Fright Nights, musical fun for the kids on Halloween

There are lots of activities for all ages leading up to Halloween.

Two young actors from the Tri-Cities are part of a cast of about 100 in this year’s Fright Nights at Playland.

Coquitlam’s Alexa Ishikawa and Kyara Nelson of Port Coquitlam are performing in the annual scare fest, which runs on select nights at the Vancouver facility until Halloween.

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For Ishikawa, a Centennial secondary grad (class of 2016), it’s her second year dressing up to play a ghoulish creature. “I love it because it’s just such a great community and it’s also a good place for me to express myself to the maximum,” Ishikawa said. “It’s hard to find a place to do that.”

Fright Nights at Playland features 20 rides, live shows and eight haunted houses — among them, Bloodshed, a cabin full of murderers that was introduced to guests last year. There’s also the Haunted Mansion, the Keepers Doll Factory and a 3D experience called Car-n-Evil.

“It’s a great place to get spooked,” Ishikawa said. “The entertainment is there and we really are committed to our work.”




For something considerably less creepy, children’s entertainer Mr. I will host his annual Halloween show in Coquitlam for kids aged two and up.

Place des Arts faculty member Yurgen Ilaender — who’s best know for his Musical Rainbow music program — will play tunes to his young audience on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Leonore Peyton Salon (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Guests are also encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes.

For tickets at $10, call 604-664-1636 or visit



A family-friendly Halloween experience lands at SilverCity Coquitlam Oct. 28 and 29.

The Great Big Boo is a non-scary live-action performance that follows the characters of Zoe and Justin as meet creatures down Boo Alley to save Halloween.

Suitable for ages two to 12, the show runs in 32 cities in B.C., Alberta and Ontario this fall. In Coquitlam, the times are 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, and 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Tickets are $22. Visit

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