Mikayla Faria, left, Lindsay Arsenault and son Jakob have dressed and tidied up around the house – Huard’s Haunted House, that is – to receive a few guests. The haunted house on Timberlands Road in Cassidy is open nightly at 6 p.m. until Wednesday, Oct. 31. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Halloween horrors have a home in Nanaimo

Huard’s Haunted House one of a few spooky spots in lead up to Oct. 31

Huard’s Haunted House Any haunted house needs a few guests to come visit. Huard’s Haunted House is hosting 13 Nights of Halloween at its domicile of dread on Timberlands Road in Cassidy. Entrance to the maze of the macabre is by donation and in eight years, the house has scared about $30,000 out of the pants of visitors to support charities such as the SPCA, school bands, cadets, hockey club, mental health, food banks and others. Huard’s Haunted House indoor trail of terror opens nightly at 6 p.m. until Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Halloween Howl spooky Halloween party at the pool. Friday, Oct. 26, 3-7 p.m., Beban Pool. Haunted slide tower with fog, Halloween decorations, spooky music, ‘snakes’ in the lazy river, games and more. Regular pool admission rates apply.

Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk is Oct. 26-27 at 2525 Northwest Bay Rd. Approximately 20-35-minute walk. Spooky walk for all ages, scary walk not suitable for children six and under. Admission $7; all proceeds to the Ballenas Whalers football society and Nanoose Bay Elementary School. 6:30-10 p.m. both days.

Monster Dash five-kilometre run benefiting the Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society will be held Oct. 27 at Westwood Lake Park. Participants encouraged to dress up. Registration $25 or $15 for 15 and under and 55 and up. Check in at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Visit www.nanaimowomen.com.

Pumpkin carving competition Bring your pumpkin to the Old City Quarter on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m., for judging. $2 registration fee to be donated to the Nanaimo Men’s Centre. Prizes for best kids’ carving and best overall.

Haunted Coal Mine: Museum of the Upside Down is Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Nanaimo Museum. 10-11 a.m. is sensory-friendly hour, with full haunting from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Activity may be frightening for some children. Spooky selfie station and a mask craft, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Trick-or-treating at the Crescent. The Victoria Crescent Association invites families to get an early start on Halloween with trick-or-treating this Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon-3 p.m. For more, click here.

Harbourfront Halloween, Harbourfront Library, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Spooky Halloween storytime from 1:30-2 p.m.; Halloween puzzler breakour toom, 1:30-2:15 p.m.; trick-or-treating, crafts, green screen photos, scavenger hunt and more, 2-4 p.m.; Halloween movie – Hocus Pocus, 3-4:30 p.m.

Haunted house on Duggan. 2172 Duggan Road, Oct. 30, 6-10 p.m.; Oct. 31, 6-11 p.m. Admission by donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island. Not recommended for children under eight years old.

Halloween House at 803 Townsite Rd. has been a fixture for Halloween in Nanaimo for most of the past 27 years. Open noon-11 p.m. on Oct. 31, with donations accepted to go to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s B.C. and Yukon branch.

Halloween bonfire and fireworks Thanks to funding from the District of Lantzville, the volunteer firefighters association will host a bonfire (starts approximately 6 or 6:30 p.m.) and fireworks display at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the tennis court by Seaview Elementary School. Hotdogs and hot chocolate by donation.

What Halloween events are we missing? E-mail us or phone 250-734-4621.

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