Halloween Pumpkin and House Decoration Contest Winners

The votes are in and the winners for the Champlain Park Halloween decorating contests are:

Best decorated house: 244 Keyworth – The Keyworth Institute Night Care!

An impressive immersive experience including creepy decorations, an award-winning scary Chucky doll performance, invitations to pet spooky rats, etc…that certainly sent many of us home with nightmares…

[Driveway scene with scary kid actors]

Best decorated pumpkin: 20 Clearview – with an impressive 4 decorated pumpkins including a dog skeleton and a Picasso woman.

It was a very tough competition this year with dragons, zombies, ghosts, witches and ill-fated mannequins entertaining the residents of Champlain Park!

Congrats to the winners and a big thank you to all those who participated in the contest either by decorating their houses and pumpkins or by voting for their favourites.

And finally a heartfelt thank you to the Wellington West BIA for their donation of the prizes: each winner received a $50 gift certificate to a Wellington West business of their choice.

Up next: Stay tuned for future posts on the 2nd annual Champlain Park Holiday house decorating contest and the Holiday Charity Auction.

Halloween Contest Winners – Gagnants du concours d’Halloween

Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2020 15:28:33 +0000 (UTC)
From: Nick Xenos <xenosn@yahoo.com>

[Pair of Glowing Pumpkins at Night]

We would like congratulate the winners of the Champlain Park Halloween Contest. Your efforts were recognized by the residents of the neighbourhood.

The deserving winners are 222 Carleton Avenue for the best-decorated house and 185 Daniel Avenue for the best-carved pumpkin. The little skeletons of Carleton gained the appreciation of the public as well as the 2 illuminated pumpkins of 185 Daniel that represented 2 grimacing faces. The winners will each receive a Thyme and Again gift card.

[Baby Skeletons in the Front Yard]
We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Champlain Park Community Association for sponsoring the prizes and to all those who participated in the context by decorating their houses, their pumpkins and by voting for their favourite decorations. You have demonstrated our community spirit to celebrate a safe Halloween in this unusual year!

In late breaking news, we have a reply message from the graveyard…

[Post Halloween sign thanking the community]

Nous tenons à féliciter les gagnants du concours d’Halloween de Champlain Park dont l’effort n’a pas passé inaperçu par les habitants du quartier.
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Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

Many Thanks to Volunteers for Halloween Dress-up Fun Run 2019

Here’s a message from Peter Laughton, the event organizer:

A huge thank-you to all who came out to run this past Saturday morning in our annual Halloween Dress-up run. The weather cooperated and as a result we had over 50 costumed participants.

The incredible generosity of those in attendance allowed us to raise $677.00 for OSS Basketball and JUMPSTART charities for young players in financial need.

Thanks to everyone in the Champlain Community Association for all your support, including promotion on the website and the Speaker, allowing us to use the field-house, and sponsorship of the run through food and prizes. Thanks to Bushtukah for the tent and prizes. Thanks to Jordan Clark from Shoppers Drug Mart for the food. Thanks as well to the volunteer de-pavers who allowed us to run across the new opening at Pontiac and to the dedicated volunteers who have taken over the management and stewardship of our beautiful Champlain Woods!

Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year and Happy Halloween!

Thanks to John Arnason for the photos and Carol Arnason for providing the captions.

Large turnout of families in Halloween costumes preparing for start of run at Champlain Park.

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Halloween Fun Run – October 26

Champlain Park is once again hosting its annual fun run through the Champlain Woods. Runners 5 and under run an 800 meter loop and the 5 and overs (ability dependant) complete a 2K. This year we will take advantage of the newly de-paved SJAM connection to the woods! Prizes will be awarded for best costume and top 3 finishers per age category. All participants receive a candy medal. Donations of $10 or more per runner are encouraged but not required and funds this year go to OSS u14 girls basketball and the ‘Jumpstart’ equal access to sport fund. No registration is required; just show up in costume and run.

Come out and run and send a message to kids in the community that Halloween can be about more than just sugary treats! Volunteers are welcomed as finish line coordinators or on course Marshalls. Donations of food and drink are also welcomed. Contact peterlaughton@rogers.com if you are able to help.

[Poster for the Fun Run]
8th Annual Champlain Park Halloween Run 2019.pdf

Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

Many Thanks to Awesome Volunteers for Halloween Fun Run 2018

Thank you to all of the parents, volunteers, and runners of the Champlain Park Community who came out to run and raise over $900 for Ausome Ottawa on Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2018. A local charity, Ausome Ottawa provides sports programs for autistic children. Special thanks to Pete Laughton who has organized this event for seven years. Thank you to Adrian Bradley and helpers for hard work clearing the NCC path through the woods, used in winter for SJAM ski trail. Champlain Park Community Association funded treats and prizes so all proceeds from registration would go to charity. Our Councillor, Jeff Leiper, was there and spent most of his time as Marshal on the course, standing and cheering beside the path in the woods as runners went by. What a good sport! An estimated 100 parents and kids showed up in Halloween costumes again this year. First and foremost, they had a lot of fun dressing up, attempting to run in costumes, and eating a little pre-Halloween candy!

We forgot to take photos this year, but this is what it looked like last year:

[Getting Organized at the Starting Line]