Halloween Guide ’04 

Halloween is the unofficial "Local’s New Years" in Whistler.

Not a lot of this town’s party people work the nine-to-five grind and for those in the service industry, the traditional New Year’s Eve marks the highest point of tourism’s high season.

Translation: you and most of your friends are probably working.

But Halloween is a different story. October bears the tag "the dead season" for a reason. The tops of the mountains are dusted with a hint of the snow to come but there’s not enough to do anything in it yet. It starts to get damn cold and summer pursuits fade like the hours of daylight.

Bars, clubs, restaurants and cafés take advantage of the reduced crowds to do renovations and regroup for the winter onslaught.

The result of less going on: there’s more time to dedicate to things like Halloween costumes.

Now, there’s nothing sadder than being all dressed up with nowhere to go. But with the wealth of Halloween events Whistler has to offer next weekend it will be easy to make sure that doesn’t happen. There’s more than enough wildness and whimsy to go around...

What: Hellish Halloween Bash

Where: Spruce Grove Field House

When: Friday, Oct. 29

This one’s for high school students only. The Whistler Youth Centre’s event next Friday runs 9 p.m. to midnight with ‘mocktails’ and a snackbar. Costumes are mandatory! Admission: $12. Ph: 604-935-8187.

What: Pornoween Party featuring Slow Nerve Action

Where: Boot Pub

When: Saturday, Oct. 30

The Boot is throwing two Halloween parties next weekend. Saturday night check out Whistler’s notorious sexaholic rockers throw down their infamous, high-energy, gutter-mind funk jams. Prizes for best costumes. Tickets: $10. Ph: 604-932-3338.

What: Halloween Costume Party

Where: Savage Beagle

When: Saturday, Oct. 30

Best costume takes home a prize next Saturday night with The Beagle’s bass-ment beatmaster DJ Seanski on the decks. Ph: 604-938-3337.

What: Halloween Freak Show

Where: Longhorn Saloon

When: Saturday, Oct. 30

Prizes for the best and least dressed, plus scary bar games and for the ski-freaks, an encore presentation of local new school ski crew Jib Culture’s first film Disturbing the Piste . Ph: 604-932-5999.

What: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Party

Where: Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC)

When: Sunday, Oct. 31

Local artist couple KLC Nash and Chili Thom are celebrated around these parts for their wild and whimsical decorating-and-DJ extravaganzas. Last year’s Heaven & Hell party featured a two-tier angel/demon DJ set-up and Good vs. Evil entryways. This year, the dynamic duo is converting the GLC into a dark forest and they encourage partygoers to transform themselves into either nubile tree nymphs or evil woodland trolls. On the decks: DJs Ace-zilla, Mr. Fister and Vinyl Ritchie. Tickets: $25. Doors at 9 p.m. Ph: 604-905-9841.

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