Fireworks brighten up the Halloween sky

A variety of Halloween events are taking place, including some entertaining night lights



The North Okanagan’s collection of ghosts and goblins are in for some special treats tonight.

Across the region, a variety of Halloween events are taking place, including some entertaining night lights.

Local firefighters will light up the skies with fireworks in virtually every corner of the greater community. Most go rain or shine.

Volunteers at Okanagan Landing launch fireworks at 7:30 p.m. over Marshall Field.

Fireworks take place at the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department at 8 p.m., but the public is encouraged to come early for the concession starting at 6 and bonfire at 6:30.

“We usually get a couple of thousand people,” said fire chief Bill Wacey.

The Coldstream fireworks take place at Kal Beach at 8 p.m. Those who make their way to the beach can warm up around the bonfire with a hot chocolate thanks to the Coldstream firefighters.

The Lavington Fire Department will have hot dogs, chilli, hot chocolate and coffee at the hall after the fireworks display at 8 p.m.

Lumby lights up the sky, rain or shine, also at 8 p.m., with the best viewing spot at J.W. Inglis Elementary.

“Just a reminder for owners to keep their pets indoors,” said fire chief Tony Clayton.

“Lumby is a small community and we get a lot of loud booms.”

Armstrong/Spallumcheen firefighters will host a fire at the IPE grounds with free hot dogs and hot chocolate at 7 p.m. before setting off fireworks at 7:45.

Falkland’s annual fireworks display will take place at the Stampede grounds, but residents are urged to come down early for the bonfire which starts at 7 p.m. There will also be hot chocolate and hot dogs.

In Enderby, trick-or-treaters are urged to come down to the gazebo on Kildonan Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m.

“We’re doing a bonfire and we’ve partnered up with the Lions Club and area doing our own little Halloween scary trail,” said Enderby fire chief Kevin Alstad.

The trail starts at the gazebo and goes out into the field, up the river walk and through the RV Park before looping back to the gazebo.

“There will be people jumping out of the bush and chain saws flying,” said Alstad, adding that the trail is designed for little kids.

Back at the gazebo, the Enderby Lions will also have hot dogs and hot chocolate.

“It’s all free of charge,” said Alstad.

Those in for a scare can also check out the Okanagan Science Centre’s haunted house, which runs tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The junior haunted house is from noon to 4 p.m.

The Caring House will be opening its doors tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. with free cookie decorating for kids eight and under and a tour of the home (3101 Pleasant Valley Drive – lower East Hill (aka Tuck Inn B&B).

There are also some treats for all the little pumpkins venturing downtown. The Downtown Vernon Association is once again hosting the Halloween Treat Trail from 3 to 5 p.m. Kids 12 and under should wear their costumes and visit participating merchants identified by orange and black balloons to receive a treat.

A map is available at the DVA office, located in the old train station at 3101-31st St.

There’s another trick or treat trail, indoors at the Village Green Centre between 4 and 5 p.m.

Armstrong also hosts a downtown treat trail from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for children 12 and under in costume.

There are also a number of spooky home displays throughout the region, one haunting set up is located in East Hill at 3208 15th St.

Those sticking around home handing out goodies may also want to have some non-perishables on hand as the Students In Free Enterprise from Okanagan College will be conducting their third annual Trick-or-Eat for the food bank.

Visit www.vernonmorningstar.com for a haunting video. Also click the contests tab and enter to win with photos of your costumes.