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Correction: Haunted Play-Date at Bold Center Child Mind Centre runs on October 30

Virtual activities replace Spooktacular event, and COVID caution is urged for Sunday trick-or-treaters


Not all Halloween events at the Bold Center have been "ghosted" due to COVID pandemic measures.

The Haunted Play Date on Saturday, October 30 is still very much alive, say Lac La Biche County officials.

The Cenovus Child Mind Centre inside the Bold Center will be transformed into an age-appropriate Halloween habitat for youngsters to learn and enjoy.  Because of the continuing pandemic, parents will have to pre-register an hour-long visit for their children, and then drop them off with the trained centre staff. Each one-hour booking costs $5, and includes games, activities, crafts and more.

Registration for the Halloween Play Date can be made by calling the Bold Center at 780-623-6365 or by contacting the Lac La Biche County FCSS office by email at

The local FCSScrew has also dug up some virtual Halloween activities for community members and families to enjoy, including a costume photo contest and a mystery activity kit.

LLB FCSScostume contest

LLB FCSSmystery kits


LAC LA BICHE - On Sunday, wearing a mask won't be such a big concern for many people in the community, as Halloween will take over local neighbourhoods. 

Leading up to the spooky night of costumes, masks candies and treats, municipal officials say following COVID safety measures will make the second Halloween of the global pandemic less scary.

"We all need to keep in mind the Alberta Health restrictions," says Lac La Biche County communications manager Jihad Moghrabi, explaining that the annual Spooktacular events have been cancelled at the Bold Center. In past years, the municipality has hosted a fun afternoon of children and family events, including costume contests, family photos and bouncy castles.

"This year we are doing virtual events and activities, he said, directing community members to the Bold Center social media pages for online fun and games that include a costume photo contest, activity kits and puzzles.

"We are trying to do what we can to keep residents as safe as we can," said Moghrabi.

As for neighbourhood trick and treating, he says the municipality has no specific information other than the provincial health mandates in place, and advises the public to continue using common sense. He said community peace officers will be issuing safety tips — both COVID and Halloween related — through social media pages in the coming days.

Because October 31 falls on a Sunday this year, many downtown Lac La Biche businesses will not be open for the normal visits from costumed youngsters.


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