Halloween

More than 1,000 parents and kids attended Halloween Fest 2019 that all the candy was gobbled up by the end of the night. (Jenna Cocullo / The Northern View)

B.C.’s top doctor encourages Halloween costumes to include masks

Dr. Bonnie Henry will soon be releasing guidelines on how to safely trick-or-treat this Halloween

More than 1,000 parents and kids attended Halloween Fest 2019 that all the candy was gobbled up by the end of the night. (Jenna Cocullo / The Northern View)
People wear costumes at a house decorated for Halloween in Walschleben near Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jens Meyer

With trick-or-treating in doubt, experts say Halloween sales could be weak

Halloween sales could also serve as an indicator for what retailers might expect this Christmas

People wear costumes at a house decorated for Halloween in Walschleben near Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jens Meyer
People will dress up in costumes for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration (Black Press File Photo)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in downtown Victoria

The seventh Dia de los Muertos celebration is happening on Nov. 2

People will dress up in costumes for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration (Black Press File Photo)
VicPD had a normal night on Halloween (Black Press File Photo)

VicPD sees a drop in calls compared to Halloween last year

Victoria residents on best behaviour Halloween night

VicPD had a normal night on Halloween (Black Press File Photo)
On Oct. 31, 2019 Angela Andersen, director at the Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum, showed off the mummified cat found in the building’s back yard. The building was built in 1862 and belonged to the Ella family for 80 years. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Mummified cat found in heritage Victoria home

The owners of the Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum made an interesting discovery

On Oct. 31, 2019 Angela Andersen, director at the Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum, showed off the mummified cat found in the building’s back yard. The building was built in 1862 and belonged to the Ella family for 80 years. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Locals are urged to put their pumpkins in their green waste bins instead of placing them in Mount Doug Park after Halloween on Oct. 31, 2019. (Black Press File Photo)

Conservation group, Saanich urge locals to dump decade-old tradition, not pumpkins

Residents should put pumpkins in green bins, not Mount Douglas Park

  • Oct 31, 2019
Locals are urged to put their pumpkins in their green waste bins instead of placing them in Mount Doug Park after Halloween on Oct. 31, 2019. (Black Press File Photo)
Last-minute Jack-o-lantern carvers still have a couple options for finding a pumpkin. (Black Press File Photo)

Where to buy your last-second pumpkins in Greater Victoria

Many stores across the region are all out of stock

Last-minute Jack-o-lantern carvers still have a couple options for finding a pumpkin. (Black Press File Photo)
How to have an eek-o-friendly Halloween: buy bulk candy and get creative

How to have an eek-o-friendly Halloween: buy bulk candy and get creative

Local family shares tips and tricks to reduce plastic waste on this holiday

  • Oct 30, 2019
How to have an eek-o-friendly Halloween: buy bulk candy and get creative
The Pumpkin Art on the Avenue is cancelled this year (Twitter/ Oak Bay Tourism)

Pumpkin Art in Oak Bay Village cancelled

The event is scheduled to return next year after some ‘refreshment’

The Pumpkin Art on the Avenue is cancelled this year (Twitter/ Oak Bay Tourism)
A zombie Batman was among the participants in the 2018 Zombie Walk in downtown Victoria. (Black Press File Photo)

Return of the undead: Victoria Zombie Walk hits the streets

Hundreds of zombies expected for annual event Oct. 26 in Centennial Square

A zombie Batman was among the participants in the 2018 Zombie Walk in downtown Victoria. (Black Press File Photo)
Police are hosting the second annual #BeSeenHalloween costume contest (File contributed/VicPD)

Victoria Police Department encourages safe costumes with Halloween contest

Kids are encouraged to dress as high-visibility police officers for the #BeSeenHalloween contest

Police are hosting the second annual #BeSeenHalloween costume contest (File contributed/VicPD)
A one-man adapatation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be performed at Craigdarroch Castle throughought October. (File contributed/ Bruce Davies)

One-man Frankenstein show coming to Craigdarroch Castle

The Halloween special will kick off at the beginning of October

A one-man adapatation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be performed at Craigdarroch Castle throughought October. (File contributed/ Bruce Davies)
Even the bands get into the spirit of Halloween during the Royal BC Museum’s annual Night Shift event. Tickets for this year’s party Oct. 26 go on sale online and in person Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum

Night Shift Halloween tickets on sale now

Royal BC Museum’s adult-only costume event expected to sell out quickly

Even the bands get into the spirit of Halloween during the Royal BC Museum’s annual Night Shift event. Tickets for this year’s party Oct. 26 go on sale online and in person Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum
Trick or Treat on the Avenue in Oak Bay in 2017. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Petition calls to move Halloween

Petition to move Halloween to last Saturday of October more than 44,000 signatures strong

Trick or Treat on the Avenue in Oak Bay in 2017. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Teal pumpkins denote homes offering non-food items for trick-or-treaters. (Teal Pumpkin Project map)

Teal pumpkins pop up across Greater Victoria

Teal pumpkins denote homes handing out non-food treats on Halloween

Teal pumpkins denote homes offering non-food items for trick-or-treaters. (Teal Pumpkin Project map)
Victoria Golf Club in Oak Bay is famous for its ghost. (Oak Bay News file photo)

Ghost at Victoria Golf Club ‘playing tricks’

Legend says the spirit of Doris Gravlin can still be found on the greens

Victoria Golf Club in Oak Bay is famous for its ghost. (Oak Bay News file photo)
Keeping it creepy, guests at the Heritage Haunted House can expect thrills and blood-curdling scenes. The 12th annual event goes Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Heritage Haunted House Facebook photo)

Heritage haunted house brings chills to Saanich

Hundreds expected for the Heritage Haunted House

Keeping it creepy, guests at the Heritage Haunted House can expect thrills and blood-curdling scenes. The 12th annual event goes Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Heritage Haunted House Facebook photo)
Saanich’s Rutledge Park is one of the busiest for Trick-or-Treaters, according to the Trick-or-Treat density map that uses 2016 Canadian census data. (Censusmapper.ca)

Candy calculator: Map estimates number of trick or treaters

Use the online Halloween trick-or-treat app

Saanich’s Rutledge Park is one of the busiest for Trick-or-Treaters, according to the Trick-or-Treat density map that uses 2016 Canadian census data. (Censusmapper.ca)
Businesses across Greater Victoria are participating in the Pumpkin Pursuit (Black Press file photo)

Hundreds of downtown Victoria businesses to participate in Pumpkin Pursuit

Jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating are coming to the downtown area

Businesses across Greater Victoria are participating in the Pumpkin Pursuit (Black Press file photo)
Colwood hosts its inaugural Pumpkin Fest this weekend

Colwood hosts its inaugural Pumpkin Fest this weekend

Festival takes place in the new Royal Bay development

  • Oct 24, 2018
Colwood hosts its inaugural Pumpkin Fest this weekend