Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and all manner of frightening folk will freely roam Bonfield streets this Halloween.
It is all part of the Bonfield Halloween Parade. After a successful first run last year, organizer Renee Contant is bringing the parade back. Odds are high this will become a long-running annual community event.
“I love Halloween,” said Contant. “I’m so excited to see how big we can make the parade this year now that we have one under our belts.”
That first year “went off without a hitch, so fingers crossed for this year,” she said.
“We’re hoping to really nail it now that our community knows what to expect.”
The community is embracing the event. After last year’s parade, which flows down Gagnon Street to Railway Street, the response was overwhelmingly favourable.
Last year’s event was so popular that Bonfield’s recreation and fitness committee are helping this year by donating $100 for candy. They are also paying the expense of sending flyers to residents to promote the event.
The parade begins at 5:30 on Halloween and “anyone is welcome to join and to enter a float in the parade.”
The fire department will be leading the parade this year, “which is awesome,” Contant said.
Contant is also planning “to arrange some sort of award system to vote on the top five floats.”
Contant is accepting donations of candy and cash (the cash goes mostly to candy) to help make the parade more memorable for the kids lining the route.
Donation can be dropped off at the Bonfield Caisse Populaire during regular business hours. If there are any questions about donating or becoming involved with the parade, Contant asks you to email her at email@example.com.
Contant also reminds kids to bring empty buckets to the parade to collect candy. “We are keeping covid precautions in place to ensure everyone’s safety like last year,” she assured.
The forecast for this Halloween parade? “We are hoping for lots of kids, lots of floats, and of course, lots of candy!”
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca