Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hallowe'en 2010


On Bowen Island, Hallowe'en is our national holiday. Islanders celebrate at the pubs and the Legion, at house parties and in Deep Bay where hundreds of kids trick or treat. The demand is so high on the householders of Deep Bay that the rest of us bring extra candy to empty into their bowls so they never run out. Also there is a candy depot at the General Store so Deep Bay homeowners can stock up without bankrupting themselves. Also, some public space is usually taken over for a scary performance. This year is was the north dock in the Cove, which hosted a pirate show, a sea-hag and a demented butcher having his way with a chainsaw on a couple of moose carcasses.

After the candy scramble, everyone heads down to the Causeway for a fireworks show put on by the fire fighters, who also hand out hot chocolate. For the rest of the night, explosions and screams go off all over the place in random bursts, especially when Hallowe'en falls on a weekend, as it did this year.

The weather held beautifully this year, with a clear sky and a near full moon shining on the proceedings.