Boo! Halloween events in New Westminster

My son Wesley, posing on the Quay boardwalk on his first Halloween in 2007. Photo: Briana Tomkinson.

My son Wesley, posing on the Quay boardwalk on his first Halloween in 2007. Photo: Briana Tomkinson.

Get a little more mileage out of that killer (har har) Halloween costume: head out to one of the many great local holiday events happening between October 17 and 31 in New Westminster. As you can see below, there’s a lot for kids & toddlers, but closer to the end of the month there are some adults-only soirees as well.

You can find all the events below, plus all the other local events we can find, on our online events calendar. As always, if you hear about an event we’ve missed please let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Saturday, October 17

Queens Park Pumpkin Patch
Sat, October 17, 12pm – 5pm
Queen’s Park
Free pumpkins, grab bags, popcorn and hot chocolate or coffee courtesy of Derrick Thornhill of Park Georgia Realty. Prizes awarded for best costumes. Donations accepted on behalf of Monarch Place, a transition house for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Saturday, October 24

Monster Madness (3 – 5 years)
Sat, October 24, 10:00am – 11:30am
Centennial Community Centre
Prepare for the ghoulish night by making creepy crafts, terrifying treats and mucous membrane milkshakes. The morning continues with spooky stories and howling fun. Centennial Community Centre 604-777-5100 Registration Fee: $9.25

Scary Movie Marathon (Grade 6 – 12)
Sat, October 24, 4pm – 9pm
Century House
Dinner is included in the scary movie marathon…are you brave enough to come? Century House 604-515-3775 Saturday, 4:00 – 9:00 pm October 24 Drop-in Fee: $5.00

Haunted Halloween Family Skate
Sat, October 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Moody Park Arena
Spooky spunky staff will have loads of creepy, crawly family fun on and off the ice. Costumes are encouraged for some extra special freaky family fun. Moody Park Arena 604-525-5301 Drop-in Fee: Regular Admission Rates Apply

Tuesday, October 27

Halloween Mess Around (1 – 3 years)
Tue, October 27, 10:00am – 11:15am
Queensborough Community Centre
Monsters, tigers, dinosaurs, princesses and bears, grab mom and dad and come on down to celebrate Halloween with us! We guarantee a special morning of spooky crafts and songs to start the day. You will finish off the morning by creating a special surprise treat to take home. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. Queensborough Community Centre 604-525-7388 Drop-in Fee: $4.75 for parents and one child $2.50 for each additional child

Young at Art Halloween Extravaganza (2 – 5 years)
Tue, October 27, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Centennial Community Centre
Parent Participation. Join in for a morning of silly crafts and ghastly games. Search for pumpkin faces during a special Halloween treasure hunt. There will be trick and treating fun for all. Centennial Community Centre 604-777-5100 Registration Fee: $6.50

Halloween Frights (8 – 13 years)
Tue, October 27, 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Centennial Community Centre
A weird and wonderful way to decorate your home with Halloween Night Luminaries, Ghostly Creatures and Outdoor Spookables. Mummy style hot chocolate and flavored popcorn will be served. Centennial Community Centre 604-777-5100 Registration Fee: $9.50

Wednesday, October 28

Canada Games Pool Halloween Howl (All ages)
Wed, October 28, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Canada Games Pool
Join us at the pool this night as we offer an evening of fun and fright. Beware the shadows and keep on guard while you wander our ghostly graveyard. Enter our haunted house, whether you exit again, there is no telling. So come one, come all to Halloween at the Pool. Canada Games Pool 604-526-4281 Regular Admission Rates Apply

Thursday, October 29

Indoor Scare-land (1 – 6 years)
Thu, October 29, 9:30am – 11:30am
Queensborough Community Centre
Parent Participation. Enjoy our indoor scare-land! Toddlers can enjoy a celebration of costumes, face painting and carefree fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume for a spirited Halloween. We have a new pirate ship and classics like the bouncy castle, ride’em toys, gym equipment and more. Our leader will be sure that your morning is fun and interactive. Queensborough Community Centre 604-525-7388 Thursday, 9:30 am – 11:30 pm October 29 Drop-in Fee: $3.00

Night of the Killer Reds
Thu, October 29, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Pacific Breeze Winery, 320 Stewardson Way
Don’t be frightened; you’re going to love these “BIG KILLER” wines. In this fascinating event, Sam Hauck, The Wine Teacher®, will train you in the art of blind tasting. Blind tastings refer to tasting a series of wines without knowing what they are, and are often used by professionals as a way to focus solely on the wine, without preconceived notions to cloud their observations. You will taste “KILLER” wines from different origins that are all from different varieties, price ranges, and vintages, refining your tasting skills along the way. You will all be given the chance to guess the identity of your wines, trying to pick out the least and most expensive ones, and you will also vote for your favorite. the results are unveiled, not only will your tasting skills be improved, but you will see who has mastered the art of blind tasting! We promise, no tricks, only treats. Price: $60.00 More: http://www.pacificbreezewinery.com/Killer-reds-events

Friday, October 30

Westminster Club Halloween Bash
Friday, Oct 30, 2009
Westminster Club, 713 Columbia St.
Food, live music, drink and dancing. Costumes are optional, but there will be prizes for both individuals and groups. Tickets are $25, with $5 of that being re-directed to a local non-profit, and available at the Westminster Club, which has been located on the top floor of the Westminster Trust building at 713 Columbia St. since 1912. Presented by the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Society.

Motoring Munchkins Halloween Party
Fri, October 30, 9:00am – 11:30am
Queen’s Park Arenex
Ghosts and goblins from Motoring Munchkins are invited to dress as their favorite Halloween creature and join in our party fun. There are plenty of tricks and treats for all! The fee includes a digital emailed picture of your child against our spooktacular backdrop. Queen’s Park Arenex 604-777-5121 Drop-in Fee: $3.25 for parent and one child $1.00 for each additional sibling

Hallowe’en Stories and Crafts
Fri, October 30, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
New Westminster Public Library
Spooky tales and a craft for ages 4 and up.

Halloween Family Fusion (All ages)
Fri, October 30, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Queensborough Community Centre
Join the first Halloween Family Fusion that will serve up a delicious stew, salad and buns…all the fixings to warm your soul on a fall day. To finish the meal, we will feast on pumpkin or lemon meringue pie. After a fantastic dinner, you are welcome to join us in pumpkin carving and lighting them in front of our giant movie screen featuring Corpses Bride (rated PG) to end the night. Please bring your own pumpkin and we will supply all the utensils and ideas. Costumes are encouraged. Queensborough Community Centre 604-525-7388 Registration Fee: $8.50 for adults $6.50 for children

Pumpkin Carving
Fri, October 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Queensborough Community Centre
(All ages) Parent Participation Join us for our 4th annual pumpkin carving party. Bring your own pumpkins and we will provide all the tools and creative patterns that you will need. Best of all, we will do all the clean up! Queensborough Community Centre 604-525-7388 Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm October 30 Registration Fee: Free

Pumpkin Seed Cook Off
Fri, October 30, 8:00pm – 8:30pm
Queensborough Community Centre
(All ages) Parent Participation Don’t toss those pumpkin seeds! They can be toasted or roasted in your oven in no time at all. They can be salted or spiced to suit the pickiest person. So let us teach your kids how to use their pumpkin guts for a tasty snack. The shells are edible and are a good source of fiber. Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas. Queensborough Community Centre 604-525-7388 Registration Fee: Free

Coming to a Park Near You… Corpse Bride
Fri, October 30, 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Queensborough Community Centre
Enjoy a movie under the stars in Ryall Park! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbours while enjoying popcorn and a movie. This presentation is brought to you by the Queensborough Special Programs Committee. Please bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and don’t worry if it rains, we will show the movie in the gym. Popcorn and refreshments will be available to purchase. Queensborough Community Centre 604-525-7388 Drop-in Fee: Free

Saturday, October 31

Creepy Crawly Day
Sat, October 31, 11:00am – 3:30pm
Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive
This Halloween, the Discovery Centre will be crawling with bugs! From 11am to 3:30pm, families are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes to inspect Fraser River bugs up close, play bug games and make bug crafts.

Halloween Hoot (6 – 10 years)
Sat, October 31, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Irving House
Attend a costume party in the creaky old Irving House! Young witches, goblins and ghosts are invited. Discover a graveyard of goodies with scary stories and Victorian legends, ghoulish games and spooky snacks. Find out the origins of Halloween and make a special trick-or-treat bag just in time for Halloween! Irving House 604-527-4640 Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm & 3:30 – 5:30 pm October 31 Registration Fee: $9.50

Goulish Family Affair (2 – 10 years)
Sat, October 31, 1pm – 3pm
Centennial Community Centre
Enjoy a hair-raising afternoon with a few tricks and treats. There will be Spooktacular crafts, pumpkin carving and an eerie haunted room. Try your luck at the Great Popcorn Challenge, Ghostly String Game and Mummy bowling. Come in costume or not for some freaky family fun. Includes a pumpkin donated by Park Georgia New Westminster, Derrick Thornhill. Centennial Community Centre 604-777-5100 Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Registration Fee: $8.00 per child

Noche De Los Muertos: Night of the Dead Party
Sat, October 31, 6pm – Sun, November 1, 12am
The Orange Room, 620 Sixth St.
Live Latino band, gourmet dinner & dancing, prizes for best costumes. Tix $40 before Oct. 15th, $45 after.

Paddlewheeler River Tours: Spooktacular Cruise
Sat, October 31, 7pm – 10pm
780 Quayside Dr.
It’s a SPOOKTACKULAR EVENING! Come dressing in your favourite costume (there’ll be prizes for the best one) or just come as you are. What ever you choose to do, you can bet it will be one SCARY night. We’ll serve a wonderful buffet that won’t include spiders, frogs or even human fingers…but it will have Baron of Beef, Chicken Pieces, Vegetarian Lasagna, Hot Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic Roasted Potatoes (you have to have garlic some, just in case), Warmed Dinner Rolls, Caesar Salad (mmm…more garlic), coffee, tea and dessert. Adult/Senior Tickets: $54.95 Child (6-12): $39.95 Please add 5% GST & 5% Gratuity More info: http://vancouverpaddlewheeler.com/specials.html

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