Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

October Events Roundup

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Welcome to October; a time to give thanks, and enjoy the harvest.  Here are some ideas to celebrate Fall in Oakville

October 4: 3:30-4:30: Come kick off Oktoberfest with the Oscar Key band at a mid-afternoon concert at 1459 Nottingham Gate.  Call 905-469-3232 for more information.

October 5:  10am-4pm: Fall Fest.  Bring the family to downtown Oakville to help celebrate all things fall.  Activities and roaming entertainment are at Towne Square: 92 George St, Oakville.  For more information visit downtown Oakville’s official website.

October 6: Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts: Nightingale-Rag and Bone theatre: A play for 5-11 year olds about the special bird’s relationship with the Emperor of China told through hand-carved puppets.  There are two shows at 1pm, and 3:30pm.  Tickets are $15.00 each, and available by phone: 905-815-2021 or through their website

October 8:  Senior Sewing Classes at Lollipop Art Lounge: 2-5:45pm: Ever wanted to learn how to sew? Here’s your chance.  The Lollipop Art Lounge hosts a group of seniors sewers who will familiarize students with the sewing machine, and then teach new techniques.  The class runs Tuesdays from October 8-29, and November 5-26.  Call 905-849-1711, or visit the Lollipop Lounge’s website for more information.

October 11: Free Hockey- 9:30-11:30am at River Oaks Community Centre. Sponsored by the RBC, this is a free skate event for skaters of all ability levels.  Visit this link for more information about the program.  River Oaks Community Centre is located at: 2400 sixth Line, Oakville.


Halloween Community Pictures: Tiny Tots Parade

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Tiny Tots Halloween Parade 2012

The spirits were kind to Oakville’s Halloween Tiny Tots Parade; the skies did not open up with rain, and yet, it was overcast enough to create a spookily perfect day to celebrate Halloween. Every Downtown business opened their doors to greet these young goblins with treats and smiles. Even the Grinch showed up for treats – no tricks today !

The firefighters were on hand with a gleaming fire truck and helping hands lifted the young “Trick-or-Treaters” into the seats. Strollers and moms and small people, in costumes of all kinds, filled the streets and enjoyed the hospitality of the business people handing out candy.

Energy was high at Heritage Glen Public School as the students paraded the halls in elaborate, creative costumes more suitable to the warmth offered indoors. All in costumes designed to entice the imagination, teachers, senior students, and pirates and princesses from the junior grades joined in to make this a first class Halloween Parade!

Related: Click here for more Halloween pictures.

People Profiles: Sally Ryan, Oakville-based Medium

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

In keeping with the Halloween theme, we opted to profile Sally Ryan, a well-known, Oakville-based Medium who gives us her take on communicating with the spirit world. (OC): What is a Medium?

Sally Ryan (SR): A Medium is someone who can communicate with energy, spirits and guides.

(OC): Describe your gift?

(SR): I can see, hear and feel the energy left over when a person passes away. I use this gift to help people overcome the fear of death and dying, for people who are going through the process of leaving and saying goodbye. It’s referred to as a ‘death doula’ wherein I assist in the spiritual needs of people when they are passing, not unlike the’ birth doula’ who helps when someone is entering life. I’m also a ‘life coach’ for people, with the assistance of guides and spirits, during times when they are transitioning in life. People come to me for readings, and life and death support. I offer workshops on how to tap into your own intuition and I’m in the process of developing a documentary to help the general public to become more comfortable with this subject.


Great Hallowe’en Movies for the Whole Family

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Whether at the multiplex or on cable, it’s always easy to find scary movies this time of year. But what if you want to share a little Hallowe’en fun with the kids? Here are some film treats the family can enjoy together.

Ghostbusters: (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver) Three New York university professors go into the “paranormal investigations and eliminations” business, and end up saving the world. A few frightening images, and some saucy language, but these are overpowered by a blockbuster cast, amazing special effects and a hilarious, endlessly quotable script. My favourite movie, hands down.

Beetlejuice: (Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) It’s sort-of a reverse on Ghostbusters - two ghosts hire a “bio-exorcist” to scare away the family that’s moved into their old home. But the mischievous Beetlejuice has plans of his own. Directed by Tim Burton, so expect a lot of crazy macabre imagery and black humour.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: (Animated. Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara) More Tim Burton – this was his first feature-length stop-motion animated production. Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, stumbles through a door into Christmastown, and decides to take over Santa’s job. A very different kind of Disney musical. (Already seen it? Try Corpse Bride or Frankenweenie.)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: (Animated TV special) Retro cartoon fun with the Peanuts gang, as Linus hangs out in the pumpkin patch waiting for the spirit of Hallowe’en to show up. Meanwhile, good ol’ Charlie Brown’s ghost costume has far too many holes, and his trick-or-treat bag is full of rocks.

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie: (Animated) So the very young can get in on the action. When Pooh eats all the Hallowe’en candy, Roo and Lumpy bravely go after the dreaded Gobloon, who will grant them a wish for more if they can catch him. Assuming, of course, that the Gobloon doesn’t turn them into “jaggedy lanterns” first. There’s a lot of talk about being afraid, but nothing too scary here.

Monster House: (Animated) A boy and his friends discover that the house across the street is actually a living, people-eating monster – and Hallowe’en night is coming! Too intense for young kids, but older kids will like it. Plenty of laughs amid the scares. (Already seen it? Try ParaNorman, which may still be in some smaller theatres.)

The Addams Family: (Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd) Based on the 60s TV show, which was based on a darkly humorous comic strip. A creepy but lovable family is set upon by con artists after their fortune who claim to have found long lost Uncle Fester. Everyone is very gothic and seemingly homicidal, but nothing frightening actually happens. Huston and Julia are fantastic. Followed by a nearly-as-good sequel, Addams Family Values.

Young Frankenstein: (Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman) Introduce your teens to a classic. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronck-en-steen”) inherits his grandfather’s castle and knack for raising the dead. One of Mel Brooks’ funniest films. Sure, it’s full of groaners and sexually-suggestive dialogue, but it’s a heck of a lot better than the latest Adam Sandler nonsense. (Teenage film or history buffs might also be interested in the original Frankenstein, too.)

Haunted Halton: Where are the Ghosts Lurking?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Historical Hamilton

Are you a fright-seeker looking for the next big thrill? There are many places in and around Burlington that ghost-chasers might want to check out. Some are popular to visit and others aren’t as well known, but all have provided some sort of spooky experience for visitors.