Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres

Enchanted Halloween opened Oct. 17 and is set to entertain again this weekend

Madame Fortuna Tora Straume-Cameron reads the fortune of Erin Flight while her sister Abby Flight looks on.

Enchanted Halloween opened Oct. 17 and is set to entertain again this weekend.

The annual event, held at Heritage Acres in Central Saanich by Shine*ola Events, is a fundraiser for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Last year the family-friendly event raised $40,000.

Each year, organizers transform Heritage Acres into a Halloween wonderland, with artistic installations, costumed performers, live music, Halloween crafts, festive food and treats and creative lighting and projections. There are also the popular spooky train rides courtesy of the Vancouver Island Model Engineers.

This year’s musical roundup features singer/songwriter Colleen Eccleston, country artists Chick Wagon, the celtic band Cookleidh, AMPd Blues and more.

“The event is different every year and we always aim to improve it, so even if people have been before it will always be a new experience,” said Alice Bacon, Enchanted Halloween Founding Producer and Artistic Director, prior to last year’s event.

Enchanted Halloween runs this weekend, Oct. 24, 25 and 26, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

There is no parking on-site (except disabled parking). A free shuttle runs between parking at Gateway Park at Keating X Road and the event site. The ride between the site and parking takes less than five minutes and buses can accommodate strollers.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at enchantedhalloween.com. They will also be available at the entrance.