Gourds and ghouls coming to Oak Bay

Business Improvement Association's Halloween events given nod from Oak Bay council

Council hammered out a few kinks in response to the resident concerns over the Pumpkin Art on the Avenue during its first fall meeting Sept. 28.

The Oak Bay Business Improvement Association spearheads the event where pumpkin art lines the street and fills the park behind municipal hall.

At least one resident of Granite Street, with a direct view of the rented fencing that offers security of the large display in the park, reiterated last year’s concerns over the look of the fencing.

Because of the layout of the park – and its hedges and gardens – moving the fencing inside the hedges would cut the space available for use by roughly 25 per cent, said project co-ordinator Heather Leary.

“It would change the entire event,” she said, adding she will find fencing scrim, fabric panels, similar to what was used last year.

“That is going to be camouflaged to some degree,” Leary said.

Mayor Nils Jensen also asked Leary to consider moving the two eight-by-20-foot containers used as secure storage for a variety of items during Pumpkin Art away from the municipal lot where “parking is at a premium.”

Council approved the event and waived about $1,500 worth of municipal costs as it’s a community event.

Pumpkins on the Avenue will include five more Halloween gourds on the street poles (up to 40 from 35) stretching from Foul Bay Road to Monterey Avenue. The oak tree in front of municipal hall will again feature carved artwork  to help direct people to the Pumpkin Art display behind the hall.

Pumpkin Art on the Avenue features almost 500 pumpkins carved by John Vickers and each year new pumpkins are added to the displays. Pumpkin Art is open to the public Friday, Oct. 23 to 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Oct. 31 from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Trick-or-treaters return

Oak Bay Avenue will be closed from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 for the Trick or Treat on the Avenue, featuring entertainment, activities and food vendors.

The Oak Bay BIA event runs the Halloween day event from 2 to 5 p.m.

Last year’s event attracted about 600 trick or treaters and roughly 2,000 people, said organizer Heather Leary.

“They don’t fit on the sidewalk anymore.”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

SD62 bus driver Kerry Zado said it’s common to see drivers lose their patience and pass by his bus while he’s picking up students during the morning commute. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
School bus driver laments motorists who pass while red lights are flashing

All buses in Sooke School District outfitted with stop sign cameras

Victoria police are seeking home surveillance video and witnesses following a prowling incident in Esquimalt Jan. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
Esquimalt prowler removes air conditioner, peers into person’s home

VicPD is seeking video footage, witnesses following Jan. 20 incident

A cyclist navigates the shoulder in traffic along Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria. (John Luton Photo)
Oak Bay council supports Fort Street bike lanes

Victoria bike lanes would connect to Cadboro Bay Road

(Black Press Media files)
Transport Canada not budging on enclosed deck rules, despite calls from BC Ferries union

There have been at least 23 cases of the U.K. variant detected in Canada, four of which are in B.C.

Victoria police are warning people of a continued rise in cybercrime. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Victoria police warn of rising cybercrime called spear phishing

Fraudsters continue to trick people out of large sums of money

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Vancouver Canucks’ Travis Hamonic grabs Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson by the face during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horvat scores winner as Canucks dump Habs 6-5 in shootout thriller

Vancouver and Montreal clash again Thursday night

Rod Bitten of Union Bay won $500,000 in the Lotto Max draw on Jan. 15. Photo supplied
Vancouver Island electrician gets shocking surprise with $500K Extra win

Rod Bitten has been hard at work with home renovations, which is… Continue reading

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Oyster River Fire Rescue members were called out to a suspicious fire in Black Creek. Two vehicles parked at a private residence were destroyed by fire. Photo courtesy Oyster River Fire Rescue
Suspicious fire destroys two vehicles at Vancouver Island residence

Oyster River Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to a fire at a… Continue reading

Southern resident killer whales in B.C. waters. Research shows the population’s females are more negatively influenced by vessel traffic than males. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Female orcas less likely to feed in presence of vessel traffic: study

Research the southern resident population raises concerns over reproduction capacity

Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)
New Duncan street signs will be in English and Hul’q’umi’num

Seven streets to get additional names in First Nations language

Most Read