Halloween happenings

A happy Halloween is in store for the Shuswap with plenty to see and do.

  • Oct. 26, 2016 12:00 p.m.
A graveyard at Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 23.

A graveyard at Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 23.

A happy Halloween is in store for the Shuswap with plenty to see and do.

The 26th annual Halloween Treat Trail welcomes children ages 12 and under to collect treats in Salmon Arm’s downtown core on Monday, Oct. 31,  from 3 to 5 p.m.

More than 70 participating businesses will be welcoming trick-or-treaters. There’ll be treats at the Ross Street Plaza too. Okanagan College Enactus students are collecting food bank donations and handing out treats. For details, visit salmonarmdowntown.com.

The Mall of Piccadilly is also hosting its Halloween Happenings. Kids are encourages to dress up for the 13th annual Children’s

Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be entertainment by Scarlet the Scarecrow, a Halloween costume contest, crafts station, a mad scientist show, pumpkin scavenger hunt and more for children 12 years and under.

Mall merchants will be carving up a storm for the annual People’s Choice Pumpkin Carving event. Vote for your favourite jack-o’-lantern in the pumpkin patch from Oct. 24 to 31, and be entered to win “pumpkin bucks.”

The mall merchants will also be getting into the spirit by dressing up for Halloween day.

Bring your kids to Centenoka Park Mall, for a warm and safe trick or treating experience. Tell them to look for the balloons in front of participating stores and yell “trick or treat!” for something sweet on Oct. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Shuswap Theatre will be hosting a spooky old-time radio show on Oct. 29. Voice of the Shuswap Community Radio invites you to experience the magic of Wyllis Cooper’s Take Me Out to the Graveyard. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the recording at 7:30.

Dracula, a live radio thriller at Armstrong’s Centennial Theatre, runs Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7:30. Admission is by donation (suggested $10) at the door. All ages are welcome to attend and Halloween costumes are encouraged. Door prizes, goodies and prizes for best costume will be available as will ACT memberships for purchase.

Halloween fireworks will be displayed Monday, Oct. 31 at Sunnybrae Community Hall. Free refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at 7. There will also be locally sponsored prizes for pumpkin carving and Halloween costume contests.

Caravan Farm Theatre presents the 13th annual Walk of Terror featuring: Baba Yaga and the Jelly Bean Tree, the Operation and many more sights to thrill, amaze and terrify, Oct. 29. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the walk at 7.

The Walk of Terror also features an after-terror dance in the farm’s open-timber barn. Patrons can also enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate and sugary treats and prizes for best costume will be handed out.  The dance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 for an adult and $6 for a child, available in advance at ticketseller.ca, call 250-549-7469 (toll-free 1-866-311-1011 outside of Greater Vernon) or $24 at the gate. Caravan is located at 4886 Salmon River Rd., northwest of Armstrong.

As the Halloween season approaches, BC Children’s Hospital reminds parents and caregivers of important safety tips to help keep children safe during Halloween activities and while trick-or-treating.

Stay Together – Always ensure your children are accompanied by older companions or adults. If you’re walking at night, hold young ones’ hands and keep them safe from obstacles like uneven surfaces or stairs and more boisterous trick-or-treaters.

If you have older children, know where they will be trick-or-treating and ensure they have a charged mobile with them and tell them to make like ET and phone home in case of an emergency.




Salmon Arm Observer