Bring the family out to the Vancouver Maritime Museum for a night of Halloween fun! Pirate activities, creepy crafts, and haunted fo'c'sle highlight the event, which is sure to be a hit for all children in attendance. Admission to the museum is free for children who are under the age of 10 and in costume (maximum two free children when accompanied by a paid adult).

When: October 31, 2010
Time: Noon-4PM
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
Come enjoy the Autumn season at the Capilano Suspension Bridge! On both Thanksgiving and Halloween weekends, bring out the family for a night music, entertainment, and fun to celebrate the spirit of the season.

On Thanksgiving weekend, you can enjoy games, face painting, crafts, fortune telling, and the Rainforest Explorers Program, which are sure to be fun activities for the whole family.

On Halloween weekend, show up in costume and enjoy a Jack-o-lantern display along with fortune telling, temporary tattoos, crafts, musical entertainment, and trick-or-treating. NOTE: Trick-or-treating is only available for those in costume!

Don't miss out on a wonderful event for all ages!

When: Saturday, October 09, 2010- Monday, October 11, 2010
            Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Sunday, October 31, 2010


Time: Thanksgiving weekend: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM
          Halloween weekend: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
            3735 Capilano Road
            North Vancouver, BC
Dress up in your fabulous costume and come party at the PNE Agrodome! The Vancouver Costume Ball, now it its 4th year, is Vancouver's biggest Halloween party. This year, the party features 9 DJ's, $3,000.00 in cash costume prizes, and a 3,500 person capacity!

The party will have three different rooms, each with their own music and DJ's. There will be a license cash bar at the event, so naturally, this event is for those 19+ (sorry for the inconvenience!)

Don't miss out on the party of the Halloween season!

When: October 30, 2010
Where: PNE Agrodome
Time: 8PM-2AM

For more information, see http://www.clubzone.com/events/314508/vancouver/pne-agrodome/halloween-costume-ball-4th-annual-pres-by-molson-coors-and-beat-
The scariest Halloween event in Vancouver. Come down to the PNE and witness a terrifying transformation Halloween style! Not for the faint of spirit, only the brave-spirited.

There are a variety of hair-raising attractions including the new Haunted Clown House with a 3D experience. Beware, those with Coulrophobia- an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns may not want to enter, although this may be a side effect.

Don't miss the Kinshira Fire Performance, a tantalizing display of passion, dance, and geometric designs set on fire. Phantoms, zombies and creatures alike will indulge in this symmetrical world of light and and sound.

BC Lions FanFest on October 18, 2010 might give you a chance to get up close and personal with some of your favorite football players and Felions dance team as well as enjoy all the attractions and a hot dog dinner.

To buy tickets for Fright Nights and for all other info visit http://www.pne.ca/fright-nights/

But most of all, enter at your own risk!

When: October 15-31,2010
Where: Pacific National Exhibition 2901 E Hastings
Can't decide where to go on Halloween? Then take the decision out of it, and go to all of them! The Halloween Howler Club Crawl gets you into 4 of Vancouver's hottest clubs and parties for a low price of $30.00! The ticket includes bus transportation, drink specials, and exclusive VIP access with no cover and no lines!

Be sure to join in on Canada's largest Halloween Party as 10,000 people and 500 buses will be partying nationwide!

For more information, see http://www.clubzone.com/events/208598/vancouver/roxy-nightclub/halloween-club-crawl-2010

When: October 29, 2010 and October 30, 2010
From October 13-31, bring your appetite to Yaletown for the 6th annual "Taste of Yaletown", featuring 20 of Yaletown's best restaurants. Each restaurant offers an exclusive three-course meal with fixed prices of $25, $35, or $45. Portions of the profits from each restaurant will be donated to the Vancouver Food Bank. Since 2005, The Taste of Yaletown has raised over $100,000 for the food bank.

Some restaurants who are participating include: Earls, Hurricane Grill, Yaletown Brewing Co., and Milestones to name a few. For a full list of menus and restaurants, click here http://www.foodvancouver.com/event.php?event=vancouver-tasteofyaletown

Come hungry and leave satisfied! The Taste of Yaletown is sure to be a great time for all

When: October 13, 2010- October 31, 2010
Where: Yaletown (see list of restaurants above)
Illustrating entrepreneurship at its finest, the Vancouver Short Film Festival started out with a few ambitious students and a love of film. Five years later, the festival has gone from showing 12 films in 2004 to a record 45 this year!

The best short films from across BC and the globe are showcased at the VSFF! New this year is International Animation Day on October 28. Join in as an expert panel in the even in an event called "Using Animation in your Short Film." THis is sure to be entertaining and fun!

On October 29, enjoy Emerging Filmmakers Screening, World's Best Shorts Screening, and Professional Filmmakers Screening

Festival MCs include Marke Driesschen of CTV, and comedian Greg Kettner.

Both nights conclude with an Opening Reception, Closing Party, and Awards Ceremonies, and are free with the purchase of a ticket or pass.

Visit www.vsff.com for more info and to purchase tickets which are very reasonable from $8-10

We're gonna be there! So how about you?

When: October 28-29
Where: Vancity Theatre: 1181 Seymour Street


Short Film Reviews:
We had the fortunate opportunity to view some of the films in advance, and even score interviews with the filmmakers. Check out these links:

Boys, want to take out your gal for dinner but worried about finding the right ambience. No need to look any further...than Commercial Drive of course.


October is Power Smart Month, and every Wednesday evening during the month, restaurants and cafes on Commercial Drive will turn down their lights and patrons will dine in candlelight and enjoy live acoustic music.

Why the romantic vibe? In order to meet the goals of the new clean energy act, BC Hydro Power Smart are partnering with the Commercial Drive Business Society to set forth the initiative of helping businesses use electricity more efficiently!

Participating venues will also have a ballot box for you to enter a Power Smart Gift Prize package including an acoustic guitar and gift certificates for Commercial Drive.

Sounds good to us! Can't wait to support energy conservation and enjoy an evening of fun!

Check out the participating establishments here: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/visitors/things_to_do/events/event-details?id=3293

When: Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: Commercial Drive
Tuesday marks the first visit from the Avs to Rogers Arena. The Avs currently lead the Northwest Division and bring 3 road wins with them to Vancouver.

The Canucks and their goaltender Roberto Luongo have had an up and down start to the year. Lucky for them, they're at home where they're above .500, appose to on the road where they are still searching for their first win of the year.

The Avalanche are lead by their young dynamic duo of Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart, who have combined for 15 points so far this season.

When: October 26
Time: 7PM
Where: Rogers Arena
Thousands of people around the world will dance Michael Jackson's Thriller together as zombies on October 23, 2010. This is a charity fundraiser for the Vancouver Food Bank, a tribute to the King of Rock, and also a great way to unite the world with dance! The dance routine is easy and requires no dance experience at all. Its a celebration of dance...spooky and zombie style!

Want to participate? All you have to do is visit the website and watch the videos to learn the Thriller dance moves. Then join the crowd and fun on October 23, 2010 at the Roundhouse Community Centre where group rehearsals will take place followed by the worldwide simultaneous dance of Thriller kicking off at 4:00pm sharp. No dance experience is necessary

Registration takes place on the day starting at 1:30pm. Sign in early to avoid the rush. Rehearsals are free, however for the main event at 4:00pm, please bring a minimum $10 donation for the Vancouver Food Bank. Plus, for two perishable food items, get your zombie make-up done by one the Vancouver Film School students onsite.

Last year in Vancouver, there were 242 dancers! Come out this year so we can blow that record out of the water! It will be a terrifying, electrifying, zomberiffic great time! Visit http://www.ttwvancouver.com/ for all the details!

When: October 23, 2010
Time: Registration from 1:30pm on. Dance at 4:00pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Website: http://thrilltheworld.com/
If you're wondering "Where the Wild Things Are?", look no further than Richmond, BC! This Halloween, bring out the family and walk a trail full of Jack-O-Laterns, and become acquainted with owls, racoons, and a variety of other "wild things".

This all encompassing Halloween event also has face painting as well as the 3 M's of Halloween: Magic, Music, and Munchies! An annual event for all ages, be sure to visit the Richmond Nature Park for a fun family event!

For more info call (604) 718 6188.

When: October 23, 2010
Where: Richmond Nature Park
Gather up the family and come check out "The Great Big Boo!", a Halloween Musical for all ages. You'll see Vinnie the Vampire, Wolfgang the Werewolf, Cranium the Mad Scientist, and many more outrageous characters in this "safe and not scary" family event.

Costumes are recommended, but not required. However, if you happen to have a Vinnie the Vampire costume lying around, this would be a good a time as ever to break it out. The Great Big Boo! is a theatrical musical stage show filled with all your favourite songs that you will come to recognize and love! Be sure to check out the show in one of the three venus across the Lower Mainland.

For more information, check out "The Great Big Boo!" website: http://www.thegreatbigboo.com/


When: October 22, 2010 (Centennial Theatre)
            October 23, 2010 (Bell Performing Arts Centre)
            October 28-30, 2010 (Fort Langley--Outdoor Venue)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Virgin Radio is showing our support by asking Vancouverites for their bras with the goal of collecting enough to span the Capilano Suspension Bridge! The goal for this year is to collect 5000 bras! Virgin Radio will donate one dollar for every bra collected to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

All you ladies out there, if you are like me, I'm sure you have old bras sitting in your drawers that you just don't wear anymore. Now is the time to dig them out!

If you’ve got bras to contribute, you can drop them off at: Capilano Suspension Bridge, Ricky’s Restaurants, Current Fashions, and Virgin Radio.

Good News Weekly will be there, so be sure to say hi if you see us strolling around.
Come out on Friday and support a great cause!!

Website: http://vancouver.virginradio.ca/BrasAcrossTheBridge.aspx

When: October 22, 2010
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
One of North America's premier literary events. Attracting some of the best writers to Vancouver, both internationally renowned and undiscovered authors mingle with 14000 readers of all ages in interactive, informal, and intimate settings on beautiful Granville Island.

Featuring some great music events, a literary gala, inspirational talks, theatrical performances, and of course spoken word, poetry, and storytelling on the fly by some amazing authors! There will also be workshops on finding on tapping into the creative soul.

The Vancouver International Writers Festival is a registered non-profit charitable organization.

While you are there, explore Vancouver's cultural hub on Granville Island exploring craft and art galleries, watch artisans at work, and shop for fresh fruit and deli ingredients.

This festival is great for all ages including elementary students up to adults, and anyone with a creative mind!

Visit http://www.writersfest.bc.ca for all the details

When: October 19-24, 2010
Where: All venues are on Granville Island
Celebrates one of British Columbia's favorite fruits, this is a sweet, tasty, and healthy festival! BC is host to a nearly 200 varieties of different apples. Between 11,500 and 13,500 kg of apples are sold to the public each year, making the apple on of the most popular fruits! And where better than to discover and enjoy the local apple market than right here at UBC.

There will be many apple-related activites:
$3 apple tasting up to 60 different varieties of new and heritage apples, and learn about the history of these apples in the 'Apple Booklet'

Vancouver Island based BC Fruit Testers Association will be on site offering demonstrations of grafting and cider pressing. Bring some apple varieties from your garden, and have them identify the variety or test them just for fun!

The Kids will have a blast in the Johnny Appleseed Orchard with great six applecious activities.

You can end the day by visiting the Food Fair and enjoying some tasty treats and purchasing one of the many apple tree perfect for the home garden and patio.

Add a little apple to your life and enjoy this great festival.

More info: http://www.friendsofthegarden.ca

When: October, 16-17 2010
Time: 11am-4pm
Where: UBC Botanical Gardens
Pirates have docked at the Vancouver Aquarium, and they are inviting you to come aboard and travel the Spooky Seas! Beware of skulls, bones, and "spine-chilling" adventures, as this family event is sure to be a unique way to spend the Halloween season.

Explore the Skulls, Bones, and Creeps of the Deep exhibit in the Underwater Dolphin Gallery of the Vancouver Aquarium. The main attraction of the event is sure to be the "The Curse of Skull Rock" film which the audience gets to experience in 4D! On weekends, be weary of roaming pirates around the Gallery, as they look to share their tale of their travels along the West Coast.

When: October 16, 2010- October 31, 2010
Where: Vancouver Aquarium

For more information see http://www.visitvanaqua.org/events/halloween2010
The saying "chocolate is good for you" is not entirely false...at least in our minds its not..that is why we were particularly drawn to this chocolaty festival. There is an increasing appreciation for the healthy benefits of good chocolate and thus these festival events, all 160 of them to be exact will celebrate the true magic of chocolate and appeal to the senses and the soul.

This is a festival for all ages and cultures and aims to educate people about proper chocolate consumption and the lesser known positive benefits of this heavenly delectable treat.

The non-for-profit festival is completely volunteer run and dedicated to empowering youth by creating various mentored work experiences for youth in all of the different events.

There ware events from all ages, including chocolate receptions, galas, and afternoons of chocolate education, entertainment, food, beverages, and family fun.

I know our mouths are watering....what about yours?

For a complete listing of events, please visit http://www.chocolatefestival.ca/en/about/west_coast_chocolate_festival/

When: October,15- November 10, 2010
Where: Fraser Valley, BC Lower Mainland and beyond!
Leave your fears at home and take a walk through Potter's House of Horrors. The House of Horrors is a professional presentation in a labyrinth like walk thru of approx. 9,000 ft. The House consists of several rooms and displays connected by dark and twisty hallways.

While this seems like a scary proposition, we can assure you that the monsters will not touch you, and ideally, you will not touch them back. Be prepared to walk into a House of Horrors with limited light, lots of smoke, and menacing monsters. Do you think you're up for it? If so, this is a can't miss event during the Halloween season!

For more information, see http://pottershouseofhorrors.com/index.html

When: October 15, 2010- October 31, 2010
Where: 12530 72nd Ave, Surrey, B.C.
Time: 6-7 PM (Family Hour). 7-10 PM (Not Family Hour)
Come and get a jump on the latest winter equipment and apparel before the season kicks off! From October 12-15, come get your winter gear for the upcoming season at UBC, as companies clear out merchandise at "student friendly prices". Also, come out to get information on the latest ski trip and travel packages.

Companies participating include: Big White & Silver Star Mountain Resort, UBC Whistler Lodge, West Coast Sports, Second Wave, S2S Nation, S-Trip, Crown Skis, F As In Frank, Destination Snow, NP Resources, Whistler Club Crawl, Travel Cuts, Snowbus, and more!

When: October 12, 2010-October 15, 2010
Where: UBC Student Union Building
Time: 10:00AM- 5:00 PM
After 5 months of waiting, it's finally here! This Saturday, the Canucks open up their 40th season in the NHL vs. the upstart LA Kings. In last year's playoffs, the Canucks defeated the Kings in 6 games in a back and forth opening round series.

This will be the first regular season game for newly acquired Canucks Keith Ballard, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malholtra, and Raffi Torres-- all of whom will be looking to make a good first impression on the Rogers Arena crowd.

The Kings are lead by defenceman Drew Doughty, who won a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics. At the tender age of 20, Doughty is widely considered to be one of the NHL's brightest young stars and is always worth the price of admission.

The atmosphere is sure to be electric, so don't miss out!

When: Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Rogers Arena
Do you love films? Do you enjoy creative, thought provoking, and culturally diverse pieces of work? The Vancouver Film Festival is a tribute to all you film lovers and the amazing talented people who make them.

The festival is among the five largest film festivals in North America and presents films from 80 countries on ten screens! It also features one of the biggest showcases of Canadian and Eastern Asian films in the world. Other categories of films include, Africa Today, Ecologies of Mind, Arts & Letters, Audience Award Winners, Canadian Images, Cinema of Our Time, Dragons & Tigers, Films for youth under 18, High School Program, Nonfiction Features (Docs), Galas, Spotlight on France, and Special Presentations.

Come view the films picked as the world's best and enjoy!!


The Good News Weekly VIFF Pick: Amazon Falls


Visit http://www.viff.org/festival for all ticket purchases and show info or visit the International Film Centre on Seymour and Davie.

When: September 30 - October 15,2010
Where: Various Venues, see website
It's Halloween season here in Vancouver, so naturally that means the Stanley Park Ghost Train is up and running and scaring families all across the Lower Mainland. This year's theme, "Alice in Nightmareland", gives the audience a one way ticket down the rabbit hole where they will encounter demonic playing cards, hookah smoking catepillars, and a disturbed Queen. While this may seem like a scary proposition, rest assured that you'll be out of harms way and in the safety of the Ghost Train!

In addition to the Ghost Train, families can also try their hand at "hat making" at the Mad Hatter's workshop, face painting, and the always popular "Children's Haunted Farmyard".

For more information, check out their website at http://vancouver.ca/parks/events/ghosttrain/index.htm

When: October 8, 2010- October 31, 2010
Where: Stanley Park
It is a conference, but its not! They call it an un-conference to be exact.

Interesting Vancouver is an event about about opening up your mind to a variety of unique topics. The conference held will feature speakers from all walk of life speaking about the weird, the crazy, the inspirational, and the kooky. The topics will challenge your current way of thinking and aim to impart knowledge to you in areas you may never have discussed before. The speakers stories will challenge own personal judgements, but yet offer a platform for spontaneity, freedom of thought and most importantly open-mindedness

The full rooster of speakers won't be revealed until you arrive at the event, but the one common factor will be PASSION. Interesting Vancouver is sure to be a really great one-of-a kind experience.

Tickets are almost gone so get yours now here: www.interestingvancouver.com

When: Friday October 8, 2010
Time: 6:00pm-11:00pm
Where: Vancouver Rowing Club, Coal Harbour
This may be the fun-nest and funniest festival of all! Bringing the world's best improvisers to Vancouver for a week of shows and workshops. The twenty live performances during the week will be created on the spot using the audience' s suggestions and the ingenuity and creativity on part of the performers.

In collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival, there will be various public and performer workshops. Featuring the best talent from as far a New York, and also new this year, the first Annual Cascades Ensemble. The ensemble consists of the best and brightest, and most intriguing improvisers from across the lower mainland and greater northwest area. Don't miss their improv show on Oct.7.

Visit: http://vancouverimprovfest.com/ for all the show info and ticket information. Watch all 20 shows for $40! That's a great deal!

When: Oct. 5-10, 2010
Where: Performance Works on Granville Island
Can't go to Germany to partake in the World's largest fair and drink copious amount of beer? No worries, OktoberThirst brings the beer here!

OktoberThirst is the evolution of a traditional German Oktoberfest focused within a modern metropolitan city. Accompanied by live music, delicious food, and a red carpet like photo for all participants, the OktoberThirst tasting and beer festival features the best craft and import beers available around town.

Craft and Import will be set up for the beer tasting from 7:00pm to 10pm for the public. Beer is 100% FREE w/ admission! Whoo Hooo!

For tickets visit: www.oktoberthirst.com

Come and join in for an evening of entertainment, fun and, of course, BEER!

When: Friday, October 1, 2010
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club 4875 Victoria Drive
Catapulting viewers into the future while also immersing them in the past, the latest exhibition, ‘Fifteen,’ at the Douglas Reynold’s Gallery celebrates historical First Nation pieces while showcasing the works of modern North-West coast native artists.

Celebrating the galleries inception 15 years ago, the owner Douglas Reynolds has brought together 30 talented artists including one of the most recognized First Nation artists in Canada, Bill Reid. The exhibit also features “up-and-comers” on the art scene, all artists who have risen to the top in the past few years.

Most of the artworks have never been shown to the public before and include varied art styles from different historical periods.

First Nation art in the past has often been overlooked as simply being a native craft but now strong demand is coming from the international front, as well from businesses, and interior designers.

"First Nation art is being shown in a different light – it’s a different game – and it is being embraced by people from all walks of life worldwide,” Reynolds states.

This exhibit definitely is in keeping with the galleries spirit – to celebrate the past, affirm the present and anticipate the future. Check it out!

When: Open Saturday September 18
Where: Douglas Reynolds Gallery 2333 Granville Street
Time: 2-6pm
For more information visit: http://www.douglasreynoldsgallery.com/Fifteen


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