The annual Hallowe’en Hunt took place last Saturday in Barry’s Bay, organized by the Madawaska Valley Public Library in collaboration with multiple local businesses, organizations and individuals, as well as the Township and the Station Keepers MV. This year, more than two hundred goodie bags awaited the hordes of young treasurer seekers as they followed a map to answer questions about the seasonal displays in local front windows. Above: Catherine and super-hero big brother Robert Meeking arrive at the Library to begin the Hallowe’en Hunt.
Along with Library volunteers Karen and Rob Filipkowski, Councillor David Shulist handed out treasure maps on the front lawn of the Library. Based at the other end of the Opeongo Line outside Northern Credit Union, Library CEO Natalie Barrington was all smiles as she and volunteers handed over Hallowe’en goodies in exchange for the completed treasure maps. Along the way, nearly 40 establishments (below) participated by posting treasure clues in their storefronts, often decorated in the traditional Hallowe’en style. Valley Manor provided a riddle for a bonus prize draw, and a discounted Hallowe’en offer of hot chocolate and cookie was available at Madawaska Coffee.
Inside the Railway Station, Casper the friendly ghost and some ghoulish buddies (aka Station Keepers MV President Joanne Olsen and volunteers) greeted young trick-or-treaters. Outside in Railway Station Park, Councillor Mary Blank and volunteer Laura Luckasavitch served up a free hot dog lunch to hungry costumed families.
The weather cooperated by providing cheerful, blustery autumn sunshine.