The TIMES has compiled a list of community events and happenings that relate to Halloween, and invite readers to check them out:
Zombie Walk Downtown Maple Ridge BIA is holding a Zombie Walk from 4 p.m. onward on Oct. 25. The walk starts at Valley Fair Mall and slithers through town to Dairy Queen. At the mall, participants can get help getting their makeup done ahead. Admission by donation of non-perishable food to the Friends In Need Food Bank.
Halloween Dance ANAVets is hosting the second annual Halloween dinner and dance at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at 22326 North Ave. It is a fundraiser to assist in development of the Golden Ears Community Co-op (a local food co-operative). Tickets are $20 in advance only from Kim at 778-552-2832 or email@example.com. Includes roast beef dinner, access to the Drama On the Horizon rock show, door prizes, raffles, silent auction, and costume contest. Restricted to 19 years and older.
Monster Mash Following on the heels of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Octoberfest dinner last weekend, they're holding another big shindig this Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 23461 Fern Cres. This Halloween Monster Mash includes music and a costume party. Tickets are $20 from Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Romi at email@example.com.
Carn-evil Carn-evil returns to haunt the Ruskin Hall with Hellbillies from the Bayou at the corner of 284th Street and 96th Avenue, just in time for Halloween on Oct. 26, Oct. 27, Oct. 30, and Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. The lights will be left on until 7 p.m. Admission is $3 before 7 p.m. and $5 after 7 p.m. Organizers encourage children to come before 7 p.m. as this is a frightening display. Funds go to Ruskin Hall and the Rusty River Roller Derby Club.
Pumpkin Day Thornhill community hosts a pumpkin day Oct. 27 with a pumpkin rolling contest from 10 a.m. to noon, and pumpkin weigh-in at 2 p.m. and a potluck at 5 p.m. There will also be pumpkin carving contest, a guess-the-weight contest, a pumpkin-cooking contest, both savoury and sweet. Thornhill Hall, 26007 98th Ave. Maple Ridge.
Racing in costume Seventh annual Pumpkin Cross, a Halloween-theme bicycle race, runs through Maple Ridge Oct. 27 in the North Alouette Greenway Park. Open to cyclists of all abilities, they are encouraged to wear costumes. More info: http://www.localride. ca/?p=7266.
Costumes welcome Pumpkins and Pioneers will be at Haney House from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be cookie decorating, crafts, and an indoor scavenger hunt. Those wearing costumes will get a treat. Haney House is at 11612 224th St. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum after dark Pitt Meadows Museum is hosting Museum After Dark (MAD), a Halloween program for all ages between 2 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 27, or 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31 and visit the oldest and spookiest Pitt Meadows landmark. Info: 604-465-4322.
Scary tales Pitt Meadows Library hosts a Halloween Special from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 Come to the library in a Halloween costume to hear scary tales and spooky legends. Get a head start on your trick or treating. There will be a prize for best costume.
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