Hallowen haunts on tap

Parents looking for a fun, safe outing on Halloween night have lots to choose from

There's lots to do for the youngsters on Halloween in Oceanside.

There's lots to do for the youngsters on Halloween in Oceanside.

• The Pumpkin Patch at Tiger Lily Farm is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family out to visit the barnyard and take a hayride to see award winning scarecrows and then on to the patch. Pick a pumpkin off the vine, small one’s are $4, the big one’s are $6.

The Barnyard at 1692 Errington Road will close for the winter season at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 and will re-open March 10.

www.tigerlilyfarm.ca. 250-248-2408.

• Bundle up and take a walk through Beach Acres’ forested grounds and see the 120 pumpkins carved by students. The pumpkins are now ready for viewing. Drop by the main building and come say an early “Trick or Treat”? Beach Acres is located at 1051 Resort Drive in Parksville.

www.BeachAcresResort.com. 250-248-3424.

• Fall Colour Days continue at Milner Garden and Woodland on Sundays until Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bring the children for a Jack O’Lantern search. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to Milner’s Shoots with Roots children’s education program.

Call 250-752-6153 or visit www.milnergardens.org.

• A carved pumpkin never looked scarier than when you see it in a cave! Grab a helmet and light and tour yourself through the wildest “Haunted House” in B.C.

For free admission, carve a pumpkin at home and bring it to Horne Lake Caves Park during their Halloweekends and experience the “Haunted Cave” for free where your pumpkin will be put on display.

Halloweekends at Horne Lake will finish October 29 and 30.

Call 250-248-7829.

• Morningstar Farm has a day full of fun Halloween activities for the whole family on Oct. 31. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cow Pie Bingo will be the main event with other events including spook-tacular wagon rides, pumpkin carving hot food and drinks, live music and a bonfire. All proceeds from this event will go to charity.

• If you want to get wet and wild on Halloween night, the Ravensong pool in Qualicum Beach is hosting it’s annual Halloween Howl Swim from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Call Ravensong Aquatic Centre, 250-752-5014.

• The annual Pumpkin Walk at Foster Park in Parksville (off Temple Street) is brought to you by the Friends of Foster Park. Bring the family and walk through the trails to see all the amazing carved pumpkins throughout the park. Hot dogs, goodie bags and hot chocolate will be available on Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.

• Be prepared for some blood curdling screams if you visit the Errington Pumpkin trail on Halloween night. When parents bring their trick or treaters to the Community Park at 6:30 p.m. they must walk the gauntlet past the ‘spooks’ hidden along the dark trails.

A fireworks display will light up the sky around 8 p.m. Admission is by donation.

• Coombs Candy Walk. Enjoy the warmth of a bonfire while waiting for the fireworks. A safe and exciting night from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 31 is held at the Coombs Fair Ground (Behind the Coombs General Store).

The fireworks will be set off by the CHVFD are at 7:50 p.m.


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