This Halloween, 2018 VIVA Award-winning artists Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed will launch the new public artwork QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE, a limited-edition gum and the latest sweet in the their ongoing Big Rock Candy Mountain residency. The fruity and “surprisingly earthy” flavours of the gum were developed with local students at Queen Alexandra elementary school. The gum will be distributed for free on Halloween across Vancouver’s busiest trick-or-treating neighbourhoods. The launch coincides with the opening of a group show at Western Front, Mouthfeel (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15), featuring Jickling and Reed as well as works by Dina Danish, Diane Borsato and more.
When: Oct. 31
Where: Neighbourhoods across Vancouver
SPARK Animation 2018
Show some love for the little guys — as in animated short films. SPARK Animation will feature many Vancouver shorts, particularly in the “Made in Canada” program, including Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban, which won Best B.C. Short at VIFF’s B.C. Spotlight Awards. The festival features several days of diverse programming. The full schedule is available online.
When: Oct. 25 to 28
Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.
Vancouver Health Show
Showcasing the latest trends for health-conscious consumers, Vancouver Health Show attendees will find everything they need in one place for two days. In addition to new and exciting health products, the show will feature interactive hands-on demos and a diverse range of topical and trending educational seminars on topics such as fitness goals and healthy meal prep. Discover the newest products on the market that will inspire every room in your home to be the clean, green space of your dreams.
When: Oct. 27 to 28
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, East Facility Hall B
Halloween SkyTrain Party
Fire up your Compass Card and get ready to ride into Halloweekend with the 12th annual SkyTrain Halloween Party. This is the all-ages, good times, on transit Halloween party that brings all the Halloween merriment right onto the SkyTrain.
When: Oct. 26, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Group departs from Waterfront Station
Hot Dog Water Picnic
No, your eyes don’t need checking. Hot Dog Water is real (well, inasmuch as any water touting miraculous health benefits is real) and you can sample it this weekend as part of this performance art pop-up. Serving as a sort of counter-event to the posh and pricey “In Goop Health” wellness summit, Hot Dog Water will give you food for thought right outside the venue. And if you want to shell out $37.99 for a bottle of water infused with a single wiener, well, that’s on you.
When: Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Outside the Stanley Park Pavilion