Halloween is just around the corner, but the fun is starting early this year! So, dust off your costumes and check out these family-friendly events happening over the next week.
Pumpkin patch at Tiger Lilly Farm
Until Oct. 31
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily
Walk or take a hayride out
to the patch.
• Pumpkins for Patients at Thrifty Foods Parksville
Until Oct. 31
7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
$1 from every B.C. pumpkin and select pumpkin items will go to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation
• Corn Maze at Silver Meadows
Until Oct. 31
9 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily
$2, free for children 2 years and under.
All children must be accompanied by an adult
Oct. 24 & 25
Scare the Pants off You—Ultimate Horror Cave Tour
Horne Lake Caves
$49 (ages 12 and up only)
Eerie location, scary stories, surprise actors, night-time forest hike and the blackest lights out you’ve ever experienced.
Lighthouse Country Family Halloween Party
Lighthouse Community Hall
Games, prizes, fireworks and more. Children in costume receive a treat.
• Errington Halloween Dance
8 -11 p.m., doors at 7:30
Admission: $20 for adults, tickets available at Cranky Dog Music, Heaven on Earth and Errington Store. Youth ages 5 – 12 are $5 at the door; children under 5 are free.
Come in costume and dance the night away to the sounds of stoke folk quintet Shred Kelly.
Spooktacular at Storybook Village
Storybook Village (744 Primrose St., Qualicum Beach)
A learning event for families with children aged 0 – 10. Come in costume for snacks, activities, crafts and fun.
Oct. 28 – 31
Pumpkins on the Drive
Resort Drive, Parksville
6 – 8 p.m.
Over 400 carved pumpkins await. Vote for your favourite pumpkin patch at any resortoffice and receive a treat.
• Halloween Skate
Oceanside Place Arena
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Dress up and skate. There are prizes for best costumes!
• Halloween Howl Swim
Ravensong Aquatic Centre
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Ghosts, goblins and a piñata will entertain the kids. Adults must join if their children are under seven.
• Ballenas Haunted House
Ballenas Senior Secondary
5 – 8 p.m.
All ages welcome. Concession, pumpkin walk and haunted hall hosted by the grade 12s.
Library Halloween Storytime
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Join us for a fun Halloween storytime with songs, rhymes and stories. Costumes are encouraged.
• Pumpkin Trail
Errington Community Park
Costumes, hot chocolate, bonfire, hot dogs and fireworks.
• Halloween for Pets
Bosley’s (280 E. Island Hwy, Parksville)
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free treat bags for pets in costumes while supplies last
• Downtown Trick or Treat, brought to you by the qualiucm Beach Downtown Business Asociation.
3 – 5:30 p.m.
Children 12 and younger, in costume, can trick or treat around downtown Qualicum. Participating businesses will have an “Official Monster Merchant” poster in their window and orange & black balloons outside their store.