Looking for a hair-raising night of Halloween fun? Head on down to the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Oct. 31 for the sixth annual Halloween Town family party.
It’s a free event hosted by Canlan Ice Sports and the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce. Children will be greeted with a bag of candy, donated by local businesses and put together by the 100 Mile Lioness Club. In total, 500 will be available. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Don’t forget your skates because there’s a free skating party on the ice with child-friendly Halloween movies playing on the big screen overhead.
Children should bring along their completed colouring contest entries which were featured in earlier editions of the Free Press. All submissions will be displayed on the wall and prizes awarded.
All evening the staff will be keeping an eye open for the best costumes so let your imagination run wild and get in the running for more great prizes.
Dianne Bob will be giving out free wash-off tattoos in the lobby.
Make sure to visit the Scary Movies haunted house, created by the grad class of 2013 at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School.
It’s a maze of scenes from the scariest movies ever made with names like Freddy versus Jason, and Chucky. Grads will be conducting tours through the house to scare up a few dollars for their Dry Grad celebrations at the end of the year.
Admission is $2 for children 12 years and under and $3 for adults.
Outside the grads will be selling hot chocolate, a perfect treat to enjoy while watching the fireworks which start at 7 p.m. Canlan general manager Josh Dickerson says the professional show, put on by a Calgary company, will be about 20 minutes long. The fireworks are paid for through donations from local businesses.
A giant bonfire, overseen by Chamber members and members of 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue will help to keep the chill off while people enjoy the show or if they just want to get outside for some fresh air. Volunteers from those two groups will be managing parking outside as well.
Dickerson is expecting a good turnout for the party and between 2,000 and 3,000 people for the fireworks.
“It’s a great community event and there’s no cost to the public other than a donation to the grads for the haunted house and hot chocolate. I hope that people come out and enjoy it.”