KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Trick or treaters in and around Kennebunk get an extra treat each year.

Houses along Summer Street put on quite a show each Halloween. Some even turn into haunted houses you can walk through.

Over the top decorations have become a tradition that draws thousands, which is why police now block the street beginning in the afternoon.

“When we first moved in we were warned about it,” said Ron Cain, who owns one of the houses that puts on a big display. “We got into a little competition with our neighbors next door and that grew down the street.”

Other homeowners said the looks on the faces of kids and parents make all the trouble worth it, even as the event has grown.

“Ever since we arrived here in 2004 we were told you just had to do it,” Erik Van Der Kaay said. “The first year we expected 800 and we had 900 and then every year it's grown more and more.”