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There's spooky good times in Richmond this Halloween

This Halloween, The Zone Bowling Centre will be full of ghostly and spooky apparitions. The centres 2nd Annual Cosmic BooLing Food Drive happens this Saturday, Oct. 29.

This Halloween, The Zone Bowling Centre will be full of ghostly and spooky apparitions.

The centres 2nd Annual Cosmic BooLing Food Drive happens this Saturday, Oct. 29.

The bowling centre has been transformed into a frightfully fun place with Halloween music, cosmic lights, fog, glowing balls and pins.

We wanted to provide a safe, but fun environment for children between the ages of five to 12, said Liesa Billings, spokesperson for The Zone Bowling Centre. Last year, it was just a fun event, but we wanted to get more involved in the community so we decided to host a food drive 50 per cent of the food at the food bank actually goes to children.

Children and their parents are encouraged to bring a nonperishable donation to the bowling alley and the donations will be distributed to the Richmond Food Bank.

An added bonus is that the Big River Brew Pub next door will reward the food bank by matching our weight in donations, said Billings.

Its about teaching kids to help other kids right here in their own community.

The Zone Bowling Centres 2nd Annual Cosmic BooLing Food Drive happens this Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m., for children ages five to 12.

Many of our staff will be dressed up, and we encourage our little bowlers to dress up as well, said Billings.

Tickets are $5.69 and bowlers receive a candy bag filled with goodies, a glow toy, two video game tokens and a free bowling pass for their next visit.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 604-271-2695 or visit

Here are some non-perishables suggestions for the Richmond Food Bank:

- Canned fruit

- Canned beans, chili or Chunky Hearty soups

- Canned meats such as tuna fish, chicken or ham

- Dried pastas and tomato sauce

- Kraft Mac'n Cheese

- Healthy cereals

- Oatmeal

- Canned vegetables like corn, mixed vegetables

- Peanut butter, honey or jam

- Dishwashing soap or dishwasher detergent

- Noodle soups

- Juices

- Evaporated milk

Meanwhile, the London Heritage Farm House is hosting a Halloween Tea on Sunday, Oct. 30.

If you are lucky you might get a glimpse of its resident ghost. There is a plethora of claims by family members, volunteers and London Heritage Farm House Society members alike that the ghost is that of matriarch Henrietta Dalzeil London.

Henrietta married Charles London on Aug. 11, 1888 and they went on to have eight children.

She was a devout woman, one who was also very much the lady of the manor, overseeing all aspects of the running of the home and lands.

At 50, she died of breast cancer on Oct. 8, 1916. As sick as she was, says Jane Milina-Dunn, London Farm House weekend supervisor, Henrietta prepared the whole family for her death.

Its also been reported that others have heard organ music being played, even though there isnt an organ in the house.

Other members of the society have also witnessed a strange presence, a shadowy phantom in the upstairs bedroom window.

Many have said that when they have looked up to the bedroom window, they see a shadow of a woman walking by, Milina-Dunn adds.

No one feels particularly scared, we all feel its Henrietta taking care of the farm ... she died peacefully so we dont believe shes trying to harm anyone.

The London Heritage Farm House hosts a Halloween Tea on Sunday, Oct. 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a full tea with tea or hot chocolate, a scone and other homemade Halloween goodies for $8.50 per person in its quaint tearoom in the London Heritage Farm House, decorated for Halloween.

Reservations are not required but suggested by calling 604-2715220 or by e-mail:

The farmhouse is located at 6511 Dyke Rd.

Heres a listing of frightfully fun events for the whole family (Courtesy of the City of Richmond):

- The City of Richmond hosts the Halloween Fireworks Festival on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Minoru Park, 7191 Granville Ave.

This is a free event for the whole family. There will be a live DJ, magician, costumed performers and fire jugglers to set the stage for a spectacular fireworks display.

- Community Fireworks displays will also happen at the following: West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Rd. 8 p.m. start; South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Rd. 7:45 p.m. start.; Hamilton Community Centre in McLean Park, 22500 McLean Ave. 8:15 p.m. start.

- Join the fun at a Frightful Night of Horror and Terror in Dr. Lupin Stranges Mad Scientist Lab as well as this years feature the Haunted Tunnel starting Saturday, Oct. 29 to Monday, Oct. 31 at 74-125521 Cambie Rd. (just across from the East Cambie Community Centre), from 6 to 10 p.m.

Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Donations to the Richmond Food Bank and SPCA are gratefully accepted.