The sound of children’s laughter during this ugly age of the Covid-19 pandemic was a welcome sound in the community of Rankin Inlet, as kids dressed in all manner of ghost, ghoul or celebrity joyfully bounded from house to house trick or treating this past Saturday, Oct. 31.
Everyone paid heed to the few sanctions placed on the festivities, and the community was reportedly well-behaved during an evening that some years can bring just as many ill-spirited tricks as generously given treats.
This Halloween also featured the Haunted Hall, once again, courtesy of the Rankin Inlet Fire Department.
The community’s trick-or-treat time was set for the hours of five to seven p.m., while the Haunted Hall ran from six to eight p.m. to give the volunteer firefighters a little time to spend with their own children before dawning their spooky apparel in an attempt to scare everyone else’s at the scarily decorated hall.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Rankin Inlet had a lot going for it in October with the Norwestel Rankin Rock hockey camp going ahead, awesome Thanksgiving celebrations taking place with families around the community, and the high presence the Rankin Inlet Fire Department always maintains in the hamlet during Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Chief Mark Wyatt said the department spent a good deal of time in local schools once again this year, helping to educate local kids during Fire Prevention Week.
He said the department was also quite active during the Thanksgiving long weekend.
“During Fire Prevention Week, the Rankin Inlet Fire Department delivered 15 classes at Leo Ussak Elementary School between kindergarten and Grade 4,” said Wyatt.
“For Thanksgiving, the Rankin Inlet Fire Department delivered a total of 40 Thanksgiving dinners to elders in the community.
“The dinners were really the full-meal deal, including turkeys, hams, dry goods and country food.
“The department worked in unison with the local food bank to make this possible, and the Sarliaq (Holdings Ltd.) company also lent a hand in getting it done.”