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Hauntingly fun events slated for West Shore

Plenty of tricks, treats and events for all ages in View Royal, Colwood, Metchosin, Langford and Highlands
Harlyn Baldwin

If you’re howling at the moon looking for some spook-tastic entertainment, Halloween events on the West Shore are sure to satisfy every taste.

The inaugural Bear Mountain Monster Run kicks off Saturday (Oct. 31), with one-kilometre, 3K or 5K routes to walk or run. Trick or treat your way through obstacles collecting goodies. Be sure to let your inner monster out between stations and fill your official Monster Run loot bag.

A post-race party is being held in the ballroom at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa. There’ll be entertainment, food, games, draw prizes and giveaways for the best costume. Tickets are $50 and include two drinks and appetizers.

But don’t forget to end the day with a bang at Bear Mountain. The annual fireworks show starts at 8 p.m., complete with Monster VIP viewing area.

Also on Saturday, West Shore Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween howl skate at the Juan de Fuca arena from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Regular admission rates apply and the wearing of costumes is encouraged.

Meanwhile, area fire departments are hosting their annual Halloween bonfires on Saturday evening.

The District of Highlands’ event happens at the West Fire Hall, 1564 Millstream Rd., starting at 7 p.m. and creatures from all walks of life are welcomed.

In View Royal, the Public Safety Building at 333 Island Hwy. is the place to be Halloween night from 6 to 10 p.m., with a haunted house, hot dogs, hot drinks and candy up for grabs.

If you’re in the Colwood area, the Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Association is hosting a community event at the hall, 3215 Metchosin Rd. Come join the fun, which includes a costume parade with music and prizes. There’s also free hot dogs, hot chocolate and treats. This event kicks off around 6:30 p.m. and wraps up around 9.

Not to be outdone, Langford Fire Rescue is hosting open houses at all three of its stations: 2625 Peatt Rd., 3205 Happy Valley Rd. and 2872 Sooke Lake Rd., with plenty of treats for trick or treaters of all ages between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Metchosin also invites residents out to enjoy a bonfire with a bang, with a fireworks show, live entertainment, carnival games and lots to nibble. It all happens at the Metchosin fire hall, 4440 Happy Valley Rd. from 6 to 9 p.m.