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Lots of Halloween and spooktacular fun on tap for Shelburne County

A family of pumpkin people enjoy a campfire with s’mores in North East Point, Cape Sable Island.
A family of pumpkin people enjoy a campfire with s’mores in North East Point, Cape Sable Island. - Kathy Johnson

SHELBURNE COUNTY, N.S – The Halloween fun is about to ramp up in Shelburne County with a multitude of events.

The Barrington and Area Chamber of Commerce Spooktacular Fun Run and Walk  gets the ball rolling on Oct. 22. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. from Starboard Inn in Barrington Passage along the multi-use trail to Butler’s Lane and back.

The haunting at the Seaside Heritage Center in Clark’s Harbour begins on Oct. 25. This year, the historic IOOF building has been transformed into the Seaside Horror Factory. Oct 26, 27, and the 30 are the other haunt nights, which run from 7 to 9 p.m. “or until the last victim comes through.” For ages 12 and over.

The Seaside Horror Factory will also be open on Oct. 29  for kids’ night. The festivities for the evening will begin with a children’s Halloween costume parade at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at the legion hall, and continue to the waterfront boardwalk and the ballfield, where there will be prizes drawn  for those in costume and treats. In case of rain, the event parade will be held inside the legion.

The Barrington Exhibition Grounds are also being transformed into a house of horrors, with The Possession Darkness Lives Inside, being presented by the Barrington Exhibition Committee and Barrington Port LaTour Fire Department.  Recommended for ages 7 and up, the event opens on Oct. 26, and runs Oct. 27, 29 and 30, starting at 7 p.m.  

In Shelburne, the fourth annual Shelburne County Halloween Pet Parade is set to go on Oct. 28 starting at 1 p.m. at Parr and John streets, next to the Shelburne Community Centre. Free registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The parade will be followed by awards and prizes in pet costume categories including most original, most spooky, best dressed owner look alike, best large, best small, and best in show.

The fun moves to Islands Park on Oct. 29 starting at 2:30 p.m. for the Humans vs Zombies game of survival. A free event for Grades 4, 5 and 6 students, it’s “an epic game of tag that includes missions which must be completed for humans to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.” To pre-register or for more information, contact 902-875-3544 ext. 229.

The fun starts early on Halloween Day for the littlest goblins with a Boo Bash from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Shelburne County Learning Network in Barrington. Located upstairs in the Barrington Visitor Information Center, activities include stories, songs, snacks and a craft .

Late Halloween afternoon/early evening, there are several trunk and treat events scheduled in various communities including at the Community Center in Shelburne, at the Woods Harbour Wesleyan Church, West Pubnico Fire Hall, and in Barrington Passage in the Wilson’s Home Hardware parking lot.

It’s also the Witches Night Out in Barrington Passage on Oct. 31. The public is invited to come and watch as the witches start to dance at 6 p.m. on Station Road in front of D M Snow Contracting Ltd. Parking is available behind the TB!S Store. The witches will dance every half hour during the evening and there will be treats for the kids.

There are also two Halloween house decorating contests on the go in Shelburne County. In the Town of Shelburne, people are encouraged to nominate houses decked out for Halloween by emailing the civic address to clerk@town.shelburne.ns.ca. Judging will take place Oct 30th.

In the Town of Clark’s Harbour, judging for the first Pumpkin People/Fall House-Lawn decorating contest will be Oct. 29.

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