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A Spooktacular Story Walk

It is that spooky time of the year again! Halloween, normally an exciting time for children and parents to dress up for Spooktacular and partake in a costume contest in the City Square, will look different this year as COVID-19 regulations prevent the Downtown Duncan BIA from hosting our typical event in the City Square. Fear not – the festivities will carry on in a safe, socially distanced manner with an online costume contest and self-guided Story Walk!

Above: Ian Smith & Ruth Spohn at Station Street Tattoos in eerily predictive costumes last Halloween. - Photo: Ian Locke

Public Library partners with Downtown Duncan BIA for Storywalk®

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is thrilled to partner with The Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area Society (DDBIA) to offer an exciting new socially distanced activity for children and families.

This month from October 24th to October 31st you can take part in a fun Halloween Storywalk®. Read the story Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Buntin and Jan Brett displayed on boards in the windows of participating businesses, while you enjoy the downtown area. Businesses which will be displaying the Story Walk posters include Peacock Photos, Pemberton Holmes, Eclectic Avenue, Belongings, Martin’s Menswear, Ten Old Books, Monk’s, Wishes, Alley Cat Hair Design, Outlooks Menswear Duncan, John Hirst for SunLife Insurance, The Red Balloon Toyshop, Ironworks Café & Creperie, Hudson’s on First, ReFresh Cowichan Marketplace, Cardino Shoes, and Volume One Bookstore.

“We are thrilled to partner with Downtown Duncan BIA,” says Nariel Davis, the children’s librarian at the Cowichan Branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library.

“We think this is a great opportunity for children and parents to enjoy reading together while also enjoying a coffee, shopping, and other great activities in downtown Duncan,” says Amanda Vance, executive director of the DDBIA.

A map of the Story Walk will be available on downtownduncan.ca from October 24th – 31st 2020.

For more information about this event contact the Cowichan branch at cowichan@virl.bc.ca or the Downtown Duncan BIA at ddbia@downtownduncan.ca.

Above: 2019 Contestants show off their best - Photo: Ian Locke

Online Costume Contest

The DDBIA is also hosting an online costume contest for the month of October. For the chance to win up to $100 Downtown Duncan Dollars (to spend while on a Story Walk, for instance!) post a photo of yourself and/or your child on social media wearing your Halloween costume this year. Be sure to include the hashtag #spooktacular 2020 and tag @downtownduncan.

Photos will be judged for first, second, and third place on the basis of originality, effort, and personality. Bonus points will be awarded for those who take pictures downtown and/or with a special souvenir of your experiences downtown. Winners will be announced by November 4th and the submissions judged by the marketing committee of the Downtown Duncan BIA via email.

Jelly Bean Guess

A photo will be posted from the Downtown Duncan Facebook and Instagram accounts showing a jar containing a safely pre-counted number of jelly beans. Contestants can enter by submitting their best guess in the comment section. Closest guess wins $25 in Downtown Duncan Dollars to put towards Christmas gifts at any amazing downtown boutique, like Pots & Paraphernalia!

Above: Last year’s Jelly Bean Jar & Pumpkin. Get ready to make your guess on this year’s!

Guess The Weight Of Pumpkin

The team at the DDBIA has been working hard to pick a design for a fun, creative Jack O’lantern. We’ll post a photo of what we come up with and if you can guess the weight of it, you could win $25 Downtown Duncan Dollars.

For more info contact ddbia@downtownduncan.ca or call 250-715-1700.

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