KAMLOOPS – Enjoy the spookiness that comes with Halloween? Events intent on ensuring you walk away with the creeps, and a big smile on your face, have already started.
Tranquille tunnel tours have been taking place for awhile already but Tranquille on the Lake has decided to extend them until Nov. 3. The farm is also hosting a corn maze extravaganza Friday through Sunday from 5:30-10 p.m. every night. To complicate the maze, fog, actors, lights and scary music and sounds have been added along with a Halloween spook to make sure the experience will be unforgettable.
Tonight and Friday evening the Kamloops Museum and Archives is also hosting a haunted tour. Geared towards adults, the tour will explore burial grounds, historical spooky locations and places where hangings and murders have taken place. The museum is also hosting a party for kids aged 3-5 Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in costume and will get to sing songs and play games.
Boo at the Zoo started last weekend and will finish up the annual tradition of transforming the B.C. Wildlife Park into a Halloween festival this weekend. Running from 5-9 p.m. every night the Alien X-files returns, along with a monster maze and haunted house. The kids can also take part in a costume contest and treat stations and the always loved Uncle Chris the Clown will be on hand to make sure any screams are mixed with laughter.
This weekend Erin Valley Riding Stable will be hosting a country style Halloween party with horse back games, foot games and candy prizes as well as a hay ride. NorKam students are also hosting a haunted house and bake sale fundraiser Friday and Saturday evening from 6-9 p.m.
The city will once again be hosting haunted swims, one on Oct. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Canada Games Pool and another at Westsyde Pool on Oct. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. If you want to hit the ice instead, Valleyview Arena will be the site of a free spooky skate from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday.
If you'd prefer undead Halloween fun the annual Zombie Walk is taking place Saturday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m. starting at Pandora's Costume Box on Victoria St. The only rules are come in costume and don't break character. Some of the zombies will also be doing a rendition of Thriller at Value Village between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
This weekend kids can also take part in a Halloween party at Lil' Monkey's Treehouse (on Saturday) or 4Cats Art Studio (Sunday.)
Sakred Skin and Studio will be hosting a haunted house Oct. 29-31. The first one from 4-6 p.m. will be kid friendly but then the owners will be upping the spook factor for the adult haunted houses, which will run from 7-10 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday.
The Open Door Group will be hosting Pumpkins of Light at Gardengate Wednesday evening from 6-8:30 p.m. More than 300 carved pumpkins will be lit and line a path next to the Overlander Extended Care Hospital in Brocklehurst.
You can then head over to Uplands Drive in Barnhartvale to take in the Halloween yard Haunt both Wednesday and Thursday. 120 lit pumpkins along with special effects, actors and props will scare while the goodies and balloons will provide smiles. Non-perishable food items are also being collected for the Kamloops Food Bank.
For the kids that are scared of the dark, or just want to start collecting candy and treats early, Treat Street is coming to the North Shore. From 3-5 p.m. businesses will be inviting costumed Kamloopsians into their stores and offices for some after school trick or treating.
A notable absence from this year's lineup is the Kamloops heritage Railway Ghost Train. Because of repairs to the 2141 Steam Engine the Halloween special has been cancelled but is expected to return next year.
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