Whistler really can be spooky this time of year. Leaves fallen from trees make scratching sounds as they blow down empty streets, while bare limbs of trees arch menacingly over the disk of the waning moon. Songbirds are gone, except for crows, ravens, and croaking Stellars jays, and the occasional hoot of an owl in the night. Real dark descends early with the reddest and bloodiest sunsets of the year, while the prevailing wind blows from the north, chilling bones and withering berries on the bush. Green things are everywhere are dying and the smell of rotting things wafts over everything.
Yikes! Luckily Whistler is also an extremely fun place to be on Halloween, with lots of activities for all ages. It’s one of the busiest nights of the year for bars and nightclubs, for example, and most of Whistler’s bigger establishments will have costume contests, themes and specials to celebrate the evening. Check the Music and Nightlife listings at www.piquenewsmagazine.com for details.
It’s also a great time for families.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the spooky family fun you can expect this year:
Other neighbourhoods may be organizing their own Halloween celebrations these days, but there’s no question that Tapley’s Farm is still the king of All Hallow’s Eve in Whistler. Locals go all out with their decorations and atmosphere, and there’s a fireworks show to cap everything off.
Trick-or-treating starts at 5:30 p.m. and this year residents are asking trick-or-treaters to bring a donation to the Whistler Food Bank.
The food bank fundraiser is the brainchild of Whistler Secondary Leadership students, and is being called “We Scare Hunger.” Fill your trick-or-treat bag with non-perishable items on the way in, and fill the bag with treats on the way out.
Whistler Transit will once again run a free shuttle bus from the Whistler Marketplace, leaving every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Marketplace as usual is waiving their usual two-hour limit for the evening.
As well, Whistler Fire Rescue Services is putting on the annual fireworks show on the lower fields at Myrtle Philip, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Supplying candy to all those kids is a big job and collection bins have been set up at schools, the daycare, IGA and Nesters. If you’re planning on bringing your kids to Tapley’s this year, please make a contribution to the fun.
As always, Tapley’s Halloween organizing committee will be handing out prizes for the three best costumes and the three best-decorated houses.
This will be the 31st anniversary of the Tapley’s Halloween, which is really just “13” backwards. Something to think about…
WORCA Halloween Toonie
The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association is hosting a special Halloween Toonie Ride on Thursday (Oct. 31), inviting riders to come out in full costumes to do an after-dark ride around Lost Lake. Headlamps are mandatory, and glowing pumpkins will light the route.
Sign-in is at Lost Lake PassivHaus at 5:30 p.m., with the ride getting underway at 6:30 p.m. just as the sun is setting.
The event is sponsored by WORCA and Gibbons Hospitality Group. There will be refreshments at the after party, which will take place at a location to be announced this week at www.worca.com. There will also be a prize for best costume.
If you’re riding, make sure you have a good headlamp with enough juice to get you home after the event. You should also be able to see out of your costume, and take care to ensure that your costume won’t get caught in your gears or spokes. Blood and gore should be simulated.
First annual Pumpkin Drop
The Spring Creek Firehall is hosting a special post-Halloween celebration this year, taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Firefighters will be serving hot dogs and refreshments to raise money for the paid-on-call crew’s preferred charity — Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
They will also be opening their three-storey training tower for their first annual Pumpkin Drop. People can bring their Halloween pumpkins to the top window and drop them off to explode on the pavement below, after making a donation to the Whistler Children’s Centre daycare facility.