INNISFAIL – The Innisfail Aquatic Centre is serving up a fun community event to celebrate the time-honoured seasonal day of ghosts and goblins.
All Hallows' Eve arrives on Oct. 31, and the aquatic centre, which earlier this year hosted Water Warz! and Pooch Day in the summer, is bringing in its annual Halloween Swim on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
This year’s event will feature mini-games and prizes for those who win. Organizers are asking participants to bring waterproof costumes if they plan to have a dip.
“We have run this in the past. They will run games pool-side for the kids to participate in. They will be awarding prizes for those games, and special prizes and treats will be handed out on the pool deck for those who win the games,” said Ken Kowalchuk, the town’s communications coordinator.
“We really don’t want people showing up in heavy gowns or capes or anything like that,” added Kowalchuk. “That might be a hazard in the water or not designed to get wet.
“But if people want to get dressed up, they are encouraged to do so.”
Kowalchuk emphasized the Halloween Swim is a registered event and the town is encouraging people to go online and register. Citizens can do so by visiting www.innisfail.ca/programs and search ‘Halloween’ or call 403-227-2924 for more information.
As for the cost, regular drop-in rates apply: $4 for children; $5.50 for youth; and $6 for adults.
There are no COVID restrictions for participants under the age of 18.
Adults can attend if they are vaccinated, have a negative COVID test result, or have proof of medical exemption – as per the province’s Restrictions Exemption Program.
All adults and spectators will be required to remain masked and physically distanced at all times. Masking is required in all areas of the pool with the exception of the pool and pool deck.