Despite monsoon-like rains, Tapley's Farm was inundated with over 1,000 kids and their families, who came out for a howling good time to enjoy the 29th annual Halloween celebration. Fifty neighbourhood residents once again pulled out all the stops to create a spooky and festive atmosphere complete with decorations, lights, music, special hot drinks and of course copious supplies of candy, with an estimated 50,000 pieces handed out.
Thank-you to everyone who donated candy and especially to Nesters Market, IGA Marketplace and The Grocery Store for their generous contributions, as well as to local families who kindly donated to the Whistler Food Bank on their way in.
The night culminated with the most spectacular firework display to date, generously sponsored by Nesters Market. Thanks also to the Whistler Fire Department for managing the fireworks and warming everyone with hot chocolate, and to the RCMP for their ongoing support.
This was the 10th anniversary of the "Park and Spook" shuttle to Tapleys — thanks to Whistler Transit, Whistler Marketplace and the RMOW for making this possible and to the Waldorf School kids for their creative decorations.
New for 2012, prizes were awarded for Best, Scariest and Funniest Costumes with prizes going to Oscar VanDongen, Jack Morrow and Garret Riley respectively. There was fierce competition for the best decorated houses. Winners were Spookiest House — Paul Fournier, Most Kid-Friendly House — Erin Marof and Best Special Effects House – the Munsters. Special mention for Artistic Excellence in Pumpkin Carving went to the Riley and Johnston families. Many thanks to our dedicated and bedraggled judges Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Whistler Question Editor Tanya Foubert and RCMP Sergeant Rob Knapton.
And finally, thanks to the local companies who donated prizes and services to support this annual event, including the Whistler Question, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Ziptrek, Summit Sports, Momentum Ski Camps, Dupps Burritos, Dairy Queen, Fruv Freedomwear, Green Earth Organics and the Whistler Film Festival.
Here's to keeping this free, family friendly tradition alive in true Whistler spirit!
Seasonal workers need housing too
The Whistler Housing Authority and Resort Municipality of Whistler have made substantial efforts to tackle the problem of affordable housing for Whistler residents; yet, these benefits have primarily helped those who live in Whistler full time and have not extended to seasonal workers.
Given that seasonal employees comprise 30 per cent of Whistler's workforce, we must acknowledge a few facts that point to potential tumult and uncertainty facing this winter's incoming round of seasonal workers seeking the ski town dream.
According to the Whistler Housing Authority's 2011 Business Plan, 85 per cent of seasonal employees in Whistler earn incomes below the basic cost of living, and fewer than one in five Whistler employers provide housing for their employees. (Vince) Shuley's feature article in last week's Pique (Nov, 1, 2012) is a solid reminder that despite Whistler's success in overcoming its long-standing lack of affordable, resident-restricted housing, thousands of young people arriving in Whistler this season will still struggle to secure high-quality, affordable rental housing.