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Fernie’s Famous Haunted House

Halloween Safety

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Haunted house doors open

H Keep your little monsters safe and sound


hosts, witches, and superheroes of all kinds are getting ready to invade the streets in your neighbourhood. For a safe, enjoyable Halloween celebration that is filled with laughter and fun, here are a few magical tips to follow.

• C h o o s e costumes that aren’t too long and that are made of pale coloured, fire-retardant fabrics with reflecting bands. Don’t forget to put reflecting ribbons on bicycles, skate boards, and accessories such as brooms and swords. • Makeup is safer than a mask. • Keep a flashlight handy when walking the streets. • Ensure that your children know where the

Neighbourhood Watch houses are in your area and plan their route with them if you won’t be accompanying them. • Tell them it isn’t a race, that they should walk on the sidewalks and not on the road, and that they should only cross the street at intersections and crosswalks. • Ensure that they only visit houses where the porch light is on and that they accept their treats from outside the door. Remind them not to step into strangers’ houses or get into cars. • Make sure they understand that you will be checking all the treats they collect before they can eat any and that you will be throwing away any with opened wrappers.

Halloween Hooowler October 31 3:30 - 5 pm Free Halloween party At the Fernie Library Puppets Guess the Goo Freeze dance Photo booth Hotdogs and snacks

alloween is more than just a fun holiday for one Fernie man. Archie Shade has been scaring adults and kids for over 30 years with his “Halloween house.” Every year, Archie spends a month setting up his garage on Ninth Avenue with skeletons, spiders, ghosts and goblins to give people a fright on Halloween night. Every year, he buys more ornaments and displays and now has motorized pulleys and lighting that control snakes that jump out, spiders that dangle down and a skeleton that pops out from a coffin. “It’s great fun,” said Archie. “It all started with Christmas decorations, which I used to make myself, but then I gave that up and started doing Halloween stuff instead. “It’s more fun and it’s interactive. You can look at Christmas lights, and they are pretty, but you can actually come inside here and there’s way more to see on Halloween.” Archie doesn’t know how much it has cost him over the years

collecting all the items but said it is worth it. “It’s great to make people smile,“ he said. “It’s not just kids, although on Halloween night I sometimes get up to 300 kids coming through. Senior citizens love it too.” He said if younger children might find the displays a bit too scary they can come earlier in the night and he will turn off the motorized displays. “I hope everyone enjoys it,” he said. “I have spent more than $200 on candy so I’m expecting a good turnout!”

Happy Halloween to all the ghouls and goblins out there.

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WE SCARE HUNGER at Fernie Secondary

By Shacarra Orr Submitted


id you know that from 2008 to 2012 there was a 31% increase in the use of Food Banks? Did you know that due to this increase – 14% of food banks ran out of food in 2012? On Halloween the Fernie Secondary Social Justice group will be going around your neighbourhoods collecting nonperishable food donations for the Salvation Army food bank instead of candy. This event is called WE SCARE HUNGER and is affiliated with Free the Children. Our overall goal is to collect 1000 food items, beating last year’s total of 800 donations. Collection boxes will also be left for donations during the week before Halloween at the following locations: Fernie Secondary School City Hall – City of Fernie Overwaitea Fernie Physiotherapy We look forward to seeing you this Halloween to help us SCARE HUNGER.


October 24 – October 31- Fernie’s haunted house by Archie Shade, open every evening until Halloween. There is no charge to go through. 822 9th Ave, Fernie. October 26- Halloween Party with DJ Jody at The Fernie.

October 29- Kids Halloween Dance Party at The Arts Station, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Entrance by donation October 30- Scary swamp swim and dance party at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. Dance party 6:00 – 7:00 pm (ages 8-12), Swamp swim 7:00 – 8:00 pm (all ages). Regular admission rates apply.

October 31- Halloween Howler at the Fernie Library for kids ages 6-10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Come as you dare.

October 31- FSS We Scare Hunger at Fernie Secondary School, 5:00 – 10:00 pm – Donate your non perishable food items to FSS students for the local food bank.

October 31- Monster Mash at The Livery Restaurant, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am. Costumes are mandatory, and there are prizes to be won. Tickets are $60, purchase them at The Livery in advance. October 31- Halloween Fright Night with Cona & PJ, hosted by The Central. Best costume wins a free seasons pass to Fernie Alpine Resort.

October 31- Super Natural Halloween Ball, hosted by The Royal. Enter before 10:30 pm and you could win a $500 bar tab! Free entry. October 31- Halloween Howler with DJ Marty Funkenhauser hosted by The Pub. Best costume wins a free seasons pass to Fernie Alpine Resort.


October 31- Halloween Story Time at the Sparwood Public Library, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Ages toddler – 5 are welcome to join the Sparwood Library as they read a Halloween story.


October 25- District Halloween Party at the Elkford Pool, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be games, crafts and more! Regular admission.

Fernie Aquatic Centre

Scary Swamp Swim & Dance Party Wednesday October 30, 2013 Dance Party 6-7 pm (Ages 8-12) Swamp Swim 7-8 pm (All ages) Join us for a fun evening of spooky fun! With games, goodies, music and more, we will make your night one to remember! Regular Admission Rates Apply.



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Special Features - Halloween 2013  


Special Features - Halloween 2013