy school events,”said Ms. Kronengold.

She added:

“We want to have a tradition here with this.”

No trick to that statement.