October 30, 2015 - 9:30 AM
KELOWNA - It’s the spookiest day of the year and with Halloween landing on a weekend this year, it's also one of the busiest for events in Kelowna.
This weekend you can enjoy plenty of haunted houses, a massive corn maze and lots of other frightful options.
Throughout the weekend, you can take a stroll through Kelowna’s most famous corn maze. With Halloween decorations open to the public until 11 p.m. the Kelowna Corn Maze is a Halloween attraction you don’t want to miss.
On Friday, Oct. 30, Bumbershoot Theatre is putting on Beauty and the Beast at 6:30 p.m. Playwright Mike Kenny and composer Julian Bulter have recreated the classic kids tale about a spoiled Beauty who finds herself trapped in the house of the Beast. This enchanting musical fairy tale also runs Saturday night and there are Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Admission is $21 for adults and $14 for kids.
Lake City Casino is hosting its first ever Growler before Howler comedy show Friday night at 9 p.m. This adults-only event features terrifyingly funny jokes as part of the third annual Haunted Howler Comedy Fest.
Also on Friday, The Habitat will hold the Okanagan’s premiere horror film festival, HorrorFest, for the seventh year in a row starting at 7 p.m. Watch movies made by the Okanagan’s most deranged filmmakers, with live music and prizes for best costume.
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids Friday night, the Kelowna YMCA is holding a Fright Night for kids in grades six to nine. Show off your costume and enjoy a spooky night of Halloween activiites, like Freaky Fear Factor, creepy pool games, a dance and a scary movie.
Rotary Centre for the Arts is holding a Day of the Dead party Friday at 8 p.m. for adults only. Sugar Skull Strut is inspired by a traditionally festive time of year in Mexico honouring past souls and loved ones. Tickets can be purchased here for $25. Must be 19+.
If you’re in Summerland and feeling brave, take a walk through an orchard full of ravenous zombies and into an eerie haunted house Friday and Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Nightmare on Nixon is not for the faint of heart, so those who are young or easily scared can go through the maze before dark with all proceeds going to Summerland Senior Secondary’s 2016 Dry Grad. They will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for their Halloween for Hunger campaign. Admission is $5 per person.
In West Kelowna Friday night, the Village at Smith Creek on Orlin Road is holding Dem Bones Kindermusik Halloween at 6 p.m. Dress up your kids under seven years old and treat them to songs, dancing, oulie ghoulie movements, fingerplays and more. The cost for the 45-minute event is only $5 per family.
If you’d prefer to avoid Halloween altogether on Friday, the Kelowna Rockets are hosting Prince George at Prospera Place at 7 p.m. Get your tickets here.
On Halloween night, Oct. 31, check out Halloween Howl with the Silverbacks at East Kelowna Community Hall starting at 8 p.m. Put on your scariest, funniest, most outrageous costume for a fun evening of dancing, live music and door prizes while you raise funds for The Canadian Mental Health Association. Tickets are $25 for a single, $45 per couple. Call 250-808-5605 for tickets.
If you’re in West Kelowna Saturday night stop by 1951 Abel St. for a haunted house where everything is alive and a witch is cooking up something terrifying.
At 1579 Highland Dr. North, the third annual Haunted Walkthrough will be sure to terrify you starting at 6 p.m.
Mission Park Shopping Centre on Lakeshore Road is holding their 10th annual Halloween Treat Trail Saturday at noon. Dress up and visit participating stores to collect candy in your Mission Park reusable shopping bag that comes free with a donation to the Food Bank. There will also be free hot chocolate, hamburgers and hotdogs as well as a real Kelowna Fire Department Fire Truck.
At 5 p.m. at 990 Graf Rd. in Rutland animatronics, live actors, fog, strobes and dark chambers will make you scream at the 18th annual Asylum Haunted House. Donations will be accepted but are not required.
For a less intense experience, Willowstone Academy is holding their 4th annual Trunk or Treat at 4091 Lakeshore Rd. starting at 4 p.m. Trunk or Treat is a safe alternative for young families where children can trick-or-treat through a 'neighbourhood' of decorated cars and climb aboard a Kelowna City fire truck.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church on Lakeshore is hosting a trick or treat event in their cemetery. You may even meet the ghost of St. Andrew at this family friendly event that runs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Another family friendly event happening Saturday is Family Fun Night at the Kelowna Christian Centre on Badke Road from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This free event includes a bouncy house, face painting and other fun activities as well as cotton candy, hot dogs and popcorn.
Want to see some farm animals dressed in costumes? Hoof Prints Barnyard Petting Zoo is having A Bootacular Barnyard event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will a Halloween themed petting zoo, pony rides, play area, concession, free marshmallow roasting around a bonfire and treats for the kids. Admission is $5, kids under three get in for free.
On Sunday, get rid of that useless old jack-o-lantern in a spectacular way by making a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Watch as pumpkins are dropped from a bucket lift and smash on the ground in the parking lot of the Capital News Centre from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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