Halloween in Whistler: Pick Your Poison
Halloween occurs smack dab in the middle of “shoulder season”, which means the pace in Whistler tapers down a bit just as the weather starts to cool. The bike park closes, the snowline starts creeping down, and Whistler locals have a bit of time to chill out and start working on their Halloween costumes.
In a community of hard-charging, type-A personalities, Halloween is a chance to show off our creative side, connect with friends who might be too busy ripping or travelling the rest of the year, and let loose like only Whistler can.
Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, but in the spirit of party accessibility, Whistler will be gearing up and getting down on the previous weekend (October 27-30) as well. Halloween in the mountains has a unique and special vibe to it but remember you must have a costume to truly enjoy the fun, and bring snow boots! Ullr loves Halloween and he often hits Whistler Village with the first snowfall of the year on November 1.
Here’s our “pick your poison” approach to letting you know what’s happening with family-friendly trick-or-treating, murder mystery nights, unusual dress-up opportunities, risqué performances, and wild parties to choose from…
Frights for Families
Whistler Frights and Delights: Trick-or-Treating in Whistler Village
October 26 – 28, Whistler Village Stroll
Get in on that Halloween candy action early by strolling along the Village in costume and trick-or-treating at local shops. There are over 20 stores signed up, and it starts when they open! Here’s a tip though, this one is aimed at kids so any adults (or borderline teens) can expect to be called out for poaching candy from the little ones! If you head to the Visitors Centre you can grab a free candy bag and a list of locations to hit up on your search for sugar.
Krafty Kids: Halloween Mask Making
Thursday, October 25, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler Village
Forget that big box superstore with all the plastic Halloween junk; the best costumes are the ones you make yourself. No registration required, just show up and let local Whistler artists guide your kids towards Halloween happiness. This workshop is $5, but can you really put a price on doing something creative with your children?
Halloween Dance Party
Monday, October 29, 4 – 5 PM, Whistler Public Library
This is a sing-a-long, dance-a-long, with local fave Ira Pettle who’ll be bringing his best spooktacular mix. It’s also a chance for kids to test-drive their costumes before the big day. It’s free, no sign-up is required, but you better be prepared to boogie.
Spook-tacular at the Britannia Mine Museum
October 20 and 21, and October 27 and 28, Britannia Beach, Hwy 99
Whistler’s Halloween good times start before you even get to town. Stop in Britannia Beach at the historical Mining Museum (you literally can’t miss it, it’s half the mountainside tall). The museum has a legit underground spook train ride, science shows, creepy critters and more. Kids get a discounted entry for $15.
Halloween at Tapley’s Farm
October 31, 5 PM – 9 PM, Tapley’s Farm Neighbourhood
Whistler kids have a 35-year tradition of trick-or-treating in nearby Tapley’s Farm subdivision. Literally every kid in town comes so it is a true local event, with the community banding together to ensure everyone has enough to put in their pumpkins. If you’re planning on attending please reach out beforehand to donate some goodies to the cause, they have drop off candy locations at the IGA, Nesters, Whistler Village Grocery Store, and Independent. The real action starts at 7:30 PM when the fire department unleashes fireworks at the lower field of Myrtle Philip High School.
Note: there is no parking anywhere near this event and the police close the roads, however there is a free “Park and Spook” shuttle running from Whistler Marketplace from 5 PM to 9 PM.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sunday, October 28, 7:30 PM, Maury Young Arts Centre
It’s not Halloween till the Picture Show hits the screen! Do the time warp and enjoy this cult classic on the big screen, in the dark, with a bunch of like-minded crazies (i.e. how it is supposed to be viewed). Props, costumes and participation are pretty much mandatory and if you’ve never partaken in this multi-decade, world-wide, highly inappropriate tradition…you kinda gotta. Tix are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Murder Mystery Beer-Pairing Dinner
Monday, October 29, The Brickworks Public House
Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, From Dawn to Dusk – these are just a few of the costumes you could be rocking at the Quentin Tarantino themed murder mystery at Brickworks. As you dine on a five-course meal with beer pairings you’ll be drawn into a fun solve-it case where you’ve got to use your wits to figure out whodunit.
Heavy Hitting HorrorFest
Tuesday, October 30, 7 – 11 PM, Maury Young Arts Centre
The craziest party of the year, this short film festival has been celebrating the local Whistler film scene for 15 years. Anything goes, bad taste is guaranteed, and it sold out in under a minute this year. But there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the official Gibbons Après Lager Afterparty at Garf’s even though organizers are keeping the details very hush hush.
Thursday, October 25, 8:30 PM, The Brickworks Public House
Ready to get your carving on? Brickworks is hosting their 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. It’s time to unleash the beast, sorry, your creative side, to win some prizes while you create your ghoulish pumpkin masterpiece.
WORCA Halloween Costume Ride at Lost Lake
Thursday, November 1, 5:30 PM, PassivHaus at Lost Lake
Sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles and Handlebar Cafe and Apres, Whistler’s mountain bike community has hosted this after-dark cycling event for over a decade. The Lost Lake trail selection isn’t overly technical, but good quality lights are a must. Costumes should allow you to see clearly and ride safely without getting your costume caught in your spokes. You need to be a WORCA member to take part, and event memberships are available at the start. Sign-in starts at 5:30 PM at Whistler PassivHaus, with the ride getting underway at 6 PM as the sun sets. The route is marked with glowing pumpkins and reflective arrows.
October 26 – 28
It’s time to don that cape and take to the skies! Superfly and Ziptrek are both offering discounted ziplining tours when you go in fancy dress. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Dave ziplining.
Haunted House at Buffalo Bill’s
October 24 – 31, Buffalo Bill’s
The staff at Bill’s are assembling their uber-spooky haunted house for their weekly Wednesday Local’s Night on the 24th and letting it roll until Hallows’ Eve. When it comes to nightclubs, Buffalo Bill’s has long been a Whistler champ – also the only nightclub where you can dance in a cage…coincidence?? Probably not. They go all out on their “Halloween Hallway” which will be up on the 27th, 28th and 31st – just watch out for the guy with the chainsaw, he’s a real ripper.
The Masquerade: Zero Ceiling’s Fall Fundraiser
Friday October 26, 6:30 – 10:30 PM, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Zero Ceiling is a local charity that empowers young homeless people with an opportunity to enjoy life in the mountains and gain career skills. This fundraiser combines costumes, delicious food, drinks, living music and the giving spirit. Tickets are $55.
Wicked Wednesday Halloween Bash
Wednesday, October 31, 8:30 PM, The Brickworks Public House
With live music from The Combat Dolphins, spooky cocktails, and craft beer galore it’s time to party with the crew at Brickworks. Fluff out that wig, grab that coconut bikini, iron the kinks out of that all-in-one banana suit and join the fun.
Wednesday, October 31
What better place to party on Halloween than in a graveyard? Well, Garf’s have made it an underground graveyard. All they need you to do is bring your zombie mates to make it a ghoulish night to remember.
Most of the nightclubs in Whistler will be celebrating “city Halloween” on Saturday, October 27, but Wednesday is the real deal. The Village will be alive with zombies, ghouls and scantily-clad kittens/nurses/whatever. Mayhem will ensue and a good time is guaranteed.
Stay on top of all Whistler’s Halloween events by checking in with Whistler.com regularly. And don’t forget those snow boots!