Halloween

Over the years, Janice Blackie-Goodine’s home in Summerland has featured elaborate Halloween displays and decorations each October. (File photo)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct. 31 is a night of frights. How much do you know about Halloween customs and traditions?

Over the years, Janice Blackie-Goodine’s home in Summerland has featured elaborate Halloween displays and decorations each October. (File photo)
Among the pumpkin carvings created this year by Rick Chong of Abbotsford is this tribute to fallen officer Cont. Allan Young.

Abbotsford pumpkin carver’s creations include fallen police officer

Rick Chong carves and displays 30 pumpkins every year

Among the pumpkin carvings created this year by Rick Chong of Abbotsford is this tribute to fallen officer Cont. Allan Young.
A full moon rises over Mt. Cheam on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Rare full moon, Daylight Saving makes for a uniquely spooky Halloween – despite COVID-19

We can’t host costume parties but this weekend is still one for the history books

A full moon rises over Mt. Cheam on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort – known locally as the Pink Palace – has been closed since 2018, but on Saturday will host a Overnight Paranormal Tour and Ghost Hunt. (Facebook photo)

South Surrey’s Pink Palace to host late-night Halloween ghost tour

Paranormal ghost hunt set for midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday at closed hotel

South Surrey’s Pacific Inn Resort – known locally as the Pink Palace – has been closed since 2018, but on Saturday will host a Overnight Paranormal Tour and Ghost Hunt. (Facebook photo)
Left to right: Ben, Carter, Emma, April (in red), Lucas and Josh Blais in front of their elaborate Halloween yard display on Kipp Avenue. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Halloween house brings smiles to downtown Chilliwack neighborhood

An elaborate yard display on Kipp Avenue has cars and pedestrians slowing down to take a look

Left to right: Ben, Carter, Emma, April (in red), Lucas and Josh Blais in front of their elaborate Halloween yard display on Kipp Avenue. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
We don’t know, and really don’t want to know, what these guys on Ryder Street are boiling in their homemade cauldron. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Ghoulishly good news: Trick-or-treating can go ahead this Halloween in Hope

Public health officials say don’t gather or party inside

We don’t know, and really don’t want to know, what these guys on Ryder Street are boiling in their homemade cauldron. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
FILE – People go trick or treating in the rain on Halloween in Ottawa, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Wash your hands, not your candy: UBC offers COVID-safe tips for Halloween trick-or-treating

Wearing a non-medical mask and keeping groups small is key

FILE – People go trick or treating in the rain on Halloween in Ottawa, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Laurie St. Amour's halloween display at her 684 Park St. home includes black rats, black crows and lots and lots of black spiders. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

A ghoulishly good display for first time Hope Halloween decorator

Laurie St. Amour said she has never decorated her home for Halloween…

Laurie St. Amour's halloween display at her 684 Park St. home includes black rats, black crows and lots and lots of black spiders. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Eleven-year-old Hayley McDermott walks down the pathway of a decorated house during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Trick or Treat? Experts divided on letting kids go out on Halloween due to COVID risk

Health officials have said a safe Halloween is possible despite the pandemic

Eleven-year-old Hayley McDermott walks down the pathway of a decorated house during Halloween celebrations in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Halloween. (pxhere.com)

COVID-19 won’t spook away trick-or-treating if safety rules followed: health officers

Dr. Theresa Tam cautions, however, that parents should listen to local public health authorities

Halloween. (pxhere.com)
Halloween decorations and pumpkins are shown at a house in Montreal, Friday, November 1, 2019. A new poll suggests Canadians are divided about whether to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt their plans for upcoming holidays and seasonal events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canadians divided over whether to let pandemic disrupt Halloween, holidays: Poll

About half of people will hand out candy, an equal number to those who will let their kids trick-or-treat

Halloween decorations and pumpkins are shown at a house in Montreal, Friday, November 1, 2019. A new poll suggests Canadians are divided about whether to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt their plans for upcoming holidays and seasonal events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released tips for a COVID-safe Halloween this year. (pxhere.com)

B.C. CDC releases Thanksgiving, Halloween tips for COVID-safe fall celebrations

People who are quarantined or self-isolating are being told to leave their houses dark

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released tips for a COVID-safe Halloween this year. (pxhere.com)
FILE – Halloween in Downtown Campbell River in 2019 had the streets crawling with young Trick or Treaters in costume like (from left) Summer, Lukas and Lola Knowles. Costume photos and prizes as well as other treats were offered by the Downtown BIA and its member businesses. (Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror)

Top 10 timely Halloween costumes: From Baby Yoda to Black Panther to ‘2020 Dumpster Fire’

2020, with its avalanche of news and pop culture, has yielded a particularly striking array of options for DIYers

FILE – Halloween in Downtown Campbell River in 2019 had the streets crawling with young Trick or Treaters in costume like (from left) Summer, Lukas and Lola Knowles. Costume photos and prizes as well as other treats were offered by the Downtown BIA and its member businesses. (Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror)
Thick white webbing blanketed parts of Agassiz-Harrison early Tuesday (Sept.29) morning. The webbing seemed to form or fall only in certain areas around the area, and it’s not immediately clear why. (Contributed Photos/Caro Clark)

‘Alien invasion’: Strange webbing creeps in overnight in Agassiz,Harrison

Eerie webbing might be the result of a growth in moth population

Thick white webbing blanketed parts of Agassiz-Harrison early Tuesday (Sept.29) morning. The webbing seemed to form or fall only in certain areas around the area, and it’s not immediately clear why. (Contributed Photos/Caro Clark)
More than 1,000 parents and kids attended Halloween Fest 2019 that all the candy was gobbled up by the end of the night. (Jenna Cocullo / The Northern View)

B.C.’s top doctor encourages Halloween costumes to include masks

Dr. Bonnie Henry will soon be releasing guidelines on how to safely trick-or-treat this Halloween

More than 1,000 parents and kids attended Halloween Fest 2019 that all the candy was gobbled up by the end of the night. (Jenna Cocullo / The Northern View)
Halloween is too important an event to be cancelled because of COVID, says Langley’s Tanya Reid, who’s created a video to encourage safe ways of enjoying the festivities. (Facebook screengrab)

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

Halloween is too important an event to be cancelled because of COVID, says Langley’s Tanya Reid, who’s created a video to encourage safe ways of enjoying the festivities. (Facebook screengrab)
People wear costumes at a house decorated for Halloween in Walschleben near Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jens Meyer

With trick-or-treating in doubt, experts say Halloween sales could be weak

Halloween sales could also serve as an indicator for what retailers might expect this Christmas

People wear costumes at a house decorated for Halloween in Walschleben near Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jens Meyer
Trick or Treat on the Avenue in Oak Bay in 2017. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Should Halloween be permanently moved to a Saturday?

Petition to move Halloween to last Saturday of October more than 44,000 signatures strong

Trick or Treat on the Avenue in Oak Bay in 2017. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Spooky Hack: Here’s where to find the best candy in your ‘hood

Spooky Hack: Here’s where to find the best candy in your ‘hood

Here’s where to go for Lower Mainland trick-or-treaters

Spooky Hack: Here’s where to find the best candy in your ‘hood