SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Witches cackled and wolves howled, but it was all part of the spine-tingling fun as hundreds of youngsters and parents got into the spooky spirit for the annual community event, Witches on Water Street Saturday afternoon.
Elaine Burwash and her family were among the hundreds that took to the streets to trick or treat for the ghoulish gathering.
“We moved here from Ontario because it’s more family-orientated, community focussed, and the crime rate is so low. The crime was on the increase in Ontario where we lived, just outside of Toronto,” she explained, now a resident of Freetown.
“We came here last year in July for a vacation and we went home and that was it. We made our minds up and put the ball in motion, and we arrived on the Island in March this year.”
Downtown Summerside Inc. hosted the event that had more than 20 local businesses handing out candy or treats.
"We moved here from Ontario because it’s more family-orientated, community focussed, and the crime rate is so low." - Elaine Burwash.
“We heard about this event by reading the paper (Journal Pioneer),” acknowledged Burwash, before stepping inside Samuels Coffee House with her two children to gather more candy.
Shoppers that were going about their business were in for a sinister sight, as Allen Clark came dressed as a vintage Hellraiser from the 1980’s.
“I hoped the costume would get some tears, but that hasn’t happened,” he smiled with his eyes behind the horror mask.
Witches on Water Street ran from 1 until 3 p.m.