Businesses in Invercargill’s CBD are set to reap the benefits of Halloween, as ghouls, ghosts, witches, zombies and all things scary descend on the city on Saturday.
Following the popularity of last year’s event, the Invercargill City Council (ICC) is once again hosting a trick or treating event for families in the CBD.
ICC city centre co-ordinator Kari Graber said the event was a means to encourage people to come into the CBD and support inner city businesses, and at the same time provide a safe environment for children to trick or treat.
About 50 businesses along Tay, Dee, Esk, Don and Kelvin Sts and in the Cambridge Place Arcade are taking part in this year’s event. Participating businesses will have a poster displayed in their shop windows.
Ms Graber said about 80% of business owners had told the council last year’s event had been a positive experience.
Last year’s inaugural event attracted about 1000 children, proving more popular than the organisers had anticipated and many shops had run out of treats within the first hour.
Ms Graber said to ensure there were treats for everyone this year, the ICC had doubled its supply of lollies from 500 to 1000, and The Warehouse had also agreed to sponsor the event.
The Warehouse Invercargill store manager Kelvin Mooney said it was a great event for children who might not have ordinarily gone trick or treating.
“We are stoked to be a part of it,” he said.
Public Health South had offered to provide a selection of small toys, popcorn and stickers.
Southern District Health Board team leader, settings and lifestyle Anne McSoriley said it wanted to highlight that a child would be just as thrilled with receiving these alternatives to lollies.
Other offerings on the day include 100 swimming vouchers, courtesy of Splash Palace Aquatic Centre, and staff at Ambrosia Designer Florist will be handing out flowers as well as treats.
There will also be a fire juggler performing in the Esk St pocket park and a spooky photo booth operating at the Invercargill City Library from noon to 3pm.
Trick or treating in Invercargill’s CBD, Saturday, October 28, from 1pm to 3pm. Only for primary school children and younger. Children must be dressed up and accompanied by an adult. Pick up a trick or treat hit list from the Invercargill Public Library or the ICC offices at 101 Esk St.