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Halloween a real treat in Quesnel

Trick-or-treaters visited Dunrovin Park Lodge and downtown businesses

Many trick-or-treaters made sure to stop at Dunrovin Park Lodge to show off their costumes to residents before heading downtown for more candy this Halloween.

The Rotary Club of Quesnel once again hosted its Parade of Costumes outside the complex facility on St. Laurent Avenue.

Trick-or-treaters were welcomed to take a walk through “Jack-O-Lantern Island” before waving to residents bundled in warm clothing or watching through a window.

They then received a box or bag filled with goodies.

“We did it last year as an experiment, and it was so well received, so we did it this year, and we had to close off registration,” said past Rotary Club of Quesnel president Bev Haluschak.

“There was so much support because we advertise it as a way to have a little fun, remember our seniors and bring smiles to everyone.”

A total of 119 children and youth were registered.

Haluschak noted the social challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for seniors who were left feeling isolated from the community.

“We found a way last year to come and be close to them and share the fun of Halloween, and then it seemed like a good idea just to keep doing it, and the staff here are really appreciative—they’ve been very helpful.”

Down the street, businesses participating in the Quesnel Downtown Association’s Halloween Treat Trail handed out lots of candy.

For many, it was a delight to have spooky and fun activities like 2019.

Shortly before the Halloween Treat Trail came to a successful end, Darla Cork with Circle S Western Wear smiled while she held a nearly empty bowl of treats and guessed they gave candy to more than 1,000 children and youth.