MERIDEN — Ghosts and goblins will descend on the Meriden Green when the police department’s Neighborhood Initiative Unit hosts a “trunk-or-treat” event. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Halloween themed event replaces the 20-year tradition of trick-or-treating at City Hall. Chris Bourdon, Meriden’s parks and recreation director, is looking forward to the new version of the annual Halloween event. “For the past 20 years we’ve had this tradition of trick-or-treating at City Hall but that’s no more,” Bourdon said. “The Meriden Police Department really deserves all the credit for this. They’re doing great job coordinating it.” Those who register and are approved can give out candy from decorated cars to children and families attending the event. Officer Michael Ford, a member of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit, heard about other towns holding similar events and thought it would be fun to try in Meriden. “I just like doing this kind of stuff with the community,” Ford said. “It’s a safe and fun environment for the kids to go and get candy and have an enjoyable Halloween. I’m looking forward to it.” The event is free and is open to the public, unless you plan on bringing your car. Registration to bring your car ends Oct. 14. So far about 30 cars are registered but Ford he’s hopes for more. “I’m hoping for 50 cars, but I’m also kind of hoping for 500. You know I always say go big or go home. I just want this to be a great Halloween for the town,” he said. Prizes will be given to the scariest car, the funniest car and an overall best car, which will win a full car detail.. More information on the event is available at www.meridenct.gov or by visiting the city of Meriden Facebook page.