Although Castlegar is considered a newer community by Kootenay standards, having been incorporated in 1966, it still has enough history to scare you around the campfire at night! For Halloween this year there isn’t just pumpkin patches and candy apples here in the city; with its rich history, the community is shining a light on its more spooky side. The days leading up to Halloween on the 31st of October will be packed with haunted tours, costume parties and even some night-time swimming!

For a list of fun Halloween events going on throughout the month of October both in and around Castlegar, see below.

Spooks on Zukes!
When: October 23rd, 2019 (usually 5-9pm)
Location: Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park
About: Spooks on Zukes is fundraising event organized by the SHSS Grad class for their end of year grad celebrations and for the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank. Zuckerberg Island is an idyllic setting for a haunted Halloween island tour, with its suspension bridge, Russian Chapel house, intricate pathways and local history. This is a popular community event which is open to all ages.

Glow Murder Mystery
When: October 25th, 2019 (6-8pm)
Location: Castlegar & District Community Complex
About: This is the first ever Glow Murder Mystery, a one-of-a-kind night-time experience that involves swimming in the dark. Kick off the Halloween week at the CDRC pool.

Ooteschenia Haunted Walk
When: October 31st, 2019 (6-8pm)
Location: Ooteschenia Volunteer Fire Department
About: Come warm up by the fire with some hot chocolate and hot dogs, or go on a “Haunted Walk” through the trees. This is a family-friendly event, fun for all ages. This fundraiser will go towards the community hall and a new park for the kids.

Free Halloween Movies: iGor (Rated PG) & Sleepy Hollow (Rated R)
When: October 27th, 2019
Location: Castle Theatre (downtown Castlegar)
About: The Castle Theatre will be screening not one, but two free movies in celebration of Halloween. Igor will begin at 2pm for family-friendly audiences. Then, Sleepy Hollow will begin screening at 7pm for mature audiences.

Shriek & Skate
When: October 24th, 2019 (7:30-9:30pm)
Location: Selkirk College Castlegar Campus
About: The Damn City Rollers are hosting a fun Halloween Scrimmage. Teams will be organized beforehand so RSVP and wear your costumes! The event is meant to be fun and open to all levels of skaters who’ve passed their skills and have insurance.

Afraid in the Shade
When: October 19th, 2019
Location: Slocan Valley 6440 Highway 6, Central Kootenay, BC
About: Humble Flytrap presents Afraid in the Shade 2019. This is a 19+ event and a Halloween-themed party so dressing up is encouraged! This year’s music lineup features amazing talent from the area and will be showcasing the best of our electronic music culture here in the Kootenays.

Pre-School Halloween Party (2-5 years)
When: October 30th, 2019
Location: Calling all little ghosts, goblins, witches, super heroes or whoever your preschooler wants to be this Halloween. Come out for games, snacks, tricks, treats and lots of fun. Parents are encouraged to dress up too.