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1 Nov

Extreme Pumpkins: Pow Turns Aren’t the Only Thing We Carve in Whistler

  1. Pick a Pumpkin with Character
    “Find the ugliest pumpkin you can, to me that is the prettiest. If it has warts or green patches or is not properly round… what ever is awful is perfect for Halloween.”
  2. Let the Pumpkin Guide You
    “Let it tell you what it wants to be. Sometimes you don’t know what is going to happen until you start and that is what creativity is about. Chip away to reveal the pumpkin’s character. It’s like sculpture.”
  3. Choose Your Methods
    “There are two main ways to carve a pumpkin. The traditional way is to hollow it out, stencil what you want on the shell, cut some holes in it and put a light inside. The other way is to leave the pumpkin whole and carve into it with clay or wood carving tools. This way you can take your time and get way into the carving.”
  4. Pumpkin Carving Process

  5. The Right Tools
    “Clay tools are the best but I didn’t have any special tools for these pumpkins, just a knife and a carrot peeler. I think a Dremel would be great for finishing touches but really, the right tools are whatever tools you have.”
  6. Technique
    “Carve with the natural grain of the pumpkin. It’s like cutting meat, one way will work better than the other and give you more precision.”
  7. Have Fun
    “Don’t stress, it’s Halloween—the uglier the better. And don’t be afraid to add props or accessories to your work. There are no rules just don’t quit. Take your time and make a night of it. The non-hollowed out pumpkins will last a while so take a few days if you need. See it through.”
  8. Josee, who now lives on Vancouver Island, says her fondest memories of Halloween in Whistler are the parties, the costumes, and how everyone would create just for the sake of it.

    “There is real value in putting time and effort into something just for the love of being artistic and sharing it with people. Carving a pumpkin counts too! Happy Halloween.”

    Be Bear Smart

    The snowline may be getting lower and lower, but the bears are still out and about in Whistler and they LOVE pumpkins. Follow Rule # 1 from Whistler’s Bear Smart Society – ‘Don’t Feed The Bears’ – and make sure those pumpkins and seeds are kept out of reach.

    Halloween 2016 – What’s On in Whistler

    Family Fun

    Whistler Haunted House – Family Fun
    Family Fun $5 or $20 Group | October 29-31 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Westin Resort and Spa Whistler
    The Whistler Haunted house has been running since 2012, with thousands of people attending over the years, forming it into a spectacularly spooky Whistler tradition. This year the house has a brand new, custom-built location right in Whistler Village in the courtyard of the Westin Resort Spa. A team of talented locals volunteer to create the entire house from scratch, and proceeds from the house go to support local charities and causes. Part of Haunted Heritage Weekend by Arts Whistler and the Whistler Museum.
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    Halloween Crafts
    October 29 and 30 | 12pm-2:30pm | by donation | Whistler Museum (family fun, kid-friendly)
    Create your own spooky Halloween creatures at the Whistler Museum. The crew from the Whistler Haunted House will be decorating the Whistler Museum as well for a fantastically spooky experience. Costumes welcome! Part of Haunted Heritage Weekend by Arts Whistler and the Whistler Museum.
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    Halloween Face Painting Tips and Tricks from Whistler Artist Nina Moore
    October 29 | 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Fairmont Chateau Whistler
    From zombies to fairies, pumpkins to werewolves, learn how to create spellbinding looks for your favourite costume. A professional face painting artist will be on hand to share tips and techniques for achieving that perfect guise.

    Whistler Children’s Chorus Concert: Harvest Moon
    October 30 | 7:00 | Free | Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
    Halloween costumes encouraged as the kids choir performs their annual harvest moon concert.

    Halloween at Tapley’s Farm
    October 31 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | By Donation (non perishable food) | Tapley’s
    Tapley’s has been the haunted hub of Whistler for 33 years in a row, with local residents creating a magical, scary atmosphere for trick-or-treating with fireworks at Myrtle Philip Community School afterwards. Shuttles will run from Marketplace from 5:15 to 8: 15 PM. Candy donations will be accepted at local stores and schools to support the night.

    Pumpkin Carving for Kids

    Halloween for Big Kids – Nightclubs, Parties and More

    Whistler Haunted House – Full Scare
    Full Scare $10 | October 27-31 | 6 PM – 10 PM | Mature Audience Suggested! | Westin Resort Spa Courtyard
    The Whistler Haunted House pulls out all the stops for adults during the full scare. Come in a group, come alone if you dare – mature audience suggested! Part proceeds from the house go to support local charities and causes.
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    Spooker Series
    October 30 | 6pm | $10 | Whistler Museum (19+ event)
    A special edition of the Whistler Museum’s popular Speaker Series where local storytellers share their best Whistler ghost stories – are they real or imaginary? Live music and cash bar. Part of Haunted Heritage Weekend by Arts Whistler and the Whistler Museum.
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    Haunted Hallway at Buffalo Bill’s
    October 26, 28-31 | 9:00 – 12:00 PM | Buffalo Bill’s
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    Pumpkin Carving Contest
    October 27 | Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub
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    Jagermeister’s Reach For The Darkness Halloween Party
    October 28 | 9:00 PM | Tommy Africa’s Nightclub
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    Free Frawl Freak Show
    October 28 | 9:00 PM | Maxx Fish
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    Howling Saturday at Tommy Africa’s
    October 29 | 9:00 PM | Tommy Africa’s Nightclub
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    Night Of The Bat
    October 29 | 9:00 PM | Maxx Fish
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    Halloween Hop
    October 29 | $60 | Includes 4 Nightlife Venues, 5 drink tickets, VIP entry and food
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    Halloween Massive Feat. Mob Tactics
    October 30 | 9:00 PM | Tommy Africa’s Nightclub
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    Devil’s Night Halloween Glow Party
    October 30 | Doors 9:30 PM | Moe Joe’s Nightclub
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    Halloween Local’s Night
    October 30 | Longhorn Saloon Grill
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    Halloween Karaoke Bash
    October 31 | 9:00 PM | Cinnamon Bear Bar Grille
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    Undead Disco
    October 31 | 8:00 PM | Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub
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    Day of the Dead Monday Pumpkin Carving
    October 31 | 5:00 PM | The FireRock Lounge
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    Jägermeister presents: Stranger-GARFS (The Halloween Party)
    October 31 | 7:00 PM | Garfinkel’s
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    The Monsters Ball in association with JACK Daniels!
    October 31 | 9:00 PM | Tommy Africa’s Nightclub
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    The Jagermeister Monday Massacre
    October 31 | 9:00 PM | Maxx Fish
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    DJ dieMetal at Brandy’s
    October 31 |10:00 PM | Brandy’s at the Keg
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    Halloween Hop – Local’s Edition
    October 31 | $35 | Includes 4 Nightlife Venues, 5 drink tickets, VIP entry and food
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