Coldstream firefighters Paul Blackwood (left) and Paul McMillan hold out their boots for donations as the department took over the intersection of Kalamalka and Husband roads to raise funds for the Halloween fireworks. Thanks to the community’s support

Coldstream firefighters Paul Blackwood (left) and Paul McMillan hold out their boots for donations as the department took over the intersection of Kalamalka and Husband roads to raise funds for the Halloween fireworks. Thanks to the community’s support

Friday full of tricks and treats

The North Okanagan is scaring up some extra special tricks and treats for Halloween.



The North Okanagan is scaring up some extra special tricks and treats for Halloween.

There’s something for all ages riday, with some haunting events sure to fright and delight, daylight trick-or-treat options and fireworks.

Before local volunteer fire departments light up the skies around the region, there are a couple opportunities for little ghosts and goblins to take part in some organized trick-or-treating.

TREAT TRAILS

Downtown Vernon is gearing up for the Halloween Treat Trail from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday.

Kids under 12 can take part by visiting the more than 80 businesses in downtown which will be handing out candy and treats for kids. A list of participants can be downloaded at www.downtownvernon.com along with a printable Treat Trail map.

“The support from our Downtown Businesses has been tremendous this year along with our event sponsor Tolko,” said events and promotions coordinator Hailey Rilkoff. “We would like to remind all motorists to please slow down when driving through downtown Vernon during the event and to take extra caution in the community during the evening trick-or-treating around Vernon.”

Every cutie in costume can also come by the Village Green Centre for trick or treating from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (look for the orange signs at participating stores).

In Enderby, little trick-or-treaters can take in a Haunted House inside the Lions Gazebo at Riverside Park at 6 p.m. There will be a fire, hot dogs, hot chocolate, entertainment, “and a nut-free goody bag for the kids,” said Peter Gilowski with the Enderby Lions Club.

Armstrong hosts a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for children under 12 in costume. Visit only participating businesses, which will be marked with orange and black balloons.

FIREWORKS

Fireworks take place in a variety of areas around the region, with all of them starting at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Coldstream Fire Department lights up the skies from Kal Beach, where there will also be a bonfire and hot chocolate.

BX-Swan Lake volunteer firefighters will also have a bonfire and concession at 6 p.m. before fireworks are set off at 8.

“The supplier has got something cool and spectacular,” said chief Bill Wacey. “He’s got something really neat.”

Before  the fireworks go off in Lavington there will be a bonfire and concession at 6:30 p.m.

Lumby skies will also be lit up.

“The best viewing is behind J.W. Inglis Elementary School,” said Lumby fire chief Tony Clayton.

Before the fireworks in Armstrong, a bonfire will be lit just after dusk at the IPE grounds, where there will also be free hot dogs and hot chocolate.

In Falkland, there are hot dogs and hot chocolate at the bonfire at the Stampede grounds while enjoying the fireworks.

HAUNTED HOUSE/WALKS

For those who dare to be scared, there is still time to check out some frightful events.

The O’Keefe Ranch’s Field of Screams Corn Maze, which offers two different but equally scary options, is open for its final evenings today and Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. (gates open at 6).

Dare to go on The Walk of Terror Friday at Caravan Farm Theatre between 7 and 8 p.m. followed by a live concert with Jack Garton’s Demon Squadron

The Okanagan Science Centre’s Haunted House: Fear Factory, The Working Dead continues tonight through Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. each evening. Visit www.vernonmorningstar.com for a video of the haunted house, and listen carefully.