THREE THINGS TO DO: ‘Spooktacular Newton’ event returns Saturday

Also this week: A special dinner at Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre and a new-look Kids Gallery at Surrey Museum

A scene from last year's 'Spooktacular Newton” event.

1. Last year’s inaugural “Spooktacular Newton” was a spooky hoot, and it’s happening again this Saturday (Oct. 22) from noon to 4 p.m. at 7327 137 St., Surrey. Newton Business Improvement Association’s Halloween event, held in partnership with Envision Financial, includes many free and fun activities in an “urban pumpkin patch” environment, with 1,000 pumpkins “free” for the taking with a donation to Surrey Food Bank. The event will include a petting zoo, a Spook Theatre, haunted train rides, photo booth, trick-or-treating, games, crafts and facepainting. For more event details, visit

2. A dinner and concert on Saturday (Oct. 22) will celebrate 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Whalley. “We are trying to reach out to all those second and third generations who have parents and grandparents who immigrated to Canada but have lost touch with their roots but would be interested in having  an opportunity to participate and learn something of their culture,” event co-ordinator Katherine Miske told the Now. Event tickets are $30 per person by calling 778-292-0239. Event details are posted at, under Upcoming Events.


3. New food-focused interactive displays are featured in the recently revamped Kids Gallery at Surrey Museum, with info about where food comes from and how it impacts the environment. The gallery, which opened a year ago, features a tree house, a play farm house, a pipe wall and many other “interactives” designed to keep children of all ages engaged as they learn. “We expect the play garden to be a great addition for toddlers,” said Lynn Saffery, museum manager. “They can plant wooden carrots and other veggies while their older siblings take in the interactive on another level, learning about the environmental impact of greenhouses versus farmer fields.” Look for more gallery info at, or call 604-592-6956.


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