It was a chilly night, but roughly 450 people made it to the Halloween Bonfire on October 31st, sponsored by the RCMP, C.O.P.S. (Citizens On Patrol Service) and the District of Tumbler Ridge. Members of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department started the fire and extinguished it.
Held on the edge of the Shop Easy parking lot, the event was organized by RCMP, complete with an appearance by Constable Wade Harvey in golden braids. He was either Thor, God of Thunder or Corporal Peats? murmurings of his staff in drag are truer than we realize. The fires blazed high in several piles, with the wood provided by the District. The District also did the initial preparation for the fire pits as well as cleanup afterwards.
The intention of the bonfire, other than to keep warm by, was to roast hot dogs, drink hot chocolate, coffee or pop and enjoy some candy. Approximately sixty dozen hot dogs were eaten. Some came in costume and many came as they were.
Generous donations were made by Old Dutch, Shop Easy, MA-M-Way Open Camp and Jade?s Tru Value and were served up by members of C.O.P.S. to the public, free of charge. Duke Energy supplied 500 glow sticks and all were handed out except for 40. As well, ICBC provided reflective trick or treat bags. An extra effort to be mentioned was the cutting of 100 wiener sticks (to poke through hot dogs) by Erin and Leah Peats.
The event finished at 9:00 pm, with requests from the RCMP to have trick or treaters go door to door from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, prior to the wiener roast. Following the departure of all the attendants, no major concerns were reported by RCMP or C.O.P.S. Six members of C.O.P.S. patrolled the remainder of the night, with three cars with two people each.