Halloween may be on a Monday this year, but that isn’t stopping the North Okanagan from getting up to all sorts of tricks, and treats.
A number of events are taking place throughout the region that will see volunteer fire departments set off fireworks and light bonfires.
Local community groups and businesses are also getting in on the action with haunted houses and handing out treats to all the little goblins, ghosts, and comic and video game characters popular these days.
Downtown Vernon is gearing up for its annual Halloween Treat Trail Monday from 3 to 5 p.m.
Selected downtown merchants will be handing out candy and treats for kids under 12 who will be out trick-or-treating, and drivers downtown are asked to be extra vigilant when driving downtown during that period.
A treat trail map can be found at downtownvernon.ca.
Merchants in the Village Green Centre are also handing out treats for its annual Halloween Trick or Treat Trail, starting at 3:30 p.m. and continuing to 5 p.m.
“Image Studios will also be here on Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering Halloween portraits in centre court,” said the centre’s marketing manager Darren Robinson.
The Coldstream Fire Department holds its annual fireworks show at Kal Beach at 8 p.m.
“This year the show will be one-and-a-half times bigger than our usual display because of our 55-year mark for the fire department,” said Rob Smales, with the Coldstream Fire Dept.
Trick or treaters up in Enderby can visit with their neighbours while getting spooked in the haunted house, designed by Paul Castle and crew, at the Lions Gazebo in Riverside Park starting at 6 p.m.
Hotdogs and hot chocolate will be provided by the Lions Club, with special treats provided by various donors. The Enderby Fire Department will also light a big bonfire.
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department hosts a bonfire at 7 p.m. with hotdogs and hot chocolate at 7:15 p.m. and fireworks at 7:45 p.m. The fun takes place at the Interior Provincial Exhibition fairgrounds in the large parking lot in front of the red barn.
The Falkland Community Association and volunteer firefighters are serving up hotdogs, hot chocolate, fireworks and a bonfire at 7:30 p.m. at the Falkland Stampede Grounds, with fireworks starting at approximately 8 p.m.
The BX-Swan Lake Fire Rescue department on Silver Star Road is hosting its popular annual fireworks show, said to be bigger and better than ever, at 8 p.m. The fun starts with a bonfire and concession at 6:30 p.m.
The Lavington Fire Department hosts its annual fireworks at Lavington Centennial Park, starting at 6 p.m. with a concession featuring hotdogs, chilli, borscht, pop and hot chocolate. Fireworks start at 8 p.m.
The Lumby and District Fire department holds its Halloween fireworks starting at 8 p.m. The best viewing is behind J.W. Inglis elementary school.
Cherryville’s Halloween fireworks start at 7:30 p.m. in Hanson Park.
The Oyama Community Club is holding an afternoon party Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. with crafts, music and treats upstairs in Oyama Memorial Hall. A trick or treat stop, with hot chocolate and treats, will take place at the pavilion behind the hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Fireworks in Lake Country and other added events are also taking place.