Oak Bay Village Setting Up for Spooky Halloween Fun
Second Annual Pumpkin Art on the Avenue Expands
Oak Bay Village is becoming a haunted village for Halloween! Setup is underway for the second annual Pumpkin Art on the Avenue, featuring hundreds of carved pumpkins, a pumpkin carving contest and a Halloween Trick or Treat. Pumpkin Art on the Avenue runs October 26 to 31 throughout Oak Bay Village.
The Pumpkin Art display, featuring several hundred pumpkins carved by John Vickers, is located behind the Oak Bay Municipal Hall (2167 Oak Bay Avenue) and is open from 5pm to 9pm. Admission is by donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Favourite displays including The Beatles, the Royal Family and others will return along with some new carvings.
Leading up to Halloween, pumpkins will be hung from lampposts along Oak Bay Avenue in the same way hanging flower baskets brighten the street during the summer. Pumpkins will adorn 20 poles along the Avenue this year and will expand each year as more pumpkins are carved.
For the first time Oak Bay Village businesses are taking up the carving challenge. Oak Bay Village businesses are competing against one another in a pumpkin-carving contest. Carved pumpkins will be displayed in business windows from October 24 to October 31. Oak Bay Village visitors can use their smart phone to vote for their favourite pumpkin window using the QR code on the poster or by visiting www.visitoakbayvillage.ca. Every vote is an entry to win a gift basket from Oak Bay Village stores.
Oak Bay Village businesses will host a trick or treat from 2 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday, October 31. Participating businesses are identified by a pumpkin poster in their window. Trick or treat is followed by a Bonfire in Fireman's Park, 1703 Monterey (next to the fire hall) at 6:00 p.m.
Pumpkin Art began in 1998 when John Vickers staged it on the front lawn of his Fairfield home. Pumpkin Art continued to grow, drawing upwards of 25,000 visitors when it was held on the grounds of Government House from 2003 to 2006. The display has moved a few times since then, including touring Vancouver Island and spending two years at the Victoria Truth Centre on Fort Street before coming to a permanent home in Oak Bay Village in 2011.
The businesses in Oak Bay Village host a variety of community events through the year including the Oak Bay Summer markets, the Oak Bay Christmas Light Up, Pumpkin Art on the Avenue and a Halloween Trick or Treat. Information about Oak Bay Village is at www.visitoakbayvillage.ca.