Halloween activities for a positively haunted weekend

There’s just two sleeps till Halloween—are you prepared? If not, don’t be scared, we have plenty of wicked fun and fearsome events for you.

Makinly Rogers

There’s just two sleeps till Halloween—are you prepared? If not, don’t be scared (save that for Hallow’s Eve), we have plenty of wicked fun and fearsome events for you to choose from.

Glenwood Centre presents a ghoulishly good time for kids young and old on Oct. 30. Kids 13 and under can come from 5:30-8 p.m. while teens are welcome from 8:30-10 p.m. Remember to dress up!

If you were hoping to tire out some sugar-high youngsters, Echo Pool is holding its Halloween swim from 6:30-8 p.m. with a costume contest at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Port Alberni Toy Run, it’s a spooky good time for kids and parents alike.

Like your water frozen? Come on out to the AV Multiplex at 7 p.m. to watch your Alberni Valley Bulldogs take on the Nanaimo Clippers on Oct. 31. Make sure you’re all dressed up; kids in costume get in free, adults in costume get in for the youth price and a costume parade takes place as soon as the final buzzer rings.

Don’t worry about missing out on the candy­—Bulldogs players will be handing out plenty after the game.

Live at the lake? Don’t want to travel all the way to town? Sproat Lake Landing is hosting something for Halloween lovers young and old alike. Friday, Oct. 30 is when the adults get to put on their ghoulish best with an adult costume party and dance featuring Lazy Mike and the Rockin Recliners. Tickets are $10 in advance, please call 250-723-2722 for details.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, it’s the kids’ turn. Hot chocolate, BBQ and goodie bags will be handed out and to cap off the night in style, firefighters from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department will be putting on a spectacular fireworks show.

Don’t want to leave town but still want something for both you and the kids?

The Blue Marlin Inn is putting on a family fun night with free hot dogs and hot chocolate starting at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. and DJ music in the pub at 10 p.m. Little ghouls and witches are welcome to the first two but should be tucked into bed before the music starts going.

Looking to match the stores and get into the giving holiday spirit early this Halloween? The Portal Players present a fundraising dance at the Italian Hall from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets for Raise the Red are $22 a pop and the event is adults only. Want to snag something for yourself too? Prizes will be given away for the best costume, best couple costume and the best costume. Don’t want to try? There’s a 50/50 draw for you.

Need something to do during Halloween day? Head on over to the Rollin Art centre and carve some pumpkins from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pumpkins are $5. Or take the trick or treat train out to McLean Mill for a spooktacularly good time. The train departs from the station at 3100 Kingsway Ave. at 2:30 p.m. and gets back into town at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth, $7.50 for kids and $40 for families. For more information, call 1-855-866-1376.