Halloween in Oceanside

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Trick-or-treating, parties and haunted houses.

It’s coming up to the scariest time of the year. From Halloween parades, parties and haunted houses, the Oceanside area certainly knows how to celebrate Halloween.

Leading up to Halloween, on October 19th, Wellington Hall will be hosting a Halloween Market from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm featuring over 30 local businesses and crafters. Children can trick or treat in a safe environment during the market, and collect candy from each of the vendor tables. Children 12 years and under are welcome to participate in a costume contest at 1:00 pm with a chance to win a gift basket. End the afternoon by getting spooked while walking through their haunted house.

Masquerade lovers should also plan to attend ‘The Howl,’ a masquerade concert at the Parksville Community Centre on October 20th from 12:00 – 2:30 pm. There will also be a pumpkin painting contest with fantastic prizes.  Dust off your masks, and pick up your tickets to the 9th Annual Serauxmen Halloween Party & Masquerade Ball on October 26th at 8:00 pm. Prizes will be given for single and group costumes. The local talented band Jo and the Bros will be playing live. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Serauxmen Service Club to help individuals and families in need in Nanaimo.

Join the Nanaimo Science and Sustainable Society on October 27th for their 7th Annual Spooktacular Science Challenge at 11:00 am. Walk through Bowen Part and participate in several kid-friendly science stations such as spooky slime, creepy chemistry, and a haunted house along the way. Tickets are $15 and include entry to the challenge, a beverage ticket and a paint balloon for the balloon slingshot.

Nanaimo Science and Sustainable Society

The Friends of Forester Park are hosting their Annual Pumpkin Walk on October 31st at 7:00pm at Foster Park in Parksville. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes for a trip through the trails of the park. They will be glowing from the light of over 400 lit pumpkins that were carved by local students. Afterwards participants are invited to gather around a bonfire for free hot chocolate and goodie bags to enjoy.

Children and families can head out to the Coombs Fairground for the Jungle themed Coombs Candy Walk on October 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Participants can also enjoy the Little Ghoul’s Haunted House, a cake walk, and concession. The evening will conclude with fireworks at 8:00 pm.

Beginning the weekend before Halloween, Resort Drive hosts Pumpkins on the Drive. From 6pm to 8pm from the 27th to the 31, the Drive will be lit with over four hundred hand-carved pumpkins, which is truly a sight to see! Visitors to the Drive are invited to visit each resort along the way for an assortment of Halloween treats.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this spooky island-style Halloween. With activities and events for all ages – there is surely something for everyone. Reserve your Halloween accommodations with us today!