Whether attending a fundraising gala, a lane party, the spooky events at the Fort National Historic Site, a ghoulish dance, or a private costume party - there's a mix of organized Halloween events on the books in Langley this weekend.
ISHTAR CALLS ON GHOULS FOR HELP
Ishtar Transition Housing Society, for instance, is hosting its second annual Spooktacular fundraiser at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre on Friday night.
The event features dinner music by Charles Aarons and dancing to a Beatles tribute by The Fab Fourever. This evening will also feature silent and live auctions, as well as a few spooky surprises including a costume contest.
"With the success of our fundraising event last year, Ishtar has once again made a decision to repeat our effort to perpetuate some of our unfunded programming," said executive director Dorothy McKim.
"Especially at risk are those programs which do not receive government support, for example: our donations program (currently funded by gaming dollars), our Camp Comanche equine program for children, our equine program for women, child minding for women to participate in group activities and other program enhancements that are being reduced due to dwindling dollars," she elaborated. Doors swing open on this haunting evening at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75, and still available from Ishtar by calling 604-534-1011.
Glow of jack-o-lanterns light up the lane
And for those looking for something on Friday that's maybe a little more low key and more inclusive, there's an event beckoning all witches and goblins to McBurney Lane in Downtown Langley City.
You've Gotta Have Friends is hosting its free third annual a Halloween party called Light Up The Lane, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Halloween festivities kick off with pumpkin carving at 3 p.m. Those pumpkins will be lit up later, lighting up McBurney Lane well into the evening.
The festivities also include a costume contest (winners being announced at 5 p.m.) The only cost for this celebration the cost of the hotdogs, with all proceeds going to the Nicomekl Enhancement Society.
PUMPKIN CARVING AND DECORATING ON BOOKS
Heist, a party band with deep roots in Langley, will be get people into the ghoulish spirit at the Artful Dodger on Saturday night.
The five-piece Langley rock band [Party band cites cornucopia of musical influences, April 15, Langley Advance] cuts loose on everything from classic rock, blues, and country to a bit of funk, and have played corporate affairs to weddings to clubs. And they've decided to play a Halloween party in South Langley this weekend as a great way to introduce their new lead guitarist Robert Towne, said the bands lead singer John Johnson.
The evening begins with a pumpkin carving contest from 5 to 7 p.m. "Bring your favourite tools, we'll provide the pumpkins," Johnson said.
Then, the Canucks game will be aired at 7 p.m., followed by the band on stage at 9: 30 p.m. The pub, located at the corner of 200th Street and 24th Avenue, is also offering up a pair of Canucks tickets for the person wearing the best costume Saturday night.
For those Langleyites just a little too young to be hanging out in liquor establishments, there's some more family-oriented fun also on the books in town this weekend.
For instance, Willowbrook Shopping Centre is hosting a few Halloween-themed activities.
There's a pumpkin patch of sorts set up in the north court of the mall, where people can bring their cameras and their kids in costume, and take family photos. Likewise, there's a mini pumpkin decorating event being held - again pumpkins donated by Kin's Farm Market.
This event is being held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
And, in keeping with tradition, the mall is once again hosting a trick or treat parade. Participating kids can visit the stores between 5 and 6 p.m. and for a mere donation of $2 per child (all money going to the Langley School District Foundation) fill up their satchels with goodies.
Pre-registration for the parade is required from customer services.
FORT CONTINUES ITS FRIGHT-FULL TRADITIONS
Staff and volunteers from the Fort Langley National Historic Site have been planning for months for October, and the ghostly fun that comes with haunting season.
The popular Grave Tales are back. Spine-chilling tales of love, mysterious burials, and old-school amputations - Fort Langley's past is depicted at night by their expert storytellers, and is expected to leave people spellbound as they weave through the village from the misty cemetery to the deserted Hudson's Bay Company fort.
This has been running weekends since the beginning of October, and concludes on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Tickets are $12.70 per person, and available in advance from the fort. For information, call 6045134777.
As well, this weekend only, families are invited to the Family Fright at the Fort: Justine Beaver's Halloween Adventure.
Beaver Tales Theatre presents four shows highlighting a wacky wildlife adventure at 11 a.m., 1, 3, and 5 p.m. But admission also entitles families to participate in what's called "lightly frightful fun" in the historic park throughout both days (Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Other activities include pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, face-painting, trick-or-treating, and more.