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Letter: Wicked Witch of the West End bids farewell to New West

October 2022 was the final season for New Westminster's epic Halloween display.
Suzanne Parnell, a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West End, is sending her thanks to New Westminster for a 30-year Halloween run. She and husband Brian have announced they're putting away their popular spooky display.


Well, it’s been an epic 30 years.

It started Oct. 31, 1990. We hadn’t even moved into our new home at 1507 London St., but we made sure to be there to hand out chocolate bars. We had no costumes, but the iconic Witch’s hat made its first appearance.

Through the years we’ve had hundreds of volunteers doing setup, takedown and dozens upon dozens of actors playing “the unholy dead."

Remember the year neighbours, family and friends carved 107 pumpkins and they were all lit up? The years when the neighbourhood got together raising funds for the fireworks displays? So many wonderful memories created!

October 2022 was our last Halloween display, although we will continue to hand out treats for the years we continue to live here.

To thousands upon thousands of visitors coming to our home over the years, we wish to thank you. All of the time-consuming, hard work would not have been done if not for the generations of children coming to visit the Witch. You made it all worth our while.

Brian and Suzanne (a.k.a. “The Wicked Witch of the West End”) Parnell