Abbotsford’s annual haunted house is held on Monday, Oct. 31 at Trethewey House, 2313 Ware St. A “less scary” tour for younger kids takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The scary tour for older kids and adults takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $3. Info: 604-853-0313 or msamuseum.ca.
A History and Horror Haunted House takes place at Mission Museum, 33201 Second Ave., from 4:30 to 6 p.m., on Halloween. Characters from Mission’s past will escort visitors through the haunted museum. There will also be a craft room for younger children. Admission is $2, including a hot chocolate. Info: 604-826-6011 or mission.museum.bc.ca.
The Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 2513 West Railway St., holds a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting at 6 p.m. Door prizes and prizes for best costumes will be presented. Info: 604-853-0569
Mission Library is looking for adult volunteers to assist with the Reading Buddies program, a partnership between the library and Mission Literacy in Motion. The program aims to help children who are struggling with reading to improve their confidence and skill level through weekly practice sessions. It pairs high school students and adults with children in Grades 1 to 4. The pairs practise reading, play literacy-based games and use library materials to help foster a love of reading. An orientation session is held for all potential Big Buddies. Ask for a form at the information desk of Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) or call 604-826-6610.
ESL STORY TIME
An English as a Second Language story time takes place every Thursday in November at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. The program is for kids up to age eight and includes books, songs, puppets and rhymes to help make English fun. Info: 604-859-7814
The National Self-Protection Training Centre hosts a free workshop for parents and children to develop kids’ natural safety skills. The session – for kids ages six to eight – is on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 33761 Essendene Ave., starting at 10 a.m. Registration is required by calling 604-853-1230.
The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society presents two programs next week on travel topics. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Betty Funk shares slides from “Fun Vacations” around the world. On Thursday, Nov. 3, Lorna and Bob Keith embark on a cruise to the Arctic in “Polar Bears and Icebergs.” Both programs take place at 10 a.m. at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd., in multipurpose rooms 2 and 3. Admission is $5, plus entrance to the rec centre. Info: 604-302-1685 or learningplus.ca.
The Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way (behind Ricky’s Restaurant). All are welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. All materials are supplied. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713
FUN FOR SENIORS
The Abbotsford Seniors’ Association at 33889 Essendene Ave. offers a variety of daily and weekly activities.These include carpet bowling, bridge, line dancing, ballroom dancing, exercise classes and more. Info: Jody at 604-850-2465.