Halloween Spooktacular-Saturday, Oct. 27

Location: The Legion Hall, 503 Steele Street

Time: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Tickets: $20, available both in advance and at the door

The Halloween Spooktacular will be a dance and costume party for ages 19 and up, with a DJ spinning a mix of top 40 and Halloween specials, a full bar, food for sale, and prizes for the best male, female and audience-picked costumes.

The theme is “Dead or Alive or Undead;” guests are encouraged to dress as their favourite fictional or non-fictional character.

Marjie Klein, a local event coordinator who usually works for Rendezvous, will be organizing the Halloween Spooktacular.

“My hope is for it to be a really great fun time,” she says. “There’s often a big Halloween party but it’s a pricey event… I wanted to make it so other people could attend. Beyond that, we just wanted to throw a really good Halloween party so people can get out and have fun. Tickets go to covering the cost, and proceeds from the bar go to the Legion… it’s a non-profit so it’s good to support them.”

Klein describes the event as being “pretty laid back” and looks forward to just getting people out and supporting a good organization.

Zombie Prom– Saturday, Oct. 27

Location: Mount Mac, Grey Mountain Room

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 ($5 for zombies at the door)

The Zombie Prom will be exactly what it sounds like. A 19+ event, the theme is formal school dance with a zombie twist, where guests can dance the night away to the talents of DJ Nightshade (a.k.a. Pink Slasher), and can purchase drinks and food from the snack table and cash bar.

Organizer Jenna Collee says that partygoers can expect an awesome dance party with a laser light show and plenty of spooky zombie prom décor. Everyone is encouraged to don their best zombie getup. Don’t have anything on hand? No problem!

“If you don’t feel up to zombifying yourself, we will have a zombification station where you can become a zombie, or get some gear to protect you from zombification,” she explains. “We will also have a photo booth by Gary Bremner for folks wanting to cherish the memories of their zombie prom experience.”

Proceeds from the photo booth and the zombification station will be going to Kaushee’s Place and the Victoria Faulkner Centre.

This will be the first event of its kind in Whitehorse, though it is inspired by similar events in other cities, much like the Zombie Walks that happened in Whitehorse during the past two summers. Collee hopes that many of those enthusiastic zombie walkers will also come out to the prom.

“The Yukon Roller Girls are always lamenting that there are not a lot of places in Whitehorse to go out and dance, and we would like to remedy that situation for one night at least,” says Collee. “If there is a good response it would be nice to make this an annual event on the Whitehorse social calendar.”

The Northern Masquerade-Saturday, October 27

Location: Yukon Arts Centre

Time: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Tickets: Sold out, $25 after midnight till capacity

The Northern Masquerade has been held for the past two years at the Transportation Museum, but according to organizer Lauren Tuck of Graceful Productions, this year will be a little different.

The event will be “utilizing the venue in a unique way,” she says. “This community event is going to be the wildest party of the year.”

Featuring the musical mixing talents of local DJs the Blown Breaka, DJ KJ, the Beat Bombshell and Pacesetter, the event will also include stilt walkers, fire dancers, themed rooms and gourmet snacks provided by Antoinette’s, Burnt Toast, Kustom Kakes, Tokyo Sushi and many more. There will be a shuttle available by donation for rides home, and guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest masquerade outfits. Tuck is optimistic about the event and expects around 400 attendees, according to ticket sales.

“I have been planning this for over six months,” she says. “One evening gets your entertainment, the ultimate dance party, free food, a beautiful venue… I want this to be the best party anyone has ever been to, I want people to be talking about it for years to come.”

Willow Gamberg is a former What’s Up Yukon intern who writes about music and other arts-related topics.