Check Out These Frightfully Fun Halloween Events in Kelowna and the South Okanagan
Christmas, New Year’s, and Canada Day are always fun but for pure, unbridled joy and entertainment, it’s pretty hard to top Halloween in Kelowna! Sure, it’s not an actual holiday so there’s no extra day off but there’s no other time year where you get to dress up like your favourite hero or villain and scarf down as many mini Mars bars as you want, all in the name of fun.
Our city and the surrounding communities always offer a tonne of fantastic events so I figured I’d save you some time and round up a few of them here. Below you’ll find just a few of the top local Halloween events for kids and adults.
Kelowna Corn Maze
Anyone who grew up in a rural area knows corn mazes are a classic way to spend any fall day but The Kelowna Corn Maze adds some wonderfully spooky touches to theirs at night. Located on Valley Road, the maze covers three full acres of winding pathways that take a solid 20-30 minutes to work your way through. Afterwards, you can warm up by the fire pit and enjoy some apple cider. This is a great one for the whole family.
Halloween Haunted House
It’s not Halloween unless you’ve had the crap scared out of you at a haunted house and this one is the best in the Okanagan. It’s been evolving over the past 20 years and last year it was so freaky, Global TV came down to check it out. Kelowna’s Halloween Haunted House isn’t just about jump scares though. It’s also a fundraiser for the Kelowna Food Bank. Last year they gathered over 400 pounds of food and raised $400. Bring your donation and prepare to be terrified for a good cause!
Here’s another great family friendly Halloween event everyone can enjoy. The Haunt is put on by the Kelowna & District Safety Council to help raise funds for children’s programs. It’s ten dollars to get in (infants and their parents get in free) but there’s a TONNE of fun stuff including games, pedal cars, a zombie race, face painting, and a whole bunch more. Plus you get free pizza and treats with your ticket. Not too shabby!
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular
Horror movies have some of the best soundtracks around and this Halloween, you can listen to a bunch of them live! The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will be playing some of the most famous and chilling pieces of music from your favourite films. Songs from Harry Potter, Psycho, Dracula, and more will be the highlights but there’ll also be readings of scary stories! It’s a classy way to be creeped out.
Spooktacular Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing
If there’s a more distinctly Okanagan Halloween event, I’ve yet to find it. The View Winery held the Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing for the first time last year and obviously it was a hit because it’s back again. Enjoy some sweet Halloween treats paired up with wines and ciders from The View. I have a hard enough time finding a wine that goes with supper so I can’t wait to see what their connoisseurs recommend for candy corn or peanut butter cups.
Obviously there are waaaaay more Kelowna Halloween events than that but if I tried to feature them all, I’d be writing this column until… well, probably next Halloween. This should be a good start for you but if you want to find more, you can always check out the Tourism Kelowna Events page for a great mix of fun and spooky things to do.
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