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Spooky Season in Kimberley: The Best Haunts for Halloween Fun

Attention all ghouls and goblins: we hear that Kimberley is a good place to be full of fright and fun this Halloween season! Whether you aim to skip the scary and soak up some pumpkin patch wandering, feel like howling at the moon at a good local party, or want to jump head-first into as much candy as you can get your claws on, there’s sure to be a Halloween offering to satisfy your spookiest desires. Dig out your best costume and sink your teeth into some seasonal fun with us.

Fort Steele Spooktacular

  • One of the longest running and most memorable Halloween events in the region is the annual Fort Steele Spooktacular, which takes place at Fort Steele Heritage Town. When you mix old-timey architecture with night-time hijinks and frightening attire, you have a recipe for all kinds of scares and surprises in one full-of-fun event. Come to enjoy a variety of food vendors, carnival games, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and more! Don’t forget to bundle up for a chilly October night in your spookiest costume, and bring a few pals along for the ride. This quintessential celebration is not to be missed for kids and adults alike

Platzl Trick or Treat

  • Halloween wouldn’t quite be Halloween without a good amount of candy and some door-to-door fun. One of our favourite trick or treat locales happens to be our very own Patzl during the annual Platzl Trick or Treat. Send your spooky little ones through the downtown Platzl between 3-5 pm on October 31st to clean up at your favourite local shops and restaurants. The Platzl Trick or Treat event has been ongoing for a decade here in town, and offers the perfect warm-up for a long night of candy-hunting and spookery

    Pro tip: there are plenty of adult treats to enjoy along this trick or treat route as well. We think a quick pit-stop for a pint at The Shed is in order

The Mark Creek Lions Halloween Howl

  • Each Halloween night, the local Mark Creek Lions bring a little warmth to Kimberley kids with their Halloween Howl and Bonfire. There are two locations to enjoy the festivities: McDougal Park in the Townsite neighbourhood, and Lions Park in Marysville. What to expect? Stop by at either location while out and about on your trick or treat route to warm up next to a roaring bonfire, and re-fuel with complimentary hot chocolate and hot dogs. This is the perfect chance to compare candy hauls with your pals and find out who’s handing out the full-sized chocolate bars this year

Halloween Bashes

  • Though themes, dates, and DJ’s may shift over the years, you can always count on a proper Halloween bash from our local bars and pubs. Each year, both the Marysville Pub and the Sullivan Pub offer fun and frightening excuses to get dressed up, get out, and celebrate all things scary. Other groups in town who put on a terrifying time in honour of all Hallow’s Eve include the Kimberley Curling Club, with their Halloween Open Bonspiel, and Stonefire Pizzeria, with their weekly musical acts. Be sure to keep an eye on the Tourism Kimberley Calendar of Events for a full run-down of all upcoming Halloween happenings

Pumpkin Patch

  • One of the most wholesome and beloved parts of any autumn is reserved for the annual trip to a local pumpkin patch. We’re lucky to have Lantz Farms near Kimberley to satisfy all of our flannel-wearing and pumpkin-picking needs. Head here to browse for your Halloween jack o’ lantern, snap an Instagram shot with your honey, or grab some seasonal squash to roast at home from the farm-grown Veggie Shack. With the Canadian Rockies towering in the background, and fun displays dotting the landscape, Lantz Farms makes for the perfect afternoon visit on a sunny, fall day

Kimberley Horror Fest

  • Spooky season doesn’t end on October 31st here in Kimberley. The weekend following Halloween is annually reserved for a night of scary shenanigans at the Kimberley Horror Fest. This Fest has been providing fright and fun in the community for 7 years now, and offers some of the best films, costumes, and boogie-down good times of the year. All the local ghouls and goblins know that this horrifying event is not to be missed

Howling for More?

Keep the Halloween spirit going throughout the fall by exploring all of the other autumn perks in Kimberley. We recommend taking in our splendid fall colours on a seasonal hike, getting cozy with art gallery wandering and coffee sipping, or planning ahead for next year’s haunted season with a curated trip-itinerary via our Bed Finder. Happy Spooky Season, everyone!

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