There was a steady stream of interesting characters visiting the Potato House Monday for the Pumpkins and Bubbles annual family Halloween photo-shoot.
Visitors having their pictures taken in the stairwell of the historic house were welcomed by executive director Mary Forbes dressed as some sort of Methuselah and standing in a claw-foot bathtub. The event ran from 2 to 4 p.m.
After having their photographs taken many of the Potato House visitors carried on to visit local businesses participating in the Trick ‘R’ Treat Downtown event. Stamped passports gave participants a chance to win prizes.
The public is reminded to go online and vote for the Potato House which has been selected to compete for $40,000 in prize money in the National Trust for Canada’s This Place Matters Main Street competition. People can vote every day until Nov. 14 at thisplacematters.ca.
Funds raised will help to continue upgrading and operation of the historic house which is a centre for raising awareness about recycling and food sustainability. The project includes a community composting centre, community garden and most recently a community root cellar.
Funds raised will also help to pay for heritage markers on all 20 downtown heritage buildings, updating the heritage walking tour signs on main street, and making a fantastic Halloween event for 2017.
The Potato House received more than 1,000 visitors last year, 700 of which were local school children.