We were surprised to encounter a Hallowe’en tradition in Nanaimo’s Old Town. It occurs on the Saturday before Halloween between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. We went to a restaurant we had discovered on a previous trip to the Old Town, called Bocca. It is located at the end of Fitzwilliam Gate, funky little alley with attractive shops. The family groups started at the other end of the lane and came by us in droves at we had our delicious lunch. A very cute little girl dressed as a clown was right across the window from where we sat. I got out my phone take a photo. Ask permission first, Adrienne exclaimed! She heard us and smiled her permission. The various costumes were a constant entertainment. Groups of young children came in the front of the restaurant. Boy they are going to get really busy we thought. Then the Bocca girl came around with a big stainless steel bowl full of treats. There was lots of smiles and laughter as they picked their candies and chocolate bars. The time, between noon and 2:00 makes it a perfect safe time for small children. After our lunch, as we walked down toward the harbour we could see that all the stores in Old Town were prepared for trick or treaters. What a nice tradition.