Family Fright Fest headlines whole lot of Halloween fun

Haunted houses, trick or treating, scary and spooky costumes, and lots and lots of pumpkins will all be part of the fun at several Halloween-themed events here in South Delta.

Highlighting it all will be the annual South Delta Family Fright Fest, presented by the City of Delta, on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ladner Community Centre, McKee Seniors Recreation Centre and surrounding area.

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There will be a haunted house, trick or treating, face painting, crafts, games and more. Wear your costume and visit the special trick-or-treat doors for surprises.

The event is free and open to the whole family.

The haunted house will be open from Monday, Oct. 28 through Wednesday, Oct. 30 for additional Halloween fun.

Halloween Horror Delta has been scaring South Delta residents for the past 16 years.

The large-scale Halloween display run by local “Mistress of Darkness” Robyn Hasbach will be open to visitors on Halloween night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hasbach is once again partnering with the Delta Fire Fighters Charitable Society to collect donations, which she has done for the past seven years.

This year’s display features animated grave stone projection, a dungeon, two graveyards containing various custom-made gravestones, various static and animated creatures/bodies, including new rotting corpses, two mausoleums and many more surprises.

“It’s the kids’ faces and the fun and joy that they share on the experience. There is always awe in people’s faces when they come and see the yard,” Hasbach told the Optimist.

She said it takes three weeks to get the display set up.

For the first time this year, there will be a live webcast on YouTube that will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Hasbach welcomes volunteers for set-up and to participate as actors on Halloween night. See all the details on what is involved on her website at: www.horrordelta.com.

Halloween Horror Delta is located at 5674 Grove Ave. in Ladner.

Promising more thrills, more fun, and more scares for the whole family, the Tsawwassen Mills Monster Maze is back and better than ever.

Boasting 1,600 square feet of Halloween fun, including the pop-up Halloween shop, Mr. Halloween, the experience will also feature a pumpkin patch with proceeds going to theDelta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

The Monster Maze runs until Oct. 31 and is open to the public daily from noon to 7 p.m.

The Point Roberts Fire Department presents its Spook-Tacular Haunted House and Social on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 230 Benson Rd. There will be a haunted house for zombies young and old, monster fire trucks and other super scary fire equipment on display, treats for goblins of any age and many more surprises. Come as you are, costumed or not.

If pumpkins are your thing, then there are a few spots in South Delta to check out.

Vandula Farms presents its Pumpkin Patch Festival on Oct. 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The event features U-pick pumpkins, a wagon hayride, bouncy castle, face painting, games, Halloween displays, farm market, refreshments, photo-ops, plant sale and a pumpkin contest. Vandula is located at 9832 Ladner Trunk Rd.

The Westham Island Herb Farm Pumpkin Patch, located at 2485 Westham Island Rd., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 31. The patch offers pumpkins in a wide range of sizes. The smallest can fit in the palm of your hand and the biggest are over 100 pounds, according to the website. 

Backroads Family Farm Market, located at 2757-52nd St. in Ladner, is once again asking customers to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin.

For every carving pumpkin bought, each customer will receive a ballot to guess the weight of Doug, a giant pumpkin. The contest runs until the last day of the season on Oct. 27. First prize is a pair of Vancouver Canucks tickets, while the two runners up receive a $50 Il Posto gift card or a $50 Boco Grande gift card. The more carving pumpkins purchased, the more guesses you get.

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