Tis the season to be scary, and people want to get out to enjoy Halloween in 2021. The previous year didn’t happen due to a certain virus, but this year, as restrictions are in place in Haunted Victoria, BC.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Tis the season to be scary, and people want to get out to enjoy Halloween in 2021. The previous year didn’t happen due to a certain virus, but this year, as restrictions are in place in Haunted Victoria, BC, some operations are fit to resume and others are offering different options. In addition to Discover the Past’s Ghostly Walks going digital, the family friendly Galey Farms Festival of Fear takes place outdoors.
The following is an updating list of events confirmed to be taking place in Greater Victoria. More will be added as information is posted onine or passed on through word of mouth.
Reading / signing:
Oct 23, 2017
7:00 pm at Bolen Books
1644 Hillside Ave #111
Oct 27, 2017
5:30 pm at Arbutus Room B300
Vancouver Island University (map)
900 Fifth St
Octobere 28, 2017
12:00pm (reading at 12:30pm)
6670 Mary Ellen Drive
Summer is over, and people are planning their itineraries for the All Hallow’s Eve season. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn will be released on October 10th by TouchWood Editions and later in the month will be a presentation at Bolen Books. This collection of stories shows how some spooky legends persist year-round. If you are not careful when exploring those forbidden trails or handling forgotten relics unearthed while spelunking about, those spirits can get you! Well, that’s only if you are superstitious.
Sinn offers a grounded approach to understanding how the folklore developed. He is also out to bust some myths. That is, to distinguish fact from fiction and not be afraid to hurt some feelings along the way. He is a member of the British Columbia Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society (BCGHRS) and Paranormal Studies and Inquiries Canada (PSICAN) where using a realistic approach at examining the lore is paramount. Both value obtaining accurate information through library archive digging and talking to those who experienced a supernatural encounter first-hand. When he is not busy with work for these organizations, he maintains the Living Library website and is the author of Way of the Wraith, a work of paranormal fiction. This novel is of particular interest since he’s crafting short stories in this shared universe. He is currently in the Creative Writing & Journalism program at Vancouver Island University to further develop his skills. And with this background, he’s the perfect investigative reporter to delve into the mysteries on this island located West of Canada.
Presentation at Bolen Books 1644 Hillside Ave #111 on May 9, 7pm
Many long-time residents of Victoria, British Columbia will not dispute the fact that this garden city is haunted. More ghosts are said to spook specific streets here, and most of the downtown core and neighbouring districts are covered in Ian Gibb’s debut book, “Victoria’s Most Haunted.”
From bars to homes to restaurants and schools, this variety of sites is welcome. A few places are missed—some of which I had the fortune to check out during my time with PARAVI, a local paranormal investigative society (understandably not mentioned in the book because it’s no longer in operation)—but to get every story crammed in means obtaining permission not only from the group but also from the current business operators to talk about them.