It's that time of year again for kooky costumes to come to life, devilish decorations to grace certain residences and local children to ask that fabled question: trick or treat?
Halloween arrives this Saturday, and while residents across the state are being encouraged to approach the occasion COVID-safely [smaller groups, supervising adults for trick-or-treaters etc.], residents are invited to join in on the freaky fun.
The celebration is always a busy time for local costume retailer Cosventure, and owner Katherine Palma said there's been a lot of interest from members of the community.
"I think everyone's ready for a bit of a party and feel their children have missed out on a lot this year," Ms Palma said.
"With the tough year everyone has had, I think everyone's wanting to have a bit of fun, and the social aspect of Halloween is what really stands out."
While not traditionally an Australian celebration, Halloween has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity over the past decade, and a select few houses around Bathurst already have spooky decorations out front.
"It's becoming the norm for a lot of younger people in the community, and members of older generations are getting into it as well," Ms Palma said.
"Speaking for my own generation, a lot of us missed out on Halloween as kids, so we're now getting into it with our kids because we secretly enjoy it as well."
Ms Palma said killer clown costumes have been a hot topic of inquiry, as well as zombies and witches.
"The special effects makeup has gone gangbusters, and there's a range of new products in store also generating interest," she said.
"We saw hundreds of people across the Central West get involved in the viral Bin Isolation Outing trend earlier this year, so there's certainly a lot of residents who enjoy getting into character."
NSW Health has thrown their support behind individuals participating in COVID-safe Halloween celebrations, providing participants follow current rules when gathering together.
Key recommendations include wrapped treats, disposable bags and placing treat bowls outside to limit contact.