The King of Bones will be scaring up some fun around Chemainus again. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

The King of Bones will be scaring up some fun around Chemainus again. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Saturday’s Halloween event in downtown Chemainus sure to be a Thriller

The Thriller dance, trick or treating, trolley rides and more offered

The Chemainus Business Improvement Association’s Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 28 in downtown Chemainus is sure to be a Thriller.

That’s partly because a Thriller dance, Michael Jackson style, is among the planned activities at 12:15 p.m.

A dance group organized by Chemainus Secondary School will host a town-wide Thriller dance.

“All of them will be teaching all of us how to do the Thriller dance,” said Krystal Adams of the Chemainus BIA. “The whole town is invited to take part.”

The dance will be performed in unison for the biggest Thriller dance collective in Cowichan and any age level can participate.

There’s much more in store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during this community event, if you dare and don’t mind a scare.

“We just love this Halloween event,” noted Adams. “The businesses and the community really come together to make this a fun and exciting child friendly event. The businesses look forward to seeing the great costumes and welcoming people into their boutique stores, artisan restaurants and cafes, along with a host of other types of businesses throughout the year.”

Special events such as this are a great time for the community to come together.

“That’s what it’s about, getting kids into town and having some fun family activities,” Adams indicated. “This is our third year taking it over, but it’s been running for 10+ years. We went from just the carriage rides to more of a community feel.”

A horse-drawn trolley by Classic Carriages will take participants around town on a fun-filled treasure hunt.

Before the Thriller dance, there’s a costume contest at noon. The contest is being hosted by Beyond The Usual in the park, with gift certificates for the best costume, cutest costume, and scariest costume among children 12 and younger.

There’s also safe trick or treating, with businesses at the ready with candy for those ghouls, fools, ghosts and goblins going door to door to collect.

Trick or treating takes place throughout the town, specifically through Uptown (Chemainus Road), Downtown (Willow Street and surrounding streets, Midtown (Maple Lane), and Old Town.

The Chemainus/Crofton C to Sea Lions will host a spooky touch and feel sensory game. Worms and zombie brains are among the few things you may find there.

Last, but not least, and certainly very popular, the singing pumpkins will be back this year, delighting children with Halloween songs and stories.

Restaurants, cafes and shops will be open, offering their goodies and wares throughout the day.