- Ghosts, Goblins, and ghouls took over downtown Rhinelander.
The annual city trick-or-treat kicked off Saturday.
From princess costumes to monstrous masks, hundreds of kids came out to get their treats.
Downtown Rhinelander President, Sally Latimer, "Seeing the children dressed up. Some of the costumes are so amazing and parents love to dress up too."
The Downtown Rhinelander organization has hosted this event for 7 years.
More than 50 businesses participated and gave out candy.
Trick-or-Treater Katera Hoskins said, "I think it's great that all the businesses are taking a part in the trick or treating."
To help transform the downtown area for Halloween, Rhinelander High School students painted many of the store fronts.
And to add a little competition to the day—students also decorated 3 of the Hodags.
Trick-or-Treater Jajuana Hoskins said, "I think it's great everybody is having a good time, having fun, getting candy. My favorite Hodag is the one dressed up like Batman."
But it's more than just about the candy, it's a way to help generate business.
Maggie Steffen, the Downtown Rhinelander Executive Director, said "I think it's the fact that we get a chance to show the people who maybe haven't thought about coming downtown to see downtown. And see all that we have down here because there's a lot down here."
Last year 1400 people came out to trick-or-treat.
This year they hope to exceed that number.
Residential trick-or-treating is Wednesday between 4-8 p.m.
Story By: Jenn Sullivan