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“Spookloops” celebrates the not-so-scary side of Halloween
 

October 3, 2013, Kamloops, BC – Kamloops will echo with the calls of ghosts, goblins and ghouls as this interior city gears up once again for Halloween, that most fiendish of festive occasions. 

As the darkening days of October dwindle, this city situated where the beautiful South and North Thompson Rivers meet transforms itself into “Spookloops.” Around here, Halloween has become a destination event. From fascinating tours of the city’s spooky historical spots to a mind boggling, night time wander through a creepy corn maze, the city boasts an astounding variety of family friendly ways to celebrate the end of the harvest season and onset of wintertime.

New for 2013, Tranquille Farm Fresh, located on the shores of Kamloops Lake, will be offering tours of the property’s historic underground tunnels. The Tunnel Tours at Tranquille depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. offering guests a look at the underground corridors that once were busy passages for laundry, food and patients. In addition, the farm will be offering its Fresh Corn Maze, opening in mid-September.  Guests have the opportunity to wander among nine-foot tall corn stalks and unravel clues in search of the right path and the key to the maze. During the Corn Maze Extravaganza nightly explorations of the corn maze will include actors, fog, lights, music and scary sounds from Oct. 25 to 27.

The BC Wildlife Park is offering a perennial favorite, BOO at the Zoo, featuring a kid’s haunted house, freaky family farm, spooky light displays, haunted maze and trick or treating on Oct. 18 to 20, 25, 26 & 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. For those folks wanting to get their creep on, Sakred Skin & Studio is offering their second annual Haunted House with a kid-friendly event Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m., along with an edgier, adults-only experience on Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.  

City streets and cemeteries take a dark turn when visitors join the Kamloops Museum and Archives hosts Deb Harrison and Sylvia Gropp for the Haunted Kamloops Tour held twice daily Oct. 23, 24 & 25. The tour explores the burial grounds and other locations around the city that resonate with spooky murders, hangings and other dubious dealings. The Wednesday, Oct. 23 tour is suitable for a younger audience. 

 

Interested in learning more about some of Kamloops’ more nefarious characters? The Kamloops Criminal Guided Walking Tour explores the disreputable past of the city’s criminals and ne’er do wells. The 90-minute tour departs from the Kamloops Museum located at 207 Seymour Street on Oct. 5 at noon.

Of course, any city that wants to be taken seriously as a purveyor of all things Halloween needs a ghost; Kamloops is home to the Ghost of Albert at the Sagebrush Theatre. Albert, believed to be the late Arnold Mallot, was the first person hanged for murder in Kamloops and his coffin was misplaced after the 1939 flood that destroyed the cemetery at the site of the theatre. However don’t worry, he’s a friendly ghost and his restless spirit now watches over Sagebrush Theatre patrons with a careful eye.

After enjoying all the ghoulish delights that Spookloops has to offer, visitors can (hopefully) relax over a glass of pumpkin ale at the Noble Pig, Kamloops’ only brew pub. This seasonal ale is brewed each September so that it’s ready just in time for the spookiest season of them all. Oct. 27 marks the third annual Oktoberfest at the Noble Pig – a great excuse to don your dirndl and lederhosen and raise a glass to celebrate this notable Bavarian event.

Throughout the Spookloops celebrations, visitors can choose from various accommodation options whether seeking family-friendly, downtown, or quaint river-side locations. To find out more about the Spookloops special offers and events, visit www.tourismkamloops.com.
 

About Kamloops, BC
Located in the heart of the interior of British Columbia, Kamloops is easy to get to, with several airlines servicing the city, major highways meeting in Kamloops and rail travel options. More information on activities, events, and accommodations in Kamloops may be found at www.tourismkamloops.com.

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Media Contacts:

Monica Dickinson, Tourism Kamloops: 250-372-8000, 250-819-0151(cell) or monica@tourismkamloops.com