The Coombs Candy Walk will not be held this year due to COVID-19. (PQB News file photo)

The Coombs Candy Walk will not be held this year due to COVID-19. (PQB News file photo)

Halloween in the Village in Qualicum Beach, Coombs Candy Walk cancelled for 2020

COVID-19 restrictions limit activities

COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in the cancellation of a pair of popular local Halloween events. ‘Halloween in the Village’ has been cancelled in Qualicum Beach.

“We’ve been carefully monitoring COVID-19 restrictions and the difficult decision was made regarding Halloween in the Village,” said Kim Burden, executive director of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce. “Based on the current guidelines, it just wasn’t possible.”

The event draws hundreds of people downtown annually. Burden pointed out the businesses remain open and merchants would love for locals to stop by and say hello. Support for those business during difficult times remains paramount.

Organizers of the annual Coombs Candy Walk have also announced the popular event will not take place this year.

“Despite much brainstorming, it became clear that there was no way to alter the event to observe new and ever-changing COVID-19 safety protocols while honouring the core community experience that has kept it going for decades.,” said Jennah Stavroff, the chair of the Candy Walk Committee. “A hiatus will allow us to conserve resources and regroup for an ‘out of this world’ Halloween night in 2021.”

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This would have been the 52nd celebration of the popular Halloween event that is regularly held at the Arrowsmith Agricultural Grounds.

— NEWS Staff

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