Halloween scavenger hunt back for second year
SUMMERSIDE– If bakers notice a significant upswing in gingerbread sales later this month – the upswing in the local witch population might be to blame.
Monica Kani, with Spotlight Theatre Company, is playing one of the Witches on Water during an event of the same name in Downtown Summerside later this month. Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer
Sources say several of the pointy hat’d ladies of darkness will be moving into the downtown on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Witches on Water is returning to downtown Summerside after a successful inaugural year, said Reasha Walsh, with Downtown Summerside Inc. and Spotlight Theatre Company.
She can’t wait to see all the excited kids, dressed up in their costumes and getting an early haul of candy.
Last year’s event attracted more than 700 children and parents, dressed in their Halloween finest, to the downtown, and she’s hoping for even more this year.
“It went fantastic,” said Walsh, of last year’s event.
“It greatly exceeded our expectation and we’re really excited about it – glad to be doing it again,” she said.
“It’s an opportunity to engage ourselves in the community as a downtown. Invite people out, and maybe a couple of people, who haven’t been in a couple of the stores down here before, might have chance to go in and see what we have to offer,” she added.
Witches on Water is organized and sponsored by Downtown Summerside Inc. and involves a scavenger hunt through the core where participants hunt for candy and witches.
Walsh’s theatre company provides the “witches.”
The hunt was such a success last year that it was a no-brainer to bring it back again, said Pam Schurman-Montgomery, executive director of Downtown Summerside Inc.
“We’re thrilled to host the Witches on Water Street event again this Halloween season. Last year’s family fun-filled event was very successful and brought a great deal of community spirit to Summerside’s downtown core,” said Schurman-Montgomery.
“The merchants of downtown are excited to host our friends and neighbours again this year,” she added.
The scavenger hunt will begin at 1 p.m. on that day and will go until 4 p.m. The starting line is Samuel’s Coffee House on Water Street. Families don’t have to participate in the hunt to get candy at the various participating businesses.
Walsh said that most downtown businesses that are open on Saturdays will have candy available.
She said, she would like to encourage families of all shapes and sizes to participate. It’s a great event for everyone.