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VIDEO: Record turnout for pre-Halloween bash at Aldergrove Village Shopping Centre

It was the first post-COVID version of the annual event

It was a busy Halloween Hunt at Aldergrove Village Shopping Centre on Saturday, Oct 29.

The return to a fully in-person version of the annual event featured a scavenger hunt, crafts, goodie bags, facepainting, popcorn, and games, as well as a bouncy castle.

Event manager Deborah Jorgenson estimated it drew about 400 participants to the centre, located on Fraser Highway at 264th Street.

“It’s totally a record,” according to Jorgenson, who said prior to the pandemic, the annual event was averaging around 300.

 “This is our first Halloween Hunt, really, post-COVID,” Jorgenson observed. “It’s really kind of a staple in the community. People like to come and be together and be in this fantastic space.”

Giovanni, 2 and a half, from Langley City, was enjoying a putting game at the Halloween Hunt. at Aldergrove Village shopping centre on Saturday, Oct 29, the first post-COVID version of the annual event that featured a scavenger hunt, crafts, goodie bags, face painting, popcorn, and games. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Giovanni, 2 and a half, from Langley City, was enjoying a putting game at the Halloween Hunt. at Aldergrove Village shopping centre on Saturday, Oct 29, the first post-COVID version of the annual event that featured a scavenger hunt, crafts, goodie bags, face painting, popcorn, and games. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Despite ominous warnings by weather forecasters of an impending atmospheric river, it was near-perfect weather, clear and calm.

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First held in 2014, the annual pre-Halloween bash at the retail complex is hosted by management and tenants of the Aldergrove Village Shopping Centre with the help of Finer Details Event Planning.

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During the pandemic, a modified COVID safe edition of the Halloween Hunt offered families a “party in a box,” which came with seasonal decor, goodies, and activities for all ages. There were masks, and physical distancing including physical barriers and line up markers — and a virtual costume contest with entries submitted online.

But, Jorgenson noted, thankfully things are returning to normal.

More photos from the day can be seen online.


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Best recognized for my resemblance to St. Nick, I’m the guy you’ll often see out at community events and happenings around town.
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