Halloween is creeping up on us. Here is our go-to guide for everything you need to know to make the rest of October a blast.
Best Pumpkin Patch Picks
Some moms have been unimpressed that pumpkin patches weren’t requiring masks or enforcing social distancing. The last weekend before Halloween is coming up, so if you don’t know where to go — here are the two best mom-approved places in the Lower Mainland.
#1 – Best patch for young kids: Arts Nursery in Surrey
I have been to a lot of pumpkin patches this year, and I took my three kids here and it is by far the best place I have been. It’s covered, cute and perfect for a stroller. They also have tons of fun scarecrows to check out around the nursery. I absolutely love this little pop-up pumpkin patch and highly recommend it.
Address: 8940 192 Street, Surrey
#1 – Best pumpkin patch for all ages: Laity Pumpkin Patch in Maple Ridge
Laity Pumpkin Patch is the best for all ages — they have a North section for kids kids under 6 and a South section recommended for kids over 4.
“My family had the best time at Laity,” Jenni Nielsen, mom of 2, said, “we went to the south side for younger kids. It’s by far my favourite pumpkin patch.”
There are so many things to do at Laity. Nielsen and her kids had an excitement filled day.
“It has tons of unique activities, animals, a fun forest walk and a short hay ride,” she said. “We stayed for 4 hours because the kids were having so much fun!”
She said the COVID-19 protocols were great and they felt completely safe the whole time.
“Certain areas masks are mandatory and there are hand sanitizing stations everywhere,” Nielsen said. “It was great.”
Last minute must-have treats
There’s still time to get some ‘to die for’ local Halloween treats.
Mon Paris Pâtisserie
For the absolute cutest Halloween treats for your kids Mon Paris Pâtisserie 2020 has what you need.
- Jack-O’-Lantern Lolly: milk chocolate with pumpkin spiced caramel, $4
- Jack-O’-Lantern Statue: milk chocolate with one signature caramel truffle, $25
- Jack-O’-Lantern Set: three jack-o’-lantern lollies and one statue, $35
Location: 4396 Beresford St., Burnaby
Halloween items are available now at Mon Paris Pâtisserie for in-store shopping and can be ordered in advance by phone at 604-564-5665, or online for pickup or delivery. www.monparis.ca.
East Van Roasters treats
East Van Roasters Witches Brew
East Van Roasters stone-ground Ecuadorian chocolate for at-home hot-chocolate-making gets a wicked twist with a touch of charcoal. The brew is paired with strawberry house made marshmallows and the combination is scary-delicious.
(200g bag and 12 marshmallows; four servings, $20)
East Van Rosters Dark Chocolate Corn Nuts (the natural Candy Corn)
Giant Inca corn, candied and coated in 70% Peruvian dark chocolate.
(100g bag, $10)
East Van Roasters Honey Nib Caramels
Breaking the curse of the polarizing Candy Kiss, East Van Roasters take on this Canadian Halloween treat is a Hives for Humanity honey-caramel studded with Madagascar cacao nibs. (10 pieces, $9)
Location: 319 Carrall St., Vancouver (in the Rainier Hotel)
Hours: Open for takeaway espresso and chocolate drinks and retail items, Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Products available online with in-store pickup or they can be shipped.
With Halloween coming up here are some ideas for what you can do instead of the typical trick-or-treating this year: Six creative ways to celebrate Halloween during a pandemic
Enjoy the last bit of October and be sure to tag #VancouverMom in all of your Halloween photos this year. Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!
Kera is a full-time mom with three kids. She lives in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently started Kids Cuddles Coffee, a ‘mommy-news’ blog. She loves going on adventures with her kids all over the Lower Mainland. She has a passion for writing and the news. Before becoming a mom she worked at CBC radio and at a local newspaper. Follow her on Instagram @kidscuddlescoffee