Nanaimo celebrates Halloween

Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association hosts the 2014 Downtown Halloween Howl.

Downtown Halloween Howl takes places in various locations throughout the downtown area of Nanaimo.

There will be no shortage of Halloween-themed things to do in downtown Nanaimo this coming Saturday (Oct. 25).

The 2014 Downtown Halloween Howl, which kicks off at noon, features a number of events including a pet parade, trick or treating, extreme pumpkin carving, a massive pumpkin patch and a haunted hotel.

The event was organized by the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association and is a family-oriented daylong event.

“All of our stuff is family-friendly gore,” said Jane Venet, marketing and events coordinator for the DNBIA. “Nothing is extreme. It’s all geared towards children.”

This year’s Downtown Halloween Howl will feature a couple of new events, a haunted hotel and coal mine.

“The haunted coal mine is being put on by the Nanaimo Museum,” Vanet said. “They’re taking their coal mine and spooking it up. It’s already a little spooky, but they’re going to spook it up.”

The Queen’s Hotel will also become a little more spooky between the hours of noon and 2 p.m.

The DNBIA is encouraging people to show up dressed as zombies at Diana Krall Plaza.

“They can join in and we will be dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at 3 p.m.,” Venet said.

The dance is part of a worldwide celebration called Thrill the World, where people around the globe simultaneously dance to the Jackson hit.

For a full list of events taking place during the 2014 Downtown Halloween Howl, please visit www.dnbia.ca.

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