Fright Nights at Playland Giveaway

Comments 55 by Rebecca Bollwitt

frightnightOnce the season is over and the rides stop rotating, Playland comes alive once more (barely) for Halloween with Fright Nights. In darkness you can roam the amusement park, hop on darkened rides, and evade the creepy creatures of the night that will interact with you.

This year they also have a new haunted house and Fright Nights will take over the entire Playland space. I’m already someone who is freakishly scared of clowns and wandering around a dark amusement park while an evil clown slowly follows me with a bright red, blood-soaked grin is seriously my idea of a frightening night.

Features this year include the Haunted Mansion, Hollywood Horrors, Asylum, Car n Evil Maze, Keith Leaf (Fire Juggler), The Monsters of Schlock, and more.

Fight Night runs October 16th – 31st and passes for weeknights are $25/weekend passes are $30 (available online for more of a discount).

I have two sets of four tickets for Fright Nights to give away this year so you can check it out with your friends. If you would like one of these ticket packs, please leave a comment below telling of your best Halloween costume or Halloween prank ever. I’ll draw the winners in one week.

Update: I just drew the first winner of a ticket 4-pack and it’s Lesley!

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  1. Shawna R.Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 1:38pm PDT

    Best costume ever: A fish net. with strategically placed fishes for modesty.

  2. KarlTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 1:43pm PDT

    Back in high school a friend and I (both male) went as Serena and Venus Williams – short tennis skirts, skin painted black, black wigs, fake boobs, tennis rackets- the whole bit. Haven’t been able to top it yet

  3. DeannaTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 1:44pm PDT

    My best Halloween costume would have to be my Renaissance Vampire costume. It was a floor length purple velvet and gold piping dress, with a large petticoat underneath. It had an abundance of tulle and black netting. I coloured my hair black, attached purple hair extensions and bought a pair of customized vampire fangs (those hurt if you bite your tongue). 🙂

    Can hardly wait for the Fright Nights this year. I love the creepy creaking sounds that emanate from the old wood roller coaster in the dark night.

  4. LindsayTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 2:11pm PDT

    My favorite Halloween costume was one that my older sister wore long ago… she was Boy George for about 4 years in a row (ages 3-7ish), but then had to stop when the plastic hat melted into a bonfire one year. The anguish!

  5. Keira-AnneTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 2:36pm PDT

    I’ve never had a spectacular costume or pulled off a memorable prank, but don’t my bruised butt cheeks from Halloween last year count for something? If not, I’ll pull a lame story from my past to satisfy the entry needs for your contest, just because I love you.

  6. ChelseaTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 2:47pm PDT

    My friend and I went as Bananas in Pyjamas last year, using really ghetto looking banana costumes from Value Village and silk pyjamas from the same place. We had to cut the banana bottoms off because otherwise it looked like we were REALLY happy to see everyone!
    We went to a benefit costume party and all the older people didn’t get it. They thought we were trying to be HB pencils, which was pretty random. But the people under 30 all got it and thought it was pretty great. Maybe you had to be there, but it was pretty fantastic being anonymous bananas all night!

  7. SeanTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 2:55pm PDT

    My childhood tiger costume.

  8. AngelaTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 2:55pm PDT

    My best/most memorable/embrassing halloween costume would be a lady bug. I dressed up like that to trick or treat when I was in grade 12. Every house I went to people kept giving me weird looks: “uh.. how old are you? stil trick or treating?” it doens’t help that I had huge red lady bug wings that kept smashing everyone aroud me. It was surely a memorable halloween!

  9. karenTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 2:59pm PDT

    Am totally revisiting Halloween as my 6 year old is strategically planning maximum costume wearing. Pirate – school, Ninja – party, Jedi – trick or treating. I’m thinking of being a jedi too, who doesn’t love a light sabre!

  10. ErinTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 3:00pm PDT

    I dressed up as Breakfast one year. I had pajama pants with a pattern of eggs on them, pinned Ziploc bags full of bacon, pancakes and sausage to my shirt, and wore minute maid orange juice containers on my arm. The only issue was that drunk people kept trying to eat my bacon.

  11. Monique HurteauTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 3:26pm PDT

    My best costume – Guy Magnet. Whatever makes me laugh the hardest at the thrift store makes it into the costume. I’ve won prizes several years and had people tell me I look too horrible and should go home. LOVE IT!! I’ve made a website out of it because Halloween makes me so happy! Go to for the full visual effect 🙂

  12. TeresaTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 4:26pm PDT

    I dressed up as a crash test dummy one year after I’d been in an accident a few days before Halloween. Spoooky!

  13. christineTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 4:32pm PDT

    Last year I went to a 1988 Calgary Olympic theme Haloween Party so I pulled out an old dance costume from when i was 15 years old – a red body suit with a fringe skirt, put on a cowboy hat and I was Elizabeth Manly complete with a medal from the 1988 Petro Canada Sponsored Olympic Torch Relay. My boyfriend wore a women’s purple and white one piece ski suit made by SunIce – the offical supplier to the 1988 Olympics that we found for only $17 at Value village!

  14. JasonTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 4:36pm PDT

    My best Halloween prank was when I hid in the bushes. Then, I jumped out and scared my friends.

  15. Angela LTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 4:43pm PDT

    My best costume ever is when my 3 year old son dressed up like a Roman Gladiator.

  16. MariaTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 4:45pm PDT

    My favorite costume was when i dressed up like Cleopatra. With the short black blunt cut wig and eye makeup, none of my friends recognized me.

  17. NicoleTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 5:17pm PDT

    One year I decided that I wanted to be a credit card. I think I must have been 8 or 9 and don’t ask me where I got that idea because I have no clue. My mom made a square poncho out of viny material from the fabric store and I went wild with the fabric paint drawing my fake personal information and mugshot. Needless to say, people had no clue what I was supposed to be when I showed up at their door.

    some 10 years later I’ve won best costume 3 years running. I think I’m still trying to overcompensate for that one big flop!

  18. KatieTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 5:45pm PDT

    Three years ago I dressed my boyfriend up as emotional baggage.
    This involved cutting leg and arm holes in a black hockey bag covered in stock photographs.
    On each picture, there was a description of the event pictured ie. death of the family pet, parents forgetting the school concert, etc..

    He wore a plaid shirt underneath. I’m convinced that the personification of emotional baggage demands a plaid shirt.

    Just a feeling.

  19. MichelleTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 7:55pm PDT

    My best costume (at least my favourite!) was when I took a bunch of those “Hello, my name is” labels and wrote in different names for all of them and stuck them all over regular clothes to go as an “identity crisis”. =)

  20. KristineTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 10:09pm PDT

    My boyfriend and I went to Toys ‘R Us and bought a giant remote controlled tarantula. On Devil’s night we went down to the front entrance of our building and hid it behind a can and sat nearby pretending to talk. When someone would come close we’d hit the switch and it would come scurrying out scaring everyone! We got some hilarious videos and some awkward elevator moments for years afterwards!

  21. NoahTuesday, October 13th, 2009 — 10:53pm PDT

    As a true Canucklehead, a friend and I went one year as “only” the famously ridiculous nose of former Canuck Tim Hunter. It’s been said that Hunter’s nose started in the 778 area code and ended in the 604, so I was the left nostril and my accomplice took on the right one.

    After paper mache’ing all the unique features of the schnozz, we topped off the artwork by creating oversized guitar picks to free the halloween (nose) goblins trapped inside. To officially tie halloween and the Canucks together, the picks featured the canucks “V” jersey design from ’78-84 that was widely regarded around the league as “those halloween suits”.

  22. FlashWednesday, October 14th, 2009 — 9:59am PDT

    Two years ago we surprised my dad by taking him along on our 5th anniversary trip to Playa del Carmen. He did not know it, but there was a big Halloween party that we would be attending at a bar many of our friends, the local ex-pats, frequent. Even though we were travelling with just carry-on luggage, we had 3 costumes in amongst our bags. For him we had selected a pirate’s costume.

    A couple of days before the party my dad took a bad fall; his neck is broken and fused so he can’t twist his head and so he didn’t notice a 1 foot high curb when gawking at the buildings around. The result was a huge egg on his temple which drained down into his eye the next day and gave him the most perfect, complete black eye I’ve ever seen.

    Sounds horrible, but it didn’t hurt and it turned out perfect… the day of the party we revealed his costume to him and then just added a black line with eyeliner to make the strap that was holding his “eye patch” in place. When he shut that eye you would swear he was actually wearing a patch, and he’d then open it to freak people out. Turned out to be a hit in a very large party, we saw at least a half dozen references to him on social sites and blogs afterward from people we didn’t even know.

  23. AshleyWednesday, October 14th, 2009 — 12:28pm PDT

    Last year I made a fortune cookie costume with a velcroed front, lined with fortunes to dole out to people.

  24. AndrewWednesday, October 14th, 2009 — 1:35pm PDT

    In Kindergarden I went as a dragon… pretty common, except I had the exact same costume as my principal. The most embarrassing part was how she made me go up in front of the entire school and wish them Happy Halloween at our assembly. I could not reach the mic so she lifted me up and shoved my face in the microphone rendering me unable to audibly wish anyone a Happy Halloween, may a “Hafgiepg Halewetjirw.”

  25. hayleyWednesday, October 14th, 2009 — 4:34pm PDT

    I made a really great costume for myself and have gone as medusa for several years now. I had this cute little dress and then had this awesome headband which I glued rubber snakes all over. I had shoved wire through all the snakes so that I could bend them and make them stand straight up. It turned out amazingly.

  26. KevinThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 2:17am PDT

    In my grad year, I dressed up as roadkill for Halloween! 😀

  27. aliThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 5:25am PDT

    In 3rd grade my daughter dressed as a headless person. We had an old black velvet suit complete with ruffled blouse so we put the top half over a box with lots of blood at the neck, pulled the pants up to her neck, cut a hole for her head to come out at the waist of the jacket and sewed the sleeve with glove there to “hold” the head. Was VERY popular at the school costume parade, unfortunately – Vancouver being Vancouver – Hallowe’en night it was pouring rain and after about 2 blocks the costume was soaked and weighed a ton and she came home crying. Quick change into my nurse uniform and back out for more treats!

  28. Erin HochsteinThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 1:23pm PDT

    A grown-up Rainbow Bright 🙂

  29. morbitalThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 2:29pm PDT

    Not really a prank but deffs some good memories of starting a fire (accidentally) in a garbage bin and then having to pee it out with numerous friends…. from church…

  30. HannahThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 2:37pm PDT

    Little red riding hood!

  31. JenThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 6:51pm PDT

    My best Halloween Costume is a home-made creation that I made while living in Korea. Dressing up was required for Halloween at school and I dressed up like a witch and scared so many kids I ended up having to take off parts of my costume to show the students it was me and not a “real” witch.

  32. ErinThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 10:00pm PDT

    We don’t have halloween in Australia so my first experience was as a nun at a high school Halloween party but my only North American Halloween experience was as an exchange student in Calgary. I went to a lot of trouble to go as a witch with my boyfriend as my black cat. EVERY other foreign exchange student also went as a witch whereas all the locals looked fabulous and unique and inventive. I have been too scared to dress up since.

  33. AirdrieThursday, October 15th, 2009 — 10:45pm PDT

    My best Halloween costume will be this year, for sure! I got some official “Grey’s Anatomy” scrubs in Seattle, and will be going as an intern!

  34. Mike WalkerFriday, October 16th, 2009 — 9:21am PDT

    Halloween is my favorite non-holiday! Not many *great* costumes, but I did dress up in all black one time for a very good reason. My girlfriend’s 14-year-old nephew was visiting with 9 other friends for a Halloween party (it was a little nuts). Our house was set way back into the woods, and had a bunch of cool paths. We decided to make one path into a haunted walk.

    Long story short, we lead the kids down a path to a “box” we’d made out of fallen sticks, and I hid inside until they’d all gathered around. I’ve never seen so many youngsters run as quickly as they did when I jumped up, screeching and hurling sticks into the air. I even made one of them cry. Good times.

  35. BethFriday, October 16th, 2009 — 9:21am PDT

    Lara Croft. It was super easy costume to make (given that I already owned big black boots, short black shorts & a black T-shirt). Just had to make some gun holsters for my thighs (from felt) and buy a couple of toy guns (which scared my roommate to even have in the house ‘cuz they looked so real) at a dollar store. Put my hair in a braid and I was good to go!

  36. George T. WilliamsFriday, October 16th, 2009 — 10:42am PDT

    In the mid-80’s while our son, then 2.5 years old, was out with Mom and celebrating halloween door to door. He retired to bed around 10:30 p.m. But, adults were up to trickstering. Spouse and I decided to dress up a dummy (stuffed clothes), shoes, shirt, pants and a pillow for head tied a scruffy cap on. We lived on a slow not-so busy street, we placed the stuffed dummy on the street. There is a bit of a rise so drivers not able to spot immediately. It was off to side, and one did mange to drive on the pillow. Came to a stop, ran to see what person ran over; and realized it was a trick. Driver kicked the dummy and drove off.

  37. Brett SFriday, October 16th, 2009 — 12:02pm PDT

    Best Halloween Costume: a nudist on strike. Think about it….

  38. SherryFriday, October 16th, 2009 — 4:40pm PDT

    My best costume was a McDonald’s drive through girl. I had the visor, headset, even an employee shirt I found at Value Village. The best part though, was I had a window made out of heavy cardboard that had a counter top. I won best costume at a pub and everyone in the whole place took my picture. Some of you reading this may even have a picture of me as I wore it last year as well at this big Mansion party in Shaughnessy.

  39. KrisFriday, October 16th, 2009 — 5:59pm PDT

    An oldie, but a goodie: My best costume was a witch. The make-up was so real looking that my children (ages, 2, 4, & 6 years) ran out of the room screaming and wouldn’t believe their father when he tried to tell them it was just mommy dressed up.

  40. DeusSaturday, October 17th, 2009 — 1:31am PDT

    My most awesome costume ever was when I dressed up as the “Domo-kun”. Guys were coming up to me all night long and telling me how they know my costume as the thing that kills kittens…(you know the rest, if not, google it). Kinda sad, but then, girls would come up and tell me how cute and adorable my costume was. It was an awesome night as far as ego boosts go.

  41. LesleySaturday, October 17th, 2009 — 9:48am PDT

    My mom made me a rad pilgrim costume when I was in grade five. You wouldn’t think “rad” and “Pilgram” would go together, but it was a pretty great costume. Nowadays, I can’t imagine whipping out a McCall’s pattern to make costumes for my kids…good ol’ mom.

  42. AlannahSaturday, October 17th, 2009 — 12:01pm PDT

    I’m also Aussie born, but living in Vancouver. I think my personal favourite was when I was about 10, and my best friend and I dressed up as Magenta and Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror show – kinda odd on such little kids! Apparently his Mum insisted and my Mum happily went along with it because it was easy to make a french-maid outfit.

    I went to my first ever Fright Night last year, and can’t WAIT to go back! Planning to scream much more this year. Last time I was too busy trying to act tough!

  43. JaniceSaturday, October 17th, 2009 — 3:29pm PDT

    Every year I dress up as a witch. It’s the best costume because it’s really simple to put together.

  44. SandraSaturday, October 17th, 2009 — 9:38pm PDT

    I haven’t gone out for Halloween in awhile so I don’t have any recent favorite Halloween costumes, but I loved being a witch for Halloween as a kid!! Never liked taking off the green face makeup after though…

  45. AkemiSunday, October 18th, 2009 — 1:00am PDT

    One year I dressed up as Audrey Hepburn: long black satin dress with rhinestones and a train, up-do, long black satin gloves and a long cigarette holder.

  46. JosipSunday, October 18th, 2009 — 12:39pm PDT

    I love dressing up like a rock star. Who doesn’t want to be a rock star? Then, you have a reason to sing any song you want!

  47. SangeetaSunday, October 18th, 2009 — 4:04pm PDT

    Halloween is all about scaring and being scared. Last year, 2 of my friends decided to go trick or treating… both of them love candy and were 19 years old. They were too old to be doing this and they ditched me to go trick or treating, so I, along with another firend, decided to have some fun! We both dressed up as Jason, machetes in hand (not real of coarse, but looked real enough)and started following them. We didn’t go to the doors with them, just followed behind and at one point started poking them with the machetes. We didn’t talk, they told us to go away, but we continued following. The person I was with thought it would be funny to start air humping towards our friends, until a cop pulled up beside us. My friends turned the corner and there we were with this cop scared out of our minds. The cop did not buy our story and took us into his car, but agreed to ask our friends if they knew us. So we foudn them and the cop asked… luckily for us, they admitted to knowing us and we all had a laugh.

  48. MitchMonday, October 19th, 2009 — 9:27am PDT

    My best costume was while I was away at Grad School. Big party in a haunted fort, and I went as a kissing booth. I don’t need to tell just now much fun I had that night!

  49. AnnMonday, October 19th, 2009 — 11:10am PDT

    I recorded parts of a scary movie onto a recorder and hid the recorder. It can be scary if you put pauses between sound edits.

  50. WarrenTuesday, October 20th, 2009 — 3:03pm PDT

    Best pranks would be the multiple times we blew up pumpkins with highly explosive firecrackers….

  51. JohnTuesday, October 20th, 2009 — 5:18pm PDT

    best halloween costume = Waldo

    I was waldo and my friends played search for Waldo as I hid away around the Park !

  52. katWednesday, October 21st, 2009 — 4:25pm PDT

    jughead!! wore a red shirt with an S and black pants and his grey hat. then my friends were betty, veronica, archie and moose!

  53. JamesWednesday, October 21st, 2009 — 5:31pm PDT

    I spent about six weeks prior to Hallowe’en growing my nails out freakishly long (not an easy thing to do as a grocery cashier!) to go dress up as my Head Cashier, a la 80’s cougar stylez. I pained my nails electric blue – and I think the lead up to Hallowe’en was more amusing for me (and my co-workers!) than the actual night itself.

  54. WendyWednesday, October 21st, 2009 — 5:47pm PDT

    When I was about 9, I made Beatles costumes for me and my 3 sisters. We had wigs, and I made my own cardboard guitars! Of course, every house we trick or treated at asked us to sing a Beatles song. That part, we didn’t plan on.

  55. JovitaThursday, October 22nd, 2009 — 3:04pm PDT

    Best Halloween costume, DUFF MAN from the Simpsons. Totally home made and looked awesome 🙂

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