Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Last minute Halloween costume, decorations & other preparations

Monday, October 27th, 2014

With just a few short days to go for Halloween there is a good chance that some of us may be a little behind with the preparations. If you still need to find a cool and scary costume or need some trinkets for this ghoulish festival we will show you where to go in time for this Friday October 31st.

Dressew – Fabrics, sewing & other clothing materials
337 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6
Phone number (604) 682-6196

This store is incredible if you are looking for clothing materials and fabrics – not only that it also has an extensive costume selection all year, however, once Halloween rolls in the costume selection certainly takes on a more sinister theme! We feel that this IS the daddy of all costume stores, it can get very very busy there, so do not be surprised if you encounter a line up at store – it is popular for a reason and it will be well worth the wait as you will be sure to find an awesome costume and some funky and scary trinkets to accompany your gear.
Website: http://students.bcitwebdev.com/stephanepj/finalproject/index.php

The Party Bazaar!
1296 STATION ST., VANCOUVER, BC V6A 2X3
one block east of Main St. and Terminal Ave, at the Main St Skytrain Station.
604-873-5241 or Toll Free 1-800-563-5200
Fax 604-873-1644
Email: sales@thepartybazaar.com

This is a great place that sells items specifically for your costume and party needs all year round, they have everything you need for party tricks, games, trinkets, face paints and more – you can easily spend a pretty penny for your tickle trunk at this shop!
Website: http://www.thepartybazaar.com/

Dollar Stores on Davie St – Davie Village
There are Dollar stores everywhere in Vancouver and there are a handful that are very close by to the Sunset Inn and Suites Hotel in the Westend- they will have a limited selection of costumes, but you will be sure to find Face Paints, Balloons, scary goodies, trinkets and more here, our go to is Amy’s.
Amy’s Jr. Loonie Toonie Town
1050 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
604-689-9719
Amy’s is the largest and closest of all the dollar stores on Davie St, it will be highly likely you will find a great deal here.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Thurlow & Davie St Vancouver BC V6E 1N2; Phone: 604-669-2424; Fax: 604-681-2328; Email: asdm272@shoppersdrugmart.ca
Shopper’s which is just a short 5 minute walk behind on Davie Street always has a festive aisle available for whatever the event is occurring at the time of year. They will surely have some cool costumes and decorations for you to buy here. The store is 24 hour so easy to find something on the hop!

Website: http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/store-locator/store/272

Halloween Events in Vancouver: http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=6028

Halloween Vancouver events during October

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It is that time of year again where we look towards the dark side and scare ourselves silly for the hell of it! Read about all the cool events that are happening close by and around the city!

Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Check out The Rio Theatre’s late night movies on Friday nights. A Vancouver institution.
It’s got everything you could ever want:
- Cheap tickets
- Booze
- Hyper-into-it hipsters in costume, and hopefully yourselves in costume too!
- Yummy, delicious, buttered popcorn
The Rio Theatre hosts late night movies for adults (19+ only), so you won’t have any kids kicking the back of your seat and crying (that’s just that annoying drunk guy). The movies shown are classics, the kind that you haven’t watched since you had a VCR and a non-HD TV.

Halloween Films
Friday October 17th
SHOWGURLZ 2: A Halloween Horror Drag Show 9:30pm
Rocky Horror Picture Show *All Ages* with LIVE Shadow Cast 11:55pm

Friday October 31st
Showcase from The Crypt 8:00pm
BEETLEJUICE *All Ages* Screening 11:30pm

Website: http://riotheatre.ca/

Vancouver Halloween Expo and Parade 2014
Halloween Expo Saturday Oct 18, 10 AM – 9 PM – Sunday Oct 19, 10 AM – 9 PM
The Vancouver Halloween Parade happens – Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 12pm – 3pm
This is a brand new event and we hope that it is a success as there maybe a chance it will be a regular downtown fixture.
First the Expo itself will be a two day event that includes Cosplay with some famous scary and not so scary celebrities such as the following, The Alien, The Predator, The Smoking Man from X-Files, Dragon Ball: Gohan, Pokémon: Ash and May, Naruto: Kiba, Bleach: Aizen, One Piece: Nico, Robin, TMNT: April, and the Street Fighter: Ryu There will also be lots of other attractions and stalls with prizes for you allt o enjoy.
Starting at very close by at Davie St. and Granville St, the parade will then head north on Granville St, turns west on Smithe, then south along Howe St. back to Davie. Which is conveniently just a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hotel.
It is anticipated that there will be large crowds coming to this event – and we encourage everyone to take part in costume – because why not! Bear in mind this is a family friendly event so lets not try to scare the little ones too much, well, maybe just a little bit!

Website: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/index.php?cpcode=

Regular Vancouver Halloween fixtures.
The Stanley Park Ghost Train
All aboard all aboard for the train ride of your life – once again we invite the brave and the fearless to board the annual Stanley park ghost train, nestled deep in the dark depths of the forest this is the train ride you will never forget!
Stanley Park’s famous Miniature Train becomes a Halloween-themed ride that takes you on a a journey of mystique, magic and some surprises for young and old alike, this will be pretty cool in the deep dark forest!


Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Stanley-Park-Halloween-Ghost-Train-tickets/artist/933873

Fright Nights at the Playland and PNE
Runs from October 10 to November 1
Located at one of Canada’s oldest Fairground attractions which also hosts its original wooden rollercoaster, Playland now for the rest of the month becomes a ghoulish haven for the ghosts and other scary entities such as the humans that visit there. Featuring 7 haunted houses, including a brand new house, 13 rides, The Monsters of Schlock, and The Kinshira Fire Performers plus other terrifying shows and attractions.

Website: http://www.pne.ca/fright-nights/

Experience the gorgeous transition from Summer to Fall in Vancouver

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The last day of August in Vancouver was greeted with some serious Monsoon type rains which in our eyes is a taster for things to come as Summer make the gradual transition towards Autumn. It was a welcome relief for the area as we have somewhat been a little parched in this parts of the world, but of course, we know that it could be much much worse as our neighbours to the south have been experiencing a real deal drought.

It is fairly typical for August to be one of our drier months. It also seems to be a regular occurrence for the rains to make a visit at this point of the Summer, why is that? Well it is the Labour day long weekend of course and the weather seems to only perform on time with the rains when a bank holiday rolls around, but hey, such is life!

Interestingly enough, as much as September tends to see a little increase in the inclement weather it can be one of the most gorgeous months in Vancouver, the weather tends to be much more tolerable as the humidity starts to wane and the nights are noticeably much more comfortable, with the days seeing a healthy amount of sunshine -the temperatures in September give or take average out around the 20C mark (to our friends who work on the good old Fahrenheit system that is 68C).

The leaves have just started the process of changing colours so on that note we will like to tell you how to maximise your stay in Vancouver well embracing the gorgeous transition between Summer and Fall. Vancouver and this area of the world does show off some spectacular falls colours – granted it is not anything like out in the East where there are predominately Deciduous trees, but saying that, we do pull of a great show here especially when visiting the stunning Stanley Park.

Not only can you see some incredible fall colours in Stanley Park, we also highly recommend that you head down to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Van Dusen Gardens which is a stunning location no matter what time of year. If you happen to be visiting Victoria be sure to check out The Butchart Gardens which is a great alternative.

Van Dusen Gardens: http://vandusengarden.org/

The Butchart Gardens: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

Queen Elizabeth Park http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

For further information on what to expect with the Fall colours, please click on this link courtesy of Tourism Vancouver http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/explore/fall-colours/

Over the next couple of months we do see the Summer tourist Season wind down, but that does not reflect on the entertainment scene in Vancouver, first of all, during the first few weeks of September there is the final big hurrah of the Summer festivals which is the Vancouver Fringe Festival – this is the perfect way to end the Summer with some Quirky comedy, music and live theatre with something for everyone to enjoy no matter the age, this is located down at Granville Island which is a cultural must see hub in Vancouver.

You can read more about the Vancouver Fringe Festival here… http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=5803

Granville Island Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

Once September winds down you will then notice that the entertainment start to focus on the more thrilling and ghostly elements as the Vancouver area and most of North America start to gear up for the Halloween season – and trust us it is fun scary and there are lost to write about but that will be for a future blog in the not too distant future……

So for now, we encourage you to come by and embrace this season of change and get out to explore nature in all its Summery to Fall glory!

THE ‘WILL-O’-THE WISP & the JACK O’ LANTERN – Why we Carve Pumpkins at Halloween…

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

As Halloween is fast approaching it is time for us to get creative with the Pumpkin carving! At the hotel, we are putting our heads together to think of cool images to carve into the pumpkins – we will also love for you to help us out -what kind of cool imagery do you want us to carve into our own Pumpkin? If you have any ideas please let us know and even better, share your photos of the cool carvings you have created for this occasion!

In this blog we will discover the origins of pumpkin carving and as to why we continue this tradition every year.

THE ‘WILL-O’-THE WISP & the JACK O’ LANTERN Connection
The tradition of carving pumpkin has various origins and the most popular in well known folklore are the stories of The Will-O’-the Wisp and Jack O’ Lantern.
The ‘Will-O’-the Wisp’ was created by a natural phenomena that happens to occur when plants are decaying over Swampy or Peat Bog areas and are in the process producing a Phosphorescence Glow .
During the 18th Century tales of folklore were created to personify this ghostly apparition and tales of Pixies and Sprites were soon born to explain what was happening. The Sprite was said to form wispy flames of light around it and would lead foolish travelers astray by luring them towards the swampy bogs – where ultimately some may have gotten themselves stuck in the dark murky swamps.
In Latin the light is known as “Ignis Fatuus” which translates “foolish fire.” The reference of the name “will-o’-the-wisp” has been extended to any impractical or unattainable goal.

On the subject of the Phosphorescence Glow there are many common occurrences of this that you can see for yourself, materials such as Paints, Glow in the dark toys and Clock dials are all examples of a man made material that presents the Phosphorescence glow processes in opposition to the chemical states happening naturally.

The Jack O’ Lantern is related to the Wisp, but in modern times when we follow this tradition the Lantern seems to be a more common phrase that comes to mind.
The origins of this are from Irish and Scottish Myths and Legendary Folklore that come in various incarnations. In short, the tales usually involves a man ‘Jack’ Who has an undesirable trait wether he be stingy or a thief and has played a trick on the devil which never bodes well for his Soul. As punishment, Jack’s Soul after passing is generally to be found in Limbo as the devil agrees too spare it, yet, unbeknownst to Jack it means the soul cannot be entered into Heaven nor can it be let into Hell in part due to his lifestyle decisions and as well as the experience with the devil itself!!!

The images portrayed into the Pumpkins are of a ghoulish nature for these reasons, and over the years that we have traditionally celebrated the tradition, there have been many pranks played into the custom too – so the evolution of some of these Lanterns portray humorous looking Ghouls and imagery.

Below are some Lanterns that were created with some friends on a Halloween excursion to Seattle…..what do you think of them? Cool eh!

Halloween Events during October!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

October is here and that can mean only one thing………..HALLOWEEN!!!

This is a great time of year for kids and adults alike as it is the best time of year for fun dress up! If any of you will be in the area during the festivities and you want to find a good costume, we recommend that you visit DRESSEW on Hastings St, this fabric shop is amazing and will be a great place to find a fab costume for a Halloween Dress-up party. Please get there early as this place will have a huge line up closer to the event!
http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/09/halloween-costumes-vancouver-dressew-supply/

HALLOWEEN TOURS

HAUNTED VANCOUVER TROLLEY TOUR
2.5 Hrs of Vancouver Ghost Stories featuring stops at Vancouver Police Museum and Mountain View Cemetery
When: OCTOBER 18th – OCTOBER 31st, 2013 – excluding Sundays and Mondays
http://www.vancouvertrolley.com/tours/seasonal/haunted-halloween

FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER – THE LOST SOULS OF GASTOWN
Take a journey into the cobbled stone streets of Gastown and venture through some of the back alleys on the scary Macabre Journey that will be sure to make your hair stand on end….
http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/home/the-lost-souls-of-gastown/

HALLOWEEN GHOST TRAIN IN STANLEY PARK
Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies! Take your velvet seat on the Halloween Ghost Train and journey back to a time when moving pictures unearthed the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds. Awake Dracula! Awake Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Phantom of the Opera. Crawl out from your coffins, slither from your slabs, and ooze out from your tombs! These October nights summon you from darkness.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ghost-train.aspx

Friday, October 11 – Saturday, November 2, 2013
Closed Thanksgiving Monday, October 14
Afternoon matinees
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm (train only)
Nights
6:00pm – 10:00 pm seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving Monday)

FRIGHT NIGHTS AT THE PNE
Western Canada’s Scariest Haunt – Face your fears. Fright Nights possesses Playland, featuring 6 fright houses, 12 rides, and the freaky sideshow, The Monsters of Schlock.
October 11th to November 2nd
http://www.frightnights.ca/

NIGHTCLUBS-HALLOWEEN PARTIES & EVENTS
For the younger crowd out who are looking for an awesome Nightclub party Halloween Style, click on this link for all the big parties to choose from: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/09/halloween-parties-vancouver-2013/

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Special Events – Vancouver 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013

We are already more than a quarter a way through 2013 and that means the events calendar is really filling up now.

Listed below are the major events that will be having an effect on the city and the occupancy of the hotel for the rest of the year, be sure to check these dates so you may be aware that there is a higher potential for the hotel to sell out over these days respectively.

VANCOUVER MARATHON
5th MAY Sunday – Booking suggestion 3rd to 5th (Fri to Sun)
http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/

MOTHERS DAY
12th May Sunday – Booking Suggestion 11th & 12th (Sat & Sun)
http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

VICTORIA DAY
20th May Monday – Booking Suggestion 17th to 26th
http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

US MEMORIAL DAY
27th May Monday – Booking suggestion 17th to 27th

CAR FREE VANCOUVER DAY/FATHERS DAY
16th June Sunday
– Booking Suggestion 14th (Friday) to 17th June
http://westendbia.com/index.php?page_id=1124
And for other Car Free Festivals around the City
http://www.carfreevancouver.org/

RIO TINTO DRAGONBOAT FESTIVAL
21st – 23rd June (Friday) – Booking Suggestion 20th (thurs) to 24th
http://dragonboatbc.ca/home/

CANADA DAY
1st July Monday – Booking Suggestion June 30th (Sun)
http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/
and celebrations at Granville Island
http://www.canada-day.ca/vancouver/

US INDEPENDENCE DAY
4th July Thursday Booking Suggestion – 3rd (Weds)

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS
27th July – Sat
31st July – Weds
4th August – Sat Booking Suggestions 26th July to 5th August
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

PRIDE PARADE
4th August Sunday – Booking suggestion 2nd to 5th August
http://www.vancouverpride.ca/Pride2013/
And check out the Davie Village Events listings
http://www.mydavievillage.com/HappeningNow.html

BRITISH COLUMBIA DAY
5th August Monday – Booking Suggestion 2nd to 6th August

LABOUR DAY
2nd Monday September – Booking Suggestion 30th Aug to 3rd September

GRAND FONDO BIKE RACE
7th September Saturday – Booking Suggestion 6th (Friday) to 8th September
http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com/

THANKSGIVING (CANADA) – COLUMBUS DAY (US)
14th October Monday – Booking Suggestion 13th (Sunday) to 15th

HALLOWEEN
31st October Thursday – Booking Suggestion Oct 30th (Wednesday) to Nov 1st
http://www.bcliving.ca/entertainment/spooky-halloween-events-in-vancouver-for-the-whole-family

REMEMBERANCE DAY – CANADA (VETERANS DAY – US)
11th November Monday – Booking Suggestion 10th (Sunday) to 14th

US THANKSGIVING
28th November Thursday – Booking Suggestion Nov 27th (Wednesday) to 29th

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http://www.tourismvancouver.com/