SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 26-31

See what's happening in the communities around Abbotsford and Mission.

HALLOWEEN HOUSE

Trethewey House (2313 Ware St.) holds its annual Halloween Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 27. A less-scary tour takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. and the scary tour runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3. A kids’ costume contest starts at 3:30 p.m. Goodies and refreshments are provided by the Optimist Club of Abbotsford. Info: 604-853-0313

FALL DOWN DANCE

The annual Fall Down Dance takes place Saturday, Oct. 27 at Jubilee Hall (7999 Bradner Rd.) with live music by the March Hare Show Band.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, including dinner, and are available at Wilway Lumber (28728 Fraser Hwy.), online at brownpapertickets.com, or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.

LEGION HALLOWEEN

The Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 West Railway) holds a Halloween dance on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 p.m. Music is by Syd.

CLOTHESLINE

Sevenoaks Alliance Church (2575 Gladwin Rd.) holds a Clothesline event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Free clothing, bedding and towels are given away to those in need. Info: 604-853-0757

HOMINUM MEETING

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. This is an information discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

GERMAN SING-ALONG

A German sing-along takes place Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peach Lutheran Church (corner of Marshall and Ware). This month’s theme is a trip on the high seas to different ports of call. Info: Anneliese  at 604-859-0822

LIBRARY STORYTIME

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds a “Trick or Treat Halloween Family Storytime” on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 to11:30 a.m. Kids ages two to six are invited to wear costumes and join in some Halloween stories, puppets, songs and treats.  Info: 604-859-7814

CHURCH SEMINARS

Bakerview Mennonite Church and Calvin Presbyterian Church offer a series of seminars to help with spiritual insight and practical advice as you age. The remaining seminars are held on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 19 and include topics such as successful aging and end of life. They run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd. Info: calvinpresbyterian.ca

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus offers two classes next week from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the topic is “Grand European Discovery” with Betty Funk. On Thursday, Nov. 1, the topic is “A Bus Tour from Northern B.C. into the Northwest Territories” with Ken Baker. Info: learningplus.ca or 604-302-1685

CARPET BOWLING

Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday, starting Oct. 30, at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no cost for the first week. Info: 604-853-5532

HALLOWEEN FUN

Sevenoaks Alliance Church (2575 Gladwin Rd.) hosts a Halloween event for the community from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Activities include face painting, an obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, games and more. Bring along a decorated cake for judging to be used later in the cake walk. Prizes and Halloween treats are also included. Donations will be accepted to help offset costs.

HALLOWEEN PARTY

A Halloween party for kids takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Straiton Community Hall, 4698 Sumas Mountain Rd. The event includes crafts and games for the first 30 minutes (as supplies last), followed by a marshmallow roast and hot chocolate at 8 p.m. Goodie bags will be handed out. Cost is $2 per child. Reservations are required by calling 604-852-4278.