It’s the most spooktacular time of the year as Vancouver gets ready to get its Halloween on. From parties to pumpkin patches and costume balls to haunted houses, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this year.
So to help you separate the scary good from the scary bad, here’s our guide to 54 things to do this Halloween in Vancouver.
What: A number of attractions await for those looking for an adrenaline boost, like an insane asylum themed haunted house that brings the horrors of crazed patients to twisted doctors and hospital staff.
Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
When: Open until October 31 with various hours. Click here for more.
Tickets: $11 for each attraction or $20 for both. Patrons get $1 off with a non-perishable food item.
What: For the past four years, Greg McLellen and his wife have been putting on the Haunted Swamp House and it has continued to grow into a Halloween extravaganza. It now comprises of seven rooms, themed after the cannibal-infested, hillbilly-murderer settled swamps so common in horror movies.
When: October 28 to 30 from 6 to 9 pm. October 31 from 7 to 9 pm.
What: The Haunt was created by Trevor Watson, Jodie Blank, and Asha DeChamplain in an effort to bring the Halloween spirit to the neighbourhood. The team has been working tirelessly to bring together live actors, creepy crawlies, and, terrifying props for this family friendly Halloween extravaganza.
When: October 7 to 31. Monday to Friday 6 pm to 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 pm.
What: There are plenty of pumpkins to choose from at Ladner’s Halloween headquarters. During the last 10 days of October, the farm puts out over 150 carved pumpkins that are lit every evening. After picking your pumpkin, be sure to check out the on-site “haunted” house that is perfect fun for the little ones.
What: Besides pumpkins, Gabriel Farms also features hayrides, a petting zoo, and a mini corn maze. The farm will have their annual pumpkin carving contest on October 8. And to really get you in the spirit of Halloween, a bonfire will take place on October 29. The farm accepts cash only.
When: Open every weekend from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 18507 20th Avenue, Surrey
Cost: General admission $5 (kids under 2 are free), pumpkins sold by size $1 and up
What: Go on a tractor ride, visit the chicken coop, get spooked in the haunted house and then search for the best pumpkin. Port Kells pumpkin patch offers a variety of activities to make a day of family fun.
When: Open for the month of October from 9 am to 6 pm everyday
Where: 18730 88 Avenue, Surrey
Cost: General admission is free. $5 admission for guests who would like to enjoy unlimited hay rides during their visit. The $5 admission is fully redeemable towards pumpkins, concession treats, or nursery products.
What: This family farm carries a hearty selection of pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, and gourds, that are perfectly suited for your Halloween needs. After visiting the patch, head down to the farmers market and general store to pick up some tasty treats and produce.
When: Open for the month of October. Weekdays: 3 pm to 6 pm. Weekends: 10 am from 6 pm. Thanksgiving weekend: 10 am to 6pm
What: At Aldor Acres, there is no shortage of variety with over 15 types of pumpkins spread across the farm’s 20 acres. After you’re done with pumpkin picking, head over to say hello to the animals or go for a tractor-pulled hayride.
When: Open for the month of October from 9 am to 5 pm daily
What: This 18-acre farm has been open for 25 years and is a hit with visitors from all over the Lower Mainland. The farm offers pumpkins, a corn maze, fairy tale trails, wagon rides, and a vegetable garden.
When: Open for the month of October. Weekdays from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Weekends and Thanksgiving holiday 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: 1145 128th Avenue, Maple Ridge
Cost: $5 for admission. Pumpkins are $2 and up based on size.
What: It’s worth making a day trip to this family farm. With a 12-acre corn maze (this year it is Peanuts-themed) , a variety of pumpkins, a giant jumping pillow, an indoor hay bale maze, a corn train and farm animals, your day will be filled with non-stop fall fun.
What: The pumpkin patch at Maan farms is open every weekend in October. With live entertainment, a carving station, and treats from farm’s country kitchen, this should definitely be on your ‘fall things to do’ list.
When: Every weekend this October from 9 am to 10 pm
What: Damask Burlesk is bringing their smash hit Spooktacular Cabaret back for a second year. The burlesque show will feature Nite Mare of the renowned Lost Girls Burlesque, with special guests Veronica Vex and Scarlet Delirium.
Where: The Columbia – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
When: Saturday, October 22, doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
Tickets: On Brown Paper Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 on the door. VIP seats with reserved seats and a goodie bag can be purchased in advance for $30.
What: VanDusen Botanical Garden is taking Halloween back to its childhood, hosting a spellbinding walk through the woods. The garden paths will be festooned with mystical lights as ghoulish music drifts towards you.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street
When: October 24-27, 5 to 8 pm; October 28-31, 5 to 9 pm
Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors and Youth $8, Children $6. Buy tickets online.
What: Need some pumpkins for your munchkin? Hop aboard the Pumpkin Express! Just want to scare them silly this Halloween? Maybe the Scream Train is for you. Look out for child-size pumpkins, pumpkin masks and Chainsaw Charlie.
Where: Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf – 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
Pumpkin Express – from Friday, October 7 to Monday, October 31, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Open rain or shine.
Scream Train – from Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31, from 6:30 to 10 pm. Open rain or shine.
Tickets: On the door,Pumpkin Express $11, Scream Train $12
What: The Vancouver TheatreSports League’s costumed performers will compete in two on-stage matches where all but the most cunning ghoul will perish. Palm reading, improv poetry, and a live DJ will also be on offer throughout the evening.
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, October 29, at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online, $31-$39, include a complimentary goblet of Witch’s Brew
What: Ever celebrated Halloween up a mountain? Now’s your chance. Costume-clad trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to the Sea To Sky Gondola’s Basecamp Cafe for a Halloween party full of seasonal surprises.
Where: Basecamp Cafe – 36800 Hwy 99 – Squamish
When: Saturday, October 29, noon to 4 pm
Tickets: Admission included in regular tickets, day tickets $11.95-$39.85, annual passes $10-$149
What: The Haunted Village is back at Burnaby Village Museum so get your costume ready and explore the spookiness at this historic site. This year’s theme is fairy tales – look out for Mother Goose, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and the Three Bears.
Where: The Burnaby Village Museum– 6501 Deer Lake Way, Burnaby
When: Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, October 30, from 6 to 9 pm
What: In many cultures around the world, October is a time for many to show respect for those who have passed on. All Souls is a series of non-denominational sacred gatherings, offering the public the opportunity to remember and honour the dead.
Where: Mountain View Cemetery- 5455 Fraser St., Vancouver
When: Saturday, October 29 to Tuesday, November 1
Admission: All events are free. Donations are welcome.
What: This walking tour by Forbidden Vancouver is almost a roaming theatre experience, and a vivid account of Vancouver’s most dark, gothic early history, from the terror of smallpox through the Great Fire to the brutal killing of John Bray.
Where: Starts at Cathedral Square, at Dunsmuir and Richards, finishes at Maple Tree Square, at Water and Carrall
When: Until November 1, various times in the evening
Tickets: Buy online, $25 for adults, $22 for students
What: Families are invited to dress up and go trick or treating down Hastings Street. Kids and their adults will be able to get yummy treats from neighbourhood stores, ride the Halloween Trains in the Dark and enjoy fireworks later in the evening.
Trick or Treating is along Hastings Street in Burnaby
Halloween Trains in the Dark at Burnaby Central Railway at Confederation Park – 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Halloween Fireworks at Gilmore Community School – 50 Gilmore Ave, Burnaby
When: Monday, October 31
Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Halloween Trains in the Dark from 6 to 9 pm
Halloween Fireworks at 8:15 pm
Tickets: All events are free, except the Halloween Trains in the Dark, which costs $3.50 and includes free hot chocolate and cookies. Costumes strongly encouraged!
What: The legendary Ghost Train returns to Stanley Park this Halloween. This year’s theme is the Day of the Dead so be prepared to be spooked by La Llorona, La Catrina and other creepy spirits as you ride through Stanley Park.
Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
When: Until October 31; Friday to Sunday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Monday to Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets: On Ticketleader, $6-$11 depending on timing and age
What: South Vancouver’s River District presents two weekends of spooky Halloween movies, including Beetlejuice, Hotel Transylvania, Edward Scissorhands, Monsters, Inc., Scream, The Blair Witch Project, Alien, and of course, Halloween.
Where: River District Drive-In – 3560 East Kent Ave., Vancouver
When: October 21, 22, 28, and 29, screenings at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
What: Take a tour of spooky spots in the city, including Mountainview Cemetery and the morgue at the Police Museum, while hearing gruesome tales of the Castelanni Milkshake Murder and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red.
Where: Tours start at Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31 (excluding Sundays and Mondays, except October 30 and 31)
Tickets: $40 per person. Reservations can be made over phone 604-801-5515. No online bookings. This tour is for adults (13+) only.
What: Comedy gets spooky when The Fictionals and Friends presents Improv X Halloween, aka Paranormal Hilarity. Enjoy a night of eerie laughs, mini-chocolate bars, ghost stories, and a real-life Ouija Board!
What: Twisted Productions is hosting the annual Halloween Costume Ball at Telus World of Science. Now in its 10th year, this event features six DJs, performers, five licensed bars, and a crowd of over 1,100.
Where: Telus World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
What: Presented by Grey Goose vodka, this party features a 10,000 ft2 ballroom that will be transformed into a haunted wonderland. There will also be cash prizes for best costumes – $500 for first place, in fact. This party is for grownups only, as it’s 25 and older – 19-year-olds will have to find another party.
Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place Way
When: Saturday, October 29; 9 pm
Tickets: General admission is $55. Click here to purchase tickets.
What: One of Vancouver’s beloved radio station is holding a Halloween party combined with an album release party for Bear Mountain. Little India will also be performing, as well as Trizzy and Harvey Harvey. Tickets start at just $15.
Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
What: Trick or Treat returns again for another year, this time taking over the Butcher and Bullock. This is a true Halloween party, complete with a costume prize of more than $1,000 to be had for the best-dressed person.
Where: The Butcher and Bullock – 911 West Pender Street, Vancouver
What: Perhaps the most visually appealing out of any of the Halloween parties on this list, Cirque Noir Halloween will feature – you guessed it – real circus performers, like silk aerialists, stilt walkers, jugglers, and costumed dancers.
Where: Club 560 – 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, October 29; 10 pm to 3 am
Tickets: Start at $35 for pre-sales. Click here to purchase.
What: Spirit Cruises is hosting their third annual Halloween on the High Seas bash. Dance the night away (on a boat) to DJs spinning tracks while enjoying beautiful views of the skyline from the water.
What: What better way to celebrate Halloween than marvelling at some (amazing) freaks? A plethora of strange, weird, bizarre, and unusual performances are set for this party at Venue. Expect live contortionists, aerial acts, and more by the Underground Circus.
What: Well, this event offers everything you crave at Halloween: a sexy party. The aptly named Sexy Halloween at Cabana Lounge gives you an excuse to dress in your most scantily clad outfit with some sort of animal ears. Because why not?
Where: Cabana Lounge – 1159 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Stranger Things fans unite! The Biltmore is throwing down an all-too-appropriate celebration of the hit series on Halloween. Come dressed as your favourite Stranger Things character to this 19+ bash, and pay homage to 1980s era films. Early-bird tickets have already sold out, so snatch up regular admission at $20 before they’re gone.
What: If you’ve ever fantasized about being a vampire (you have, don’t lie), then this evening of decadence is for you. Get out your finery, masks, and false vampire teeth, gather your coven, and head to this black-tie Vampire Ball.
Where: Terminal City Club – 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
If you’re looking for a Halloween fireworks show in Metro Vancouver, there are a handful of options in Richmond and Burnaby:
Minoru Park Halloween Fireworks Festival
What: Organized by the City of Richmond, this is Metro Vancouver’s largest and most impressive professional Halloween fireworks show. There will also be music, dancing demonstrations, children’s activities, clowns, a magic show, and fire juggling. the fireworks finale will be 10 minutes long.
Where: Minoru Park (7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond)
When: 6:30 to 8:45 pm on Monday, October 31
McLean Park Halloween Fireworks Show
What: A 15-minute celebration of ‘spooktacular’ fireworks
Where: McLean Neighbourhood Park (22500 McLean Avenue, Richmond)
When: 8 pm on Monday, October 31
South Arm’s Halloween Street & Fireworks
What: Come for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts in the Witches Brew and a visit to the Creepy Kitchen and The Darkness Haunted House. Fireworks will be lit from South Arm’s soccer fields.
Where: South Arm Community Centre (8880 Williams Road, Richmond)
When: 5:30 to 8:30 pm (fireworks start at 8:30 pm) on Monday, October 31
West Richmond Halloween Fireworks
What: A 15-minute-long fireworks display.
Where: West Richmond Community Centre (9180 No. 1 Road, Richmond)
When: 8:15 pm on Monday, October 31
What: The skies over Gilmore Community School will light up for a professional fireworks display.
Where: Gilmore Community School (50 S. Gilmore Avenue, Burnaby)
When: 8:15 pm on Monday, October 31
DH Vancouver Staff
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