Halloween may still be over three months away, but thanks to murder hornets, confirmed UFO sightings and a global pandemic, it's tough to argue that 2020 hasn't already been one of the spookier years on record.
If you're looking to get back to basics with a more traditional kind of scare - while simultaneously supporting a good cause - this upcoming Vancouver fundraiser just might do the trick.
Ghostly Vancouver Tours is hosting "a ghostly fundraiser" at the Stanley Theatre (a.k.a. the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage) on Friday, Aug. 7 to raise money for the Arts Club Theatre.
While the tour company is known for its haunted history walking tours of Gastown and downtown Vancouver, the special event dubbed "Spirits of Stanley" is set to feature ghost stories, a theatre tour and a paranormal investigation alongside the Cornerstone Supernatural Investigation Team in what it calls, "one of Vancouver's most haunted venues."
The Stanley Theatre, located at 12th Avenue and Granville Street, opened its doors for the first time December 15, 1930, according to southgranville.org, with admission prices ranging from ten to forty cents.
Over the years, the historic independent theatre hosted important events like fundraisers for the Second World War effort, before it was sold in 1941 to Famous Players for $268,000. In 1997, it was bought back from Famous Players and re-opened under the Artistic Direction of the Arts Club Theatre Company the following year.
Today, the 650-seat heritage building serves as the main stage for the not-for-profit Arts Club Theatre Company, the largest theatre company in Western Canada - and apparently as home to a few spirits.
Tickets for the fundraiser, set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, cost $55 and are available for purchase from Ghostly Vancouver Tours' website.