With Halloween fast approaching, make sure you don’t get stuck at a dull party or watching a tiresome horror movie on Netflix. There is a variety of spooky and fun festive events being held on Halloween and the days leading up to it here in town.
The Sakred Skin & Studio calls all the ghosts and ghouls with their fourth-annual Haunted House. The admission fee for this house of horrors is canned goods or a donation to the Kamloops Food Bank. There will be a kid-friendly show on Oct. 30 from 1–4 p.m. and two extra frightening shows from 7–10 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31. Last year the group raised over $1,200 in donations for the food bank.
On Oct. 23–25, experience a haunted Corn Maze Extravaganza at Tranquille Farm Fresh. Take the fun of the corn maze and add a dark twist with ghostly figures. Walk through the maze in the dark of night and be prepared to get scared out of your skin. This untraditional haunted house will run from 5:30–10:30 p.m. and admission is $12 per person. Wander around the maze in the daylight from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch.
Another thrilling event going on at Tranquille Farms this October is the tunnel tours. Get ready to navigate these haunting halls and explore the underground world. Tranquille was once home to the enormous King Edward VII tuberculosis sanatorium, but was later converted into a mental hospital. Their tunnels were originally used to transport laundry to the laundromat and food to the cafeteria. These abandoned buildings are sure to be the perfect spook. Tickets are $28 each and can be booked and purchased at www.kamloopslive.com or by phone at 250-374-5483.
TRU will be holding a free Halloween Bash on Oct. 30 from 6–10 p.m. in the CAC Grand Hall. There will be food, music, dancing, a photo booth, pumpkin carving and so much more. They will also be featuring a Haunted House that will surely send a chill down your spine. ISAP and the TRU Wellness Centre will be sponsoring this event, with prizes to hand out to the students. This celebration will definitely be something you do not want to miss, so bring your student card to register and get some free candy.
Sunset Valley Farms has teamed up with PCMA-TRU to bring you the Bonfire Bonanza. On Saturday Oct. 24 starting at 6 p.m., get ready for a haunted corn maze and bonfire. Cozy up with hot dogs and hot chocolate around the campfire, then roam around the frightening maze, if you dare. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the TRUSU desk at the university. Tables will be set up in Old Main and in the International Building on Oct. 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be sure to check out the daytime fun at Sunset Valley Farms as well. They have a corn maze, a terrific pumpkin patch and hayrides! They are open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for loads of fall entertainment.
The Ghost Train is a Kamloops tradition and a haunted house on wheels, presented by Kamloops Heritage Railway. The departures for this train are Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. The rides usually last about an hour. Don’t miss your date with the devil, for this train features many ghoulish characters who will accompany you on your ride. You can purchase your tickets online at www.kamrail.com. They are $29 each and include hot chocolate and a snack.
Tons of other spectacular events are going on this Halloween season that are sure to scare and make your blood run cold. Be sure to check out www.tourismkamloops.com for more events such as the Murder Mystery scavenger hunt and puzzle, and the guided flashlight tour of Kamloops’ haunted past.