Halloween

Jesse McConnell with mom Jenna MacDonald. (Photo submitted)

Youth turn seeds into great pumpkins in the course of a few months

Weigh-in produces some heavy-duty results in Saltair contest

 

From left: Ali Kirby, Cathy Cosgrove and Dell Finerty finish off some witch’s brew before heading to the start of the Fun Run. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Spirits soar during a Fall Festival celebration

People happy to have an occasion to cut loose, with lots to do

 

Snowy owls rest on a dead tree on the shore of Boundary Bay in Delta, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says instead of being scared of animals seen in typical Halloween depictions, like bats, owls, spiders and other animals that spark fear in many people, we should be scared for them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Nature Conservancy says some spooky species get unfair bad rap at Halloween time

Bats, owls, spiders may be scary but experts say they’re helpful critters

 

Vampires are part of the imagery of Halloween. Do you know who wrote the classic vampire novel, Dracula? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: Are you ready for Halloween thrills?

How much do you know about Halloween-themed chills and thrills?

Vampires are part of the imagery of Halloween. Do you know who wrote the classic vampire novel, Dracula? (Pixabay.com)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada said that spooky stereotypes surrounding creatures such as bats create misunderstandings about the important mammals. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Halloween-linked creatures’ spooky reputation hurts protection: conservation group

Stereotypes inhibit understanding of the importance of these creatures

The Nature Conservancy of Canada said that spooky stereotypes surrounding creatures such as bats create misunderstandings about the important mammals. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Is it safe to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic?

There are ways to minimize the risk of infection this Halloween

Is it safe to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
FILE – A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Switching to LEDs could prevent frightening bills for Halloween mega displays: BC Hydro

More and more British Columbians are putting up ‘mega displays’ to make up for last year’s lacklustre holidays

FILE – A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay

Scary secrets: counting down 10 ‘hidden gem’ horror movies to watch on Halloween

Quite a few of these are terrifying films that will scare the living daylights out of you

Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay
Delia Chang uses bamboo and a string to lower candy down to trick-or-treaters at her home on Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Many parents are planning to let their children go trick-or-treating this year — but they may find fewer doors open than in pre-pandemic Halloweens. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Poll: Canadians still reluctant to hand out Halloween candy due to pandemic

Leger survey finds fewer than half of Canadians will open doors to trick-or-treaters due to COVID-19

Delia Chang uses bamboo and a string to lower candy down to trick-or-treaters at her home on Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Many parents are planning to let their children go trick-or-treating this year — but they may find fewer doors open than in pre-pandemic Halloweens. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
CandyStore.com analyzed 14 years of sales data to determine the most popular Halloween candy. (Black Press Media file photo)

North America’s top Halloween candy choices revealed

14 years of sales data analyzed to reveal top 10 treats for trick-or-treaters

CandyStore.com analyzed 14 years of sales data to determine the most popular Halloween candy. (Black Press Media file photo)
A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Supply shortage woes have Halloween shops scrambling for stock

COVID fears, supply chain issues making scary sales hard to come by

A costumed trick or treater turns after being given candy during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Bears can come onto people’s yards and their patios for pumpkin and candies, like this bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, who just went for the pumpkin. (Christy Mabe/Special to The News)

Keep your tricks, treats and bears separate, WildSafe BC says

Shares tips and suggestions to avoid human-bear conflict through Halloween

Bears can come onto people’s yards and their patios for pumpkin and candies, like this bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, who just went for the pumpkin. (Christy Mabe/Special to The News)
FILE – Alessandro Priolo slides a bag of candy to a young boy at his house on Halloween in Montreal, Saturday, October 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Trick-or-treat in small groups, bring back Halloween candy chutes this year: Dr. Henry

Many kids out trick-or-treating will be too young to be vaccinated

FILE – Alessandro Priolo slides a bag of candy to a young boy at his house on Halloween in Montreal, Saturday, October 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Pumpkins are placed all along Osborne Bay Road outside Crofton post-Halloween. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pumpkins hang out along Osborne Bay Road after Halloween

Tradition continues with all sorts of faces capturing attention outside Crofton

Pumpkins are placed all along Osborne Bay Road outside Crofton post-Halloween. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Visitors pose for a photograph outside the Nootka Sound RCMP office in Gold River on Halloween. Gold River first responders and RCMP handed out pre-packaged candy to children from the community on Halloween. Photo courtesy, Nootka Sound RCMP.

RCMP and first responders treat a Vancouver Island community to a pandemic-safe Halloween

A police approved candy booth and a crime-free evening were the Halloween highlights in Gold River this year

Visitors pose for a photograph outside the Nootka Sound RCMP office in Gold River on Halloween. Gold River first responders and RCMP handed out pre-packaged candy to children from the community on Halloween. Photo courtesy, Nootka Sound RCMP.
Party goers in Vancouver on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2020, in large crowds despite the ongoing pandemic. (Screenshot)

Crowds of hostile partiers, stabbings, a car fire: Vancouver police busy on Halloween weekend

Vancouver police responded to over 800 calls for service during a 24 hour time period

Party goers in Vancouver on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2020, in large crowds despite the ongoing pandemic. (Screenshot)
This is about as rare of a sighting as you’ll get, a witch on a paddleboard in the waters off Cook Beach in Chemainus. Eagle eye observers caught her making the rounds on Halloween. (Photo by Cheryl Cameron)

Which witch is which?

Witches were everywhere in Chemainus on Halloween, but this one used a unique mode of transporation

This is about as rare of a sighting as you’ll get, a witch on a paddleboard in the waters off Cook Beach in Chemainus. Eagle eye observers caught her making the rounds on Halloween. (Photo by Cheryl Cameron)
Social media images of large parties in Vancouver’s downtown on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2020.

VIDEO: Halloween crowds gather in Vancouver despite B.C. top doctor’s plea to avoid parties

Police said large, alcohol fuelled crowds made dispersing people not a practical solution

Social media images of large parties in Vancouver’s downtown on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2020.
Police cars block the Quai Saint-Andre sweet where they arrested a man in medieval disguise, early Sunday, November 1, 2020 in Quebec City. Two people are dead and five people were injured after they were stabbed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

VIDEO: Police name two victims killed in night of horror in Quebec City

Police Chief Robert Pigeon says attack involved man dressed in a medieval costume swinging a sword

Police cars block the Quai Saint-Andre sweet where they arrested a man in medieval disguise, early Sunday, November 1, 2020 in Quebec City. Two people are dead and five people were injured after they were stabbed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
(Pixabay photo)

Spoooky, scaaaary: The ultimate Halloween-in-quarantine playlist

All the costumes, trick-or-treating and spooky-season fun is essentialy off the table due to COVID-19

(Pixabay photo)