More than 300 students participated in the Pumpkins in the Park event Tuesday afternoon at Cler-Mont Elementary School in eastern Independence.

More than 300 students participated in the Pumpkins in the Park event Tuesday afternoon at Cler-Mont Elementary School in eastern Independence.

The program – put on by Independence Parks and Recreation, LINC (Local Investment Commission) Caring Communities and the Cler-Mont Parent Teacher Organization – featured treats and giveaways, including color-your-own trick-or-treat bags, and storyteller Eric Haynes of the River and Prairie Storyweavers.

Instead of giving out pumpkins this year, the children were given free color-your-own trick-or-treat bags due to a shortage of pumpkins because of this year’s drought, said Jeff Umbreit of Independence Parks and Recreation. Many of the children wore costumes and sported drawn-on mustaches in a “Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Mustaches” campaign, according to the event’s organizer, Tracy Luna, the LINC coordinator at Cler-Mont.