Halloween really rocked Friday evening at the annual children’s costume parade and party organized by Oak Bay Kiwanians at the Fireman’s Park community bonfire.
The powerful saxophone and stomping rhythms of Funk Cannon set ghouls, goblins, witches, pirates, robots and all manner of creatures — earthly and otherwise – to dancing and twirling before, during and after the cosmos of costumes was paraded and judged.
Saxophonists Thomas Daudlin and Max Stover are also band members at Oak Bay High School. They were appearing at the joint Firefighters/Kiwanis event for the first time, playing as Funk Cannon on a makeshift stage in front of the 5th Garry Oak Scout Hall.
Children ages two to 42 – and over – let the rhythm flow right to their toe and finger tips.
In a Halloween party conducted annually in conjunction with Oak Bay Firefighers’ big bonfire, Kiwanians conducted clown-led costume parades in five age groups: 3 and under, ages 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9, and 10 and over.
A parade for costumed pets was also planned but only one was entered: a dog named Billie, dressed as a peacock no less.
The costumes were judged by Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jenson and three other members of council, with small prizes awarded. The municipality provides financial support for the community Halloween party each year.
Following the costume event, the Scout Hall door was opened to all for the annual ‘hot dog parade’.
Once again, Oak Bay Kiwanis members and volunteers prepared and handed out free hot dogs, bags of popcorn and cups of ‘pop’ to more than 600 children and parents.
Likely, few noticed that beneath their feet was a new floor, which Oak Bay Kiwanis recently helped finance with a $10,000 contribution to the 5th Garry Oak Scout Group, occupying a hall built by the Kiwanis Club of Oak Bay in 1956.