Get your ‘ghoul’ on virtually in Richmond this Halloween

The City of Richmond is planning a “spooktacular” virtual experience this Halloween thanks to a trio of online contests to help get your “ghoul” on safely.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its public health guidelines limiting public gatherings, the public is invited to show their Halloween spirit for a chance to win some great gifts.

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“Halloween is obviously going to look a little different this year,” says Magnus Sinclair, Richmond’s Acting Coordinator Parks Programs.

Usually, the city hosts a free, fireworks demonstration, along with numerous other Halloween activities, at Minoru Park.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to do that this year,” Sinclair says, adding the city has instead set up its online contests.

“We are moving all of our regular activities away from in-person gatherings to an on-line, interactive platform for families to participate and enjoy Halloween,” Sinclair says.

Three separate contests will be held online covering pumpkin carving, spooky home decoration, and Halloween costumes.

To enter each contest, participants must take a photo of their pretty pumpkin, devilishly decorated home, and creative costume and post the pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #RichmondBCHalloween.

Deadline to enter the contests is Oct. 31. Winners, all chosen at random, will be announced Nov. 1 and will receive one of three gift baskets packed with $100 worth of products generously donated by local businesses.

In addition to the contests, the city is suggesting other ways locals can have a safe and happy Halloween.

“Given this is an unprecedented year, we are encouraging the public to be safe, which includes adhering to the local bylaw prohibiting the use of fireworks,” Sinclair says.

“And if you are going out for Halloween trick or treating, follow the BCCDC (BC Centre for Disease Control) guidelines for social distancing, wear bright clothing to help make you more visible after dark, and ensure there is adult supervision for youngsters.

“Now is also a great time to spend with your family,” Sinclair adds. “In the past, maybe you’d go out with your friends trick or treating. This year, it can be an opportunity to keep your social circle small by staying at home with your family and enjoy watching a scary movie.

“And make sure you enter the city’s great contests.”

For more information about all of Richmond’s Halloween activities, visit richmond.ca/halloween.

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