Halloween

The Nightmare Before Christmas”, an Academy Award-winning 1993 animated musical dark fantasy film produced by Tim Burton, will be presented on Oct. 31 in Sooke. (Contributed photo)
The Nightmare Before Christmas”, an Academy Award-winning 1993 animated musical dark fantasy film produced by Tim Burton, will be presented on Oct. 31 in Sooke. (Contributed photo)
The Victoria Heritage Haunted House is closing its doors after over a decade of frightening fundraisers raising money for the Help Fill a Dream Foundation. (Facebook/Victoria Heritage Haunted House)

Victoria Heritage Haunted House creaking its doors closed

The Halloween staple has been terrifying Greater Victoria residents for 15 years.

The Victoria Heritage Haunted House is closing its doors after over a decade of frightening fundraisers raising money for the Help Fill a Dream Foundation. (Facebook/Victoria Heritage Haunted House)
Eleven-year-old Hayley McDermott walks down the pathway of a decorated house during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Trick or Treat? Experts divided on letting kids go out on Halloween due to COVID risk

Health officials have said a safe Halloween is possible despite the pandemic

Eleven-year-old Hayley McDermott walks down the pathway of a decorated house during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
COVID-19 won’t spook away trick-or-treating if safety rules followed: health officers

COVID-19 won’t spook away trick-or-treating if safety rules followed: health officers

Dr. Theresa Tam cautions, however, that parents should listen to local public health authorities

COVID-19 won’t spook away trick-or-treating if safety rules followed: health officers
Halloween decorations and pumpkins are shown at a house in Montreal, Friday, November 1, 2019. A new poll suggests Canadians are divided about whether to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt their plans for upcoming holidays and seasonal events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canadians divided over whether to let pandemic disrupt Halloween, holidays: Poll

About half of people will hand out candy, an equal number to those who will let their kids trick-or-treat

Halloween decorations and pumpkins are shown at a house in Montreal, Friday, November 1, 2019. A new poll suggests Canadians are divided about whether to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt their plans for upcoming holidays and seasonal events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released tips for a COVID-safe Halloween this year. (pxhere.com)

B.C. CDC releases Thanksgiving, Halloween tips for COVID-safe fall celebrations

People who are quarantined or self-isolating are being told to leave their houses dark

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released tips for a COVID-safe Halloween this year. (pxhere.com)
FILE – Halloween in Downtown Campbell River in 2019 had the streets crawling with young Trick or Treaters in costume like (from left) Summer, Lukas and Lola Knowles. Costume photos and prizes as well as other treats were offered by the Downtown BIA and its member businesses. (Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror)

Top 10 timely Halloween costumes: From Baby Yoda to Black Panther to ‘2020 Dumpster Fire’

2020, with its avalanche of news and pop culture, has yielded a particularly striking array of options for DIYers

FILE – Halloween in Downtown Campbell River in 2019 had the streets crawling with young Trick or Treaters in costume like (from left) Summer, Lukas and Lola Knowles. Costume photos and prizes as well as other treats were offered by the Downtown BIA and its member businesses. (Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror)
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