With Halloween just around the corner, I am excited to announce there are a few family-fun events to take the kids to this month.

Right here in Vanier, as always, there will be the ninth edition of the Halloween Safe Zone at Partage Vanier. The event, co-hosted by the Vanier Community Association and Crime Stoppers, runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot, 161 Marier Ave.

Focusing on only one site this year, the Vanier Community Service Centre will host spooky activities for children and hand out candies.

Focusing on a pumpkin-fun theme, parents and kids alike can stay warm and fuel up thanks to homemade pumpkin soup prepared in the food bank’s newly renovated kitchen.

Come and carve a pumpkin at the carving table or help a fellow community member earn bragging rights for the best pumpkin pie baking contest. Trick or treaters will have the opportunity to taste and judge who in the community can bake the best pie!

Please note that this year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, and the food bank will be open to the public.

For more information about the event, please contact the Vanier Community Association, vca.acv@gmail.com.



Mayor Jim Watson will host his annual Trick or Treat with the Mayor in support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program.

This year the event will take place in the Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Dress up and visit the Haunted Heritage Building, then head outside to see the Maleficent Witches’ Den or decorate a miniature pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch.

Inside, the Creepy Swamp Café in Jean Pigott Place will serve hot chocolate, assorted juices and cookies.

And Andrew Haydon Hall will convert into the Spooktacular Theatre, so stop by, eat some popcorn and enjoy some of the best classic Halloween movies.

The event is not a nut-free event and dress warmly as the courtyard activities and line to enter the Haunted Heritage Building will be outdoors.

Admission is a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program. The program helps parents in need by providing baby essentials such as non-perishable baby food, formula, cereal, diapers and wipes.

For more information, visit the Trick or Treat with the Mayor page on the City’s website.