• Brown dried trees and vegetation line one side of the Elk River bank and tall conifer pines trees are clustered on the other side with the backdrop of the snow capped Rocky Mountains far in the distance. The Elk River in Fernie, BC on a winter day with brown and dried vegetation, barren trees and sturdy pine trees at the river's banks and snowy Rocky Mountains in the distance.

Image by: Maddy Baker


It’s that time of year, which means Fernie is about to get spooky! This alpine town comes alive in the fall, in part thanks to Halloween. Despite the global pandemic, Fernie still has several COVID-friendly Halloween events taking place in 2020. From the town’s annual Halloween run to a special event at the local library, check out the top three ways to celebrate Halloween 2020 in Fernie, BC.

4th Annual Dash in the Dark

2020 marks the fourth year of Dash in the Dark, Fernie’s very own Halloween run. Hosted by the Fernie Nordic Society at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, this fun tradition will see all participants dressed to the nines in their Halloween costumes, walking or running along a set track in the dark. While it sounds spooky, it promises to be fun for the whole family. Headlamps are encouraged and the run starts at 6:00 pm sharp on October 29. There will be complimentary post-run beers for the adults at Stag Leap HQ after the event.

Halloween at Fernie Heritage Library

The Fernie Heritage Library is celebrating Halloween a little differently this year. There will be two events taking place on October 30. The first is a virtual storytime at 11:15 am, live streamed on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages. A special Halloween-themed book will be chosen. The second part of the library’s Halloween celebration is an outdoor trick or treat event taking place in the garden. From 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm, library staff will be outdoors handing out candy to trick or treaters of all ages. 

Fall Paint Night at The Arts Station

Finally, celebrate Halloween in Fernie by attending a fall paint night at The Arts Station. Artist Sue Hanlon will be on hand to guide you through a two-hour painting session on the evening of October 16. Tickets are $45 a piece and they include all materials and two hours of instruction. Anyone ages 12 and up is welcome to attend, and please remember to bring your face mask as they are mandatory. 


If you plan on visiting Fernie in the Halloween season, then you’ll want to book a room at the Fernie Stanford Resort. We combine quality accommodation and top-notch amenities with a picturesque alpine location.