Halloween

Langford Fire Rescue loads up on pumpkins before heading skyward to drop them from their 105-foot ladder. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

A smash for a cause: Langford’s pumpkin drop an annual hit

Halloween decorations fall from above to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy

 

Bane gives out candy at the event, held at M2 Graphix on Langford Parkway on October 1, 2021. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Car meets Halloween

Cars and candy were on offer for families at M2 Graphix on Halloween

 

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 efforts: 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)
The Saanich Police Department recommends several safety tips this Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)

Spooktacular safety tips from the Saanich Police Department

Police encourage everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween

The Saanich Police Department recommends several safety tips this Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Young Building was originally built in 1913 and is home to many spooky reports. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Spooky secrets surround landmark building at Camosun College

Young Building at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus home to numerous unexplained incidents

The Young Building was originally built in 1913 and is home to many spooky reports. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
Residents of Berwick House join some boney friends outside the Shelbourne Street retirement community. The residence is hosting its fifth annual Great Pumpkin Walk. (Photo courtesy Berwick House)

PHOTOS: Saanich retirement community, local students team up for Halloween event

Berwick House hosting its fifth annual Great Pumpkin Walk tonight (Oct. 28)

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Residents of Berwick House join some boney friends outside the Shelbourne Street retirement community. The residence is hosting its fifth annual Great Pumpkin Walk. (Photo courtesy Berwick House)
Central Saanich firefighters will be back in action in Centennial Park this Halloween with their annual bonfire and fireworks display. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Central Saanich firefighters igniting Halloween fun

Annual bonfire, fireworks back this Sunday in Centennial Park

Central Saanich firefighters will be back in action in Centennial Park this Halloween with their annual bonfire and fireworks display. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
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)
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POLL: Do you think children should go out trick-or-treating this year?

The lure of costumes and candy is being tempered by fears of…

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The dragon was Ross’ first decoration. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Spooky Sooke Road house has a community feel

Ross says the support has motivating her to keep expanding the decorations

The dragon was Ross’ first decoration. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
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
Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria trails light up for post-Halloween walk in Summit Park

Organizers encourage visitors to help fund pumpkin removal for composting

Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)
A prize category in the pet parade caters to those looking to participate from home. Pet owners can send in a picture of their costumed pet for a chance to win best virtual costume. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)

Carr House hosts ‘Howl-oween’ pet parade in Victoria

Award categories include one for the famed writer and artist Emily Carr

A prize category in the pet parade caters to those looking to participate from home. Pet owners can send in a picture of their costumed pet for a chance to win best virtual costume. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)
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
The Langford Fire Rescue team was busy handing out heaps of candy during its first-ever Halloween drive-thru event last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore firefighters gear up for Halloween fun

Drive-thrus, pumpkin smash and more spooky fun in store

The Langford Fire Rescue team was busy handing out heaps of candy during its first-ever Halloween drive-thru event last year. (Black Press Media file photo)