Things are going to get spooky at the Lacombe’s Kinsmen Aquatic Centre next Saturday.
The aquatic centre is hosting their annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 24th from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
“The theme is ‘Haunted Wizard of Oz’ so we can tell you that it’s going to be the whole journey through Oz, but we can’t reveal much more than that,” said Jayden Stubbs, who is organizing the event.
The event is one of four bashes the aquatic centre hosts every year and will feature a public swim and a haunted house.
“We do a different theme every year, so last year we did a haunted toy store,” Stubbs said.
The public swim features games and prizes for participants and their ticket gets them into the haunted house afterwards.
According to Stubbs, the event has been going on at the aquatic centre for around 10 years, though this is the first year that she has taken the reins.
The haunted house itself is held in one of the multi-purpose rooms at the centre and will feature a number of attractions for kids to participate in.
“We’ll have live actors, lots of props, we’ll have scary effects. It will be kid friendly, so if a little kid comes we know not to be super scary but if there are older kids in there we’ll do a lot more. So it is geared towards every age,”she said, adding that the Halloween Bash is a family event, so kids of all ages can come through and experience the attraction.
“It’s not so scary they’re going to cry at the end,” she said.
During its tenure in Lacombe, the aquatic centre’s Halloween Bash has seen many people walk through, and some of those kids have stuck around and stayed involved throughout the years.
“A lot of the kids are really excited to join in the haunted house,” Stubbs said.
“They’ve participated before and now they’re excited to be actors in it.”
According to Stubbs, the original idea for the Halloween Bash came from the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre’s desire to get people in the community up and moving.
“We always look for new ways to get families up and involved in physical activities,” she said.
“It’s a lot of fun, I think everyone should come out and experience it. It’s a safe way to experience Halloween and get out for a lot of family fun in the process.”
Tickets are $7 at the door or $24 for a family of five and are good for both the public swim and the haunted house afterwards.