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Fright Nights at Playland

Fright Nights at Playland

It’s Halloween time again. That means it’s also time for the spooktacular Fright Nights at Playland! With 15 rides, 7 haunted houses, live shows and an ensemble of roving actors, it’s a full evening of freakish entertainment.

This year we were lucky enough to be provided with Rapid Passes to Fright Nights (thanks CTV YVR!). Rapid Passes gave us expedited access to each of the haunted houses and 5 of the most popular rides at Playland (The Beast, Hellevator, Atmosfear, Music Express, and the Wooden Roller Coaster). It was very crowded so it was awesome to be able to by-pass the long line ups. With almost no wait time we were able to get on all 5 rides, plus The Corkscrew, Hell’s Gate, and Crazy Beach Party, as well as see all the haunted houses.

The rides were awesome and by the end of the evening I was pretty hoarse from shrieking – in fun and fear.  The Beast is touted as Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride, and it really was quite extreme. We sat in the outward facing seats and held on for dear life! I think I was actually shaking from the adrenaline rush when we got off the ride. The Wooden Roller Coaster was bone-rattling fun and I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting. Built in 1958 this famous ride can only be described as an oldie but a goodie.  After the ride, check out the photos taken on the second drop – the range of facial expressions is good for laugh. My other favourite was Atmosfear which is a giant 360 degree swing 218 feet up in the sky. Oddly enough, being so high wasn’t scary and the views of the city were incredible, making this ride very enjoyable.

The Haunted Houses were fun. Keeper’s Doll Factory and the Haunted Mansion were my favourites but Fear was pretty good too. With the variety of houses there’s pretty much something for everyone on the spectrum of fear.

Here’s a POV video of our fun-filled Fright Night!

If you love all things Halloween and are up for a bit of an adrenaline rush, this could be for you. Fright Nights runs until October 31 so there’s still time to go and face your fears.

The Fair at the PNE and Wham Bam

The Fair at the PNE and Wham Bam

It’s that time of year again – The Fair at the PNE is on! This summer The Fair runs from August 20 to September 5. As always, there’s a ton of things to see and do. On opening day we headed up the road (the PNE is literally a 15-minute walk from our apartment) to check things out.

One of the things I really enjoy at The Fair is the Marketplace. There’s always some really cool stuff to look at and if I had oodles of money I would come out fully loaded with new stuff. This year we were impressed by a few things but were very restrained and only purchased one item – the the Miracle Grill Mat. This little mat looks to be an awesome addition to our barbecue kit. It’s designed to help grill those little things which often fall through the grate or items which would usually be grilled on a hot plate. For non-meat-eaters like us, this is going to greatly increase the amount we can use our barbecue. The barbecue booth was extremely hard to walk by because the grilling vegetables smelled so good!

Grill guys

Another item of interest was this air sofa. You’ve probably seen them advertised before but it was great to be able to test it out. Susannah gave it a big thumbs up so we’ll probably look at getting a couple of these for car camping someday.

air sofa

This booth sold 3-D jigsaw puzzles or models and some of them looked quite intricate. The tower in the front looks very “Game of Thrones”.

3D Puzzles

And then, of course, there was the store with a box full of Pokémon.

Pokémon

As always with The Fair at the PNE, there was food and lots of it. It’s always interesting to see what crazy food combos will make an appearance. Some of it looked interesting, others were just plain weird. I opted for poutine from Unroutine Poutine – I just can’t get past poutine – it’s soooo good!

For the carnivores there were 4 or 5 barbecue vendors side by side, competing for the best barbecue.

Lots of meat at PNE

There is just so much to see and do. It was so hot that day we chose to arrive in the later afternoon, but you really could spend the whole day there. There’s shows, demonstrations, animals,are and dinosaurs! The dinosaurs are actually pretty cool because they animate randomly which can be fun for kids and adults alike.

Dinosaurs

The Fair has free nightly concerts which are included with gate admission, but on Saturday we were in for something even better. Kiss Radio sponsored Wham Bam, which was an all-afternoon pop event. The show was headlined by Hedley, who were awesome. We had a great time!

Jacob Hoggard on piano as part of Hedley

Hedley on guitar

After the concert, we left happy (and full!) and headed back down the street towards home. We were probably at the PNE for about 4 hours but I know that there was a lot we didn’t see so I might have to go again!

What do you enjoy about the PNE? Let us know in the comments.