[Victoria, BC] One Otaku’s Picks for the Halloween Season … or is that Two?

22 Sep

Some of us writers here at Otaku no Culture are trying to decide on what Victoria, British Columbia events are the best to hit as October is the season for festive frights.

Ed knew to purchase tickets early for some events because they tend to sell out fast, Shawn is living in Trail, BC which should speak for itself and James is likely going to pine away, lamenting why-oh-why, bemoaning his life like a ghost. Yes, he’s feeling miserable because he is not able to get out as much. There’s nothing this guy can do to save himself because he is holding two jobs and helping his mother out, who is currently healing following an operation. He’s a hero for the most part.

In the Celtic tradition, the Harvest Moon is a time to make merry. On October 5th, we will hail the season for everything it offers. Bring on the rain (or snow in other parts of the country)!

Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Every time Halloween nears, I know I must get out than to be stuck indoors. Shame on James for not being able to join me in trick or treat fun. I feel sorry for my pal who has decided to return to his old ways (always working long shifts, failing to take a break to recharge and never realizing he’s biting off more than one can chew). Despite his many flaws, he’s still my friend.

Try as I often do to invite him out to have fun, he resists. I find it’s always better to participate in events with a good bud than alone. Maybe it’s his tastes, which are far more conservative than my need to do stuff spontaneously.

With these picks of the season, I’m going to try my darndest to drag James out of the dungeon. He does not need to be a phantom figure.

deadcity.jpgFear on the Pier (Year Two)
Starting Oct 12 to Halloween
Pier A — 203 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC

Monsters Haunted House has my interest peaked with Dead City: The City That Always Eats, presumably a zombie-themed attraction by the sea. This walkthrough is just one-half of the show. While I warn that the Darkness Maze is not for the faint of heart, the chances of roaming in this trap lost are quite good if you have no night vision. Folks are advised not to pull out their cell phones and use the light. It not only ruins the fun for others but also, this company is not responsible for lost items.

I have gone through this event enough times in the past with various friends and it’s enjoyable. While I may return to investigate Dead City, I like to know more. I hope more will be revealed about this half as October nears. More information can be found on their Facebook page here.

Evil Dead the Musical
Oct 27 & 28, Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

Nov 3 & 4, Metro Studio, Victoria BC
1411 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC

Returning for the second time is Last Chance Production’s version of this show which is guaranteed to get anyone soaking wet in delight. That’s assuming you are sitting in the splatter zone. This group puts on a spectacular show in a traveling format. They tour from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, BC and have now made Victoria a stop before resting up to play it again for another year.

For Deadites yearning to see a local show, a complete event listing for a nearly city can be found on Evil Dead the Musical’s main website here. Tickets for the upcoming local show are also listed on this site. For your convenience are links to the Portland, Oregon and Renton, Washington, USA shows. In Canada, they will be performing in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

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Launch Pad Production
Red Death at
Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent
Victoria, BC

Showtimes:
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 at 8:00pm
October 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm

All the horror tropes, disco funk and love for Edgar Allen Poe will be put together in a melting pot which will play straight to Halloween. A longer write-up can be found here.

Audiences will be guided through a historical landmark of this city and divided into smaller groups to watch the terror unfold in groovy ways. Several stories will unwrap and just how it concludes it anybody’s guess. Perhaps a disco ball will be involved since the story is set in the 70’s.

Audiences will be guided through a historical landmark of this city and divided into smaller groups to watch the terror unfold in groovy ways. Several stories will unwrap and just how it concludes it anybody’s guess. Perhaps a disco ball will be involved since the story is set in the 70’s.

For tickets, please visit The Castle’s website here.

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The Haunting of Vancouver Island
Reading / Signing:

Oct 23, 2017
7:00 pm at Bolen Books
1644 Hillside Ave #111
Victoria, BC

Oct 27, 2017
5:30 pm at Arbutus Room (above Cafeteria)
Vancouver Island University (map)
900 Fifth St
Nanaimo, BC

The Oct 23rd event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Touchwood Editions, where author Shanon Sinn talks about his experiences and what he has found in his research of the various places he’s found in his book, “The Haunting of Vancouver Island.” Here, folks can ask about places that did not make it in his work. While some tales will send some chills down your spine, others will get rebuked. It’s all in your head, maybe ….

To learn more, you can read my interview with this author here.

Night Shift: Dead Circus
Royal BC Museum
675 Bellevue Street
Victoria, BC

October 28, 2017
8:00 pm to 11:59 pm

Though technically sold out, this very popular event is listed to inform readers to plan ahead. That is, get on the Royal BC Museum’s mailing list and once when they announce sales, you will have to go online to purchase right away. I missed the last two because I waited too long to buy. Passes tend to sell out within hours of the announcement.

This year’s circus theme is just perfect following what’s going on in cinema — Stephan King’s IT might play well into the entire month of October. Last year’s Haunted Hollywood theme was one I wished I gone to, especially when I knew this museum had a vintage movie room which usually showed silent films. I knew to make that a centerpiece of that show was apropos. The fact this museum offers various fun-packed theme nights keeps this event fresh, and this special adult’s only evening type party happens year-round. Wild Romance was offered as the Valentine theme earlier this year.

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