The witching hour is almost upon us, which begs the question: are you ready to party? Because Whistler's clubs and bars sure are.
While almost every watering hole probably has something up their sleeve for All Hallows Eve this year (in case you haven't noticed, Halloween falls on a Saturday night this time around), here are some of the biggest and best parties on offer this coming weekend.
B-Grade HorrorFest - Friday, Oct. 30, doors & art show 6:30 p.m., films at 8 p.m.
Okay, so it's not on Halloween, per se, but this annual event is a great warm up to the real deal the next day and everyone is encouraged to come out in costume.
The folks at Heavy Hitting Films are going big this year with their short-film festival. They've rented out a 1,000-person ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which is sure to be packed with those of us who love everything gruesome and creepy, and will be screening an assortment of 10-minute films from within the Sea to Sky corridor, Kamloops, Vancouver and the East Coast of Canada, filled with over-the-top storylines and costumes, loads of ketchup blood and cameos by an assortment of Halloween favourites - monsters, aliens, zombies, vampires etc.
Even before the films are unveiled to the public, the Blind Mute Productions crew will be putting on a horror-themed art show to set the mood for an evening of mayhem.
Tickets are $18.90 at heavyhitting.com.
Monster Massive - Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m.
The Solar Tribe crew is hosting its fifth annual epic Halloween bash and it should be better than ever this year with a lineup of local talent covering the spectrum of electro, breaks, drum 'n' bass and dubstep. Tone, Justy Just, Jimi Ray, Aron, Fareal, Mixmaster Fab, Phroh and Bullet Bill are among the DJs on-board to rock the costumed crowd all night long.
The party starts at Merlin's, but doesn't really wrap up until 8 a.m. the next day, because ticket holders also get access to the top-secret after party, which is hosted at a separate location.
At this sold-out annual event, costumes are an absolute must and prizes will be awarded throughout the night to funniest, scariest and sexiest costumes.
Tickets are $20 in advance at F as in Frank, or $25 at the door (if there are any left.)
Things That Go Bump In The Night - Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
The GLC is known for hosting quite the annual shindig for this holiday and this year should be no exception, with none other than Ace MacKay-Smith and Chili Thom helping to organize their Halloween extravaganza.