The Stanley Park Ghost Train

Contiuning in my series of posts about Halloween events around abouts where I live we come to the Stanley Park Ghost Train. Now, there are those who say it’s only an event for little children but you seen awful lot of adults traveling alone. It’s nostalgic for me at this point and every year they have a different theme.

So, below is a gallery of some of my favorite photos over many years worth of visits. Please note the photos are taken from a cellphone camera on a very wobby train in the dark.

Fright Nights @ PNE 2019

Now, when it comes to events in British Columbia, Canada where I live often gets the shaft. Our Fan Expo isn’t even compatible to Toronto’s and our yearly exhibition, the PNE is also not even comparable in size and scope to Ontario. However, I do still love the PNE and one other even they have yearly is Fright Nights! A collection of haunted houses, a freak show and lot of different carnival rides.

The Tattoo Continues

Had my second session getting my first tattoo and as you can see its a doozy to start with. I need one more visit for the edges to be finished up and then the first one will be finished. I say the first one because I already have an idea for a second one. That wont be until much later this year or next year as I have other pending expenses.

The tattoo was designed and done by David Phelps from Adrenaline Tattoo in Downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The Tattoo Begins

For many years now I’ve been considering getting my first tattoo.

Now, considering my age now I’m calling it my “mid-life crisis tattoo” which is going to be a lot cheaper than getting a red sports car. The Joker was always my first choice for a tattoo and never changed so it was a lock.

This work in progress tattoo was done by David Phelps at Adrenaline Tattoo in Downtown Vancouver. I cannot wait to get it in full color later this month.

Cineplex VIP

Over the years I’ve been seeing much fewer movies in theaters. I’m tired of the movie start time being advertised as 7:00PM and then setting through 20+ minutes of ads and previews. Sorry, I don’t have to put up with that at home for far less the cost.

So, when a VIP cinema opened up close to home I was intrigued enough to give it a try. Ultimately it will get me back into theaters, at least tiny bit more often.

What all do you get for the $20 admission price? 

  • Reserved seating.
  • Food service directly to your table.
  • Reclining seats (you can even adjust the headrest)
  • 19+ only admission (a serious perk)
  • Access to the VIP bar and lounge
  • No commercials (I not 100% if this is really a thing or the fact of a new theater or an early showing)

The food is, to the most part, what you get outside but brought to your table with a nicer presentation. Currently, they do not have a license to allow you to bring your alcohol into the theater.

Chicken Parmesan & Fries

Everyone was very friendly and it does do (mostly) what theaters should do to survive long term. When you’re competing against films coming to video months after release and people with OLED 4K TV’s, they’re going to have to step up their game even more.

I recommend VIP for big event movies and if I were not forever single, date movies.