Happy Halloween

 

Blog Post – October, 2016

Arguably the silliest day of the year is here- Happy Halloween everyone! A day of spooky fun, full of candy, costumes and craziness, Halloween brings out the kid in all of us and allows us to let loose for a few hours and for some of you, maybe even a few days. Parties, trick-or-treating, hanging out with friends and families and, hopefully, a scary movie or two added in for some extra fun, make this holiday one of the best. But Halloween isn’t the end of fall fun…oh no, there’s much more fun to be had!

Another bonus about Halloween is no hangover, well figuratively anyway. What I mean is that the day after doesn’t mean that you’ll be left with that feeling of let-down, that “what-do-I-have-to-look-forward-to-now, life is hopeless” feeling. No! This time of year is amazing. This time of year brings more parties, more celebrations, more food, more fun, more family, more friends, and more to look forward to.

For many it means cozy days, cozy clothes, warm fires, warm drinks and a steady parade of food and treat-filled get-togethers. It also brings people home. People settle into routines after a summer of holidays away, backyard barbeques and getting back to school and work. Neighbours get reacquainted, new friends are made through school and activities and people get back into the groove at work with new goals and dedication.

Exploring or re-exploring what your city, town and neighbourhood have to offer this time year can add to your fun and keep away boredom and monotony. In the tri-cities, there are a million indoor and outdoor adventures to be had for families, friends, singles and everyone in-between.  There is something for everyone out here and I love that about this place. As a transplant from downtown Vancouver, I didn’t think there could ever be more to do than right in the middle of the city, but I was pleasantly surprised, and each day, month/year that I spend here, I discover more to see and do and experience.

In addition to the number of exciting adventures found out here, the activities themselves are varied and interesting.  If you love the outdoors and don’t mind getting wet on occasion, the tri-cities offer a ton of beautiful hikes and nature walks for people of all ages and skill levels. With a wide range of beautiful mountains, lakes, trails and wildlife nearby, you could have a new adventure each time out.  Check out this link to find some great ones near you: https://www.vancouvertrails.com/regions/tri-cities/. Local mountains offer unparalleled skiing, snowboarding, tubing and snowshoeing options, and our mild weather also means golfing year-round at one of the many great courses or enjoying a number of other outdoor sports. Visit these sites for more info: https://www.tourismvancouver.com/activities/skiing-snowboarding/http://www.bclocalnews.com/lifestyles/tourism/122832893.html?mobile=true.

 

If you’re more of an inside person, check out the Evergreen Cultural Centre, http://evergreenculturalcentre.ca/, one of the many Craft Breweries, a Casino or show at the Hard Rock, a multitude of shopping options, a movie, a local flea market or garage sale, an indoor playground or fun-centre and more.  Try ice skating, or indoor hockey; local gyms offer a great assortment of group and individual activities for people of all ages including swimming, dancing and writing or art workshops. Your local community website offers great suggestions and community centres offer excellent options and activities for everyone.

But wait – let’s not forget…Christmas. The holidays bring so many extra fun-filled adventures to the tri-cities, making it truly the most wonderful time of the year. You can visit Santa at your local mall, get out to your local Santa Clause parade, take part in the many holiday events offered by your local community centres, go to concerts, participate in craft fairs and decorating parties and find new ways to help out and give back to your community.

Whatever you enjoy doing this time of year, branch out and get to know your community. There are so many great opportunities to get out of the house, meet new people, try new things, and experience new adventures; best of all, most are within a few minutes of where you live. We are so lucky to call this beautiful place home. It offers so much to do both in and out of doors, so get up, get your rain gear on and get out there, or enjoy something fun indoors. Whatever your pleasure, have a great time and make this fall/winter season your best one yet.

Tracy Peternell