The Queen Arts Council’s first event is set to kick off on Oct. 18 and 19 with a scare.
Beth George, secretary for the Arts Council, says she, Kathleen Quinlan, and Phaedra Charlton-Huskins had been brainstorming about a Halloween event when the Arts Council realized they needed an event to start up the council.
George says she was impressed by the spooky events the museum has had over the years both during Privateer Days and Halloween and knew they wanted to partner with the museum for Fall Fright.
The Fall Fright Festival will include a variety of activities starting with an evening of spooky stories at the Queens County Museum. Vernon Oickle, author of many books on haunted Nova Scotia, will be reading and telling stories at the Museum. The evening will also include a presentation by the local paranormal society – Crossed Over Paranormal Society.
The museum had Vernon Oickle speak during Privateer Days and expected about 30 attendees but ended up with over 100.
The following day will include family friendly activities. A costume parade starts the day’s events at 1:30 p.m. The parade starts at Fort Point and is includes prizes for best costume, best family costume, most colourful costume, and best homemade costume.
Houses between Fort Point and the Queens County Museum are encouraged to decorate for the parade.
Events continue throughout the afternoon at the Queens County Museum including a maze made from burlap, a pumpkin decorating contest, bobbing for apples, a snack station, a magician, and more. Candy and loot bags will be peanut free.
The afternoon events end around 4 p.m. Mini Haunted Hikes, hosted by former museum employee Brittany Verge, will run at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. from the Queens County Museum. Hikes are not appropriate for children under the age of nine. Children’s activities will be moved to the Liverpool Fire Hall in the event of rain.
Both the talk from Vernon Oickle and the Haunted Hike will be free will donation but require bookings. Other events are free. To book either event phone the museum at 354-4058.
Friday Oct. 18
7 p.m. – Vernon Oickle and Crossed Over Paranormal Society
Saturday Oct. 19
1:30 p.m. - Costume parade starting at Fort Point ending at Queens County Museum
1:50 p.m. – Maze and pumpkin decorating. Judges will walk around and view costumes.
2 – 3 p.m. – Pumpkin decorating and snack area open. Traditional games such as bobbing for apples.
3 p.m. – Magic show
3:50 p.m. – Announcement of costume contest winners and prizes handed out.