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#1 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 06:42 AM

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Ghouls will be used to attract the living to Government Street next month, when a downtown stretch of the street will be closed to vehicles in an effort to breathe life into an area some see as an off-season dead zone.

 

Government Street will be blocked to vehicles from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 from Humboldt to Yates streets to play host to Wicked Victoria, an event sponsored by the Greater Victoria Festival Society, featuring music, a fun fair, a harvest market and a kid zone.

 

“We’re going to rename it Boo Boulevard,” said festival society general manager Kelly Kurta.

 

 

Wicked Victoria is being presented in co-operation with the Downtown Victoria Business Association, downtown merchants and the city.

 

Plans call for a Feeling Ghoully Music Zone with a small stage, lights and entertainment, from Courtenay to Broughton streets.

 

From Broughton to Fort, a Ghostly Giving area will give non-profits a chance to engage with the community through games and other activities.

 

There will be a Moonlight Harvest Market from Fort to View and a Too Cute to Spook Wicked Kids Zone from View to Yates, with pumpkin designing, colouring, face-painting, games and a family dance.

 

There’s also going to be a Monsters Mash March dressup parade for kids.

 


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 09:22 AM

I like this, but why not do it on the 31st?



#3 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 09:33 AM

I like this, but why not do it on the 31st?

 

Baby steps.  They do not want to potentially adversely affect a shopping Saturday.


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 09:45 AM

Maybe they want to got to IFCon or parties or trick-or-treating on the 31st.


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#5 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 11:55 AM

More info:

 

 
(first 300 people can purchase a pumpkin to decorate, wristband and glowstick for $5 proceeds to Jeneece Place). 
 
 
  • Atomique will have a stage local talent, entry to Boo Boulevard, time is 12 - 5pm entrances from Courtney and from yates....about 4 blocks. 
  • Non Profit Zone Ghostly Giving engaging the public
  • Small Harvest market with a 22 ft inflatable pirate ship for the kids to play on
  • Too Cute To Spook Wicked Kid Zone features live broadcast Ocean 98.5 and Kiss with pumpkin design, coloring, face painting, balloon making, checkerboard, Earls is making 3000 cookies for their free cookie decorating station; superheroes, enchanted princesses, Orange Theory Fitness, Magicians and Marty the Marmot will be leading the Monster Mash March Kids Costume Parade! 

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 01:06 PM

Very busy down there today, looks like they easily exceeded their target (3,000 - 5,000 people).  In typical Victoria fashion, most of the businesses along that stretch don't seem to have done much to get into the spirit (with decorations, specials or staff costumes).


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 02:05 PM

Very busy down there today, looks like they easily exceeded their target (3,000 - 5,000 people). In typical Victoria fashion, most of the businesses along that stretch don't seem to have done much to get into the spirit (with decorations, specials or staff costumes).


To which I say, selling mini-donuts on a sidewalk isn't particularly aligned with my definition of the spirit of Hallowe'en either, even with an orange or black tablecloth.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 02:17 PM

To which I say, selling mini-donuts on a sidewalk isn't particularly aligned with my definition of the spirit of Hallowe'en either, even with an orange or black tablecloth.

 

Earls baked up 3,000 cookies, that was cool.  And Bob Galey donated 400 pumpkins.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:02 PM

Earls baked up 3,000 cookies, that was cool. And Bob Galey donated 400 pumpkins.


Sure, that's cool. But to me, Hallowe'en is (or was) a time for grownups to meet and treat their neighbours' kids, and for kids to dress up and show off their efforts. Seeing the usual crowd of jam salespeople and such today jarred with that.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:05 PM

Sure, that's cool. But to me, Hallowe'en is (or was) a time for grownups to meet and treat their neighbours' kids, and for kids to dress up and show off their efforts. Seeing the usual crowd of jam salespeople and such today jarred with that.

 

Ya, that was part of it.  I'm not sure people got the message well enough that they could/should dress up today.  If I was the Bard or Irish Times manager, I'd have my staff in costumes all this week, starting today.  People love an excuse to dress up.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 05:35 PM

W&J Wilson on the news again complaining. They always hate all these events, saying it kills the car traffic crucial to their business.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 05:40 PM

W&J Wilson on the news again complaining. They always hate all these events, saying it kills the car traffic crucial to their business.

 

Yet another reason why I refuse to give my money to W&J Wilson. Why should I support a business that isn't supportive of a better Victoria?



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Posted 25 October 2015 - 05:40 PM

W&J Wilson on the news again complaining. They always hate all these events, saying it kills the car traffic crucial to their business.

 

W&J Wilson ought to get into the spirit.  Hold a cocktail party or private sale for their best customers on this day.  

 

W&J's website tells me they are not even at 1999, yet alone 2015.  And their 24 fans on Facebook puts them at about 7940 in popularity of over 8,000 FB pages in Victoria.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 05:48 PM

W&J Wilson on the news again complaining. They always hate all these events, saying it kills the car traffic crucial to their business.

 

It's still a bit hard for me to comprehend that's where all their car/customer traffic comes from, just James Bay.

 

I dunno.  4 hours one one Sunday afternoon.  For fricks sake, do a sidewalk sale.  


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 06:59 PM

Anyone been to Evil Acres?


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 07:55 AM

Mrs. Mike K. has created this pumpkin diorama, dubbed Fairfield Horror. Oooh, spooky!

 

Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.../UniquelyCedra/

 

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#17 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 08:07 AM

I like Cher in the graveyard.


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 10:16 AM

Mrs. Mike K. has created this pumpkin diorama, dubbed Fairfield Horror. Oooh, spooky!

 

Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.../UniquelyCedra/

 

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Skills!! Excellent job.


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 07:20 PM

Nice work Mrs. Mike.....


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 09:30 PM

Mrs. Mike K. has created this pumpkin diorama, dubbed Fairfield Horror. Oooh, spooky!

 

Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.../UniquelyCedra/

 

 Pumpkin-1.jpg

 

Nice job.  Will it be on display with all the others on Mt. Doug Parkway tomorrow? :) 

 

 

Weather held up OK for the trick or treaters tonight over in Tillicum/Gorge area where I was handing out candy.  Not as many kids as in previous years though, and some didn't even bother to dress up. 

 

Also strange were the parents driving their kids from house to house - yep! 


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