This is Halloween: A handy guide to who’s spooking and where

MANITOULIN—Prepare to be scared, Manitoulin. There are terrifying things happening in communities across the Island this week in honour of Halloween, and you’re invited to attend—if you dare.


Central Manitoulin
Head to Providence Bay for a Halloween Nerf party in the Providence Bay Arena this Friday, October 28 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Come in costume and leave with treats! This event is open to children up to age nine.
As the sun goes down, the next day, Saturday, mythical creatures will come out of the forest to feast on the inhabitants of the Pioneer Village of Mindemoya. What lurks in the forest of the Pioneer Village in Mindemoya? Find out if you dare. 
A total 30 tickets will be sold per half hour block of time. Minimum one ticket, maximum 10 tickets per order. Admission is $5 cash at the gate. Support your local Central Manitoulin Lions Club and have fun doing it! Proceeds go to the Central Manitoulin Historical Society.
Younger attendee times are 6 to 6:30 pm and 6:30 to 7 pm (“while there’s still some daylight and things are generally less scary”).
For tickets, head to the Central Manitoulin Lions Club Facebook page and click on the Eventbrite link or email cmlionsevents@gmail.com.
The Lions ask that you do not attend if you suffer from seizures, heart conditions, asthma, or any physical, mental, respiratory and/or medical condition.
It’s a Halloween party that’s sure to be a fright. Come dressed as your best and celebrate the night! The Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions are again hosting their frightfully famous Halloween Dance this Saturday night at the Providence Bay Centennial Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.


Manitowaning
Are you ready to see how scary Manitowaning can really be? The Haunted House Tour is back will take place this Saturday night, October 29, from 7:30 to 9 pm in Manitowaning. It will be so petrifying and fun driving the streets of Manitowaning seeing each Haunted House! 
The tour will be done in your vehicle. Head to the Assiginack arena and pay $10 per vehicle, so load up your family and friends! There you will get a map of all the houses on the tour. All the proceeds will go to the Manitoulin Secondary School Living Well Locker and the Manitoulin Family Resources Food Bank. Fireworks will end the spooktacular event at around 9:15 pm at the Assiginack fairgrounds.


Town of NEMI
The frightful fun gets underway in NEMI today, Wednesday October 26, with a Halloween craft party for kids and teens at the NEMI Public Library, 50 Meredith Street West in Little Current from 3 to 5 pm. Crafting, snack and treats—all for free! All are welcome.
On Thursday, October 27, head back to the NEMI Public Library for an Alphabet Monster Hunt from 4 to 5 pm. A frightfully fun early learning event for three- to five-year-olds.
The Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah will be transformed into a Haunted Museum starting this Friday, October 28 and again on Saturday night. The museum is open for hauntings from 7 to 9 pm. The cost to enter if you dare is $5.
On Friday night, your little ghouls and goblins are invited to boogie down at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #177 when they host their annual kids’ Halloween dance from 6 to 8 pm. The fee for entry is $5.
The Anchor Inn has a cool $250 up for grabs at its Halloween Bash Friday night for best costumes! The party is featuring Wiikwemkoong’s own Elijah and the Backburners. $10 cover with all proceeds to the band.
On Saturday, October 29 kids are invited to downtown Little Current for an early trick or treat. Participating businesses, and the Little Current United Church, will be handing out treats from 1 to 3 pm.
There be boogeymen in those books! The NEMI Public Library is undergoing a terrible transformation on October 29 and 30. The Haunted Library will be open both nights from 7 to 10 pm. Cost of entry is $5 per person.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #177 wants you in your costume best for its Halloween dance Saturday night from 9 pm to 1 am. A light luncheon will be served at 11 pm. Cost is $10 for non-members and $5 for Legion members.


Western Manitoulin
Charles C. McLean Public School is hosting a Colts Family Halloween Dance Friday, October 28 from 6 to 9 pm and includes a costume contest, Thriller dance and more!
Hike if you dare! On Saturday night, October 29, the Gore Bay Haunted Trail at Hindman Park on the East Bluff comes alive from 6 to 9 pm.
And for the grownups, GG’s Diner in Evansville is having a Halloween party buffet dinner and dance Saturday night, with dinner at 6 pm and dance to follow. Halloween costumes are optional, but there are prizes on offer.


Wiikwemkoong
Thursday, October 27 is your last chance to enter the 4th annual Pumpkin Inferno pumpkin carving competition hosted by Buzwah Variety and Video. There is a business category open to all of Manitoulin where a $250 gift certificate to Prepped Manitoulin is up for grabs! Only one pumpkin per business, please. Drop your creation off at Buzwah Variety by October 27. Other categories (open to Wiikwemkoong residents only) are the ‘Battle of the Departments’ and ‘Battle of the Classes.’ Please pre-register your pumpkin by calling Buzwah Variety at 705-859-3886. Good luck!
Starting Friday night through to Halloween, the frightening fun gets underway at Buzwah Variety when the store hosts its annual Pumpkin Inferno, Haunted Trail, School Bus of Horrors and even a scare-free kid zone complete with inflatables and food.
As a special treat, Debajehmujig Storytellers will be getting in on the scares with interactive scenes called ‘The Bear Trap.’
Buzwah Variety owners Rick Leedham and Dawn Marie Jacko are hoping to see a record number of pumpkins carved up by the community for Pumpkin Inferno. Last year there were an impressive 150 pumpkins, double from the year before!