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Tapley’s Farm prepared for Halloween

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Make sure pets prepared for fireworks, people

Ghosts, goblins and assorted other trick and treaters will be taking over Tapley’s Farm for Halloween tonight – which means automobiles are not allowed in the neighbourhood.

Between 600 and 800 costumed kids are expected to come to the Tapley’s Farm neighbourhood between 5 and 8 p.m. Roughly 100 houses participate in the annual event.

At 8 p.m. Whistler firefighters and Nesters Market are collaborating to put on a fireworks display at Myrtle Philip school.

Cars are kept out of Tapley’s Farm to keep the streets safe for trick or treaters. Families can park at Myrtle Philip school or at the Marketplace parking lot, where they can hop on a free shuttle to Tapley’s Farm. There will be no parking on Lorimer Road this year.

The Goblin Express Park and Spook is a co-operative effort of the municipality, Whistler Transit, FastPark and Marketplace and intended to increase safety on Halloween.

The shuttle will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 10 minute intervals and will service both trick and treaters and people going to the fireworks.

Meanwhile, the Humane Society of Canada is reminding people to think of their pets during Halloween.

"Pets can easily become frightened by all of the noise, commotion, strange costumes and numerous people walking around," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "If given the opportunity some animals will run off, be hit by cars or become frightened and stressed for several hours."

HSC recommends that people plan for their pets’ safety and comfort during Halloween to avoid problems. Pets should be kept in the house in a comfortable, quiet location from which they cannot escape and where they are safe from all of the noise and activity.

"They should also be wearing effective identification and they shouldn't have access to any harmful items like candles or candies. Check on your pets often," says Michael O'Sullivan, HSC executive director.

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