A sweet sampling of public Manitoulin Island Halloween events this year


MANITOULIN – Although the number of Halloween activities on Manitoulin Island are down this year, many communities are supporting their young citizens with physically distanced, safer events, some of which are shared below.

The Northeast Town is planning a downtown trick-or-treat hour from 1 to 2 pm on Halloween where Water Street businesses will hand out candy to children who may not otherwise go out in the evening.

The Township of Assiginack is hosting a pumpkin carving contest for kids until Halloween; details of how children can enter are posted at assiginack.ca.

The Central Manitoulin Lions Club is hosting a ‘Night of the Living Dead’ haunted trail at the Mindemoya pioneer museum this Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, for $5 per person. Anyone interested must pre-register for a time slot and follow physical distancing, masking and other government protocols. See the ad below (Page 12) for more details.

In Wiikwemkoong, Marlon Wemigwans is preparing for his second year of a haunted trail/house at the Wiky Smoke Shop, 1705 Wikwemikong Way, also $5 for admission.

The trail is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 to 11 pm and a small group of 12- to 14-year-olds organize it. Marlon’s uncle recently graduated from sound engineering school and has brought unique sound effects for this year’s event.

“Physical distancing was one of the big things they talked about this year because they’re big on that at school. They only allow two or three people in at a time, we ask people not to touch anything, the groups are spaced apart and the inside portions have open doors with lots of airflow through,” said Marlon’s grandmother Mona Oshkabewisens.