Looking for something terrifyingly fun to do this Hallow’s Eve? The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association’s 2014 Halloween Howl is sure to spook you to the core! The DNBIA has done a fabulous job of organizing a host of fun activities for kids and kids-at-heart in and around the Downtown core. Here are just a few of the events happening Downtown and in the Old City Quarter on Saturday, October 25th. For more information, visit the DNBIA website.
1. Pumpkin Patch
Included in the 2014 Halloween Howl is the McNab’s Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the farm that has become synonymous with the spookiest of holidays. McNab’s will be bringing truckloads of pumpkins to Diana Krall Plaza. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick out the best gourd they can find, and buy it right then and there. Should they choose, they can head directly to the pumpkin carving contest for jack o’ lantern inspiration.
A thrilling Michael Jackson tribute will be held at 3pm, (with practice beginning at 2pm). This performance is a new and unique way to raise funds for local charities. All zombie dancers will be performing at the same time as other “Thrill the World” zombies all over the world. There are even free preparation classes days beforehand, offered through Dancing Dead BC!
3. Trick or Treat
Downtown businesses are opening their doors once again to trick or treaters. Employees will be dressed in their scariest garb and shop fronts will be all spooked out. The spooking will begin at noon and finish at 2pm.
4. Extreme Pumpkin Carving Contest
Calling all artistes! Bring your best sculptured gourd to the contest at 437 Fitzwilliam St. The 2014 Halloween Howl is the first time this event will be rolled out, and it’s one we are super excited about! The carving display will be open to the public by donation. How fun to see all the carved jack o’ lanterns lit up, and what a great way to raise funds for charity. Preregister your winning contest entry here.
5. Woofles Costumed Pet Parade
A mainstay of the Halloween Howl is the Costumed Pet Parade, sponsored by Woofles. This adorable event features local pets dressed in their very best costumes. Participants will meet at noon at Heritage Mews, then at 1pm, they’ll march to Diana Krall Plaza, where they will be judged in a few different classes: Best Pet/Owner Costume Combo, Best Homemade Costume and Best Overall. Pre-registration is suggested, but not required.