The Great Big Boo in Metro Vancouver, Win Tickets

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The last time I spoke with Patrick Roberge it was regarding his production of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. Changing the pace a little bit, his company Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP) is now presenting the The Great Big Boo across Metro Vancouver.

The Great Big Boo
The Great Big Boo

“Halloween is a children’s holiday,” says Roberge, who has two youngsters of his own. “I remember when you would grab your pillow case and trick or treat until it was full of candy. Now it’s turned into a retail holiday, an adult holiday with parties and scary attractions.” Roberge and his team wanted to bring back the excitement and celebration of Halloween for children by creating a production that would allow them to dress up in their costumes once more, trick or treat in a safe environment, and have a ton of fun in the process.

However, it’s all about finding that balance between being spooky and being entertaining when it comes to children. “Our first priority is not to be scary,” explains Roberge. The misfit characters that live on Boo Alley sing fun, upbeat tunes while they dance and perform. There are also children in the performance which Roberge says is a great ice-breaker for the young audience. “Kids really fall in love with the characters right away; from the vampire that’s afraid of the dark, to the Frankenstein that wants to be a lounge singer or the princess who doesn’t know how to be a princess.”

Aside from the lighthearted atmosphere, parents will appreciate that the show is easily digestible — providing laughs for them as well as the children. Roberge highlights the fact that it’s not only allowing families to have a Halloween together but also a shared theatrical experience.

The Great Big Boo
The Great Big Boo

The full-length theatre version runs a maximum of 50 minutes (with an intermission), which is followed by trick or treating with the characters who come out for a meet n’ greet after the show.

While the first few shows are at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (October 22nd) and the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey (October 23rd) the Great Big Boo heads to Fort Langley October 28th until the 30th. Audience members will get access to the historic landmark and children will be able to trick or treat from within the Fort, getting the most mileage from their costumes this year. “The whole theme of the show is that on Halloween, you can be anything you want to be,” says Roberge, noting that even parents have been known to dress up for the occasion.

Tickets are $19.95 and guests two years old and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. If you would like to bring your family to this fun, safe, dry, and super kid-friendly Halloween showcase here’s how you can win a 4-pack of tickets:

Leave a comment on this post with your favourite childhood Halloween memory (or favourite recent memory with your own children). One winner will receive tickets for the show on October 22nd at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver and another will receive tickets for one of the performances in Fort Langley from October 28th until the 30th.

Each winner will receive a 4-pack of tickets as well as the official soundtrack of The Great Big Boo. I will draw the winner for the North Vancouver performance on October 19th, and the Fort Langley winner on October 25th.

Update The first winner (for the North Vancouver show on Friday) is Cameron!
Update The second winner (for Fort Langley shows) is Tania!

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  1. KristinaWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 11:06am PDT

    My favorite recent memory was last year at Lil J’s first Hallowe’en. We decked him out in a ‘pea-in-a-pod’ costume and brought him out to my mother-in-law’s shop on Commercial Drive.

    Hallowe’en is also my dad’s birthday so we usually celebrate with him as well!!

  2. MichelleWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 11:12am PDT

    It’s so hard to pick just one memory! I think since having kids of my own, every Halloween has been memorable . . . I love their costume choices, the excitement of dressing up, and hearing their first “trick or treat”! It’s such a fun holiday, and my husband & I dress up with our girls as well now. So boo-tackular! 🙂

  3. Richard W.Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 1:53pm PDT

    My son wears his spiderman costume all the time! I surprised that it is has lastly for two halloweens!

  4. GabrielleWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 3:57pm PDT

    My favourite memory so far of my daughter;s Halloweens (she’s 7) is two years ago, after we came home from trick or treating, I expected her to dump all her candy on the table and start ‘digging in’. But, when I came back downstairs, she was sitting at the kitchen table, and had literally lined up ALL her candy in neat rows, grouped all the candy into categories, and was making an INVENTORY of what she had receeived! What? Could this be MY child? My husband and I are both very creative-types, and were shocked by this structured behaviour, most definitely not influenced by us. A CGA in the making? Ha ha! We know better this year than to pinch from her candy jar. She will totally know if anything is missing! BTW, we continue to love what you do for the Lower Mainland. Rock on.

  5. mariaWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 4:11pm PDT

    One year when me and a friend did so much trick or treating, that i ended up with 4 big bagfuls of candy. It lasted me a few months!

  6. sandyWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 4:44pm PDT

    Every year brings a great memory going trick or treating with my godkids. They would love to go to the Great Big Boo!

  7. Moty-yWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 6:09pm PDT

    I miss those orange and black striped lollypops. They were the best!

  8. Teresa KWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 6:13pm PDT

    I loved trick-or-treating for candy.

  9. angelaWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 7:19pm PDT

    My kids love Halloween. They get their costumes ready in September and i look forward to seeing them dressed up each year.

  10. Steph :)Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 7:38pm PDT

    Hi Rebecca, my favourite childhood Halloween memory is trick-or-treating with my big pillow case at a trailer park in my hometown in Nanaimo!

  11. StephanieWednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 9:46pm PDT

    My childhood memory involves my mother stuffing my sleaves, neck and pants with itchy hay for a last minute scarecrow costume. Oh yeah…and driving to the rich neighbourhood to canvas for giant chocolate bars

  12. CameronThursday, October 14th, 2010 — 9:03am PDT

    My wife sewed a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume for her nephew’s first Halloween. Their family was from Korea, and the custom was totally unfamiliar to them, and it was great watching the proud little boy in his gear and the reaction of the mystified family.

  13. michelleThursday, October 14th, 2010 — 11:13am PDT

    My favourite childhood memory was when my dad made me a toilet costume. You opened the lid and dropped the candy in. It was very cool 🙂

  14. sheila carterThursday, October 14th, 2010 — 1:19pm PDT

    i love to win win win

  15. HeidiSunday, October 17th, 2010 — 10:40am PDT

    My favorite part of Halloween has always been the dressing up until I had kids of my own. Now I like to help them create their own costumes. This year I have a Darth Vader, Avatar and Zombie Bride. I would love to take them to this show in their new costumes.

  16. JenniferSunday, October 17th, 2010 — 2:43pm PDT

    Looking forward to my 2yr olds first Halloween where he can walk up to the houses! He has been practicing his “Trick or Treat”! 😀

  17. VanessaMonday, October 18th, 2010 — 4:38pm PDT

    Favourite memory: telling an older girl off while she rang the door. “no one’s home” “how do you know?” “I live here!”

  18. SarannaTuesday, October 19th, 2010 — 9:39am PDT

    My favourite childhood memory of Hallowe’en was dressing up as a witch and trick-or-treating with my brother. We didn’t really get candy as kids, so Hallowe’en and Easter were special!!

  19. MondeeTuesday, October 19th, 2010 — 12:36pm PDT

    Halloween is an exciting time at our house. My favorite childhood costume was a robot made of boxes and misc TV & electrical parts. A recent favorite memory is a neighbourhood child telling his friend that we have the best house at Halloween.

  20. MelissaWednesday, October 20th, 2010 — 9:27am PDT

    Last year I made a Quatchi costume for my 2 year old! It was an awesome costume and one of a kind!

  21. DomWednesday, October 20th, 2010 — 9:41am PDT

    My favourite childhood memory of Halloween is from my hometown in Ireland, where every year on Halloween night, they have a parade down the main street and everyone who is dressed up can join in.

  22. NicoleThursday, October 21st, 2010 — 6:24pm PDT

    Of my 50 year old mom dressing up as spiderman, my3 year olds favorite super hero!

  23. taniaFriday, October 22nd, 2010 — 8:15am PDT

    My favorite childhood costume is one of my daughter in a beautiful fairy costume sitting beside a large pumpkin that was the same size as she was.

  24. CheriMonday, October 25th, 2010 — 2:59pm PDT

    My favorite is last year, when my then 18 month old daughter insisted on going up to EVERY HOUSE to say trick or treat because she knew that they were handing out candy. She even wanted to keep going longer than our then 6 year old!

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