Spooks, goblins, ghouls on the loose

Halloween happenings in Salmon Arm begin this weekend.

Spooky Halloween events creep out in Salmon Arm this weekend.

Spooky Halloween events creep out in Salmon Arm this weekend.

Explore the spooky side of R.J. Haney Heritage Village during the 18th annual Spooktacular Oct. 27 and 28.

This spook fest kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday evening with the music of  Ian Hill of Lead Painted Toys, who has performed on his own as well over the summer.

Sunday evening, the musical prelude will be provided by Ryan Guilbeault, who has been performing all over B.C. and Alberta and lives to entertain.

As dusk settles over the village, strange shadows will emerge revealing ghostly figures and the terrifying thrills of Halloween.

Small children and the faint-hearted can visit the delightful “Story Book Path” sponsored by the Linda Howarth Memorial Preschool.

The Colouring Room will provide sanctuary from the scary happenings outdoors and an opportunity for children to have their faces painted, colour a picture or do a special Haney Halloween craft.

Visit Mt. Ida Church, which has transformed into “Legends from the Crypt” and hear local author Kay McCracken read her new book, A Spooktacular Halloween.

Other local storytellers will add their own spooky tone to the scare fest.

Take a walk through the cemetery; beware of skeletons, scarecrows and other ghastly ghouls. Morbid screams will be filling the air.


Visit the mystical fortune-teller to find out what your future holds and consult with the menacing mad scientist to get a jolt in his electric chair.

Amble down the village road and visit the Munster and Adams families who have taken up temporary residence in Haney’s haunted house.

But don’t linger too long – the house is the gateway to the Spook Trail where a frightening journey through the forest echoes with chilling screams and sinister ghouls lie in wait.


Admission is $6. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Ghouls and ghosts under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 21.


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Put on your scariest costume and join other spooks, ghouls, monsters and gentler characters to celebrate the scariest celebration of the year.

Dress up your favourite little ghosts and goblins and visit the Mall at Piccadilly from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 for  their 10th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party.

There will be entertainment, a costume contest, crafts station, pumpkin scavenger hunt and more for children under 12 years of age.

Visit the mall’s own pumpkin patch from Oct. 23 to 31 to vote for your favourite pumpkin carved by mall merchants and be entered to win mall “pumpkin bucks.”

The mall’s annual Halloween Treat Trail will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Children 12 and under accompanied by their parents may collect treats from the merchants displaying balloons outside their stores.

Family hayrides roll out at 90th Ave. SW (Branchflower Road) from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. Spooky rides for the older set roll out from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Make a Halloween splash Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the SASCU Rec Centre pool.

On Sunday, add skates to you favourite costume and take to the ice from 2:15 to 3:45 at the Shaw Centre.

Both Salmon Arm recreation events will feature costume prizes, games and loads of fun.

Princesses, cowboys, ghosts and ghouls are invited to prowl downtown streets in search of treats and tricks Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Visitors to the Downtown Treat Trail Library at Shuswap Children’s Association will receive a brand new book, courtesy of the association’s partnership with First Books.

Street closures begin at 3 p.m.  Access to Hudson Avenue from Shuswap to Ross St. will be restricted during the event for the safety of the trick-or-treaters and their families.


Salmon Arm Observer