Starting next week, Kamloops will echo with the calls of ghosts, goblins and ghouls as the city gears up for Halloween.
As the darkening days of October dwindle, Kamloops will transform into “Spookloops.”
The city boasts a variety of family-friendly ways to celebrate the end of the harvest season and onset of wintertime.
* New for 2013 are tours through the underground tunnels of the former sanatorium at Tranquille Farm.
The Tunnel Tours at Tranquille offer guests a look at the corridors that once were busy passages for laundry, food and patients.
Tours depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
* The farm also offers spooky, nighttime access to its nine-foot tall Fresh Corn Maze where wanderers can unravel clues in search of the right path and the key to the maze.
Nightly explorations of the corn maze will include actors, fog, lights, music and scary sounds from Oct. 25 to 27.
* The B.C. Wildlife Park is offering its perennial favourite — BOO at the Zoo, featuring a kids' haunted house, freaky family farm, spooky light displays, haunted maze and trick or treating from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 18 to 20, 25, 26 and 27.
* For folks wanting to get their creep on, Sakred Skin & Studio is offering its second-annual Haunted House with a kid-friendly event Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. along with an edgier, adults-only experience on Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.
* City streets and cemeteries take a dark turn when visitors join Kamloops Museum and Archives hosts Deb Harrison and Sylvia Gropp for the Haunted Kamloops Tour held twice daily Oct. 23, 24 and 25.
Explore the burial grounds and other places that resonate with murders, hangings and other dubious dealings. The Oct. 23 tour is suitable for a younger audience.
* Oct. 27 marks the third annual Oktoberfest at the Noble Pig – a great excuse to don the dirndl and lederhosen and raise a glass to celebrate the notable Bavarian event.
To find out more about the Spookloops offers and events, visit www.tourismkamloops.com.