This year is the 9th annual SPCA Halloween Howl, which Branch Manager Rosolynn Kalb says is one of its largest fundraisers, and goes towards day-to-day operations. They’re also working hard to identify and reduce colonies of feral cats in Fort St. John.
“One of our biggest costs this year, particularly, are spays and neuters of our animals, and spaying and neutering the feral cats that are out in the community,” she says. “We’ve got a huge problem with feral cats, which are really not the kinds of cats that people adopt because they’re wild.”
Not only is it one of the largest fundraisers, it’s also one of the most fun events the SPCA holds each year. There is $1,000 in costume prizes to be won, as well as a flight for two people to Vancouver, donated by Marlin Travel, along with a DJ, midnight lunch and a photo booth.
Tickets are available at the shelter Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., as well as at Investors Group Financial Services for $40. Doors open at 8:30 at the Pomeroy Hotel, and the event is 19+.
At the same time, the Nightmare on 100th will be taking place at the Lido Theatre. The 5th annual event is put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters Fort St. John and features live music by local band the Montney Coulees, as well as a DJ.
“It’s always a fun event,” says Executive Director Danielle Armstrong. “A lot of our events are focused on kids, and this one’s kind of unique because it’s an adult-only party and it provides a different kind of fun opportunity for all of us.”
There’s also a $1,000 costume contest, door prizes, and games like trick-or-treating and mummy wrapping. Party goers will also get a midnight lunch and free rides home, with doors opening at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $30, or $35 for reserved seating for six of 10 people, by calling call 250-787-9674.