Times Colonist

No tricks, just treats from these kids

- SANDRA MCCULLOCH smculloch@timescolon­ist.com

Children from the Island Montessori School sing in costumes while trick-or-treating with the residents at the Lodge at Broadmead on Monday. Lodge staff who organized the event noted it was all about “connecting generation­s through the age-old tradition of Halloween candy.” In other Halloween news, weekend parties kept police busy:

Victoria police were extremely busy quelling Halloween parties over the weekend, monitoring a downtown dance procession and dealing with two serious assaults.

“We had a significan­tly higher call volume than normal,” Const. Mike Russell said Monday.

Close to 2,000 people converged on downtown Victoria Friday evening to take part in an event called a “Decentrali­zed Dance Party.” About 200 revellers showed up at the starting location, behind Royal Theatre, and the ranks grew as the mostly college-age, boom-box-toting crowd made its way to the legislatur­e, Chinatown and finally a now-closed parkade on Broughton Street.

“The party was disbanded by police at 10:30 p.m. at the derelict Hudson Bay parkade out of security concerns for the revellers,” Russell said.

The parkade lacks railings and isn’t safe for pedestrian­s, Russell said.

Organizers were cooperativ­e with police, he said.

A woman fell into the water from the Ship Point wharf about 8:30 p.m. Friday, but wasn’t seriously injured. The Victoria police marine unit was dispatched to help the intoxicate­d woman back to shore.

On Saturday night, police were extremely busy, attending to more than 100 calls during just five hours between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

During an average 24hour period, Victoria police deal with 150 calls.

That evening, a man in his 50s was attacked by a 20-year-old man at a bus stop at Douglas and Yates streets. The older man was kneed in the chest and suf- fered broken ribs. He crawled onto a bus and collapsed on the floor.

The alleged attacker took a seat on the bus and was arrested by police.

On Sunday, a man in his 50s was injured by a younger man wielding a bicycle chain. The attack occurred in Reeson Park near the Johnson Street Bridge.

A witness intervened, fearing “the victim’s life was endangered,” Russell said. Victoria police arrested a suspect on Fort Street and recommende­d charges of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries.

“Police are applauding the interventi­on of the witness who perhaps prevented what could have been far worse injuries,” Russell said.

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Ellora Sarginson, the witch on the left, crosses Glow Sticks with friend and fellow eight-year-old Lexi Scherr, a corpse bride (what else?), Monday evening while enjoying the annual Halloween bonfire at Fireman’s Park in Oak Bay.

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