Something wicked this way comes. The candy is ready, the costumes are sewn and the scares are plentiful. Halloween parties and haunts will be in full swing this week as we lead up to October’s big day, and there are plenty of ways to get in the mood. Show off your costume at the annual C4 Central Canada Comic Con or get sucked into the classic ballet of Dracula. Here’s what’s hot…
Screech in horror at a Halloween haunt
Various dates and venues
‘Tis the season for fear and fright, and what better way to give yourself the shivers than by getting out to one of Manitoba’s many Halloween haunts. From haunted forests for the adults (Six Pines) to ghostly tours for the kids (Marine Museum), there’s something bone-tinging for everyone this October.
Dress up as your favourite character
Oct 28 to 30
RBC Convention Centre
Characters from all walks of life, planets, and dimensions gather at the C4 Central Canada Comic Con. Fans and hobbyists can browse the artist alley and the exhibitor hall, all before getting the chance to meet special guests such as William Shatner (Star Trek), Mark Pelegrino (LOST, Supernatural) and Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, Relic Hunter). Where else can you see Sailor Moon, Inuyasha and Daenerys Targaryen all in one room?
Get sucked into Dracula
October 26 to 30
Centennial Concert Hall
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with blood-thirsty ballet? The classic tale of Dracula returns to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for the 77th season opener. Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and be entered to win a walk-on roll in RWB’s Nutcracker, and two tickets into the show.
Fill the senses as you sample new wines
Brandon Victoria Inn
Gather with great company in Brandon for an evening that will fill the senses and capture the romance of yesteryear. At the Westman Wine Festival, you can sample an incredible selection of 128 fine wines, all in support of the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre.
Rejuvenate and relax at the spa
Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.
Get your fill at a fall supper
Various dates and locations
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.
October 29: Silver Heights United Church Fall Supper
October 30: Brandon Fall Supper, Christ the King Roman Catholic Church Fall Supper, Emerson Fall Supper, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Fall Supper, Job’s Daughters Fall Supper, Neepawa United Church Fall Supper, Selkirk United Church Fall Supper, Ste. Rose du Lac Fall Supper, St. Francis Anglican Church Fall Supper
Find the balance between tradition and passion
October 13 to 29
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev follows the story of a Hasidic Jewish boy in New York City who grew up with the itch to draw and create art; a passion not necessarily supported by his traditional family and community. Follow along on Asher Lev’s journey as he navigates between tradition, belief and his own passion for life and art.
Get caught in the Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
October 12 to 30
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Get pulled into this family drama that follows Bernice Trimble and her three adult children as they struggle to cope with the life-changing news of Bernice’s diagnosis. While Iris, the middle daughter, turns to making her mother’s famous casserole, the other siblings take different routes on coping – all of which play out in the kitchen.
Take a hike
Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands and the occasional view-encompassing escarpment. For even more variety, she sketched in innumerable lakes and rivers dotted with granite and limestone outcroppings, set among deep deciduous and evergreen forests. And guess what? Fall happens to be one of the best times to embark on a hike.
See dinosaurs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
On until October 30
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Good news! Dinosaurs Alive!® aren’t extinct yet, at least not at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The immersive and comprehensive dinosaur experience allows visitors to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar throughout the zoo. Learn about your favourite dinosaurs or just enjoy the thrill of seeing these beasts in action, now extended until October 30. Don’t miss it!
Wander a Victorian home by candlelight
October 27 to 30
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
This once-a-year unique experience will allow you to wander the 1895 Victorian home by candlelight, and find out why the Victorians were so consumed by the paranormal. Stories will be shared on the Victorian’s scariest nightmares and the traditions create in order to keep spirits out of the human realm.
Put on your dancing shoes at Billy Elliot The Musical
October 27 to 29
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Be inspired by the story of a boy who defies the odds and realizes his dreams in Billy Elliot the Musical. Featuring music by Elton John and incredible dance sequences, you will be dazzled by Billy, a young boy in UK destined to follow his father and brother to work in the coal mines until he discovers the exciting world in ballet.
Wine and dine at The Forks
If you haven’t spent a day at The Forks in awhile, you should probably make a date with this historic site ASAP. The market retains the nostalgic feel that you likely remember – with live street vendor music serenading the halls and plenty of knickknacks to discover – while introducing a gorgeous new dining hall and new food vendors to indulge in. You will, as they say, go for the food and stay for the beer.
Take a step back in hockey history
October 2016 to April 2017
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Winnipeg
Celebrate an era that will bring you back to the old Winnipeg arena and into the thriving MTS Centre with treasures and memorabilia from our hockey history. Take a journey with the Winnipeg Warriors of the late 50’s through to the WHA Jets in the 70’s, and all the way to Jets 1.0, Manitoba Moose, and the present day NHL Jets 2.0. The fabulous exhibit is present by the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.
Get the (craft) show on the road
Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year. That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.
Oct 28 to 30 | Art Expo, Assiniboia Downs
Oct 28-29| Crafted Show + Sale, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Oct 29 | Winnipeg-South Fall Expo, Southlands Community Church 85 Keslar Rd
Pembina Valley Central Plains
Oct 28-29 | Portage la Prairie: Prairie Ripples Art Sale, William Glesby Centre