Sure Halloween is going to look different this year compared to how it’s looked in the past, but don’t let that scare you! Not only does this year’s Halloween fall on a Saturday, but it also coincides with a rare ‘Blue’ moon (the second full moon in one month). So here’s to having a howling good time on Howl-o-ween, er, Halloween when wearing a mask this year is par for the course! Happy Halloween!
Organized Community Events
Several community groups, organizations and businesses are planning adapted versions of Halloween traditions. Check with your local recreation centres, municipalities, chamber of commerce and business association to find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods. Here’s a small sampling. Please check for updates before setting out.
Halloween Pumpkin Walk & Fireworks
October 31, 6:30-8pm at Qualicum Bay Civic Centre Field and Trails. Spooky Pumpkin Walk, bonfire, fireworks, hotdogs and treats. Downtown trick or treating from 3-5pm. www.qualicumbeach.com.
Galey Farms Halloween Festivities
Galey Farms’ favourite season is here, and although we all have to do things differently due to Covid 19, they are gearing up for outdoor fall fun at Canada’s leading 2-hectare Corn Maze. Galey Farms has cut its Corn Maze paths 4 meters wide to keep staff and visitors safe due to Covid 19 protocols. Open to ticket holders only. Tickets will be sold online at www.galeyfarms.net.
Halloween Parade & Party
October 31, 3-5pm, Downtown Courtenay. Activities on Duncan Ave from 3-5pm including music, games, crafts, cookie decorating, Books for Treats at the Vancouver Island Regional Library and more. Trick or Treating at 4pm at local businesses. downtowncourtenay.com.
Victoria Bug Zoo’s 1st Virtual Halloween Party
There are all-ages events and a time recommended for those 19+. Each time slot will have creepy bug stories and a mini tour of our zoo. There will also be a costume contest. One winner will be chosen from each time slot. One admission per computer/household (fareharbor.com). All you need is a computer and internet access. www.victoriabugzoo.ca.
Pick a Pumpkin at a Local Pumpkin Patch
The perfect socially-distanced Halloween activity, picking your own pumpkin is a great way to celebrate Halloween. Once you’ve picked the perfect pumpkin, why not organize a neighbourhood Jack-o-lantern Jamboree and vote for your favourites—silliest, spookiest, most unusual, and so on. It’s another way to celebrate together while still staying apart!
Create Your Own Craziness
A little imagination goes a long way on Halloween! Get your kids involved and see what you can come up with as a family. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Go Big On Decorating
Pull out all of the decorating stops—and challenge your neighbours to do the same. Make a headless scarecrow, maybe. Or suspend a ghost from the front porch. Carve multiple pumpkins and have a family pumpking decorating contest.
Individually Bag Treats
Leave the bags on a table on your driveway for kids to take as they pass by. Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, dangle treats from a tree so trick or treaters can pick their favourite treat as the do their rounds. And as one reader suggests: “We are giving out full size candy—they deserve it this year. In our sanitized haunted yard. We will have a huge table filled with treats so kids can grab and go (after a scare that is!).
Watch Scary Movies
Age appropriate, of course! And if you want to invite the neighbours (and you own a projector), screen the movies outdoors. www.rocketcitymom.com suggests buying hula hoops at a dollar store to establish six-foot boundaries between family groups.
Plan a Halloween Hunt
As a family or as a neighbourhood, create clues for a Treat Treasure Hunt then track them down in costume. Is the treasure bags of candy? A Halloween trinket? You decide the details and then enlist the help and participation of any other Halloween revellers.
Make a Halloween Candy Slide
The slide lets you stay six feet away from any trick-or-treaters while still getting candy into their baskets—plus, it looks like a spooky mummy to fit the spirit of the season. Thanks to two DIY-savvy Youtubers, you can find instructions at www.youtube.com/watch