Spooky outings this Halloween

There's plenty to do on Oct. 31 in the District of Mission.

Candy, crafts, spooky skating and more: Halloween in Mission holds plenty of fun events for families.

The Halloween Hoot, a free event for preschoolers from the Mission Early Childhood Development Committee, will feature face painting, crafts, a play area and child development information. It’s on at the Mission Leisure Centre from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Costumes are encouraged at the Spooky Skate from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Halloween, a family public skate with a spooky twist, at the Mission Leisure Centre.

Those looking to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment can come to Downtown Mission, where local businesses will give out treats from 3 to 5 p.m on Halloween.

As part of the event, the Mission Museum will have crafts, candy and a spooky scavenger hunt from 3 to 5 p.m.

A kid-friendly “Fraidy Cats Maze” is part of the Nightmare Haunted House at Silverdale Hall, which runs for its last two nights on Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 p.m. until about 11 p.m. The main haunted house is quite scary and not recommended for small children, organizers say. Admission is $5. For more information, visit facebook.com/NightmareHauntedHouseMission/.

Meanwhile those who want to experience a zombie apocalypse can do so at Mission Arts Council’s Tribute to the Walking Dead Haunted Attraction at Mission Raceway Park.

The haunt is a self-guided walk through an installation in the park, featuring sights and scenes familiar to fans of the popular AMC horror drama – and, of course, plenty of zombies.

“If they’re fans, they will know exactly where they are when it begins,” said Nancy Arcand, the council’s executive director. “It tells a story – the idea is to experience what an actual zombie apocalypse would be like.”

Arcand doesn’t want to reveal too many spoilers, but she did say the experience is full of grisly scares.

The haunt’s final two nights are on Oct. 30 and 31, from 7 to 10 p.m, at 32670 Dyke Rd. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, visit haunted.missionartscouncil.ca or call 604-826-0029.