Whistler does Halloween in a big way: the Tapley's Farm neighbourhood is transformed into a trick-or-treating paradise for all the kiddies, the Re-Use It Centre becomes costume central, and the Heavy Hitting crew holds it down with the annual B-Grade Horror Fest.
And then, of course, there are the parties. Oh, the parties. Unfortunately, the GLC has had to cancel their infamous annual bash (they're renovating), but there are still plenty of others to pick from.
So, why is Halloween such a big deal here in Whistler? It was Greg Britnell, owner and operator of Moe Joe's, who explained it best:
"First, timing - with the transient nature of Whistler's seasonal residents, Halloween falls at the very beginning of a six-month-long party! By this time a good number of the town's seasonal employees have arrived, secured employment, found accommodations and met a bunch of new people with whom they will party for the next six months," he said. "Halloween is the first real celebration of the winter season.
"First timers - Halloween, or at least the Halloween that we know and love, is not celebrated in every region of the world. Many 'fresh off the boat' Australians and Brits are popping their proverbial Halloween cherries. They have every reason to be as excited as they are. Halloween in Canada rocks! It's a continent-wide costume party, where indulgence is the focus."
And last but not least...
"It's Whistler, baby! Despite Tourism Whistler's attempt to market everything else, Whistler is a place to party! It's not just Halloween. It's St. Patrick's Day, it's Canada Day, it's Martin Luther King Day, it's Australia Day, It's St. Jean Baptiste Day, it's Labour Day; it's pretty much any day ending in a 'Y.' We don't need another reason to party. So when you give us one, look out!"
So, without further adieu, let's check out the Sea to Sky's party plans for the weekend:
Friday, Oct. 29
The Bass Coast crew is back and better than ever, kicking the weekend full of activities off with their annual bash on Friday night. Their party, dubbed Bloodlust: Vampire vs. Slayer, will feature two main stages (the TeePee and The Lair), two bars, The Horror House Theatre and the Meats & Sweets Shack. The musical lineup features the Bounce Brigade, Max Ulis, Hoola, Funk Hunters, Funginears, Lorne B, Kori K, The Librarian, Mandai and an assortment of Squamish DJs. The location of this 19+ party hasn't been announced yet, but tickets are $35 at Trinity Romance in Squamish and Fanatyk Co in Whistler. For more info, check out www.basscoastproject.com.