Trick-or-treaters return to the streets of Ottawa for Halloween

OTTAWA – Halloween night has finally arrived for trick-or-treaters in Ottawa, and this year many are dressed to impress.

It’s a big shift this Halloween after a year’s break due to the ongoing pandemic.

“I dressed up as a fairy because I love fairies,” said a trick-or-treater.

“We’re going to go door to door and eat candy,” another enthusiast added.

The Miller family got an early start on trick-or-treating. Last year, they chose to forgo the door-to-door visits.

“We did not take the kids last year,” Alyssa Miller said. “We took our own bag of candy and gave it to the kids.”

This year with COVID-19 numbers keeping a stable and high vaccine coverage, they felt more secure in bringing their children around the block on Halloween.

“Kids will be masked as they walk around, just for extra precautions,” Miller said.

“My kids will be jumping on sugar for a week. And I’m looking forward to it,” added Miller’s husband, Mark.

Also, the Brobel family in Barrhaven are taking additional precautions, who decorated their home a few weeks early and have handed out candy every night to avoid the bottleneck of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

“We started it in early October to get out and enjoy Halloween slowly and surely,” said Michael Brobel.

On average, about five people a day are invited visitors to gather around the kettle to take the perfect Halloween picture, visit the garden where half a dozen pumpkins carved by members of the community lay before snatching a prey bag of treats.

“We’ve had about 20 to 50 more families today,” Brobel said. “If it were not for the rain, we would probably have more people show up.”

For the most part, the wet weather did not dampen the mood. Instead, parents and grandparents were happy to gather with neighbors.

“It’s really nice to go out and see the decoration and enjoy,” said a passerby.

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