Touchstones Nelson programming coordinator Jessie Demers dressed for Dia de los Muertos

Fourth annual Fall Family Fair at Touchstones

Put on your Halloween costume and come down to Touchstones Nelson for an afternoon of fun this Sunday

Put on your Halloween costume and come down to Touchstones Nelson for an afternoon of fun this Sunday, October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

This year the Family Fair will happen just a few days before Halloween and the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, making it a great opportunity to celebrate and get crafty!

There are a lot of activities in store for visitors this year: Storytelling by Wendy Kelly in the mini theatre, a dress up photo booth with hats from the Capitol Theatre costumes shop, craft activities, face painting, live music sessions, harvest guessing game with prizes, and a costume parade at 2 p.m. which will wind its way through the museum by the light of pumpkins. Whether permitting the parade may also continue outside.

Programming coordinator Jessie Demers is excited about the all-ages approach of the fair.

“The stories and crafts have been chosen with young children in mind, and will be aimed more at having fun than getting scared by Halloween gore,” she said. “But people of all ages will find something fun to do, like trying on costumes with their friends for a group photo.”

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico from October 31 to November 2, coinciding with Western traditions of Halloween and All Souls Day. Traditionally families build alters to honour loved ones who have passed away. Photos, flowers, favourite food items and belongings of the dead are put on the alter and brought to graves.

“The Fall Family Fair will have an eclectic approach to these holidays, celebrating creativity and inviting laughter,” Demers said.

Admission is by donation and half of the proceeds will go to Kalein Hospice Centre, who will have their portable, interactive “Before I Die” chalkboard on display.

Touchstones is grateful for donations from Ellison’s, Save-on-Foods, Safeway, Secret Garden Toys, Capitol Theatre and Root & Vine Acres.