Halloween

Zinnia Oke smashes a pumpkin at The Great Nanaimo Pumpkin Toss fundraiser benefiting Nanaimo Child Development Centre on Nov. 5. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Scenes from The Great Pumpkin Toss, benefiting Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Halloween pumpkins disposed of in fun manner, near East Wellington fire hall

 

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. RCMP are investigating after receiving two complaints that pins were found in children’s Halloween candy in Iqaluit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Iqaluit RCMP investigating reports of pins found in Halloween candy

Two seperate complaints made on consecutive days

 

A screenshot from a police-provided video taken near South Delta Secondary School on Oct. 31, 2022 shows fireworks being shot by a large gathering of youths. Delta police are investigating possible assaults and property damage from the night. (Screenshot/Delta Police Department)

VIDEO: Delta police investigating fireworks-involved assaults after Halloween gathering

Police say hundreds of youth gathered on Oct. 31, causing property damage and targeting pedestrians

 

Example of THC products that look like candy but include psychoactive cannabis ingredients. (Richmond RCMP handout)

Child accidentally eats THC candy in Halloween bag, prompting warning from Richmond RCMP

The child was transported to a local area hospital by her parents after she became sick

Example of THC products that look like candy but include psychoactive cannabis ingredients. (Richmond RCMP handout)
Jet Black hoops down The Avenue for the Oak Bay circus-themed Halloween event on Oct. 31. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay Village teems with costumed guests for family Halloween event

Thousands flock to The Avenue for kids games, circus performances and treats

Jet Black hoops down The Avenue for the Oak Bay circus-themed Halloween event on Oct. 31. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
There will be a place for people to dispose of jack-o’-lanterns after Halloween, with the Great Pumpkin Toss in East Wellington on Saturday, Nov. 5. (News Bulletin file photo)

Pumpkin cannon ready to fire in Nanaimo the weekend after Halloween

Great Pumpkin Toss community event and fundraiser takes place Saturday, Nov. 5, in East Wellington

There will be a place for people to dispose of jack-o’-lanterns after Halloween, with the Great Pumpkin Toss in East Wellington on Saturday, Nov. 5. (News Bulletin file photo)
Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct 31 is a time for candy, costumes and scary movies

Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)
Police officers inspect the scene where people died and were injured in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, after a mass of mostly young people celebrating Halloween festivities in Seoul became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

World leaders grieve deadly Halloween crowd surge in Seoul

At least 151 people were killed Saturday night

Police officers inspect the scene where people died and were injured in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, after a mass of mostly young people celebrating Halloween festivities in Seoul became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Adrianna Golinsky, preps to set out across Westwood Lake. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Witches trade brooms for paddles at Halloween-themed charity event in Nanaimo

Westwood Lake Witch Paddle benefits Loaves and Fishes food bank and Nanaimo Foodshare

Adrianna Golinsky, preps to set out across Westwood Lake. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Central Saanich’s Centennial Park won’t host a bonfire and fireworks organized by local firefighters this Halloween because of the current extreme fire danger (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Ban on opening burning, recreational fires in Central Saanich to lift Nov. 3

The department has also reiterated its current ban on fireworks and firecrackers

Central Saanich’s Centennial Park won’t host a bonfire and fireworks organized by local firefighters this Halloween because of the current extreme fire danger (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
A group of young men shoot off fireworks on Halloween in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

British-Chinese cultural mash-up may explain B.C.’s fondness for Halloween fireworks

While fireworks remain a noisy Halloween fixture, they are now often subject to regulation or bans

A group of young men shoot off fireworks on Halloween in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Receptionist Amanda Wagar illuminates the halls of Cain-West Medical Centre haunted health clinic, a Halloween attraction open this month at Country Club Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Haunted Island medical clinic offering terrifying treatment until Halloween

Attraction set up by Curious Comics at Country Club Centre

Receptionist Amanda Wagar illuminates the halls of Cain-West Medical Centre haunted health clinic, a Halloween attraction open this month at Country Club Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Langford Fire Rescue team held Halloween drive-thru events the past two years due to COVID. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore fire departments hosting Halloween events

Events will feature free hot dogs and candy, but no fireworks or bonfires

The Langford Fire Rescue team held Halloween drive-thru events the past two years due to COVID. (Black Press Media file photo)
George Burnside shows off his own personalized hell on wheels, a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe. For the soft-spoken chef, the vehicle has become a tool to overcome his alcoholism. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula man drives scary clown car to personal redemption

George Burnside’s vintage vehicle brings out the joy of Halloween

George Burnside shows off his own personalized hell on wheels, a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe. For the soft-spoken chef, the vehicle has become a tool to overcome his alcoholism. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A woman walks past a Halloween shop in Montreal, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Quebec’s professional order of nurses is launching a shock campaign this Halloween to encourage Quebecers to ditch their sexy nurse costumes for real uniforms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec’s nursing order launches campaign to stop Halloween objectification of nurses

Campaign aims to sensitize people about how nurses are portrayed, present realistic image

A woman walks past a Halloween shop in Montreal, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Quebec’s professional order of nurses is launching a shock campaign this Halloween to encourage Quebecers to ditch their sexy nurse costumes for real uniforms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Purely Wicked boutique owner Kim Goodhue and “shop kitty” Minoux are shown in a handout photo. Witches say social media platforms such as TikTok are conjuring a boom for businesses offering magical wares, services and education. Goodhue says her brick-and-mortar witchy boutique in St. Thomas, Ont., welcomes all comers, from practitioners who want to learn more about a particular kind of magic to fans of Harry Potter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Barb Weir/Purely Wicked **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Double, double toil and hustle: ‘WitchTok’ conjures magic business boom

Social media feeds thriving online market for spell jars, magical liquids and witch kits

Purely Wicked boutique owner Kim Goodhue and “shop kitty” Minoux are shown in a handout photo. Witches say social media platforms such as TikTok are conjuring a boom for businesses offering magical wares, services and education. Goodhue says her brick-and-mortar witchy boutique in St. Thomas, Ont., welcomes all comers, from practitioners who want to learn more about a particular kind of magic to fans of Harry Potter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Barb Weir/Purely Wicked **MANDATORY CREDIT**
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Why do we carve pumpkins on Halloween?

Modern Halloween is derived from the Irish festival, “Samhain,’ which marks the…

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A diversity of sizes are at hand with the traditional orange pumpkin available as well blue, pink, white and warty pumpkins at Galey Farms. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Spooky levels intensify after dark during Saanich Halloween festival

Galey Farms promises orange, pink, blue, white and warty pumpkins

A diversity of sizes are at hand with the traditional orange pumpkin available as well blue, pink, white and warty pumpkins at Galey Farms. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Caramel apples are prepared in New York in October 2020. Homemade caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make. You can use whatever apples you like, as long as they are firm and crisp (Cheyenne M. Cohen via AP)

Halloween Caramel Apples: an easy, fun treat amid the candy

Homemade caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make, and purely joyful

Caramel apples are prepared in New York in October 2020. Homemade caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make. You can use whatever apples you like, as long as they are firm and crisp (Cheyenne M. Cohen via AP)
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10 more ‘Hidden Gem’ horror movies to watch this Halloween

Many great and entertaining horror films often end up flying under the radar, which is a real shame

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