Highstreet shopping centre is holding its Land of Boo from now until Halloween. Visitors are invited to dress in costume and take their picture in front of one of the Halloween-inspired backdrops. (Highstreet photo)

Highstreet shopping centre is holding its Land of Boo from now until Halloween. Visitors are invited to dress in costume and take their picture in front of one of the Halloween-inspired backdrops. (Highstreet photo)

Abbotsford celebrates Halloween with pandemic in mind

Socially distanced events replace usual spooky activities

Several regular Halloween activities in Abbotsford are being handled differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, which normally invites kids for indoor trick-or-treating, instead is holding an online contest featuring pumpkins decorated by its retailers. The pumpkins can be viewed on the centre’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Highstreet shopping centre is holding its Land of Boo, inviting people to photograph themselves in costume in front of the Halloween-inspired backdrops. They are then asked to share their photo on social media using #LandofBoo for a chance to win one of three Highstreet gift cards for best solo, child or group costume.

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Kids in costume can also visit guest services to pick up a treat bag.

Mandarin Garden at 31549 South Fraser Way will be handing out goodie bags filled with treats ranging from chips to chocolates from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween. Physical-distancing protocols will be in place.

The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association holds Pumpkins in the Park on Nov. 1 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Jubilee Park.

The spots are all filled up, but participants were asked to pre-register their pumpkins and then check in with their pumpkin at their designated times.

At check-in, visitors receive goodie bags, candles for their pumpkins and a dropoff spot. The path will then be filled with the lit Jack-o-lanterns, which will be removed from the park for proper disposal after the event.

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