Oak Bay firefighters and Kiwanis are teaming up to help costumed kiddies enjoy Halloween at Oak Bay’s traditional Halloween bonfire Wednesday evening (Oct. 31).
For generations this community festival at Fireman’s Park has featured the enormous bonfire presented by the Oak Bay Fire Rescue service. Right alongside them are Oak Bay Kiwanians, conducting costume parades, awarding prizes and handing out more than 500 free hot dogs, drinks and bags of popcorn.
With backing from the municipality, Oak Bay Kiwanians have served generations of children and their parents every Halloween since the mid-1950s.
The costume parades, with prizes awarded by age groups and music organized by the Kiwanis Club, take place in front of the Scout and Guide Halls. As this is taking place Kiwanians will be working away, broiling wieners, popping corn and pouring pop until well into the evening.
The Scout and Guide Halls were built by Oak Bay Kiwanis, the Scout Hall in 1955 (and extended by the club in 1964) and the Guide Hall in 1957. Recently, Oak Bay Kiwanis provided $1,000 for the upgrading of the kitchen.
The bonfire will be lit at 6 p.m.