Kristyna Tomek and her daughters Zaya and Sofi enjoyed the Halloween Treat Trail in downtown Quesnel on Oct. 31, 2019. Because Halloween falls on a Sunday this year some celebrations are being held early such as Big Brothers Big Sisters Monster Dash. (Lindsay Chung photo)

Kristyna Tomek and her daughters Zaya and Sofi enjoyed the Halloween Treat Trail in downtown Quesnel on Oct. 31, 2019. Because Halloween falls on a Sunday this year some celebrations are being held early such as Big Brothers Big Sisters Monster Dash. (Lindsay Chung photo)

UPDATE: Monster Dash to support Quesnel Big Brothers Big Sisters cancelled

Halloween fun at Ceal Tingley Park crossed out this year

Update 2 p.m. Oct. 21:

The first Monster Dash supporting Quesnel’s Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been cancelled.

News of the event being a no-go at Ceal Tingley Park was shared late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, on Facebook.

There were few registrants, with just one signing up online said executive director Joanie Newman.

“And this morning, when I came because I canceled it yesterday, I had two more signed up,” she added.

“But three is not enough to be able to go and bring all the volunteers and the staff.”

While Newman is not sure why registration was low, she speculated it may have to do with COVID-19, in which new public health orders would have required participants to be fully vaccinated.

BBBS Quesnel will be hosting its annual general meeting Thursday, Oct. 21.

Next year’s Bowl for Kids Sake will be dependent on how many new COVID-19 cases there are and Northern Health, Newman said, noting it has been a tough two years for everyone.

“But on a positive, we have sold out of our WestJet [raffle] tickets.”

Original story 6 a.m. Oct 20:

Ghosts and ghouls could be calling Ceal Tingley Park home on Oct. 30. At least that’s the hope of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Quesnel.

The non-profit organization is hosting their first Monster Dash.

Participants can walk, jog or run in their scary and funny Halloween costume around the Riverfront Trail for a chance for prizes.

“There is a $25 registration fee and all the money raised stays here with our organization,” said executive director Joanie Newman.

“We are hoping to get quite a few participants out.”

A water station will be available to keep everyone hydrated.

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This Halloween will mark the first time BBBS Quesnel has hosted such a fundraiser to support their individual and group mentoring between adults and youth.

In-school mentoring programs remain virtual or through written correspondence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newman noted.

“We have to think outside of the box to do fundraising now because I’m not sure if we’re going to be able to do our Bowl for Kids Sake,” she said.

Pre-registration for the Monster Dash starts at 12 p.m. and is required for participants.

Newman encourages everyone to dress up and said she will be wearing a costume—a cow ensemble from home.

“I hope to see some pretty cool costumes out there.”

Call 250-992-7257 for more information.

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