When I became a mother, Halloween became fun again. Trick or treating in my mid-30s was no longer awkward. People happily dumped candy into my loot bag, thanks to the cute smiles of my baby. It's one of the perks of parenthood.
My daughter's first Halloween was pretty awesome. I had an excuse to put her in an adorable costume and stroll the neighbourhood. Parents gave each other silent nods because we all knew what was happening later that night, the customary looting of our children's candy bags.
Don't act surprised. Parents have been doing it for generations. Every year my Dad would "inspect" our loot bags for tampered candy. It's funny how the Coffee Crisp bars and Kit Kats would somehow end up in his stomach. Nice one. It was a good gig that I won't be ashamed to use when my kids are older.
When parents have candy in their sights, nothing compares to Whistler's legendary Halloween spot, Tapley's Farm. For the past 30 years, this neighbourhood has been going the extra mile. It's not just Jack-o-Lanterns and candles, I'm talking whole Halloween scenes complete with fog machines and light shows. It's serious stuff.
Some houses hand out delicious hot drinks to parents, which is another bonus of having children. Every year more than 800 kids from Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor take part each year, with more than 80 homes participating.
It takes a lot of candy to fill 800 loot bags, and residents are accepting donations of candy at the schools, daycares, IGA and Nesters Market. Additional goodies will be generously provided by Nester's, IGA and The Grocery Store.
The trick-or-treating runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tapley's Farm will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the event, and parking is limited. To make it easier for families, you can park at the Whistler Marketplace and catch a free "Park and Spook" shuttle between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
One of the highlights is the annual fireworks display at Myrtle Philip School. That gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
For a little pre-Halloween fun and another excuse to dress up in costume, check out the Halloween Mask and Crafts for tots today (Oct. 29) at Millennium Place at 12:45 p.m. Kids up to five years old (and their parents) can make a Halloween mask and play some games with Layna of ORKIDz Art Studio.
If you are not sure what to do with your Jack-o’-Lantern after Halloween, bring your pumpkin to Whistler Fire Hall #3 in Spring Creek from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 2) for the first-annual Pumpkin Drop.
I love this idea. Participants will be invited to climb up three stories and drop their pumpkin. Senseless destruction is always a good time in my books. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Whistler Children’s Centre, which is also pretty good.
So tap into your inner child, dress up, and raid your kid's loots bags this Halloween.