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Celebrate Halloween online in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:07 PDT, Thu October 22, 2020

Halloween is almost here to kick off spooky season and the city is offering online, interactive options for families to participate in and enjoy as an alternative to in-person gatherings. All details can be found at www.richmond.ca/halloween.

Enter the city’s social media contests for costumes, pumpkin carvings and home decorations. Starting Oct. 23, take pictures of your friends and families and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #RichmondBCHalloween and tag @CityofRichmondParks. Three prize baskets of items from local businesses—valued at $100—will be randomly awarded on Nov. 2.

Virtual youth and toddler programs are also being offered by the Richmond Public Library and South Arm Community Association. Activities include scary story time, virtual escape rooms, online dance parties and more.

The city has also curated a list of scary and not-so-scary movies so people can bundle up, turn off the lights and spend time with their bubble. Or, check out some of the city-sourced do-it-yourself Halloween decorating projects.

Following the direction of local public health authorities, all Richmond firework celebrations and gatherings have been postponed until next year. Residents are encouraged to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly.

It is illegal to possess, buy, sell or detonate fireworks and firecrackers in Richmond. Under Richmond’s Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw 8306, offences and fines include purchasing fireworks ($1,000 fine), displaying fireworks for sale ($1,000 fine), selling or distributing fireworks ($1,000 fine) or possession of fireworks without a permit ($200 fine). A zero tolerance approach will be taken.

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