NEW Norfolk was overrun with goblins, gremlins and ghouls last night as the town embraced the Halloween festive spirit.
Lucy Gleeson, 10, Cooper Gleeson, 7, Lola Walters, 3, and Violet Collet, 7, all donned costumes to go door to door in search of sweet treats.
“I like [Halloween] because you get to dress up in scary things and then eat lollies all day afterwards,” said Violet, who was dressed as Morticia Addams.
Cooper dressed as an assassin and said he would be on the hunt for his favourite lollies, gummy worms.
Halloween in the Derwent Valley has grown substantially in the past three years, Lucy and Cooper’s mother Chloe Gleeson said.
“This is the third year of trick or treating in New Norfolk,” she said.
“The first year, the word just got put around to put a balloon on your letterbox if you want to be involved but nothing official.
“A lot of kids went knocking — but nobody had any lollies.”
Last year, Mrs Gleeson made a Facebook page to better organise the event.
“Last year we put the balloons out, made a Facebook page, shared it around and it actually went pretty massive,” she said.
“This is the third year now and people are getting right into it and starting to decorate early and kids are doing more costumes.”
Ms Gleeson has been proactive in helping make trick or treating in New Norfolk safe for children with advice for other parents.
“Definitely only go to the house if there’s a balloon at the house or it’s decorated, don’t let your children go alone, don’t go after dark and only accept wrapped lollies,” she said.