October 30, 2013 - 10:25 AM
KAMLOOPS – Get your goblins, ghouls, witches and princesses ready, tomorrow night is Halloween.
Parents will have to be extra vigilant this year in ensuring the kids are all dressed warm and dry for the evening. Temperatures are expected to reach the normal seasonal high of 9 Celsius but with a chance of rain in the afternoon it could cool things off and leave some mud and puddles for unsuspecting little feet.
If you want to get a jump on Halloween the city is hosting a spooky skate at Valleyview Arena tonight from 6-8 p.m. and a Halloween swim at Westsyde Pool from 6:30-8 p.m. Open Door Group is also hosting the annual Pumpkins of Light at Gardengate at 915 Southills St. (next to Overlander Extended Care Hospital.) There will be 300 pumpkins on display, each carved by local schools and community groups.
Looking to take trick or treating up a notch on Halloween night? A Halloween Yard Haunt at 4938 Uplands Drive in Barnhartvale will take place tonight and tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both nights. Special effects, actors, props and 120 lit pumpkins will fill the yard and non-perishable food donations are being collected for the Kamloops Food Bank.
Kids can go trick or treating in the shopping district while it's still light out at the more than 20 North Shore businesses taking part in Treat Street from 3-5 p.m. Or head over to Erin Valley Riding Stables where a haunted hayride will take place Halloween night. Also keep your eyes on the sky Thursday evening as fireworks displays are set for Westsyde and Juniper.
There are many yards decorated for Halloween throughout the city as well, though some are definitely more appropriate for older kids. You can check out the zombie research station at 1365 Columbia St., haunted graveyards 182 Waddington Dr. and 1321 Ottawa Pl., an industrial accident and witch at 1114 Douglas St, a large family friendly display at the corner of 6 Ave. and Pine St., 666 Munro St., 633 and 649 Brentwood Ave., a zombie apocalypse at 638 Alberni Ave. (12 and up) and 3212 Archibald Place.
Adults looking for a bit of fun as well should check out the haunted house at Sakred Skin and Studio on Victoria Avenue, which runs tonight and tomorrow from 7-10 p.m. The kids version takes place at 4 p.m. today and then the creep factor will be upped to the point where it's adults only. Entry by donation to the food bank.
ICBC is also warning motorists to be extra cautious on the roads, the Southern Interior sees an average of 16 people injured in nine crashes on Halloween night every year. Drivers should slow down and expect the unexpected, realize costumes can limit the visibility of children and if attending a party make sure there's a designated driver, take a taxi or hop on a bus.
It is recommended pedestrians also take cautions to reduce the risk-dress to be seen, make sure you can see (no oversized masks), listen to your surroundings, walk in groups and plan a route in advance in a safe neighbourhood.
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This story was last edited at 4:45 p.m., Oct. 30, 2013.
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