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Oct 07, 2019 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Hosts Spooky Halloween Events

by Ashley Scott |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 7, 2019 – Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins! Join us for a variety of Halloween events taking place this month throughout the city.

Registration is open for fall 2019 programs. Register for these programs and more at www.coquitlam.ca/signmeup, call 604-927-4FUN (4386) or visit one of Coquitlam’s recreation facilities to register in person.


Kids in the Garden: Pumpkin Design (3 – 5 yrs)

Kids will decorate and plant their own Halloween planter at the Inspiration Garden.

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Where: Inspiration Garden in Town Centre Park (3099 Guildford Way)
  • Cost: $10 | Register Now


Fall Garden Fair

Join us for a variety of family-friendly fall activities including a pumpkin smash, apple tasting, tractor climb, planter workshops and much more. Bring your own mug and enjoy a complementary hot beverage. Learn more

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Inspiration Garden at Town Centre Park (3099 Guildford Way)
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP to the Facebook event page.


A Family Haunted Halloween (All Ages)

Our Pinetree Community Centre family welcomes yours for a ghoulish experience including crafts, gym games and a bouncy castle. All family members attending must register. Parent participation is required. No drop-ins at the door. Registration includes a hot dog, fruit and a beverage.

  • When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Pinetree Community Centre (1260 Pinetree Way)
  • Cost: $5 per person | Register Now


Halloween Family Skate (All Ages)

Dress up in your Halloween costume and come down for a skate as a family.

  • When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. & 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex – Arena 3 (633 Poirier St.)
  • Cost: $3.25 per person (Family Rate)
  • Note: Skate and helmet rentals available


Free Halloween Movie Showing at Dogwood

Come watch Hocus Pocus (1993) with your friends!

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.)
  • Cost: Free


Jumpstart Halloween Music & Story Time (3 – 5 yrs)

Join us for an evening of child-friendly spooky songs, stories and fun. Costumes are encouraged! Offered in partnership with Jump Start Music & Movement. All family members attending must register. Parent participation is required.

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
  • Where: Pinetree Community Centre (1260 Pinetree Way)
  • Cost: $5 per person | Register Now


Grandparent & Me: Halloween at Dogwood (3 – 5 yrs)

Come celebrate Halloween at Dogwood with a sing-a-long, fun arts and crafts and some trick-or-treating.

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 31, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.)
  • Cost: $9.70 per child | Register Now

Thinking of Neighbourhood Fireworks for Halloween?

You will need a Fireworks Permit if you’re planning on setting off fireworks in Coquitlam. To obtain a permit from the City you will need to verify that you have:

  • a person responsible for the fireworks, who is at least 19 years old
  • written permission from the property owner
  • plans to keep spectators at a safe distance from the location where the fireworks are being set off
  • protection of public and private property
  • proper fire extinguishing equipment available

Fireworks (Pyrotechnics) Permit Applications are available online at www.coquitlam.ca/fireworks. Applications for use on private properties must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to the planned firework event. Applications for use in City parks must be submitted 15 days prior to the planned firework event. Permit fees range in price depending on the nature and degree of hazard of the fireworks.

It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam and there is a fine of $250 to $1,000 for any infractions.


Seasonal Fire Safety

We want to ensure everyone in Coquitlam has a safe Halloween. Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is asking residents to follow these simple guidelines to minimize the risk of fire this Halloween:

  • Do not decorate with candles, tea lights or torch lights – instead, use battery-operated LED lights or glow sticks
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources
  • Purchase flame resistant Halloween costumes

Residents are asked to take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire. Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 9-1-1 immediately.


Jack-o-Lantern Composting

Cleaning out a pumpkin and carving it into a jack-o-lantern is a time-honoured tradition. When your Halloween festivities are over, don’t let your hard work go to the landfill. Instead, put pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns into your Green Cart for composting. Remove candles, wax and other accessories before composting. Painted pumpkins cannot be composted and must be put in the Garbage Cart.

Media Contacts:

Recreation Programs

Judy Hamanishi
Community Recreation Manager
City of Coquitlam


Fire Safety and Fireworks

Denise Ziebart
Fire Inspector
Coquitlam Fire/Rescue