MINOT, N.D. - Downtown Minot's merchants carried on a yearly tradition of celebrating Halloween with young ghosts, ghouls and goblins.
Candese Charles stopped by downtown Friday morning to take in the sights and sounds of the annual trick-or-treat.
Another year of downtown Halloween fun is in the bag as more than 500 trick-or-treaters stopped by Minot's downtown businesses to celebrate the festive day.
"It collects everybody here in the community. Everybody comes out they get to see each other and it's kind of a get together. It's nice," said the Berg Family, downtown trick-or-treaters.
"Downtown is a historic part of Minot and I'm glad that they do these things to bring people back downtown and remind everybody that it's here, cause it's a wonderful part of our community, " said the McMillan Family, downtown trick-or-treaters.
The business owners say they enjoy the day as much as the families do.
"It's a great day for both the community and the downtown association because we're able to promote our new look, our new feel and it's great for the parents who love to come downtown and see what's available to them in different businesses and different shops. So it's a win/win for both of us," said Margie Bolton, Downtown Professional Business Association vice president.
For new businesses the first time on the Halloween trail is not only an experience to remember but a way to connect to new potential shoppers.
"It's actually bringing a new group of people in. A lot of families that don't normally get the opportunity to come down have seen some new art work and stuff so it's good exposure to the business," said Wendy Kimble, Suite 1 Art Gallery director.
As organizers of the trail, members of the downtown professional business association say they love getting a the chance to continue to grow community relationships.
The next downtown event is the Big Holiday open house on Nov. 25. You can find out about this event and more on the downtown professional business association.