Centre Wellington council gives approval as monsters to hit streets in village this month

Ghosts, goblins, ghouls and even carved pump­kins will be visiting the down­town here, and Centre Well­ington council gave its ap­prov­al at its committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 5.

Resa Lent, from the Elora BIA, came to council to explain Monster Month is growing in the village.

This year there are plans for a Twilight Zoo and there will be a parade on Oct. 24 where everyone, particularly children, is invited to take part. A number of other events will also take place that night.

That event is non-motor­iz­ed and children of all ages are being asked to decorate bikes, trikes, wagons and even themselves in a Halloween theme and take part in the parade. The parade will start at MacDonald Square and end on Mill Street East at the General Store grounds.

Lent also asked for permis­sion to have the Christmas tree at the town hall square be avail­able for decorations.

She added the “OPP is on board” with the plans. The event will run, “rain or moon­shine.”

Anyone wanting to take part or get more information can call 519-846-2563, or email elorabia­@wightman.ca.

Lent said all the parti­cipants are being encouraged to bring an item for the local food bank.

She noted there will be a haunted house set up at the Desert Rose restaurant and Village Idiots Productions is planning a Monster Mash of musical entertainment.

The parade will run from 6 to 7pm and all are welcome.

Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj said of the plans, “It sounds like a big party. We wish you luck.”

Later in the evening, coun­cil approved a special event for Oct. 31. One Axe Pursuits op­erates a rappelling and zip-lining business and uses the Elora Gorge at Victoria Park.

It has an agreement with the township to operate in the park, and the right to seek special extra events for there.

It will be running one on Halloween night, and the re­quest noted there might be a few more lights visible from Victoria Park that evening for a few hours.

Council agreed to give the group permission because it has worked so well with council in the past and because there will be plenty of street activity at the same time. The event will run from 5 to 9pm on Oct. 31.

Councillor Walt Visser said, “Normally, I would be very critical of this, but knowing One Axe Pursuits, I’m in favour.”