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Halloween is coming up and everywhere you look is decisively spooky. If you’re literarily inclined, one way to indulge this seasonal atmosphere is to curl up with a good horror book. Creative Writing students Kenzie Clarke and Erika Parsons are both huge horror buffs, and are happy to share their favourites. Clarke has a broad … Continued

A Ghostly Walk by Lantern Light

What’s the best way to celebrate Halloween? Dressing up? Watching a scary movie? How about a ghost tour? I went on my first Haunted Nanaimo Lantern Tour several weeks ago. The tour is put on by the Nanaimo Museum and snakes through downtown Nanaimo, stopping at some of the city’s oldest and most haunted buildings. … Continued

The “Halloween Bird”

Have you ever been walking in a forest near Nanaimo when, out of the corner of your eye, you see an orange-black blur dart through the trees? If so, you may have spotted quite an elusive bird. The Varied Thrush, or Ixoreus Naevius, comes out of hiding on Vancouver Island in October.  The males are … Continued

Reasons to Love Fall:

Fall has finally arrived. The transition from summer to autumn can be a shock, especially for out-of-town students from sunny and warm climates. Below are reasons why you should embrace it, and a few suggestions on how: The Sights The official markings of fall is when leaves start turning red, yellow, or brown. It comes … Continued

HOECUS POCUS Halloween Drag Show

If you thought that Halloween events were canceled this year, you were wrong! The Queen’s, located in downtown Nanaimo, is hosting two Dark CarniEvil themed drag shows put on by Divine Girl Productions on Friday, October 30. The first show runs from 5:30–7:30 pm and the second from 8:30–10:30 pm. Both shows are hosted by … Continued

Have a Safe and Spooky 2020 Halloween

With many children’s favourite holiday fast approaching, now is the time to prepare yourself for October 31—so you get all the treats and none of the tricks. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has released information to their website on how to keep this year’s Halloween fun and safe as the COVID-19 pandemic … Continued

Spiced pumpkin loaf recipe

This pumpkin loaf recipe yields two soft, spiced pumpkin loaves that are perfect as a side with your favourite comfort foods, or as a midday snack with tea. You can also wrap individual slices in plastic wrap to freeze for later. Ingredients 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking … Continued

Where the hell am I?

Above: Photo via Skulls & Bass Facebook page By contributor Shanon Fenske Hundreds of people in costume are all around me, vehicles are everywhere, and music and lights are pouring out of the forest. A man with a flashlight walks up to my car and asks for $25. I give him my money and pull … Continued

#31DaysOfHorror – Part 2

Above: Opera. Photo via barleydoeshorror By Arts Editor Brendan Barlow Halloween has now come and gone, and we’re into November now, which I suppose means that it’s basically Christmas. Every October I review one horror film per day that I have never seen before. I promised to complete my set of 31 reviews, so here they … Continued

St. Louis, SK: The ghost train

By contributor Shanon Fenske The first time I saw the St. Louis Ghost Light I didn’t know what I was looking at. One of my earliest childhood memories was of a strange cloud in the basement of our home. The room had inexplicably filled with a greenish fog that slowly rolled together and transformed into … Continued

Pyro-safety this Halloween

By Managing Editor Molly Barrieau Halloween slowly approaches, and brightly painted trailers advertising the best selection of fireworks pop up off the highway, ready to sell dangerous concoctions of chemicals to brighten your spooky night. Before you go out and grab roman candles and cherry bombs, The Nav wants to share some safety tips gathered … Continued

Get spooky with Nanaimo Museum’s Lantern Tours

By Production Manager Catherine Charlebois Halloween is here and the Nanaimo Museum is getting in the spirit with its October tours and exhibits. Coming back for its fourth year are the Lantern Tours, which explore Downtown Nanaimo’s darker side. The tour, which runs every Friday from October 14 to the 28, takes museum goers on a … Continued

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