Last minute Halloween plans from spooky to artsy

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Monster vignette at the Stanley Park Ghost Train
Monster vignette at the Stanley Park Ghost Train
Photo by Tyler Hooper

Langara students looking for last minute Halloween plans have plenty of options available, including a ghost train ride through Stanley Park, a meme-themed party and live DJ events.

The Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park snakes through the woods while passengers watch multiple digital projections, influenced by classic horror films.

“We’re taking inspirations from old classic, gothic horror movies from the 1920s and 1930s,” said Sharon Bayly, the co-artistic director of the ride.

“The Classics like the werewolf, the mummies, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula; each scene is a particular vignette from the film or inspired by the film.”

The ride has as many as 10 high-school volunteer drama students performing each night, dressed in various costumes. Rides run from 6 to 10 p.m. seven days a week and go until Nov. 2.

Options for the artsy

For those seeking something artsy on Halloween, the Hot Art Wet City gallery and shop located at 2206 Main St. is having an internet-meme-themed party, with 20 to 25 pieces of art, including the popular meme “Grumpy Cat.”

The party will also have a DJ, dance floor, beer, wine and a meme-themed cake. Meme costumes are highly encouraged.

“It is a cheaper price point, compared to a lot of Halloween parties around town. It might be more accessible for people without much money,” said Chris Bentzen, owner of the gallery, adding tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door.

Those looking for a bigger a party can visit the various clubs, bars and pubs in the city, including the Biltmore Cabaret.

On Oct. 31 the Biltmore is having a Rad Daze Halloween party featuring DJ’s Cherchez La Femme and Godmode. There will also be a costume contest, photo booth and drink specials, including $4 Pabst Blue Ribbon and $5.75 highballs.

Promotions and marketing manager of the Biltmore, Grace McRae-Okine said costumes are highly encouraged, adding they will stay open until 2 a.m., an hour later than the usual 1 a.m. closing time.

Reported by Tyler Hooper

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