For all you ghouls and boys, Halloween is on its way to the Valley, and the Windermere Fire Hall will be celebrating the occasion with its first-ever Fright Night.
Spooks and zombies from all walks of the dead are invited to attend the freaky scarefest. Guests will be treated to a visual spectacle of witches, clowns, goblins and poltergeists as they interact with the fun-filled attraction. The event is for all ages, with a special warning that it might be a bit spooky for children six and under.
“Kids are welcome to walk through the Hall with a firefighter if it’s too frightening and they want to participate,” said Fright Fest coordinator and former volunteer firefighter Charlene Wilisky.
The Windermere Fire Hall is the perfect place to host the spine-tingling phenomenon and guests will be able to tour the hall freely while interacting with depraved firefighters, who might even be willing to show off a haunted fire truck to a few brave souls.
“It’s a great opportunity to get people to the Hall and to be able to connect with the firefighters,” said Ms. Wilisky. “Halloween is a favourite for the kids so this a good way to bring the two together.”
For all of you Halloweeners, safety is an important issue, especially when it comes to fire. Halloween might seem like a good time to light a bunch of black candles, or even set off a few fireworks to honour the dead. Be warned, use cautionary measures when dealing with fire hazards.
All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Eve or Allhalloween falls on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day and was created to remember the dead, saints (hallows), and martyrs. To honour them properly a few fire safety tips have been provided by the province of B.C. to ensure spooksters have a great time, while staying safe.
Flashlights and battery-operated candles are recommended as opposed to real candles. Burning candles should be kept away from anything flammable: costumes, curtains, black cats, and children.
Candle wicks should be kept short to prevent a high flame and matches of a suitable length are suggested to prevent unseemly burns.
Costumes, accessories, and wigs should be flame-retardant while being fire safe by keeping them compact and foregoing trailing pieces that could ignite.
Decorations should also be fire resistant and kept away from heat with all exits cleared of Halloween paraphernalia.
Remember to educate the kiddies on fire safety protocol by teaching the tried and true Stop, Drop and Roll, should their clothes ignite.
Stop, Drop and Roll:
• Stop immediately
• Drop to the ground and cover your face with your hands
• Roll over and over to extinguish flames.
For more information on Fright Fest contact The Windermere Fire Hall at 250-342-6219, or come on down to the Hall, Tuesday October 31st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy a fun free evening of horror and intrigue.