The candy available for kids at many restaurants and stores was not the only draw during Fright Night on St. Armands Circle.
Many attendees were also showcasing a thorough effort with their Halloween costumes, with friends and families making the rounds in complimentary getups, filling the sidewalk with sights of familiar sets of characters.
The experience gave attendees an opportunity to connect with one another.
Sarasota's Clare Hasbrook, 8, who came dressed as Barbie, found unexpected excitement when she met a large group of members of tennis players from Longboat Key Club, also dressed as Barbie.
Very soon, the group was jumping up and down together, with chants of Barbie's name.
Attendees also enjoyed simply taking in the experience. Tamas Toth said his family always comes out for Fright Night each year.
He said they enjoy the ice cream, many good restaurants and atmosphere, but that meeting people at the Circle is a unique experience, as you often run into someone a second time as you make your way around.
“Halloween is our favorite holiday, so we’re just enjoying it,” said Dianelis Salgado.
“Every year it turns out like this,” said Joyce Condrack of Little Bo-Tique Children's Wear. “The children are always here, and it doesn’t rain.”