Lake Country’s popular Halloween event adds regional pumpkin walk

Huge fireworks display and bonfire set for Oct. 31 along with Central Okanagan Regional District Spooktacular event

  • Oct. 18, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Zombies

There will be more to see and do at Lake Country’s annual Halloween event, featuring the district’s one and only fireworks show on Halloween evening.

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan has moved its annual Halloween event to Lake Country and is partnering with the district.

But fans of the Lake Country event need not worry as the annual bonfire and fireworks event won’t be changing. There will just be some added events with RDCO’s pumpkin walk, which will start at 5 p.m.

“Our event is huge already and we have a fantastic turnout every year,” said Sheila Gunn, Lake Country’s recreation and customer services supervisor.

“What this will do will enhance it and provide a little more activity for people to participate, while they are waiting for the fireworks.”

West Kelowna is losing two of its most popular autumn events and one of those events is relocating to Lake Country.

The regional district announced last week it was moving its Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk to Lake Country due to parking concerns at the Gellatly Nut Farm.

“There’s just not enough parking at the nut farm anymore,” said Bruce Smith, spokesperson for the regional district.

“We used to be able to use the lot that was next-door for parking, but that’s under development now.”

The popularity of the two events has ultimately been their downfall.

In 2015, 2,000 people attended the Spooktacular event.

“Even through we had a shuttle bus for the Spooktacular, a lot of people didn’t use it,” said Smith, noting there are only 20 parking spaces now.

“So in order to be safe and a good neighbour, we couldn’t go ahead with this them this year.

In Lake Country, the district isn’t expecting a huge amount of new people to attend the event from outside of the district, due to the fact it will happen on Halloween evening as opposed to the Sunday before Halloween, when the RDCO event would normally take place.

Still, Lake Country is putting together a parking plan with over-flow parking to help deal with traffic. The Lake Country event will be held in its regular place in Beasley Park while the Pumpkin Walk will take place in Reiswig regional park, located right beside Beasley.

“I expect we will have the same amount of people, we’ve just added something to the event for people to participate in,” said Gunn. “This has become a tradition for people in Lake Country.

”It’s part of their Halloween night. they can still do their trick or treating and then come to the community event as a wrap-up.

”It’s great. People stand around the bonfire and we have a great fireworks event put on by the Lake Country Fire Department.”

The Lions Club will be on hand to cook 1,000 hot dogs. Donations will be taken and proceeds will go to the Okanagan Rail Trail. Donations from the Pumpkin Walk will be given to the Lake Country Food Bank.

Residents can bring their pumpkins to Reiswig Park between 4 and 5 p.m. on Halloween before the walk takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. The bonfire and fireworks event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the fireworks going off at 8 p.m.

Just Posted

Outbreak at Okanagan hospital

Gastrointestinal illness reported at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Kelowna public menorah lit tonight to celebrate Hanukkah

The menorah will be lit tonight after celebrations at 5 p.m. in Stuart Park

Big Band supports children with disabilities in Lake Country

Proceeds from the Okanagan Big Band performance in Vernon supports local kids

Were your hockey cards stolen?

The Kelowna RCMP are looking to reunite a hockey fan with their cards

RCMP look to reunite owner with stolen tools

Kelowna police seek to identify the owner of tablet and tools seized by RCMP

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Warriors ground Rockets in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw scores five in the third period to down Kelowna in Rockets’ third game of prairie road trip

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Dedicated volunteers look for clues

Police appreciate work of those who provide extra eyes for missing women investigations.

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Horgan on Site C: ‘dammed’ if did, ‘dammed’ if he didn’t

B.C. premier didn’t like keeping massive hydro damn project going, but felt he had to

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Most Read