The West Coast is set to get its scare on at two Halloween Howls tonight.
Tofino’s spooktacular event will run from 5-7 p.m. at the Village Green.
“It’s a great community event. It’s good to see everyone out in their costumes and it’s a nice opportunity as well for us Parks and Rec staff to be able to connect with all the kids,” said Tofino’s recreation programmer Jess Towers.
“Sometimes we get kind of stuck doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes so its nice for us to be able to be out and see them all in their costumes and say, ‘Hi.”
The event is free to attend but donations are encouraged as all the money raised goes to the recreation department’s Kids Access Fund, which helps offset financial barriers for children to participate in recreational programming.
Towers is hoping a large turnout of trick-or-treaters comes out to enjoy the Village Green’s vibe.
“I like seeing all the kids out. I love seeing them in their costumes and just super stoked on being out,” she said.
Ucluelet’s Halloween Howl will be held at the Seaplane Base and will feature a haunted house thanks to the Ucluelet Co-op.
The district’s recreation programmer KK Hodder was thrilled to partner with the Co-op to bring the haunted house back to Ucluelet’s Halloween festivities for the first time in four years.
“It should be a lot of fun, they’re really into it and we’re stoked to have them on board,” she said. “They have totally just taken the bull by the horns and it should be a lot of fun they have some really great ideas.”
The Co-op is also hosting a free BBQ.
An enormous bonfire will burn throughout the festivities and will be supervised by the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade who will also be setting off an impressive fireworks display around 8:45.