There’s nothing like a room full of people dressed in costumes at Halloween. Such was the scene on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Kathleen Wynne’s Don Valley West Boo Bash for Kids at the Toronto Botanical Garden. The usual suspects — Batman, Superman, Cinderella — were all there, along with some very funny-looking adults.
Premier Wynne is a tad busier than she was a year ago and there was some concern that she may not make it to her second annual Boo Bash. A day earlier the premier was in Calgary on her first official visit to Alberta. To the delight of everyone, though, she arrived shortly after the doors were opened, dressed in black and wearing a pointy witch hat.
The room was bustling with kids busy at the many activities set up and supervised by members of the Young Liberals of Ontario. There was face painting, games, candy floss — just about everything a kid could ask for — and they got to dress up to boot!
Live entertainment was provided by Kayla, the multi-talented children’s entertainer who sang some scary songs and led the kids on sing-alongs. Kayla connected with everyone, and at one point had the whole room following her around to the tune of “I’m Rolling Like A Pumpkin On A Hill.”
The idea for the event was hatched by the Don Valley West Provincial Liberal Association board of directors as a way to reach out to the community, according to riding association president Paul Robert.
Riding association member Janet MacDougall, who was on hand with several volunteers helping to put on the show, admits she was a little nervous about people staying home in the warmth and comfort of their homes instead on such a rainy day. Those concerns vanished quickly, however, and the sound of happy children at play soon filled the air.
The Town Crier had a presence at the community event, as well. Staff, along with a live scarecrow, manned a table, giving out newspapers and responding to questions from the community.
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