Ghosts, goblins, spooks and their fans will have lots to do this weekend.
From benign kids’ events to the truly terrifying, there’s something for all ages running Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31.
• Dress up for a Red River Coffee House with a Halloween theme at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the SASCU Downtown Activity Centre. For more information, call Eldon at 250-832-7029.
• Halloween is a busy affair at the Mall at Piccadilly.
Merchants will be carving pumpkins and putting them on display in the mall’s own pumpkin patch. Vote for your favourite pumpkin to be entered to win special mall “pumpkin bucks.”
A Halloween Children’s Costume Party runs Saturday Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Halloween photos are available throughout the event, as is a craft make-and-take station.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. children of all ages are invited to attend story-telling sessions in the library. Led by Scarlet the Scarecrow, Halloween music and games will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
A Halloween costume contest takes place at noon in three categories – ages four and under, five to eight years and nine to 12 years. Pumpkin scavenger hunts run at 12:30 and 2 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 31, children under 12 accompanied by their parents, are invited to collect treats from those merchants displaying orange balloons outside their stores.
• Hear the horror and feel the fear on a horse-drawn, haunted hay ride Saturday, Oct. 29 on Branchflower Road, followed by free hot chocolate, popcorn and pumpkins. Call 250-832-5700 to book your passage on this nighttime fright ride.
• A special midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented Saturday, Oct 29 at the Salmar Classic Theatre. Go out and have fun doing the time warp again.
• Rock band Hell Bound Harlot (HBH) is hosting a Halloween party to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Little Mountain Field House at 250 30 Street SE. Admission is a non-perishable food item. Dress up in costume for the occasion and enjoy rock music from HBH plus Dj sets by Nathan Gizas and Dale Orchard, dancing, free candy, cheap pop and food, door prizes, games for prizes and a Halloween photo booth. Take an already carved pumpkin to set on display for a chance to win a prize.
Costume contest categories include best guy, best girl, best pair, funniest, and most realistic.
To reserve your place at the party, call Devan Hows at 250-832-5163.
• If travelling a bit farther afield holds scream appeal, join the folks at Caravan Farm Theatre Saturday, Oct. 29 for a most frightening evening of Halloween madness as they present their eighth annual Walk of Terror plus Star Captains live in concert.
Walking dead, ghastly spirits, deranged little girls, and murders of birds roam the farm’s forests, ready to scare, spook, and terrify you.
Following the fright, get your groove on with the music of Vancouver’s own Star Captains. They’ll deliver 1970’s soul-inspired music with modern beat-laced fusions of synthesizers and classic guitar tones behind hypnotic lead vocals.
Be ghoulishly creative as there will be prizes for the best costumes of the evening.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the Walk of Terror begins at 7, with the Star Captains performing at 8.
Tickets are $15 plus HST for adults and $5 plus HST for children under 12.
• Centenoka Park Mall is looking forward to having all of the little ghost and goblins follow the mall’s treat trail from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. A photographer will be on hand to capture kids in costume.
• Salmon Arm Downtown hosts their 21st annual Halloween Treat Trail from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. This downtown event is for children under 12, who are accompanied by an adult. Visit www.salmonarmdowntown.com for a full listing of participating treat stops.
• West Avenue Productions hosts Halloween with the West Ave Family, a costume-mandatory show Monday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Pinz Tattoo on Hudson Avenue. This show includes West Avenue performers Abstrakt Sonance, DJ Z-7, Leo Zen, and Zone Phactors Glow Rider, and DaLil MC’s, along with special guest Kelowna’s MoloKaii. Cover is $5. Expect to hear a whole lot of Hip hop and Dubstep.