You can’t bury what isn’t dead (well you can but it would take a few hits with a shovel to keep it in the ground) and I’m not dead just yet. I am the ghost with the most! In fact, you may see me wandering the streets on All Hallow’s Eve moaning loudly, keep your distance lest you get bit. [Ahem, that’s a vampire – Ed.]
My picks this year were not without some great difficulty. The events I planned to sink my fangs into are too few. One of the events sadly missing is Kaleidoscope Playhouse’s annual theatre production. They provided some of the most howling entertainment these past years with productions like Rocky Horror Show and The Addams Family. The idea of no Kaleidoscope on stage this time of year makes my skin crawl.
Victoria Zombie Walk
Oct 7, 2017 – 3:00pm
My first encounter with Zombie Walk was at a local comic convention many years ago. The sight of hundreds of cosplay zombies coming down a street at me in James Bay was certainly a breathtaking and unnerving site. It was at the con’s host hotel where they staged the largest Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video dance I had ever seen.
Since then I have remained an observer and a faithful fan of this annual phenomenon but never a participant (I’m dull because I can’t get the nerves up to cosplay). Perhaps one day I will drop it by shedding my skin (or making it less painful by donning really good make-up) to walk among the mock undead. The Victoria Zombie Walk is run annually by charity group Umbrella Cops. West Coast Operations. Their official adopted charity is Child’s Play, an organization that donates toys and games to children’s hospitals.
Wake of the Dead
The Roxy Theatre
2657 Quadra St.
Oct 7, 2017 – 5:00pm
Come with us now through time and space for an evening of George Romero’s “Dead” zombie films trilogy on the silver screen. Victoria’s historical movie theatre, the Roxy has found new life hosting live theatre but on October 7th tribute will be paid to the man who not only reinvented the zombie film but inspired generations of horror movie makers.
The evening’s itinerary will start with Night of the Living Dead at 5pm, Dawn of the Dead at 8:00, and Day of the Dead at 10:30. The trilogy will wrap up at midnight so one should make sure there is safe transportation home. We wouldn’t want to be caught out on a cold dark night now, would we?
Tickets for this event are $10 per movie or $25 for the trilogy.
Spooky Scary Skeledition!
1110 Hillside Ave.
Oct 13, 2017 – 7:00pm
Don’t worry anime fans both old and new, there is still something for you to do. Anivents Unlimited and the people who bring you Tsukino-Con, Victoria’s anime convention held annually at the University of Victoria, are hosting Tsukinoween once again. This event offers you the fun and camaraderie of Tsukinocon but in a dance hall setting.
Here, you can socialize in an all-ages atmosphere with fellow geeks/nerds and make new friends.
Music will be provided by DJs Wasabae and YUKKURi in the form of “anime/video game remixes and happy hardcore tunes.” Coat check will be available and a Chill Bone Zone with fan lounge. All guests of the event will be eligible to win from a plethora of prizes including a Gold Pass to Tsukino-Con 2018.
Carnival & Creep-House
Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Rd.
Oct 27, 2017 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Blanshard Courts neighbourhood (now Evergreen Terrace) was my old stomping grounds. I lived Blanshard, went to school in Blanshard, heck, my entire social circle was Blanshard. The community, although a poor one, was very close-knit. Time has marched on and that old spirit still remains but under a new name. Perhaps it is nostalgia biting or maybe it’s the craving for a simpler time but one is tempted to join in the celebrations. Quadra Village Community Centre will be offering an all-ages evening with Halloween carnival, haunted house, photos, costume show and dance (8 to 9 pm). All of this will be packed within the community centre’s two floors. Admission by donation.
with Victoria Symphony
805 Broughton St.
Oct 28, 2017 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Thrill to an eerie evening with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sean O’Loughlin as they weave together a musical tapestry from some of history’s most recognized films. During the show look above for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, be cautious of who sits behind you during Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and don’t forget to check under your seat when you hear the theme from Jaws.