Mila Szykulski, Isabelle Szykulski, and Brian Mason carved pumpkins at AFRoS Halloween event on Oct. 24. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Mila Szykulski, Isabelle Szykulski, and Brian Mason carved pumpkins at AFRoS Halloween event on Oct. 24. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

AFRoS Fernie connects over carving pumpkins

The community organization celebrated Halloween at Mugshots this past weekend

Dressed up as firefighters and skeletons, francophones and francophiles met at Mugshots Cafe this weekend to carve pumpkins at the Association Francophone des Rocheuses du Sud (AFRoS) Fernie’s Creuse ta Citrouille pour Halloween event.

The socially distant afternoon brought together over 10 costumed families in an effort to celebrate Halloween with a pinch of French culture.

“We think it’s really important to do something for Halloween, and this was a way to do something fun and different for kids and their parents,” said Maylis Destremau, General Director of AFRoS Fernie.

With a number of pumpkins donated from Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer, children and parents alike carved cats, faces and shapes into pumpkins while making new friends and connecting with one another.

Adding to the fun, $30 gift cards for Mugshots were awarded to the participants with the best costume and pumpkin design.

“Our events are open to everybody as a place where people can come together, meet new people, and participate in various activities,” said Destremau.

Despite AFRoS being a predominantly a French-based association, Destremau ensures that everyone in the community, whether French-speaking or not, is encouraged to attend their events.

Striving to host activities every month, AFRoS hopes to host a wine and cheese get-together in November, and a special evening celebration complete with live music at Mugshots Cafe in December.

“Each month there is an event open to everybody, and inclusive to all,” added Destremau.

For updates and details on upcoming events, visit the AFRoS Fernie Facebook page.

Anyone looking to become a member of AFRoS can learn more on their website.

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A number of community members swung by the event to carve jack-o’-lanterns. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

A number of community members swung by the event to carve jack-o’-lanterns. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

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