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Buddy System Keeps Halloween a Safe Experience

Halloween Trick-or-TreatersAs children hit the streets tonight for Halloween, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has some tips on remaining safe while doing so.

The centre recommends parents implement a buddy system for their children, whether they’re heading out to trick-or-treat or going to a Halloween party with friends.

“The buddy system is a safety strategy that should play an integral role in children’s lives, and what better time to practice it then on Halloween,” said Noni Classen, director of education at the Canadian Centre.

“To make this Friday a safe and fun Halloween, we encourage parents to take a few minutes between selecting the costumes, buying candy, and face painting to talk about the buddy system with their children.”

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Cold, Windy Conditions for Halloween Night in Manitoba

(Halloween image via Shutterstock)

If you’re dressing up as Mary Poppins for Halloween on Friday, you may want to leave the umbrella at home.

The Weather Network has come out with its forecast for the “spookiest night of the year,” preparing Canadians coast-to-coast for the conditions in their area as kids hit the street to collect their sugary loot.

Dry conditions, but with a brisk wind, will make their way into the prairie provinces for Halloween night across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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Assiniboine Park Zoo Throwing Halloween Festivities

Assiniboine Park Zoo Throwing Halloween Festivities

Winston - Assiniboine Park Zoo
Winston , the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s mascot, is ready for Halloween. (HANDOUT)

A weekend full of “spooktacular” festivities will get visitors to Assiniboine Park Zoo ready for Halloween.

On Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, the zoo will present a Halloween Weekend Spooktacular, filled with special Halloween-themed events and activities.

Zoo visitors arriving in costume save 25% off regular zoo admission for all three days.

What’s happening:

Creepy Creatures Zoo Keeper Talks
10 a.m. — The Bat Cave (Kinsmen Discovery Centre)
12 p.m. — Wild Wolves (Journey to Churchill)
2 p.m. — Slithering Snakes (Toucan Ridge)

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Sports Highlights

Weeding Through the Fray of Halloween

By Roger Currie

Apologies to my 10-year-old grandson, but every year seems to bring more reasons to dread that ancient ritual called Halloween. I was an enthusiastic trick-or-treater for a few years as a youngster, but it ended for me just about the time that Bud Grant won his last Grey Cup as coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Ronny Lancaster was preparing to move his family from Ottawa to Regina.

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Motorists Reminded to Watch Out for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween Trick-or-TreatersAs kids begin dashing up city streets tonight collecting their Halloween loot, Manitoba Public Insurance wants to ensure they can do so safely.

MPI is reminding motorists to drive with caution tonight as costume-clad youngsters embark head out trick-or-treating. Drivers are being encouraged to slow down, drive safely and keep their eyes peeled for flashing red safety lights.

More than 100,000 safety light-up devices have been distributed to schools province-wide to tens of thousands of children. The devices can be attached onto a child’s jacket or backpack so that they’re clearly visible when they’re out after dark.

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Virtual Balls to Light Up Side of Buhler Centre

University of WinnipegAn interactive art display will project virtual balls on the side of the University of Winnipeg’s Buhler Centre Halloween night.

The university teamed up with Winnipeg company PO-MO to place sensors on the Portage Avenue sidewalk to detect motion and control the billiard-size balls above street level.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, pedestrians can interact with the balls — projected from atop the Rice building — as they wrap around the building’s physical features, such as its iconic “fins.”

The display is a test as part of an initiative into advanced technology and learning, with the goal to create smarter classrooms and intelligent buildings.

Halloween Arrives Early to Assiniboine Park Zoo

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A snow leopard cub nibbles at a gourd inside of its enclosure at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. (HANDOUT)

The calendar reads October 30, but that didn’t stop some playful animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo from getting into the Halloween spirit a wee bit early.

The zoo released a series of photos on Wednesday, showing how some of its animals are marking the occasion.

Hudson the polar bear had a pumpkin inside of his cage. And while he didn’t exactly carve out a design, it appears he enjoyed the unfamiliar object anyway.


View the photo gallery below.

No Snow in Store for Halloween: Forecasters

Halloween Trick-or-TreatersHalloween is exactly one week away. Besides kids planning their costumes, they may also want to think about how to dress for the weather.

The annual candy-filled trek up city streets to collect as many sugary treats as possible is typically on the colder side of things weather-wise.

The Weather Network has come out with their Halloween night weather outlook for the country, giving Canadians a look at what to expect on October 31.

“We know weather is a major factor when choosing your kids’ costumes and it’s important to us to let parents know what to expect before they send their little ghosts and goblins out trick-or-treating,” said Dayna Vettese, meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Near the end of October, weather tends to be changeable and variable from coast to coast as fall is a season of drastic transitions.”

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Locally-Made Horror Film Screened Today at U of M

Locally-Made Horror Film Screened Today at U of M

A Prairie Horror (HANDOUT)

Just in time for Halloween, Canadian video and performance artist Jillian McDonald will screen her latest frightening work.

A Prairie Horror” will be shown alongside McDonald’s “Incident at the Pool” (2011) at the University of Manitoba today.

McDonald has recently focused her attention on American horror films but unlike contemporary horror directors, she avoids extreme gore and violence in favour of a stripped down narrative and archetypes.

The made-in-Manitoba film will begin at noon in 136 ARTlab, School of Art, 180 Dafoe Road.

Motorists Reminded to Watch for Trick-or-Treaters Tonight

Manitoba Public Insurance is passing on a friendly reminder to motorists to use caution tonight as kids hit the street for Halloween.

MPI is asking drivers to keep their eyes peeled for flashing safety red lights.

“We have distributed more than 100,000 safety light-up devices to schools across the province,” said MaryAnn Kempe, MPI’s vice-president of community and corporate relations. “These devices can be clipped onto a child’s jacket or backpack so that they ‘light up the night’ when they’re out after dark.”

The public auto insurer is also encouraging all children to stay on sidewalks or at the side of the road, to travel in groups, to cross at corners and crosswalks, and to stop and look all ways before crossing.

— Staff