THANK YOU & PHOTOS: Riverside Halloween Fest 2017

An amazing turnout of troopers came to Riverside’s Halloween Fest this past Saturday (October 28th), despite the rain! A big thanks to Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for hosting their always popular pumpkin carving and haunted house, and to Nell & Natasha for putting on their festive event full of pumpkin decorating, face painting, tasty treats and this year balloons animals and a magic show (funds raised through the event will help support the year-round Rivertowne Breakfast Program hosted by Rivertowne Safety 1st!).

The Riverside BIA and Team Sheppard put on another fun-filled Kiddie Costume Parade, thanks to participation from nearly 20 local businesses and organizations! Kiddie’s ended the parade at the Queen/Saulter Library Brnach for spooky story-telling 😉

Last, but certainly not least, local resident and history buff Barry Slater led an other-worldly Riverside Ghost Walk, sharing spooky tales of past Riverside people and places, which was topped off with an inside view of The Broadview Hotel’s muralled stairwell.

Enjoy the photos, courtesy of the Riverside BIA. Happy and safe Halloween everyone!!


Getting ready for Riverside Kiddie Costume Parade with balloons for all participating businesses and organizations – thanks to our volunteers from George Brown ESL for helping blow up all these balloons!

Great haunted house again this year! (photo courtesy of Councillor Paula Fletcher)



Crafty creations in progress at Nell & Natasha’s!

Crafty creations at Nell & Natasha’s Pumpkin decorating station (McGee St)













Big thanks to Nell & Natasha (middle) for hosting their annual Pumpkin Giveaway and lots of other fun on McGee!

Magic Mike the magician getting kids in the zone!

Thanks to the magicians helpers

Mike the Magician made spooky magic balloons too!

Riverside BIA Executive Director Jennifer Lay in the pumpkin patch at Nell & Natasha’s

Hosts Nell (right) and Natasha (left)



Riverside Kiddie Costume Parade in progress! Fist stop Bergstrom’s – thx Christina!

Onto Tabule -thx Steve!

Here’s David the Ghost Buster at Arts Market!

Here & Now’s owner Howard gives out treats!

Spooky treats from the Riverdale Trading Co!

Little Peeps has got the kids covered, as always 🙂

Owners Ellen and Wendy at Dimensions giving out candy for kids and Bailey’s for adults – you rock!

Owner Adreinne was in the house to give out treats at Oma Chiropractic & Wellness

And across the street treats were had at Quince Flowers!

Dark Horse giving away goodies

Great photo op with this jail bird (er dog!)

What a mighty parade, despite the rainy weather 🙂

Shortbread from Mary MacCleod’s!!

Stopped in at Switchback Cyclery!

Got a warm reception at The Wine Rack!

Candy from Chris at The Opera House Grill

John Campey and his dog Copper give out treats at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre!

Who wore it better??

Last stop: spooky stories and treats at the Queen/Saulter Library! Thanks Judy 🙂



Next up: Riverside Ghost Walk led by local resident and history buff Barry Slater

Our great group ended up at the Best Party in Town – checking out the murals in depicting past personalities and happenings in Riverside – inside The Broadview Hotel!

Big thanks to Ghost Walk leader Barry Slater!

Couldn’t resist a pit stop to take in the views at the top of The Broadview Hotel