If enthusiasm is a fair measure of the coolest place to trick or treat this Halloween, the merchants of downtown Nanaimo would no doubt be crowned the title holders. On Saturday, October 30, 2010, from noon until 3 pm, more than 80 stores and shops along the Waterfront, on Commercial Street and Victoria Crescent, and in the Old City Quarter will host a pageant of costumed kids as they seek out the ultimate Halloween bounty, namely lip-smacking treats.
“In my experience, the vast majority of downtown merchants really get into the spirit of Halloween and we definitely enjoy all the kids in costumes,” says Eileen Harakas, owner of Lobelia’s Lair, 8-321 Wesley Street in the Heritage Mews. “We’re a creative bunch downtown and Halloween seems to be a genuine crowd favourite here.”
Besides getting jolted with sugar rushes, trick or treaters can also have some fun with Halloween crafts, generously provided by Kool and Child at Bocca Café, 427 Fitzwilliam Street, from noon until 3 pm. The Harbourfront Library is also getting into the spirit by sharing some scary stories during Spooky Story Time from 2 to 2:30 pm.
For those who are planning to come downtown on October 30, the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association (DNBIA) will be putting out orange and black balloons in front of the participating stores, shops, and services so everyone will know who’s got the Halloween loot. There will also be maps and a list of all the trick or treat hotspots available at Nanaimo Museum, Harbourfront Library, and all participating merchants. “We’re all very excited to see what the kids come up with for costumes this year,” says Harakas. “It is definitely a treat for all of us.” For more information, call Mark Corbett at the DNBIA office at 250-754-8141.