Downtown hosts Halloween extravaganza

Downtown Nanaimo will be decked out in Halloween colours of black and orange Saturday (Oct. 29) for the annual Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza.

Downtown Nanaimo will be decked out in Halloween colours of black and orange Saturday (Oct. 29) as more than 90 merchants prepare for the annual Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza.

Running noon to 3 p.m., the event includes trick-or-treating, live music, a Halloween pet parade, ghost stories, songs and crafts.

Participating merchants throughout Commercial Street, Victoria Crescent, the waterfront and Old City Quarter will have orange and black balloons tied to their doors.

Maps, free bags for trick-or-treaters and other information will be available at the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association tent at Diana Krall Plaza.

New this year is the Halloween Pet Parade, with the public invited to dress up pets in outrageous costumes and bring them down to Diana Krall Plaza at 12:30 p.m.

The parade starts at 1 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for best pet/owner look-a-like, best costume and the winner of the bobbing for wieners contest.

Donations will also be accepted for the Nanaimo Chihuahua Rescue Society.

Trick-or-treaters can head into the Harbourfront Library branch from 2-3 p.m. to hear scary stories, sing songs and create crafts.

For more information, please go to www.dnbia.ca or call 250-754-8141.