A little rain won’t get in the way of the city’s Spooktacular downtown event on Saturday.
Besides moving the Halloween outdoor market up a block from Jubilee Park away from construction ruckus, organizers are making sweet use indoors at the Greater Trail Community Centre and later, the Royal Theatre.
“We continue rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown at Cedar Avenue and Helena Street,” says Andrea Jolly, events and communications coordinator for Trail.
“We chose this new location this year, we’ve always been on the Esplanade, because the construction at the Trail Riverfront Centre needs some breathing room,” she added.
“And we wanted to surround the Bailey Theatre and the VISAC, where some of the activities are taking place.”
Art director Kristen Renn has been using her imagination and creative eye this week to turn the VISAC space into a haunted gallery that’s sure to entertain, no matter the age.
“We have two types of arts and crafts for different age groups to have fun with,” Renn told the Trail Times. “We will be creating creepy critters to take home, as well, we will have spooky and funny stories going about every 15 to 20 minutes.”
VISAC’s spooky crafts and storytelling runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Another inside attraction called the Ghostly Game Show goes from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Bailey Theatre.
Five shows are being brought to the Trail stage by Altitude Entertainment and it’s perfect for all ages, says Juliana Marko, the Bailey’s marketing and programming assistant.
Performance times are 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon.
“Our host has games planned that involve dressing up, word play, music and more,” she said. “And in our dressing room until 1 p.m., we have the Trail Ambassadors and make-up artist Alex Ferguson doing Halloween inspired face-painting under the lighted mirrors.”
Besides indoor entertainment, plenty of outdoor activity is planned for the empty lot on Cedar Avenue, located directly across the street from the Bailey entrance.
The popular Hay Bale Maze, courtesy of RE/MAX and the 44th Field Engineer Squadron, will be set up in the lot alongside the Trail Firefighters’ Marshmallow Roast.
The Downtown Trail Business Group is handing out treats as well as a prize for the best dressed window, and incrEDIBLE trail is hosting another eerie Graveyard Walk and s’BOO’ky stairs with help from the United Way of Trail and District.
The event includes the last outdoor market of 2016, a Kootenay Savings Costume Contest, KidSport and Greater Trail Minor Hockey hosting kids games, and a free Halloween skate in the kids rink from 1-2:30 p.m.
As Spooktacular winds down, the Royal Theatre will be reeling up a free movie, showing Hotel Transylvania at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
“This is a great family film, good for any age spookster to enjoy!” shared the Royal Theatre’s Lisa Milne.