Family fun planned for Halloween night around Greater Victoria

Post-trick-or-treat activities scheduled for Victoria and neighbouring municipalities

For families looking for fun things to do tonight for Halloween after trick-or-treating, there are lots of options requiring little to no pre-planning or registration.

Wander down to the parking lot behind the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt for an enormous bonfire, costume contest and free goodies.

The annual event has been hosted by the Esquimalt Lions Club for more than a decade.

“It’s pretty impressive; the kids love it,” said Walter Grenke, event co-ordinator. Every year, about 1,600 people attend and Lion’s club members serve up about 700 free hot dogs. We welcome people from Greater Victoria.”

The event runs from from 6 to 9 p.m.

If Esquimalt’s not close enough to your home, there are events happening all over the core.

• Ghostly Walks, starting at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. from the Bedford Regency Hotel. No registration required. Call 250-384-6698 for details.

• Festival of Fear at Galey Farms, 4150 Blenkinsop Rd. Haunted house, cornfield, train ride and more, starting at 6 p.m. For details: galeyfarms.net.

• Pumpkin Art on Oak Bay Avenue, behind Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Details are at pumpkinart.ca.

• Spooktacular at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Trick or treat at Tillicum Centre at 3 p.m. then check out the Pearkes Carnival for games and entertainment from 4 to 5 p.m. 250-475-5400.