Halloween in Kanesatake with a twist

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Rest assured, a pandemicwill not scare away Kanehsata’kehró:non from celebrating Halloween.

This being said, there was doubt floating around regarding whether or not the celebration was going to be cancelled, but Kanesatake confirmed that the night of horror will take place.

“Oh, there’s definitely a Halloween,” said the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) spokesperson Robert Bonspiel.

On Saturday, October 31, little Kanehsata’kehró:non will be going doors-to-door trickor-treating. While the event is known to be more laid back in Kanesatake due to the geographical reality, the ERU is encouraging people to go out and have some fun.

“Kahnawake is bigger, they are really into it, but we do have people here that love it,” said Bonspiel, including himself in the lot. He even recalled his best Halloween costume from years ago, when he managed to squeeze himself into a friend’s black wedding dress and wore a half biker’s mask.

Bonspiel was right when he said that Kanesatake has a few Halloween fans.

Karonhienhawe Nicholas woke up early Thursday morning, October 29, to practice her daughter’s makeup. Sage, turning 11 on Monday, is still unsure of her costume, but undoubtedly, her love for candies isn’t going anywhere.

“They really don’t need it, we get candy for movie nights anyways, but it’s fun while it lasts,” said Nicholas.

She signed up both her children, Sage and her brother, Nation, 12, for the ERU treats basket. The initiative is a first in the community.

Families could register their children, 0-17, to receive a basket filled with candies and surprises.

“We wanted to make it as fun as possible for the children,” said Bonspiel. He said they had to think outside of the box.

Bonspiel explained that it allowed families who would prefer to remain indoors due to the pandemic to enjoy Halloween in maybe a different but safe way.

The ERU also launched a pumpkin carving contest in the community. On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Kanehsata’kehró:non could come and pick up carving kits - hoping to create the funniest, scariest or most original sculpted pumpkin of the year.

“We are trying to get the people in the community out of the boredom and the COVID mindset,” said Bonspiel.

The residential area of the community will not be open for trick-or-treaters, so Nicholas and other treat-seekers will visit various shops around the community that will be handing out candies, such as Big Chief’s, The Little Tree and DD’s.

“All the shops are great for giving out goodie bags,” said Nicholas.

Throughout these difficult times, at least Halloween night will brings smile to the painted faces of children, adults and maybe even ghosts.


Virginie Ann, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door