The trick or treating fun event was held in Invercargill city centre last Saturday, October 28.
Invercargill City Council city centre co-ordinator Kari Graber said more than 1500 children took part this year with 51 retailers joining in between 1pm-4pm.
The family event was an opportunity for children – and some parents – to dress up for Halloween and enjoy trick or treating in a safe environment.
Ms Graber, who initiated the event last year, said three times as much candy was used compared with last year.
Volunteers helped re-supply the stores with candy.
“It’s amazing to see town heaving with that many people.”
Several retailers offered alternatives to traditional lollies, with Public Health South providing businesses with small toys to give away, such as spinning tops, yo-yos and colouring pencils. Show Us Your Tatts on Tay St offered airbrush tattoos, Devil Burger on Don St offered mini-burgers and Ambrosia Designer Florist on Tay St offered gerbera daisies, Ms Graber said.