Motley crew from left includes: Barb Currie (flapper), Catherine (clown), Sohad Kadhum (elf), Tamar Dewey (little free library) and Judy Macquarrie (female member of the Metropolitan Police of London). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Halloween’s a scream

Frightful parties, trick or treating set the stage in a week-long horror show

It’s Halloween Thursday and the culmination of nearly a week of spooky and delightful activities for young and old alike.

What could be more appropriate than giving blood on Halloween? You can do that on Thursday during a blood donor clinic at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre on Willow St.

Many appointment times are available throughout the afternoon. All you have to do is drop in and give a pint.

The Chemainus Business Improvement Association hosted its annual Trick or Treat Chemainus event Saturday, with a large number of children taking advantage of the additional trick or treating opportunity as a warm-up for the actual day.

Businesses opened their doors to trick or treaters and many owners and employees dressed up in costumes as well while handing out candy. There were also numerous activities for the kids.

The Royal Canadian Legion 191 is hosting a Halloween party for the kids Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. at the Legion Hall on Chemainus Road.

Other events in the lead-up to Halloween included the Ladysmith Dogwood Trefoil Guild Halloween Party at the St. Michael’s Church Hall in Chemainus Monday.

The party highlighted the Guiding Spirit still lives on no matter what your age. The ladies dressed in very creative costumes, including such ingenious ideas as a “smart cookie”, “cereal killer” and a trio of piggies in the Witness Protection Program hiding out from the Big Bad Wolf.

Tamar Dewey used her name for a twist on her little free library costume – as in the Dewey decimal system. Get it?

There was even some gruesome, but delicious food to suit the occasion.

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Morbid mob from left includes: Sally Pilyk (peasant pioneer), Yvonne Lewis (witch), Sue Burns (cereal killer), Barb Kerr (leprechaun) and Kym Whitefield (scarecrow). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Queasy quorum from left includes: Sharon Doty (skeleton), Suzanne Iverson, Pam Luco and Sandy Shumka (Three Little Pigs in the Witness Protection Program hiding from the Big Bad Wolf) and Betty Jasper (mamma piggy). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ghoulish gang from left includes: Nancy Bothamley (Maleficent), Margaret Szabo (going to bed), Vrej Johnston (creature of the night), Lynn Reeve (Queen of Hearts) and Lorraine Taylor (monk). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Astounding assembly from left includes: Roanna McCormick (witch), Bess Ward (fashionable lady), Velma Bercier (injured person) and Eleanor Montour (kimono costume). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Scary sorts from left include: Yvonne Walmsley (elegant older woman), Ane-Marie Hogan (hippie), Marie Skertchley (clown) and Mary Schwyn (white rabbit). (Photo by Don Bodger)

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