Don’t be scared, there’s plenty to do for Halloween

Whistler has many fun events on for zombies and ghouls of all ages

For the kids — Tapley’s Farm Trick-Or-Treating, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

When a few residents of Tapley’s Farm neighbourhood decided to deck out their houses in the Halloween spirit 34 years ago, they had no idea that years later the night would attract 800 kids, with residents handing out 1,600 pieces of candy in each of their houses.

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“It’s a collaborative effort by a few of us longtime locals,” said one of the organizers, Julia Smart, who moved into Tapley’s Farm 14 years ago and was bitten by the excitement generated by the event.

“The homeowners put out a great effort to decorate above and beyond, not just handing out candy, but they’re creating sets and scenes so it’s like coming down to a little Hollywood. It’s really exciting for the kids.”

Traffic closes to Tapley’s Farm starting at 4 p.m. Trick-Or-Treaters can catch the free Park-and-Spook shuttle from the IGA Marketplace down to Tapley’s from 5:15 to 9 p.m. where they’ll experience a transformed neighbourhood, with each house creating themes and sets ranging from spooky haunted houses and tombstone mazes to Harry Potter, Austin Powers, the Munsters or the charming pumpkin fairy.

It ends with a bang — literally — when the Whistler Fire Rescue Services sets off a spectacular fireworks display on the lower fields of Myrtle Philip Community School at 7:30 p.m.

Donations to help offset costs of handing out 1,600 pieces of candy per house can be sent to any of the schools, daycares or grocery stores in town.

For teens and adults — Film screening of Get Out, Whistler Public Library, Oct. 31, 7 to 9 p.m.

The highest grossing horror film of 2017 will make you think twice about going to meet your partner’s parents. Get ready for thrills and chills, and a strong commentary on race in this free screening. Whistlerlibrary.ca

For everyone — Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, Maury Young Arts Centre, Oct. 28, 8 to 11:30 p.m.

If you haven’t seen the legendary cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this is the time to do so. For only $15 you can catch the live show on stage, complete with costumes, props, and the best audience shout outs you’ll ever hear. Artswhistler.com

For everyone — The Whistler Haunted House, Oct. 27 to 31, noon to 10 p.m.

Bring your kids to the fun house from noon to 4 p.m., or get the full scare from 6 to 10 p.m. Expect everything from bloody horror-inspired zombies to freakish ghouls as the community pitches in and spooks you the whole way through. 2098 Squaw Valley Crescent in Creekside.

For everyone — Face Painting Demonstration at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Oct. 31, 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Learn how to get that bloody scar or that twinkle of fairy dust just right with tips and techniques from a professional face-painting artist.

Once Halloween is done, don’t forget to bring your jack-o-lanterns to the Whistler Pumpkin Drop at the Spring Creek Fire Hall on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop them from up high and watch them splat in the most satisfying Halloween massacre.

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