While children roamed the streets dressed as scary Halloween creatures last night, Nelson Cathedral wanted to provide an alternative celebration for children and families.
The Family Fun Night, in its eighth year, attracted 400 people, according to Nelson Cathedral Associate Priest, the Rev Yvonne McLean.
Rev McLean said she was pleased with the turnout, which continued to grow every year.
"It was a great success."
While ghosts, witches and other creatures went door-knocking in search of sweets and other confectioneries, Nelson Cathedral had a bouncy castle, face painting and a fancy dress parade to keep the children entertained.
Ms McLean wanted to provide an alternative celebration for children and families to come together, without the dangers of children roaming the suburbs.
"Some people are not happy about the safety of sending children out ‘trick or treating'.
"We've been really pleased with the response we've had by offering an alternative family event," Ms McLean said.
Nelson police said they had no reports of Halloween problems last night.
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