‘Boo Tour’, accessible trick-or-treating: Quinte West, Belleville prep for Halloween

The City of Belleville is encouraging residents to make trick-or-treating accessible for all trick-or-treaters this Oct. 31. Treat Accessibly photo

The City of Belleville is encouraging residents to skip the tricks and make Halloween a treat for all the ghosts and goblins in the neighbourhood.

Belleville is encouraging residents to take steps to make trick-or-treating accessible for all trick-or-treaters this Oct. 31.

The city is participating in the Treat Accessibly initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the barriers that may prevent some children from participating in Halloween festivities.

According to Treat Accessibly, more than 400,000 children in Canada and four million children in the United States identify as having one or more disabilities. These disabilities may prevent them from enjoying trick-or-treating with their siblings and other kids.

A grassroots movement towards accessible trick-or-treating began earnestly with one home in 2017. In 2022, 150,000 homes in Canada participated in accessible trick-or-treating.

The City of Belleville encourages residents to consider the following tips for making their trick-or-treating stations accessible on Halloween night:

  • Make sure the path to your trick-or-treating station is well-lit
  • Clear your driveway and pathways of any obstacles
  • Park your vehicle on the street or in your garage to allow easy access
  • Set up your trick-or-treating station at the end of your driveway or in your garage.
  • If your home doesn’t have a driveway, consider decorating and using the back of your vehicle to “trunk-or-treat”

Lawn signs are available to advertise accessible trick-or-treating destinations. The orange “Accessible Trick or Treating” signs can be found online and printed or are available at the RE/MAX office at 106 North Front St. while supplies last. Residents are encouraged to contact 613-969-9907 to confirm availability. 

“The goal is to have residents display these signs on their lawns leading up to Halloween to indicate that accessible accommodations have been made for trick-or-treaters,” the city noted.

Learn more about how you can make Halloween accessible at https://www.treataccessibly.com/

Halloween Home Boo Tour

Meanwhile in Quinte West, residents can get into the spooky spirit before Oct. 31 with the “Quinte West Halloween Home Boo Tour.”

The Halloween Home Boo Tour showcases festive Halloween houses throughout Quinte West now through Oct. 31. Residents and visitors can take the self-guided driving tour to discover haunted houses, fairy-tale forests, spooky lights, ghosts, goblins and graveyards each night from 6 to 11:30 p.m., through to and including Halloween night.

“The Quinte West Halloween Home Boo Tour is a great opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the spooky season,” said Nick Ogden, Quinte West special events co-ordinator.

“The city is looking forward to seeing the creativity displayed by our residents.”

Residents and visitors can explore Quinte West, discover the Halloween-themed displays, and vote online for their favourite display. Prizes will be awarded for the ‘spookiest home’ and the “most spirited home.”

New this year, a prize will also be awarded to the “fan favourite” home in each ward with the most votes. Online voting runs until Nov. 1 at .

Halloween Home Boo Tour cards listing the addresses of participating houses can be picked up at Quinte West city hall and the Frankford municipal office. The list of participating houses and a tour map are also available online.

Quinte Transit will offer Halloween Home Boo Tour shuttle services between 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Reservations are required. Reservations for the Halloween Home Boo Tour shuttle service can be made by calling Quinte Transit at 613-392-9664.

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