Halloween is almost here to kick off spooky season and the City is offering online, interactive options for families to participate in and enjoy as an alternative to in-person gatherings.
Following the direction of local public health authorities, all Richmond firework celebrations and gatherings have been postponed until next year. Residents are encouraged to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly. For tips on celebrating Halloween safely this year, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
Enter the three social media contests for costumes, pumpkin carvings and home decorations. Starting Friday, October 23, simply take pictures of your friends and families and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #RichmondBCHalloween and tag @CityofRichmondParks. Three prize baskets worth $100 of items from local businesses will be randomly awarded on Monday, November 2, 2020.
Halloween isn’t complete without costumes! Check out these costumes through the decades for inspiration this year.
Take pictures of you, your family and your friends dressed up for Halloween and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #RichmondBCHalloween and tag @CityofRichmondParks.
2. Pumpkin Carvings
Did you know that pumpkin carving likely originated in Ireland? Root vegetables including beets, turnips and even carrots were hollowed carved and illuminated to scare away evil spirits on All-Hallows-Eve. Check out our Pumpkin Carving Ideas below.
Pumpkin carving has become a Halloween tradition and is a terrific family-friendly activity to engage in this Halloween. Take pictures of your boo-tiful pumpkin carving creations with friends and family and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #RichmondBCHalloween and tag @CityofRichmondParks. Don’t forget to toast the pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack!
3. Home Decorations
Many residents will be trick-or-treating in own neighbourhoods this year, however an alternative to outdoor trick-or treating is home treasure hunts (see more info below). Residents are encouraged to embrace the spirit of Halloween by decorating their homes – inside and out – to make this local search for candy as ghostly as possible.
For some great do-it-yourself home decorating ideas, check out the video here.
Take pictures of your decorated home and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #RichmondBCHalloween and tag @CityofRichmondParks.
Cozy up and enjoy some of the following activities with your family this Halloween:Scary Movie List
The following movies are some of the top-rated Halloween classics. Before watching, check the rating of each movie to ensure that they are suitable for those watching.
- Hocus Pocus
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Sleepy Hollow
- The Adams Family
Pumpkin Carving – Go big or gourd home!
Carving pumpkins is an active and engaging activity. Be sure to follow the steps below to ensure a successful pumpkin carving experience.
- Ensure that your carving space is clean, dry and well lit
- Don’t rush – Rome wasn’t built in a day, take time to carve your masterpiece right!
- Don’t put your hands inside of the pumpkin while carving
- Let kids draw the patterns and scoop the seeds – leave the carving to the adults
- Get creative and paint your pumpkin – if you have toddlers who want to get in on the fun, painting provides a safe way for them to engage in the process
- Have fun!
Carve out some time for Halloween fun by visiting the following links for cool designs and more.Halloween Hunt
Scavenger hunts have been gaining popularity over the past few months. While this activity is usually reserved for a springtime celebration, hosting a scavenger hunt can be fun for everyone involved. You can also search for things other than candy! Camouflage and hide all sorts of Halloween themed items around the house and send your family on a treasure hunt. Use this list or make your own.
Other Fun Halloween Activities
Richmond Public Library
The library is hosting a number of online activities including:
- Virtual Family Storytime – Stories, Songs, and Rhymes
- Monster Mash – Songs and Dance
- Book Club: Scary Stories – Reading with Others
- Halloween Howls – Spooky Stories
- Escape Room for Teens – Virtual Escape Rooms
Visit Richmond Public Library for more details.
Hamilton Community Centre
Online - Spooky Science Experiments (hosted by Hamilton Community Association)
Celebrate Halloween with a series of fun and educational science experiments. This program is offered virtually through the Zoom app. A list of required supplies will be emailed before the start of class. Registration required.
Oct 29 Th 4:00-5:00pm FREE 49939
South Arm Community Centre
South Arm Community Association is hosting two Halloween-inspired activities.
Online - Spooky Story Time
Celebrate the season by listening to a live reading of fun and spooky Halloween-themed children's stories. This is an online class using the Zoom app. Registration required.
Oct 27 Tu 3:30-4:30pm FREE 48936
Online - Creepy Crafts - Children
Celebrate the spooky season by creating fun crafts at home with this instructor led program. This is an online class using the Zoom app. A list of required supplies will be emailed to participants one week prior to the event.
Oct 28 W 3:30-4:30pm FREE 48934
Online - Pumpkin Carving Livestream
Get your carving tools out and visit us on Instagram Live @thompsonyouth, carving pumpkins! Post your spooky creation and tag us on Facebook and Instagram
@thompsonyouth after the stream! Hope to see you there 🎃👻
Oct 23 F 5:00-7:00pm FREE
- 604-276-4300, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:30pm
It is illegal to possess, buy, sell or detonate fireworks and firecrackers in Richmond. Under Richmond’s Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw 8306, offences and fines include purchasing fireworks ($1,000 fine), displaying fireworks for sale ($1,000 fine), selling or distributing fireworks ($1,000 fine) or possession of fireworks without a permit ($200 fine). A zero tolerance approach will be taken.
Richmond Fire Rescue
Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure fire safety.
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns; avoid open flame candles.
- When choosing costumes, stay away from the long trailing fabric
- Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations and escape routes.
- Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
For more information on Halloween in Richmond, please contact the Parks Department at 604-244-1208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.