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.

Just Posted

CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)
CVRD reports contamination in recyclables well above acceptable levels

Increased enforcement planned starting this summer

Municipality of North Cowichan.
Council acknowledges National Indigenous Peoples Day

Recommendations received for prioritization of the updated Climate Action and Energy Plan

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)
North Cowichan rejects limiting fireworks to Halloween

Municipality decides staff recommendation would be unpopular

Flag exhibit is now set up in the Chemainus Valley Museum. (Photo by Val Galvin)
Fibre artists put their unique twists on climate change exhibit

Red Flag warning label affixed to collection now on display at the Chemainus Valley Museum

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased on Vancouver Island

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Most Read