BISMARCK — Transformed for a night into princesses, superheroes and black cats, the children of Bismarck made their way to the governor's doorstep and demanded not political change, but candy.

Dressed themselves as a hunter and a fisherwoman, Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum handed out Skittles and Kit Kat bars to trick-or-treaters who journeyed to the Governor's Residence on Halloween, Thursday, Oct 31.

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum dressed as a hunter and fisherwoman while greeting trick-or-treaters at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum dressed as a hunter and fisherwoman while greeting trick-or-treaters at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

About 50 kids solicited candy from North Dakota's top executive during the first half-hour of trick-or-treating at the new 13,700-square-foot residence, which lies on the southwest corner of the Capitol Grounds in Bismarck.

Bismarck native Ashton Zimney, 13, and his family were the first to arrive at the door just before 5 p.m. Zimney, who wore a hockey jersey and a clown mask, said he's been stopping at the governor's place on Halloween since before he can remember and he's not intimidated by his powerful presence.

When asked why he continued to visit the spot every year, Zimney simply pointed to the candy-filled pillowcase he held in his right hand.

Ashton Zimney (left), 13, and his brother, Jaxon, 8, were the first to arrive at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service
Ashton Zimney (left), 13, and his brother, Jaxon, 8, were the first to arrive at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

In keeping with the outdoors theme, workers from the state Department of Game and Fish showed the trick-or-treaters the pelts and skulls of different animals found in North Dakota. Rangers from the state department of Parks and Recreation handed out seed packets to the children and state-park brochures to their parents. Even the department's mascot, Roscoe, the Raccoon, joined in the fun.

Trick-or-treating was open to the public from 5-7:30 p.m.

Trick-or-treating was open to the public from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service
Trick-or-treating was open to the public from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service