Spooktober starts with Fright Nights 2019 at PNE!

It’s Spooktober! Time for Vancouver’s most hallowed halloween haunt to scares up some fun as Fright Nights rises from the grave at Playland

On select nights from tomorrow, October 4th through October 31st, visitors will carefully creep through 20 hair-raising rides, astounding live shows, and eight haunted houses, all guaranteed to make this Halloween season the scariest ever. 

Thrilling live shows from fan favourites, the Monsters of Schlock, as well a host of ghouls and monsters roaming throughout the park are sure to chill and thrill visitors. If your stomach can handle it stop for food from Playland vendors, for some liquid courage hit up the Sanitarium Bar. If adrenaline isn’t enough, get a sugar rush stop by the Candy Shoppe for some sweets before hitting the thrill rides.

General admission tickets  are on sale at the gates, or save by purchasing in advance online.  Tickets include all the haunted houses, live shows and 20 night rides; including The BeastPirate Ship,Hell’s Gate, Hellavator, Atmosfear, Wooden Roller Coaster and more

Guests also have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to one expedited entry to each of the eight houses and some night rides. 

Due to the overwhelming demand and to ensure a quality guest experience, Fright Nights is capping the number of tickets sold per day. Tickets must be purchased for a specific date. Each night of Fright Nights have limited availability and may sell out so book early. 

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit frightnights.ca.

A Christmas Carol at Gateway Theatre

This year, the Gateway Theatre holiday season takes a slightly darker tone as A Christmas Carol finds the Christmas spirit, or in this case four spirits.  It’s hard to tinker with a tale as familiar as Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, but this adaptation by Michael Shamata, directed by Rachel Peake, trims the play into a show that’s manageable for all ages and focuses on the ensemble and core spirit of the work.  All members of the creative team mention how they feel the play’s  message of finding and sharing good with your fellow man is especially needed in these current times.

Scrooge (Russell Roberts) & Marley (Allan Morgan)
Photo: David Cooper

Allan Morgan begins the play as narrator, talking directly to the audience to set the stage for what is to come, and has led to the moment we meet Russell Roberts’ Ebenezer Scrooge and Adam Olgui’s Bob Cratchit at work on Christmas Eve.  While the supporting characters are present, Peake has centred the production on the ghost story, and the message the spirits bring to Scrooge, starting with the eerie ghost of Jacob Marley bringing a warning to Scrooge of continuing his secluded, miserly way of life.  The simple staging by Drew Facey allows the audience to fill in the blanks as the ghosts take Scrooge from his past to present and future.

Ghost of Christmas Past (Josh Chambers) & Scrooge (Russell Roberts)
Photo: David Cooper

The Gateway Theatre holiday show often serves as a mentorship to up and coming actors and stage crew. This production includes five members from the acting program at Langara College’s Studio 58, all playing multiple roles alongside the seasoned, professional players.  At just 110 minutes, including intermission, the production is compact and conveys the spirit of the Holiday favourite in a way that the whole family can enjoy.

A Christmas Carol is onstage at Gateway theatre in Richmond until December 24th.  For Information and Tickets visit gatewaytheatre.com/achristmascarol

Picks of the Week – October 7, 2015

It’s almost time for Turkey!

Thanksgiving long weekend brings lots of time for family, friends and fun. With Halloween just around the corner we see some spooky fun creeping into the picks of the week…

Kicks: Tonight, Whitecaps FC hope to lock up a playoff berth when they take on western rivals Dallas FC at BC Place

Nightmare: From Thursday until October 31st, Leatherface and accomplices will put the fright into you at Maan Farms’ scary Chainsaw Massacre Nightmare in Abbotsford

Turkey: While you’re in the Valley, stop by JD Farms Specialty Turkey shop in Langley, for your fresh Thanksgiving Turkey, open Today until Saturday from 8am – 6pm

Blues: Thursday at The Vogue Theatre, a trio of blues, gospel and bluegrass greats; Cooder – White – Skaggs, take the stage

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre brings John Mann’s personal play The Waiting Room to the Granville Island Stage until October 31st.

Scares: Friday night is the start of Fright Nights at Playland, scare up some fun until November 1st.

BooChoo: The Stanley Park Ghost Train revs up the haunts for another year from Friday night until November 1st.

AllStar: Friday night, Beatle’s legend, Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band come to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Furr: Friday night, RUFFwild brings the Ruff Men to The Pint for night of dancing and debauchery

Pride: Show your Lions Pride as BC Lions hosts Winnipeg on Saturday evening at BC Place

Gig: Local legends 54-40 make a return to Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night

Drag: Thanksgiving isn’t a drag when Vicky Vox brings her one woman show “Fat Chance” to XY Saturday

EastVan: Head to The Astoria on Saturday for a no frills, no bull, all fun dance party, FAM a new east van queer dance party

Rebels: Get ready for next week’s Madonna concert with a tribute show at Junction Saturday when The Carlotta Gurlie Show welcomes guests Mina Mercury and Mandy Kamp with host Carlotta Gurl.

Grrr: Sunday night, the bears are back in town for Bearracuda 5th Anniversary at The Odyssey

Soul: Get down Sunday night at XY to the disco, funk, house beats at enSoul Thanksgiving with DJs Mr Cox and G-Luve

Rock: Monday night, get your rock fix when Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators bring their World On Fire Tour to the Queen E Theatre





Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum

Step back in time to an era of misty Victorian streets, Jack The Ripper & other ghastly spirits. The 1920’s All Hallows Eve comes to (after)life as the Burnaby Village Museum invites you to creep through the street and shops of the Haunted Village, but be careful, the village is filled with ghouls and goblins around every corner. Patrons are invited to get in the ‘spirit’ and participate with the actors and staff roaming Main Street and wear your own costume and be ready to leap with fright as darkness and mist envelops the historic outdoor village.

Activities abound throughout the village, costume parades, dancing with witches on Main Street, taste terrifying treats at Voodoo Cafe, make a withdrawal from the Blood Bank or check out the latest in witch hat fashion and at the historic carousel watch a circus sideshow.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum runs October 26-28, admission for adults, youth & seniors is $14, children: $9, admission includes trick or treating for children and unlimited carousel rides.
Burnaby Village Museum is located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby