Don’t be too frightened of all the ghosts, ghouls and gobblins on Halloween night. There will be lots of light in the skies around the region to dispel the gloom with several fireworks displays taking place in Williams Lake, 150 Mile House and Horsefly.
• ZOMBIE WALK: The Potato House Society is hosting the city’s first annual Williams Lake Zombie Walk from the Potato House to city hall on Halloween night. Participants are asked to meet at the Potato House at 4 p.m. for the parade that will start at 4:30 p.m.
• HAUNTED LONGHOUSE: Karen’s Place Restaurant owners Karen and Raymond Brown are setting up their popular haunted house event at the Longhouse on Halloween night, Oct. 31 instead of the restaurant as they did last year. The event will include hot chocolate and candy bags for the children. Admission is a donation for the food bank.
• W.L. FIRE WORKS: The City of Williams Lake is hosting its 34th annual Halloween fireworks display in the Stampede Grounds on Halloween night, Oct. 31, just down the hill from the Haunted Longhouse. A roaring bonfire will be lit at 7:15 p.m. and the fireworks start at 7:45 p.m. leaving plenty of time beforehand for trick or treating.
• 150 MILE HALLOWEEN PARTY: The 150 Mile House Community Club is gearing up for its 25th annual Halloween party and fireworks show.
150 Mile Fire Chief Stan McCarthy says that party starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 and includes free hot chocolate, hot dogs, cotton candy, and goody bags for the children, followed by a fireworks show at 8 p.m.
McCarthy says the event is free, however, cash donations are accepted.
• NINTH AVENUE HAUNTING: For many years Wayne Lucier and friends at 717 Ninth Avenue have turned their garage and back yard into one of the spookiest homes in the city. Trick or treaters are welcomed with animated puppets and live characters meandering through graveyard and haunted pathways earning the home the nickname Nightmare on Ninth.
Spooky as the house becomes on Halloween, early afternoon displays are set up so they don’t send little children running for cover.
“We start early afternoon so that it is not scary for the little ones, but once it is dark – look out,” says Lucier, who takes donations of food for Jubilee Place as admission.
• HORSEFLY HAUNTINGS: Horsefly will be lit up for Halloween, Oct. 31 with a fireworks display starting at 7:15 and Halloween fun taking place in the community hall.
• PUMPKIN CHUCKING: The Pumpkin Chucking Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club takes place on the Cataline Elementary School field starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Bring your jack-o-lantern and see how far you can launch it using the trebuchet catapult. This is a fun event for the whole family with prizes.
Unlike spring-loaded styles of catapults, the trebuchet gets its force from gravity with a heavy weight, which is then released.