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.