When it comes to showing your Halloween spirit, few places on earth can top the Tapley's Farm neighbourhood, Whistler's Halloween Headquarters since 1983. That's a lot of years to accumulate pumpkin-carving skills, novelty gravestones, mannequins, inflatable Halloween ornaments, scary music tracks and other AV awesomeness.
Upwards of 800 kids from Whistler and the corridor take part each year, with more than 80 homes participating. For extra incentive, there will be prizes for the best three decorated homes and the best three costumes.
It takes a lot of candy to satisfy 800 trick-or-treaters, and residents are accepting donations of candy at the schools, daycares, IGA and Nesters Market if you're planning on bringing a goblin or two and want to be sure there's enough to go around. Nesters, IGA and Dairy Queen are also sending treats.
The trick-or-treating runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tapley's Farm will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the event, and parking is limited. To make it easier for families, you can park at the Whistler Marketplace and catch a free "Park and Spook" shuttle that is being provided by BC Transit and the Resort Municipality of Whistler between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Waldorf School is decorating the bus this year.
One of the highlights is the annual fireworks display at Myrtle Philip School. They get underway at 7:30 p.m.
At the Whistler Public Library, there is a special storytime on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. It's aimed at children aged three to five, accompanied by a caregiver. Pre-registration is required at 604-935-8433.
For grown up Halloween activities, see our Arts section on Page 62.