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

Aldergrove’s Jennifer Manchanda, with her kids Naiya and Aiden, was delighted at the return of the Halloween Hunt at Aldergrove Village Shopping Centre on Saturday, Oct 29. The first post-COVID version of the annual event featured a scavenger hunt, crafts, goodie bags, face painting, popcorn, and games. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Aldergrove’s Jennifer Manchanda, with her kids Naiya and Aiden, was delighted at the return of the Halloween Hunt at Aldergrove Village Shopping Centre on Saturday, Oct 29. The first post-COVID version of the annual event featured a scavenger hunt, crafts, goodie bags, face painting, popcorn, and games. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Scott McCutcheon, and daughter Keira, seven, who came in from Mission to attend 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)Scott McCutcheon, and daughter Keira, seven, who came in from Mission to attend 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)
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)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)
Carlee Minot brought Jack, 1, to 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)Carlee Minot brought Jack, 1, to 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)

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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