• James Armstrong

Halloween party with Harry Potter theme in Hudson


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Preparation for Hudson’s upcoming Harry Potter themed Halloween Party is underway with the help of Parks and Recreation employee Serena Stabile.

Hudson is celebrating Halloween with a party based on Harry Potter themes this Saturday, October 27. The Community Centre doors open at 12:30 p.m. and events begin at 1 p.m. with a live owl presentation by Faucon-Éduc from Saint-Lazare. “They specialize in rehabilitation and teaching about birds of prey including owls,” said Laura McCaffrey, Tourism, Culture and Communications Coordinator for Hudson. “They will also have some live owls here for their presentation.”

Faucon-Éduc is the educational program created by the privately owned company, Falcon Environmental Services. It specializes in the art of training falcons, reproducing them for conservation and re-release as well as ecological control of nuisance birds.

The Hudson Witch Project parade, a fundraising project in support of the Hudson Fire Department Christmas Basket drive is expected to arrive at approximately 1:30 p.m. The rest of the afternoon will be filled with activities that include cupcake decorating and kiosks where magic wands and spells can be created.

“And just maybe, if they say the right spell, there will be candy,” said McCaffrey with a laugh.

VIP presence

Three very special VIPs will also be present – Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape and Rubeus Hagrid. “Plus, we’ll be raffling off a Sorting Hat as a door prize.” She added. Children from 3 to 10 years of age are invited to attend. It’s free of charge for Hudson residents with proof of residence and $3 per child for non-residents. Tickets are required for both residents and non-residents, and are available for pick-up at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre. “Our events have become extremely popular, that’s why we have tickets,” said McCaffrey.

Harry Potter Movie Marathon

From 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the same day, two films will be screened in the Underground Teen Centre: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “It’s free of charge for kids up to 10 years of age and for those 11 and over it’s $5 each,” said McCaffrey.

Besides the two films, movie buffs will receive pizza, popcorn, and a drink during the intermission. The Halloween Party and Movie Marathon both take place at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road, Hudson on Saturday, October 27.

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