Here are some dealerships that create spooktacular fun for kids and adults alike:
Newton Nissan: Gallatin, Tennessee
The dealership's "Trunk or Treat" party is a big deal for this city, which lies about 25 minutes north of Nashville. According to Justin George, preowned vehicle sales manager at Newton Nissan, the dealership expected this year's event, which took place the weekend before Halloween, to draw between 7,000 and 10,000 people.
Newton Nissan teams up with local businesses, churches and radio stations to put on the party. More than 100 cars and trucks dress up in Halloween costumes and community members pass out candy. The entertainment also includes live music, free food and drinks, a bounce house and costume contests. Dealership employees volunteer their help to make sure the event is a success.
As an added bonus for those who attend, Newton Nissan had the Heisman Trophy on display. Visitors could have their photo taken with it. The trophy was on loan to the dealership from Nissan, which is the premier sponsor of the Heisman Trophy Trust.
Hillside Honda: Jamaica, Queens, New York
Hillside Honda has held Halloween parties regularly for the past decade or so, with the exception of 2012, when much of the Eastern seaboard was dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This year's event takes place Halloween night on the showroom floor, which will be cleared of cars to give the kids who attend some space to run around.
"We want to give the kids a place to dance and have fun and just enjoy themselves," says Leann Reynolds, assistant business development center manager for Hillside Honda.
According to Reynolds, it's not only the kids who get excited about the event.
"Our employees dress up in fun Halloween costumes, play games with the kids, dance and sing with them — just encourage some fun," Reynolds says. The dealership brings in a magician, a balloon artist and a DJ to help the attendees have a good time. And of course, there's lots of free candy.
Kids enjoy the party, and the parents appreciate having a nice controlled environment for the kids to trick or treat and let loose, Reynolds says.
"We aren't trying to sell cars," she says, "and even though it's the last day of the month, our focus is just to make some kids happy."