City gets in the Halloween spirit with spooky bus

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The City plans on getting into the Halloween spirit with some special themed events planned at Barrie’s recreation centres.
A memo to council from B. Roth, director of recreation services, and B. Forsyth, director of transit and parking strategy, advises that “October is here and Halloween is upon us, a special time of the year where kids burst with the excitement of dressing up in costume to go trick-or-treating, and people of all ages get into the spirit of the season.
“And of course with the return of Halloween also marks the return of some exciting Halloween events offered by” recreation services, including:

• The Ghost Bus Tour

According to the memo, the tour is a Halloween themed event delivered by the Recreation Services Department and Barrie Transit. It’s the fifth annual year for the spooky bus.
“This event is consistently one of our most popular events … Fire Services will be involved yet again to help spread awareness about Halloween safety and provide some great photo opportunities for the participants with the fire truck!
“The Ghost Bus itself has been redesigned yet again to ensure everyone has a great time, and participants who came out last year won’t know what to expect so prepare for a good scare all over again!” reads the memo.
Times and locations are: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5–7:30 p.m. at the East Bayfield Recreation Centre; Wednesday, Oct./ 24, 5– 7:30 p.m. at the Allandale Recreation Centre; Thursday, Oct. 25, 5– 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Community Centre.
“Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion when deciding whether or not to enter the ghost bus with their children, the bus is on the softer side of a typical haunted house but may be too spooky for some participants. The bus will remain stationary all night so participants can drop in at any time. While costumes are not necessary, they are encouraged!” reads the memo.

• Thriller of a Workout

It’s the 10th year for this event, a free family workout “that encourages fun, fitness and fundamentals of the Thriller dance in support of the Barrie Food Bank.” It’s scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 7-7:45 p.m. at the East Bayfield Community Centre.

• Trick or Treat Passes

On Oct. 1, Recreation Services began selling Trick or Treat passes for $0.50 each. These passes are valid for children under 14 years old from Nov. 1 to Dec. 3, “and are good for any drop-in skate or swim within the city! Quantities are limited so act fast to avoid disappointment,” reads the memo.
Read the full memo here.