More Halloween fun for kids under eight — the Halloween Hoopla and Trick or Treat Trek kicks off this Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre. Look forward to an age appropriate haunted house for the little ones and other Halloween style games and crafts. Then, everyone will trek together to neighbouring businesses in the village for trick or treating. Don’t forget to wear a costume. The trek is all over by 1 p.m.
If a spooky Halloween is not your bag of treats, try an underwater pirate-themed afternoon. Lifeguards and kids will be hunting for treasure at the Kensington Pool, Fitness and Community Centre on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. The treasure hunt, of course, takes place underwater.
The afternoon of plunder also includes a cannon-ball contest, water games and treats. Regular cost of admission for the centre applies.
Ever thought your Halloween costume would be better — on ice? Now is your chance. Come “dressed to kill” to the Kerrisdale Arena, which is offering free public skating and skate rentals on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.
For those not so skate-savvy, there will also be live music and pumpkin sugar cookies available. The arena is at 5670 East Blvd.
The Lookout Emergency Aid Society is holding its annual Blanket Blitz. They’re looking for warm souls to donate warm blankets, sleeping bags and winter clothes for the homeless. Wool socks, hats and shoes are also appreciated.
These donations are used to help out those who are turned away from shelters during the cold months due to them reaching capacity. Donations can be dropped off any day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 528 Powell St.
- Join the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library for its annual Fall Used Book Sale continuing now through Sunday, Oct. 28, and opening at 10 a.m. most days and 11 a.m. on Sunday. A plethora of gently used books will be available in the Central Library, Lower Level, in the Moat. Bring your used book donations to find them a new home.
Any form of dance goes at the “So We Know We Can Dance” Marpole festival this Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre and Taiwanese Cultural Centre. The day is packed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It starts off with a parade joined by bagpipes, and continues throughout the day with dance groups specializing in everything from ballet, contemporary and jazz dance, to hip hop, belly dance and Indian bhangra. Tiny dancers won’t go hungry either — the event also includes an international food fair.
The Night of All Souls is an evening of reflection and remembrance to honour the dead. The family-oriented eighth annual event will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Night of All Souls is celebrated by many cultures around the world and often includes maintenance of family gravesites.
Reflect with family members, music, warm fires, and a warm cup of tea at the cemetery’s Celebration Hall. Look forward to more All Souls events the following week, including moving screenings and a performance by Threshold Choir.
The “Little Spooks and Friendly Ghosts” event is one for families and kids under nine at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Activities at the “gently scary” event include a giant Jenga game made of lightweight foam and a craft booth to make spooky dream catchers.
There will also be stilt characters and Jack O’Lanterns set up — but they won’t be too scary. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets are available in advance at the Garden Entrance or at the gate day-of. Adults pay $8. Special prices are in effect for seniors, children and families.