Hundreds of families circulated Griffith haunting front yards and driveways in search of the next sugar hit Saturday night. Plastic cauldrons in sweaty hands overflowing with lollies and chocolates were in large supply with lots of big smiles and sugar highs to go around. Spiderman, Darth Vader and princesses were among the clear favourite costume choices for children.
Kana Elsick of Macarthur street Griffith has been decorating her house and front yard for Halloween for four years this year and by 5.30pm she had already sent her husband out to replenish candy stocks, twice.
"I really enjoy it every year," Mrs Elsick said.
"I love seeing the kids get all dressed up and enjoy themselves, especially because they haven't been able to get to out as much this year."
Even anticipating that COVID was going to decrease numbers, Mrs Elsick said they had nearly 200 children visit Saturday afternoon, and there were signs of the crowds slowing down.
"Last year we had 360 kids come, but maybe it won't be as much this year," Mrs Elsick said.
The American tradition of 'Trick or Treating" attracts its fair share of naysayers, but it seems to be gaining popularity in Griffith among young families and teenagers. Many families echoed Mrs Elsick as Halloween being an opportunity for children to get dressed up and for families to enjoy some time together.