Keep the cobwebs: Halloween Fest is back after a 2-year hiatus

All the little ghouls and goblins should brush up on thier eyeball toss, pumpkin bowling and ghost bingo because the Prince Rupert Community 35th anniversary Halloween Fest (PRCHF) is back in person at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

More than 20 different activities and bucket loads of candy will offer various tricks and treats, said Bev Killbery, director of the PRCHF said on Oct. 4.

For the past two years, after their regular event was cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, the festival committee prepared and delivered bags of sweets to school students.

This year though, for the special anniversary of Halloween Fest, Killbery is looking forward to things returning to better than normal.

The very popular event draws between 1,500 and 2,000 masked, caped or face-painted costumed crusaders and families looking for fun, Killbery said. She hopes residents have not forgotten what great times they have participating in previous years.

It is not just games either, she said. Tots will be modelling their costumes in a parade and jazzing their footwork to a monster mash dance-off. Hot dogs and drinks will fill everyone’s tummies.

Entry is free but donations are welcomed as the organizers are non-profit.

Killbery said the only thing she cannot confirm yet is the fireworks. While the explosive display is always a crowd favourite, the society can only put them on if they raise enough money.

The public can make donations of money or candy before the big day by calling the “ghost hotline” at 250-62-GHOST (250-624-4678) and Killbery will get back to you.

There is also a need for volunteers to help set-up the Civic Centre on Oct. 30 and to man the different booths and activities on Halloween night.

“This won’t happen unless we have the volunteers. Two directors and one associate can’t really be everywhere doing everything so we need volunteers to help us.”

Interested individuals should also call the ghost hotline.

Killbery is grateful for the fantastic community support so far.

”It truly takes a village to put on Halloween Fest year after year,” the event organizer said.

Kaitlyn Bailey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Rupert Northern View