Are you ready for the Halloween Ghost Train at Stanley Park? {{Giveaway}}

Halloween is just around the corner and the Ghost Train in Stanley Park is back for 2016! This year’s festive and chilling new theme is Day of the Dead!

Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by La Llorona, La Catrina and other mischievous souls in celebration of the Day of the Dead! Gather with friends and family to honour the returning spirits of our loved ones as we explore this delightful festivaof life.

Be serenaded by a mariachi band, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and join us in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance.

Opening weekend special – October 8 and 9

All-ages tickets for matinee and evening trains are only $6.00 plus tax!

Live performers are only part of the evening train experience.

Volunteer with Ghost Train

Are you a high school student looking for a volunteer experience in a fast-paced environment? Get an opportunity to work with our Ghost Train team on-site. Contact 604-689-1463 for details.

Opening hours

The Ghost Train is open October 8 to 31, 2016. We will be closed October 10 for Thanksgiving Day.

Live theatrical performance train

Monday to Thursday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday to Sunday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and view our thematic displays. Ticket sales for the matinee train end at 5:00pm.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.
Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm (last train at 5:00pm)

Night train
Our classic night train ride includes a 14 minute experience following our “Day of the Dead” theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.

Spooky Barn

The third annual Spooky Barn is open all operating hours. Enjoy this fun, indoor, haunted addition to our family friendly event.

Escape from the weather and have a Spooky good time for just $2 per person. Spooky Barn will be available for both matinee and evening show times.


You must buy a ticket to ride the train and for admission to the Spooky Barn. Your ticket is valid for one Ghost Train ride and other attractions in the plaza. Tickets for the Spooky Barn sold separately.

Adult (19 – 64 years) $11.00 + GST

Senior (65+ years) $8.00 + GST

Youth (13 – 18 years) $8.00 + GST

Child (3 – 12 years) $7.00 + GST

Child (2 years and under) Free

Matinee train (all ages) $6.00 + GST

Spooky Barn $2.00 + GST

Ticket details can be found online by clicking here.



The Ghost Train at Stanley Park has given us TWO tickets to give away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! Each ticket admits two people, so four people get in! Winner MUST choose from the following dates: October 8, 9, 11 or 12. This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and the Sea to Sky corridor only. Winner will be drawn October 7th. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Celebrate Halloween at FlyOver Canada! {{Giveaway}}

Join Broomelda at the Haunted Witches Academy before a flight across Canada!

Everyone’s favourite witch Broomelda is back and ready to take you on a spellbinding journey across Canada. Aspiring witches and wizards will take part in the Haunted Witches Academy where graduating is easy… just survive! Broomelda will welcome you to the academy before leading you onto the Ultimate Flying Ride.

The complete Halloween at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes including:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride FlyOver Canada, a breathtaking 8-minute flight ride experience
  • Broomelda’s Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • Your very own Official Witch Academy Diploma to take home
  • Halloween theming and spine-tingling decorations
  • Witches and Wizards of all ages are encouraged to dress up!

This annual, family-friendly tradition has a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up. Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume. Don’t miss this special seasonal offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Get your tickets on-site or online at
Halloween at FlyOver Canada

Date: October 13 to October 31, 2016


  • Monday to Friday
  • Original FlyOver Canada Film 10am – 3pm
  • Halloween Special 4pm – 9pm
  • Saturday’s, Sunday’s and October 31st – Halloween Special 10am – 9pm

General Admission

  • Adult $19.95 plus tax
  • Student / Youth / Senior $16.95 plus tax
  • Child $11.95 plus tax


  • Adult $21.95 plus tax
  • Student / Youth / Senior $18.95 plus tax
  • Child $13.95 plus tax

FlyOver Canada has given me TWO pairs of Adult General Admission tickets to giveaway! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and older. Draw date with be October 12th. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Just call me Mom of the Year.

Last night we were coming home late and it was getting too late to cook something for dinner from scratch, so I pulled into the local super market parking lot.

My daughter and I hopped out of the van and walked around to the other side to let the wee dude out.

I had noticed an older woman across from us getting into her car and another guy riding a shopping cart to his.

All of a sudden I hear the guy start laughing out loud and I look up to see what was so funny.

The woman that had gotten into her car and now had pulled along side our van. She wound down her window and started talking to me. I couldn’t quite hear her, so I leaned towards her passenger window and asked her to repeat herself. 

“Your sweet little daughter just gave me the middle finger!”


I have NEVER given ANYONE the middle finger (in front of my kids), so as to where she picked that up, completely baffles me!

I turned around and my daughter apologized to me, but I had her immediately apologize to the lady. I was so embarrassed!

She wouldn’t tell me why she did it and stuck to me like glue while we grabbed our groceries.

Eventually, on the way home, she confessed and said that the lady made a mean face at her. Perhaps she did…she did look pretty scowly. An example of BRF (bitchy resting face).

Another lesson learned…don’t try to sneak something behind Mum’s back ’cause you’ll ALWAYS get busted.

Oh, and be kind to others. Sometimes it pisses them off more.

7th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market to Make Days Merry & Bright at New Seaside Site! 

A treasured holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market announced today that it will be moving from its original site at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to its new, expansive seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). Running November 26 – December 30, 2016, the city’s signature yuletide celebration will expand its revelry with more than 50,000 square feet of space and over 70 huts in which to savour the abundance of authentic German flavours. 

“Much like our market-goers after they’ve indulged in generous helpings of Glühwein and Spätzle – we found ourselves bursting at the seams last year!” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “We could not be more thrilled about the move and by the number of vendors who wish to share and participate in the market – nor by the hundreds of thousands of Vancouverites who make it an annual holiday tradition. The move to Jack Poole Plaza means we can warmly welcome more guests to partake in the festivities, while rolling out a number of exciting surprises! We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to our enchanting seaside home.”

 Among this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid: A 23-foot tall structure adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture. Designed locally by architect Jordan Kutev, the magical sculpture rotates via a propeller at its summit and plays music from various regions. Further festive additions this year include an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate more than 250 people while offering breathtaking views of the North Shore.

 Visitors can anticipate indulging in the market’s signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, and much more. The increased vendor space allows for the introduction of many new sensations, such as daily demonstrations of the Feuerzangenbowle (literally, ‘Fire Tongs Punch’), a mulled wine and rum beverage whose ceremonial preparations include caramelizing a large sugar cone over the concoction. In total, the market will boast more than 22 food and drink huts –12 of which will appear for the first time in 2016.

 In addition to Deutschland delicacies, rousing entertainment, and returning favourites – such as the beloved Christmas Carousel – visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint twinkling pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures that cry out to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees.


 Christmas comes early! In celebration of the Vancouver Christmas Market’s new home, a limited number of 7th Anniversary VIP Experience packages for two are currently on sale, while quantities last. The VIP Experience packages are $75 and Adult Admission for two includes:

 2 x Carousel Rides

2 x Collector Mugs

2 x Glühwein or Beer

2 x Pretzels

1 x Take-home Gift Bottle of Bavarian Glühwein

1 x Commemorative Photo Hut Session w/ 2 Prints + Digitals

Express Lane Access + 2 x FREE Season Passes


Tickets to the 2016 Vancouver Christmas Market range in price from $4 and up (Children under 6 are Free).


New for 2016: Christmas Packages available from $20.

All online ticket purchases will receive a complimentary Season Pass.


Tickets and details at:   

About Vancouver Christmas Market

Since 2010, the Vancouver Christmas Market has delighted Vancouverites and visitors to the city with authentic German-inspired festivities. Combining colourful décor, authentic gifts, savoury food & drink, and family entertainment, the yuletide celebration creates the perfect atmosphere to mix & mingle with friends & family, take in a quick drink after work, and observe a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment.

 LISTING INFORMATION 7th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market



November 26 to December 30, 2016: 11am – 9pm

December 24: Closed at 6pm; December 25: Closed 



Single Admission from $4 (Children under 6 are Free)

Christmas Packages from $20



Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3



Win Big with @AsanaWomanCA on the #YouveGotThis {{Giveaway}}

We have an incredible giveaway that will set you on a fresh start for fall’s new beginnings. Helping you be relaxed, happy, confident and ready for anything, the amazing folks at Asana are sponsoring a giveaway valued at $650. It includes:

1. Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones – Gold (Value: $299)
2. One Year of Asana Woman assorted pads and pantyliners featuring biowave technology: (value: $110)
3. One iTunes gift certificate (value: $25)
4. Philips Hue starter kit ($130)
5. La Senza Gift Card ($100)

Asana Women Giveaway
Engineered for women, by a woman, Asana sanitary napkins are not only designed to be more effective – they can even be beneficial to your health. Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ is a complete breakthrough in feminine protection. Two vital components of Asana’s advanced technology are tourmaline and silver, which act to reduce menstrual discomfort, dispel odor, increase air circulation, balance the body’s pH and enhance metabolism. For real. Developed by a chemical and environmental engineer with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia, this groundbreaking product has finally launched across Canada, it’s birthplace.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 7.23.26 PMHealth Canada has classified the Biowave Advantage™ layer as an antibacterial Medical Device Class 1 (which is a super hard designation to attain). This means that fretting about itchiness, vaginal odour and wetness during your oh-so-fun monthly cycle are no longer worries. Bacteria and fungus ‘down there’ are also lessened. Asana helps combat yeast infections naturally and is 95% biodegradable. In addition to the great health benefits of Asana’s Biowave advantage, they are also one of the thinnest on the market, yet offer yet offer the most absorbency, the fastest rate of absorbency and best assurance of leak protection.

So as you are chilling to music in new La Senza lingere while wearing your new Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and having fun changing the ambiance in your home to over 1000 different colours with Philips Hue bulbs, you can be assured that #YouveGotThis. There’s really nothing to worry about.

Giveaway Ends Sep. 21, USA and Canada (excluding Quebec). Prize value: CAD $635

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Why all my underwear are “Period Panties”. #YMCCommunity

Long long ago, when I was in my late teens, early 20’s…I actually owned bra and panty sets.

They were so pretty. They matched, or at least were co-ordinated.

I shopped at La Senza. Canada’s version of Victoria Secret, where you could get two bras for $40 and five pairs of panties for $20. I was also, still working full-time and childless, so OF COURSE I had nice underbits!

Flash forward 20{ahem} years later, and I have given birth to two kids, hung up donated all of my working duds, and long gone are the days of fancy panties and push-up bras. I should have kept those push-up bras though because my ladies have headed so far south that a push-up bra would definitely come in handy.

My “tighty whitey/ granny panties” are now the staple of my daily attire.

The unfortunate sneezes, line-ups for our one bathroom, exercises that I do regularly to get my body back from having kids and the new version of Aunt Flo that my body produces, have totally ruined the idea of wearing gorgeous lingerie for me. The special laundering required for lingerie does not work with my normal laundry schedule. The most I am capable of in my hectic schedule is separating the lights from the darks before tossing them in the washing machine. 

I do see a light at the end of the tunnel though.

When the kids are both in school full-time, I will more me time allowing my Mr. Hyde FrankenMom persona to stay home while I work on a more publicly accepted version of myself.

I’m excited…just need to find some fashion sense and a new hairdresser 😜

Big footed girl problems. #YMCComunity

I’m considered tall.

As a kid, I was the tallest girl in my class. The boys liked the other girls because they were shorter.

I’ve never been bothered by my height though. My first serious boyfriend was three inches shorter than me and the guy I now call my husband, is also three inches shorter than me.

See, no biggy.

The problem I have though is…I have HUGE feet!

I peaked at a size 10 in my young adult years. No problem though because I still found shoes in my size when I went shopping. Now, after having two kids, my feet have grown a whole size bigger and I’m now stomping around in size 11’s!

Stores don’t really carry shoes in this size!

I’m now having to locate warehouse size shoe stores or shop online to find footwear that fits me.

The funny thing is though…I have several girlfriends who are in the same boat as me! We all have gargantuan feet and nowhere to buy shoes!

Nowadays, women are taller and have bigger feet. Perhaps the shoe stores should increase their size range to accommodate us.

All I’m asking for is runners, sandals and rain boots for my feeties that I can get at the regular shoe stores! Is that too much to ask?