By Sophia Kopnya
With our second pandemic Halloween happening this upcoming weekend, everyone is adjusting to the new socially distant norms for celebrations. From candy slides to an additional mask on top of our costumes, we have had to make a lot of changes to the way we participate in this haunted holiday. What hasn’t changed is the community spirit.
Over the years, BGC Dawson has created fun and safe environments for children to celebrate Halloween. This year is no different! “Our Halloween event changes every year based on the resources we have, but we always have passionate members, staff, and volunteers creating a fun space for people to go to as part of their Halloween celebrations”, says Youth Programs Coordinator Darley Polony.
This Halloween, from 5 to 8 PM on Sunday, October 31st, BGC Dawson (666 rue Woodland, H4H 1V8) will transform into an outdoor haunted house. Participants wanting to be creeped out can enter our Hallway of Horrors and pass through frightening freakish fiends, ghoulish gourds, and pumpkins painted by our youngest members. Fun treats and sweets will be handed out by our dedicated team for those wanting to Trick-or-Treat.
One of our children’s program members is particularly looking forward to a bigger and better Halloween than the last: “Last year I only got seventeen pieces of candy, this year I want a hundred”. He attends our programs regularly but is still excited as ever to come celebrate Halloween with us, “The first place I’m going to come to is Dawson”.
We encourage participants to socially distance and wear masks in accordance with public health guidelines. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food to donate to Dawson’s Food Bank. All donations go to filling our food baskets that feed over 450 people a month.