Published: Oct 31, 2011 9:41 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 31, 2011 9:49 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- West Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda is bare and quiet now, but soon the streets will be crawling with ghouls.

Christy Smith has lived on West Marion for 30 years. She says the number of trick-or-treaters has exploded over the last decade. Today, she showed us all the candy she plans to give out.

"I think everyone thinks it's safe to trick-or-treat here," Smith explained.

"At least 2500 I start out with every year," Smith said. And she is not alone.

"Well, we give out a lot of candy," Madeline Fey said. "It's hundreds of dollars. That I do know."

Bill Paolicelli has only lived downtown for a couple of years, but he has already found his holiday spirit.

"I couldn't believe it. It was outrageous. Number of people that came here and people dont believe it when I tell them," Paolicelli explained.

Although expensive for these residents, they say they enjoy all the visitors.

The trick-or-treat area in the downtown district runs on Marion Avenue between U.S. 41 and Dolly Avenue. The Punta Gorda Police Department tells WINK News they expect to have more than a dozen police officers and volunters working in this area to keep trick-or-treaters safe.