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Halloween happenings

Horror-filled film fest, art, parties and more to celebrate creepiest holiday

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Feet Banks is cofounder of Heavy Hitting Films, the creative production team that hosts the annual B-Grade Horror Festival. This is the seventh year for the event, which features short films loaded with guts and gore, and apparently the event sold out in just five minutes, as the submissions are better and more plentiful than ever.

“It’s pretty awesome, actually, because there are so many filmmakers in town, and just the way the festival is, it’s the kind of thing where you are calling your buddies and asking for favours to get your movie done, so basically it’s almost all cast and crew in the room. Everyone in there has a real vested interest, because they put sweat, blood, tears and more blood into it,” Banks said.

The red carpet rolls out at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at MY Millennium Place, with screenings starting at 7 p.m.

If you’re looking for some healthy, wholesome Halloween fun, WORCA will be hosting the fourth Halloween Loonie race on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m., so expect to see riders decked out in some creative costumes as they make their way along the route.

And for a family-friendly event on Halloween night, catch the Park and Spook bus to the Tapley’s Farm area, which will be closed off to traffic from 5 p.m. onwards on Friday for the fun and safety of trick or treaters. The Shaw Pumpkin Patrol will greet costumed tots and parents at the entrance, and parents are encouraged to set up a safe place to meet their kids in case they get separated. Finally, after the pillowcases are full of sweet treats, head to the soccer field at Myrtle Philip School to catch Nesters’ annual fireworks display, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Happy haunting!