Downtown Trick or Treat & Halloween Pet Parade
Saturday, Oct. 29 from 12-3 pm
Downtown & Diana Krall Plaza
Get ready Nanaimo! More than 90 merchants are getting ready to host the ever-popular Downtown Trick or Treat extravaganza on Saturday, October 29 from Noon to 3 pm. Participating merchants will have orange and black balloons tied to their doors and will be located throughout downtown including the Commercial Street and Victoria Crescent areas, the Waterfront and Old City Quarter. Maps, free bags for trick or treaters and other information will be available at the DNBIA tent in Diana krall Plaza.
New this year is the Halloween Pet Parade where the public is invited to dress up their pets in outrageous costumes and bring them down to Diana Krall Plaza starting at 12:30 pm. The parade starts at 1 pm and prizes will be awarded for Best Pet/Owner Look-a-Like, Best Costume and for the winner of the hilarious Bobbing for Wieners Contest. Donations will also be accepted for the Nanaimo Chihuahua Rescue Society, and pet costumes can be purchased at Quintessential Accessories at #2 Commercial St., where owner Carla Samson will also donate partial proceeds to the society.
There will also be live entertainment this year including Iris, an eight year old female-fronted power house rock, reggae and funk band that harbours members from such bands as Wunderbread, 57 Monkey’s Audio Therapy and Doug and the Slugs. Band members are Jona Kristinsson, Tony Jenks, Brian Kehoe and Todd Michell. Also playing the Downtown Trick or Treat is the youth band, 10XBETTER, from the Nanaimo Youth Services` Tune In Program led by Kristinsson.
From 2-3 pm, trick or treaters can head into the Harbourfront Library to hear some scary stories, sing songs and do crafts…all perfect pastimes for the season of ghosts, goblins and ghouls.
This Halloween come Downtown for the best Trick or Treating this side of Transylvania! This event is brought to you by the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association. For more information, visit dnbia.ca or call 250-754-8141.