Frightening fun ahead on stage in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows
Things are getting spooky in the art world of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows this week with a few family-fun events hitting stages across the community.
Theatre in the Country hosts their third improv of the season on Oct. 29, focusing on the spirit of Halloween.
The night will include shades of spooky themes, said Theatre in the Country artistic director Reg Parks.
In the audience, those who dress up receive a special gift.
On stage, “tell me your best Halloween story and we’ll re-enact it,” he said.
The night is hosted by the group’s improv team, Caught off Guard, at the theatre, 9975 272 St., starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for the laughs, and $25 with dessert included. For more information visit theatreinthecountry.com.
Orchestra brings scares
Golden Ears Jazz Band and Bruce James Orchestra are teaming up for an adult-only Halloween Dance in Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 each or two for $25, and can be purchased at eventbrite.ca.
Stormy nights ahead
Over on The ACT’s stage, a weekend of comedic-yet-scary spoofs will bring both laughter and fright, presented by the Royal Canadian Theatre Company.
In the company’s newest play, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, audience members follow the happenings at the Ye Olde Wayside Inn, a haunted house set in Massachusetts.
Home of an eccentric family and their “very strange” servant girl Olive, the Inn is haunted by the ghost of a soldier who deserted Washington at Valley Forge.
A cousin in the family named Ebenezer lures victims to the inn to get revenge for a past wrong.
The play is noted to be suitable for older children due to scary scenes.
Tickets are $28 for adults, and $18 for seniors and children. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 28, and Sunday Oct. 29 with an extra show at 3:30 p.m.
Also at the ACT, Juno winner Norman Foote is giving his best Halloween Howl, with the help of students from Webster’s Corners Elementary and Davie Jones Elementary.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., Foote will take the stage, delivering positive messages during a family-friendly show.
Tickets to Foote’s show are $15 per person, or a package of four for $50.
Tickets to both events can be purchased at theactmapleridge.org.
In the community
Before Monday’s trick or treating, community events are getting the celebration starting early.
Hammond Elementary hosts an indoor Halloween Maze on Friday Oct. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Haney Farmers Market hosts pumpkin painting from 11 to 2 p.m., during the market at Grow and Gather Greenhouses.
For more information, visit haneyfarmersmarket.com.
And on Sunday, Oct. 30, Haney House Museum presents Eat, Drink, and be Scary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum on 11612 224 St.
The mid-day event will featurecrafts, games and cookie decorating.
Wear a costume and take home a treat.