Whistler is a unique place to be on Oct 31st. Here our Halloween festivities are melded with our love for the outdoors and our community. Just as the Celts used Halloween to celebrate the end of the harvest, Whistler folk celebrate the end of summer, the start of winter, and our ability to make any costume using the cardboard from bike/ski boxes, duct tape, and a large amount of good will.
No matter what, how, or where you feel like celebrating here’s a list of our top 6 things to do in Whistler on Halloween:
1. Feeling Athletic: Halloween Toonie Ride
When: October 29th, 2015.
Where: Sign in at the Lost Lake Passiv Haus at 5.30pm. Make sure you bring a head torch
The Halloween Toonie is a WORCA (Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association) tradition that bids a fond farewell to the last toonie race of the season.
What is a toonie race?: Every Thursday through the summer, 200 – 600 riders of all abilities gather to race various cross-country mountain bike courses in the Whistler valley. Although officially called “races” the toonies are as casual or as serious as you wish to make them.
This year’s Halloween Toonie is sponsored by Whistler Brewing and the aprés party is being held at the Passiv Haus at Lost Lake.
To see the Halloween Toonie course and get more info, visit: worca.com
2. Feel Like Going All Out: 14th B-Grade HorrorFest
When: Oct 30th
Where: Main event at Rainbow Theatre, plus Live Feed Peepshow at Garfinkles
Tickets: Main event has sold out. Garfs tickets available $20
The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest was hatched in Whistler in 2002 as a one-night, horrific, hilarious and very independent short films screening to a group of local filmmakers and their friends.
Over a decade later, The HorrorFest has evolved into the largest and longest-running horror film festival in Western Canada attracting film fans and filmmakers from around the world. In a town known for massive parties and huge events Heavy Hitting HorrorFest is one of the most anticipated events on the Whistler calendar packing 1200 rabid film fans into an evening of movies, costumes and musical mayhem.
3. Feel Like Being Part Of Whistler Folklore: Whistler Haunted House
When: Oct 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, Nov 1st, 2015
Where: 6344 Easy Street, Whistler Cay
Tickets: Entry is by a $10 cash donation
Created by Whistler residents “The Hawthorne Asylum” is the world’s (we think so) greatest volunteer-run Halloween haunted house, ever. Each year the theatrics gets bolder, the scenes get more frightful, and the entire house turns in to one giant immersive and truly terrifying experience that would make any HorrorFest (above) movie producer proud.
Fuelled by a desire to offer fun and unique Halloween entertainment for Whistler residents, the Whistler Haunted House runs for 6 days and is a fundraiser for the Whistler Community Services Society.
For 2015 the Whistler Haunted House has moved from Brio to Whistler Cay, in to a new and more terrifying location.
4. Feeling Social: Devil’s Night Bar Hop
When: Oct 31st, 2015
Where: 5 Whistler bars and clubs. Meet at the Firerock Lounge
Tickets: $40. get 10% off when you book online with the code “zombieHOP”: ticketzone.com/event/DEVILS-NIGHT-BAR-HOP-October-30th/306735
Bar Hop is about connecting people, celebrating good times, and experiencing Whistler like the locals. Your hosts are music lovers, craft beer drinkers, and have more than a few games up their sleeves – this is not your average pub crawl.
- Guided tour of the Firerock Lounge, The Longhorn, Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub, Buffalo Bills, and Garfinkel’s
- 5 drink tokens, jump the line privilege, and complimentary cover to all venues
- Share plates of bar snacks and food at each location
For Devil’s Night Bar Hop updates, visit: facebook.com/events/539854236164245
5. Feel Like Dancing: Whistler Brewing Halloween Party with FOMO
When: Oct 31st, 2015, 8pm
Where: Whistler Brewing Co., Function Junction, Whistler
Tickets: Free entry, no ticket needed
Whistler Brewing’s Halloween bash is quickly becoming a local’s favourite, and this year they’re celebrating again with Whistler’s favourite Grateful Dead cover band, FOMO.
The event is free but every year the brewery usually fills up fast. So make sure you get there before 8pm otherwise you might not make it in!
More info on Whistler Brewing special events: whistler.socialcollective.ca/event/whistler-brewing-special-events
6. Feeling Nostalgic: Ghostbusters Retro Movie Screening
The Whistler Public Library and Whistler Arts Council present a Halloween screening of the iconic film, Ghostbusters. Throw on your PJs, grab your sleeping bag, and enjoy a classic film, with free popcorn and candy. Movie starts at 8pm.
When: Oct 29th, 2015,
Where: Whistler Library, Main Street, Whistler
Tickets: Free entry, no ticket needed