Double, double, toil and trouble…

Hallow’s Eve weekend is upon us, and with that comes a whole cauldron of spine-tingling events to feast your eyes on!

Though we encourage you to to enjoy yourself this Halloween, we also remind everyone to keep groups small, practice physical distancing, and adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines that have been set by the province.

Without further ado, here are # spooky (and not so spooky!) events to enjoy this Halloween weekend:

Halloween Haunting

Pay a visit to one of the most haunted book stores on Vancouver Island. Avalon Books & Treasures carries books on ghost stories, Witch craft, Divination, fiction/non fiction, Herbal medicine, psychic powers, and so many more.

Drop by for a scary ONE DAY sale featuring select items. Enter to win a free gift basket when you purchase a minimum of $10, winner will be announced at 4:30 PM. Book an appointment with a Tarot reader by calling 250-380-1721 or PM us. Walk-ins warmly welcomed. Happy Hallows Eve!

  • When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Avalon Books & Treasures, 560 Johnson Street

Summit Park Pumpkin Parade

Put your jack ‘o lantern on display for the whole neighbourhood to admire!
Pumpkins will be lined up along the path up to Summit Park (behind the tower) from McNair Street. If enough neighbours bring pumpkins, they will stretch all the way through the park!
This physically distanced walk begins on McNair Street (access from Cook St), goes up the spooky stairs to Summit Park, through the park, and down the stairs at Lang and Highview (access from Finlayson St).
Groups will be required to maintain physical distance, and to proceed up the stairs one group at a time. There may be a surprise performance when you get to the top!
Recommended donation of $2-5 to cover the cost of removing the pumpkins for composting.
  • When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday
  • Where: Walk begins on McNair Street, accessed from Cook Street

Moss Street Market

Every Saturday all year long! Come enjoy fresh, local produce, delicious food and handmade goods.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
  • Where: Robert J. Porter Park, near the intersection of Moss Street and Thurlow Road

Grow your Own Mushrooms

Victoria Compost Education Centre holds a workshop to teach you how to cultivate mushrooms indoors and in your backyard using low tech methods.

Fungal biology and cultivation theory will be presented in a lecture format followed by one hour hands-on making your own 5 gallon Oyster Mushroom straw bucket to take home. The lecture will include making liquid culture, grain spawn, sawdust spawn, mushroom logs, wood chip beds, and straw bags/buckets.
  • When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday
  • Where: Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street

Comedy Brunch at the Mint

Comedy and breakfast foods! What a combo! Come enjoy brunch while being entertained by the most hilarious comedians in the city! Seating is very limited, be sure to book your table online! There are options for 2, 4 or 6 only.

  • When: Sunday, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Mint Restaurant, 1414 Douglas Street

Ma Miller’s Pub Haunt House Walk though

Ma Miller’s Pub are hosting a kid-friendly spooky haunted house! One group/family at a time (max. 6). Will take about 30 seconds/1 minute to go through. Treat for each girl and ghoul that comes through!

  • When: Saturday, 3p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 2903 Sooke Lake Road

Pumpkin Paddle and Food Drive

Bring your carved pumpkin and don your best costumes, and enjoy a sunset and full moon Hallowe’en stand-up paddle. Remember to also bring a packaged food donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank!

  • When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: 2500 Esplanade

Powerhouse Pinball Club’s Free Play-o-ween!

Powerhouse Pinball Club is expecting a full house on Halloween. They’ve broken down their day into four 2-hour time slots and will be putting all the pinball machines on free play for the day (no tokens required).

You do, however need a $20 tickets to get you access to the clubhouse, two hours of all-you-can-play pinball, and of course candy and prizes!

  • When: Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: 2110 Store Street

6th Annual Halloween community park dog walk 

Dress yourself and your dog up for this 6th annual Halloween community pack walk and win some prizes!

The walks are geared for nervous/fearful, overly excited or reactive dogs who need to work on social skills.

  • When: Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Beacon Hill Children’s Farm – Petting Zoo

Vic West Halloween Spooktacular

On October 31st, the Vic West Community Association will have a variety of socially distanced activities for you and your little ones at the Vic West Community Centre!
There’ll be trick or treating, a family photo booth, and a scavenger hunt with prizes in Banfield park! Wear your costumes and stop by for some “fangtastic” fun.
  •  When: Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Banfield Park, 521 Craigflower Road

Metchosin Drive-Thru Halloween

Drive through a spooky Halloween Lane, decorated and haunted by local Metchosin Fire Fighters! All family members must stay in their vehicle while driving through.

Free Halloween treats will be delivered to each car!

  • When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Metchosin Fire Department, 4440 Happy Valley Road

The Pretzels at Hermann’s

The Pretzels Logic Orchestra will be performing at Hermann’s Jazz Club for the last time this year, bringing Victorians original musical stylings combined with the classic tunes and lyrics of Steely Dan.

  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street

Gluten Free Sourdough Making and Baking in person

Learn the basics of how to make a successful gluten free sourdough starter, which flours are the best for gluten free bread baking, and methods for how to make wholesome home made loaves of bread.

This lesson will start by discussing the background of what fermentation actually is, and perhaps even taste some yummy delicacies.

  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street

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