Fourteen things to do on the Halloween weekend

Halloween is brought to life around Kamloops next week at a variety of special events offering something for just about everyone, including zombies. The list includes family events suitable for young children.

Friday, Oct. 28:

* Mountain Sound Productions presents Voodusa and Throttlecaster for a Hard Rockin' Hallow's Eve at The Dirty Jersey, 1200 Eighth St. Cover charge $8. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show time is 9 p.m. Voodusa celebrates the release of its self-titled CD.

* Third annual Halloween Mash Bash at Kamloops Convention Centre, presented by the centre and 97.5 The River as a benefit for Kamloops Food Bank. Entertainment by DJ and March Hare, a Vancouver cover band. Tickets, $25, include $5 donation to food bank. Cash prizes for best costumes. Kamloops Towne Lodge offers discount ($89) for party-goers.

Saturday, Oct. 29:

* Kamloops Bicycle Summit, an art-based exploration of cycling culture presented by Arnica Artist Run Centre, draws to a close with a Halloween graveyard tour led by Linda Kehoe, starting at 10 a.m. Last day of art show at Old Courthouse Cultural Centre.

* Western Canada Theatre hosts a Halloween family dance party, 10 a.m.-noon at Pavilion Theatre, 1025 Lorne St. Free - with a non-perishable donation to the Kamloops Food Bank - for children up to 12 years old and their families. Healthy snacks, Halloween craft table and Monster-iffic games. Learn funky dance moves from a local instructor.

* The River's Haunted House at Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kamloops, 821 Seymour St., 3-6 p.m., offers a scary story time presented by Project X Theatre Productions, creepy encounters from Kamloops Fusion Rotoract, spooky arts and crafts by Big Brothers and Sisters, freaky hair and makeup from Beauty Code Boutique, a haunted photo shoot, Halloween goodies and more. Free admission but will accept non-perishable food donations for the annual Trick or Eat Community Fundraiser for Kamloops Food Bank.

* Halloween Spooky Skate at Valleyview Arena, 2-4 p.m. Admission $2.

* Spooky Halloween Swim at Canada Games Aquatic Centre, 6-8 p.m. Special activities, games and Halloween fun.

* Feast of the Dead at Pogue Mahone features metal/hard rock band Kill Matilda on their Zombie Apocalypse Canadian Tour, along with opening acts Krome and Revorum. Kill Matilda recently released their full-length debut CD, I Want Revenge. Their publicity states they're on a mission "to find, capture and destroy zombies wreaking havoc across the land." Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

* Halloween Bash at The Blue Grotto features Mamaguroove and Earthbound. Tickets $7 in advance at Long & McQuade or $10 at the door.

Week of Halloween:

* Kamloops Museum and Archives offers haunted tours of the downtown on four evenings leading up to Halloween: Oct. 26-29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Not suitable for young children.

* Sixth annual Pumpkins of Light Festival takes place Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. at 915 Southill St. in Brocklehurst, near Overlander Extended Care.

Weekend before Halloween:

* Boo at the Zoo at B.C. Wildlife Park offers seasonal attractions, including a Kid's Haunted House, Freaky Family Farm, Haunted Maze, spooky light displays and trick-or-treating. Fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.

Throughout October:

* Kamloops Heritage Railway's Ghost Train arrives before Halloween with departures Oct. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, starting at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required: info@kamrail.com or 250-374-2141. Not recommended for children under age 6.

* The Haunted House for all ages at Sahali Centre Mall. Open during mall hours. Free admission. Scary creatures present on Thursday and Friday evenings.

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