Halloween comes early to Vancouver this weekend

Halloween Parade Vancouver 2014

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Halloween is starting a few weeks early this year in Vancouver with the inaugural Halloween Parade and Expo taking place on October 18th and 19th, 2014.

Ever wanted to be someone else? Cosplay (costume play) allows just that — giving you the freedom to dress up as your favourite movie, video game or anime character. The Halloween Expo and Parade focuses heavily on cosplay, along with offering a convention for fandom, films, comics, anime, game, makeup, arts and performances. It also concludes with a free parade on Sunday with costumed characters and Vancouver residents taking part in the festivities.

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Halloween comes early to Vancouver this weekend

Hundreds of Zombies Dancing to Thriller: Thrill Vancouver Returns, Oct. 25

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Are you ready to let out your inner zombie?

Thrill Vancouver, the event where people dress up in gruesome costumes and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, returns Saturday, Oct. 25.  This year, the dance – which has attracted hundreds of participants in the past – is being held at Olympic Village Plaza, on False Creek in downtown Vancouver, at 4 p.m.

Thrill Vancouver is actually part of the international Thrill the World event, which sees thousands of participants in dozens of different countries simultaneously emulate the signature dance moves from Jackson’s epic 1983 music video Thriller, which famously featured walking corpses thrusting and gyrating to the beat.

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Hundreds of Zombies Dancing to Thriller: Thrill Vancouver Returns, Oct. 25

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Fright Nights at Playland, Oct. 10-Nov. 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Fright Nights at Playland

photo: Fright Nights at Playland

Western Canada’s scariest event is back with even more terrifying rides and attractions for the 2014 Halloween season. Brace yourself for bloodcurdling screams coming from inside the Haunted Houses, hair-raising creatures roaming behind you on the grounds, and gut-wrenching rides hurdling you through the dark as Fright Nights invades Playland at the PNE October 10th to November 1st.

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Fright Nights at Playland, Oct. 10-Nov. 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Dalai Lama Coming to Vancouver

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Photo credit: sandal500 | Flickr

Vancouver is about to get some serious lessons on compassion from the world’s leading authority on the subject.

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of a prominent school of Tibetan Buddhism and Nobel Peace Prize winner, returns to the city for a pair of engagements, Oct. 21 and Oct. 23.  He will focus on two familiar subjects: the theme of heart-mind learning and the universality of compassion.

So who is the man behind the robes? Tenzin Gysato is the 14th Dalai Lama, in a line stretching back to the 14th century in Tibet.  Each Dalai Lama is thought to be the reincarnation of the “bodhisattva of compassion” (if Wikipedia hasn’t steered me wrong on this). The current Dalai Lama was born in 1935 and has reigned since 1950. In 1959, during the Tibetan uprising against China, he was forced to flee to India and establish his administration there.

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Dalai Lama Coming to Vancouver