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Getting into the Halloween spirit

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Dave Sulz

That time of spooky delights and trick-or-treating is fast approaching, and several local organizations are getting ready to help folks of all ages enjoy the Halloween season.
The Galt Museum and Archives will host its annual Hallowe’en Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The family-friendly event is billed as a costume dress rehearsal for the big event on Halloween night, giving youngsters an opportunity to play games and make crafts to decorate their house for Halloween.
There will also be a tour of the building complete with ghost stories — and it’s an appropriate for such things. Built in 1891 as the Galt Hospital, the old portion of the museum is home to its own ghosts, according to the stories. Legend has it that one of the “spooks” is George, a man who came into the hospital but never left. He accidently fell down the building’s old elevator shaft and died.
“… some people say that George has never left,” the Galt Museum’s Belinda Crowson said in a Lethbridge Herald story. “People have reported hearing shuffling slipper feet coming to the office, people have seen blue lights floating down the hallway, black shadows watching them work, the old elevator was renowned for running on its own.”
The old hospital also featured a ward for sick children — some of whom reportedly still inhabit the building.
“We have lots of stories of people seeing children up there after the museum is closed, waving to them out the window, we’ve heard voices,” said Crowson.
There will be free admission for the Hallowe’en Spooktacular thanks to Museum Community Day. Free popcorn and mini caramel apples will be available.
The Galt Museum is also looking for volunteers to help them provide a good time for visitors. Positions include greeters, pumpkin decorators, skull sugar cookie decorators, serving popcorn, punch or caramel apples, crafts, building tours/ghost stories, supervisor in exhibit area, photographers/floater and games.
If you’re willing to lend some time to helping the Galt folks with this undertaking, email Erynn at erynn.gordonkonowalchuk@galtmuseum.com.
Also Oct. 28, Family Centre will host its annual Boo Bash from 1-4 p.m. in the West Pavilion at Exhibition Park. It’s a free, fun- and game-filled event for children ages 2-10, who are encouraged to come in costume.
There will be cotton candy and other extras available for purchase, along with raffle tickets.
Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event and are encouraged to dress in family-appropriate, non-violent costumes. If you’d like to help out with the Boo Bash, contact Kellie Pierzchala at 403-320-4232 ext. 204 or email: kellie.pierzchala@famcentre.ca.
The Lethbridge Community Band Society will get into the act as well, presenting “Chillers & Thrillers,” a Halloween concert featuring the Silver Band at 7 p.m. at La Cite des Prairie Performance Hall, 2104 6 Ave. S. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the candy bar, kids activities and monster march.
For details, visit the Community Band website, http://LCBS.ca.
That’s not all. Also Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m., the Monster Mash Paint and Sip, a fundraiser for the Gallery at Casa, takes place at Casa, 230 8 St. S. Doors open at 7 p.m. with painting starting at 8 p.m.
For details, contact Kelaine Devine at 403-320-0555 or email communications@artslethbridge.org.
All those events should help people get into the “spirit” of the season for Halloween night.

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