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Fright Night in the village



It seems the collective opinion around these parts is that Halloween is the locals’ New Year’s. While the latter falls during the height of the winter tourist season, resulting in the majority of service industry personnel (translation: everyone) having to work, the former falls during shoulder season when the local crowd’s got nothing but time on their hands. Most take the opportunity to put together an outrageous costume and hit one of the many great parties that will be going off on Oct. 31.

Along with big name musical acts Robert Walter’s 20 th Congress at the Boot Pub and Swollen Members at Garfinkel’s, check out any one of the following for a rocker of a Halloween you’ll still be talking about in October 2004.

What: Heaven and Hell

Where: The Garibaldi Lift Co.

When: Friday, Oct. 31. Doors at 9 p.m.

Tickets: $25

Husband and wife artist duo Chili Thom and KLC Nash a.k.a. Shits ’n’ Giggles Productions, are renowned for their costumes, decorating creativity and amazing party energy, and any bash touched by their magic wand is a surreal and fantabulous experience. Their fourth annual Halloween party at the GLC promises to carry on the tradition. The Heaven and Hell theme encourages guests to direct their costume choice in either direction: light or dark; good or evil. The DJ booth will be in the dexterous hands of Chili and DJ Keph. Tickets are available in advance at Sushi Village or by calling either 604-905-9841 or 604-698-5060. This one has earned a reputation for selling out quickly.

What: Wicked Halloween

Where: Merlin’s

When: Friday, Oct. 31. Doors at 9 p.m.

Tickets: $10

Presented by DJ Milton’s Easygroove Productions, Wicked Halloween features Milt and DJ Toddski taking turns spinning an ass-shaking mix of funk, house and breakbeats. The event doubles as the annual fundraiser for the Blackcomb Blackhawks hockey squad.

Tickets are available in advance from Sushi Village or at the Salomon Store. Call the Wild in Whistler information line at 1-866-935-9453 for more information.

What: Spook

Where: Tommy Africa’s

When: Friday, Oct. 31. Doors at 9 p.m.

Trix and Treats. The "Master of Halloween Disaster" DJ Trix will be throwing down funky tracks for partiers at Tommy’s. The first 50 through the door get $5 cover and a treat. A $500 mystery prize will be awarded at midnight for the best costume, as judged by the crowd. Check out www.tommyafricas.com for more information.

What: Halloween Karaoke

Where: Crystal Lounge

When: Friday, Oct. 31. Doors at 9 p.m.

Karaoke nights at the Crystal go off even without the inhibitions that a costume can cut through, so look to discover talents you never knew your friends had on Halloween karaoke night. Best costumes rewarded with lounge bar tabs. Call 604-938-1081 for more information.

What: Haunted House

Where: Crab Shack

When: Friday, Oct. 31

The Crab Shack staff will be transforming the popular restaurant and lounge into a fully interactive haunted house on Halloween night. Super scary situations to make those who dare to enter jump out of their skins. Prizes awarded for best costumes. The event is closed to minors. Call 604-932-4451 for more information.

What: Halloween Party

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

When: Friday, Oct. 31. Doors at 8 p.m.

Bill’s regular DJ Peace Frog will be on the turntables and there will be $1,000 in prize money up for grabs for best/sexiest costumes. Call 604-932-6613 for more information.