TORONTO – Geishas are out. Feathered headdresses are forbidden. And if you’re planning to wear a Bill Cosby or Caitlyn Jenner costume, you may not be welcome at your Halloween party of choice.
A growing number of institutions are starting to take a more proactive approach to potentially offensive outfits by developing strategies and even explicit policies to prevent people from donning controversial getups.
With children across Canada hitting the streets for Halloween on Saturday, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants to ensure the little goblins and ghosts do it safely.
The centre has released a list of safety tips to help build children’s safety competence and confidence while out trick-or-treating.
“These safety habits are easy to implement into your family’s Halloween routine and create a safety foundation that you can build on year by year as children become more independent,” said Noni Classen, director of education at the Canadian Centre.
Fun Mountain waterpark will be transformed into a spooky setting for a nearly week-long Halloween event.
Fear the Sliding Dead is a live action role play zombie apocalypse guided tour taking over the Winnipeg area park from October 25-31.
“We wanted to create something truly terrifying,” said Jamie Hall, one of the organizers. “Tanya and Darius (Fun Mountain’s owners) are always on board for new ideas, so when we came up with Fear the Sliding Dead, they were immediately on board. We can’t wait to scare the life out of Winnipeg.”
A group of young producers are coming together again this year for a Halloween-themed musical at the Park Theatre.
Wasteland Productions will present The Rocky Horror Show from October 30-31, telling the story of a newly-engaged couple getting caught in a storm and ending up at the home of a mad, transvestite scientist. It’s a humorous tribute to sci-fi and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s.
Producers Dan De Jaeger, Rory Fallis, Katie German and Quinn Greene put on the Evil Dead musical last year, selling out the venue to a Winnipeg audience.