Halloween is just around the corner, but many of you might still be wondering what to do when it comes. Maybe you want to do something ghastly and scary, or maybe you want to do something family friendly – either way, here are 23 things to do this Halloween in Vancouver.
What: Be prepared to get scared at the largest and spookiest Halloween event for grown-ups in Western Canada. Fright Nights at Playland returns for another year on October 9 with seven terrifying haunted houses and 15 rides that will leave you trembling.
Where: Playland at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Friday, October 9 to Sunday, November 1; various times.
What: From October 21 to 31, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be transformed into a horrifying haunted house. Inspired by the stories of Judge Dee, the Sherlock Holmes of the Tang Dynasty, the garden will be haunted by the Seven Tyrants, as well as various ghosts, ghouls, psychos, and killers.
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
What: It’s what you’ve all been waiting patiently for. Vancouver, the FINAL lineup has arrived! Solid Events presents to you #DOOMSNIGHT2015 with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, KSHMR in his EXCLUSIVE Canadian Debut, Frontliner, Goshfather & Jinco and DAIJO. Celebrate this annual Halloween tradition on October 31.
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 North Renfrew Street
What: The Lost Souls of Gastown is a gothic theatre adventure that immerses guests in a Gastown long forgotten, sharing the area’s gruesome little-known secrets, including the little known true story about Blood Alley.
Where: Cathedral Square – Dunsmuir and Richards Streets, Vancouver
When: Throughout October with multiple tour times to choose from as Halloween nears
Cost: $22 for adults, $19 for students and seniors
What: The annual ghoulish halloween thriller is open again, featuring The Maze of Terror, which will haunt your dreams for days to come. The maze has been a halloween attraction for the past 21 years, with over 90,000 victims passing through its winding terror.
Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
When: Friday, October 2 to Friday, October 31; 7 to 10 p.m.
What: Hosted by the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, the Parade of the Lost Souls is one of the most anticipated events of the Halloween season. Featuring jugglers, actors, singers, musicians, acrobats, and more, the Parade serves as an inclusive celebration of the arts for thousands of spectators each year.
What: The Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour is back for another year. Your creepy host will take you around the city and tell you gruesome tales of Castelanni Milkshake Murder, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red and many more.
Where: Tours start at Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 31 (excluding Sundays and Mondays); tours depart at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
What: The Student Tours Halloween ‘Howler’ Club Crawl is back for 2015. Priding itself on being the biggest, best, and most notorious Halloween party of the year; this hotly-anticipated event is sure to bewitch costumed partygoers as they strut their stuff all over the city.
When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31; doors open at 6 p.m.
What: Krakit‘s escape rooms are full of tricks subtly hidden right before your eyes. Your game is to find the clues, solve the puzzles and escape before the 45 minute clock runs out. And with live actors appearing throughout your challenge, it’s no wonder that these wildly popular rooms have been known to elicit blood-curdling screams from their petrified patrons.
Where: 4035 North Road, Burnaby
When: Various times on Halloween. Click here to book.
What: Your worst fears, phobias and nightmares will be experienced at Gravecouver, so come prepared to be scared. Anyone with asthma, heart conditions, prone to seizures, physical ailments, respiratory, or any type of medical problem, are pregnant, or suffer any form of mental disease like claustrophobia should not enter.
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
When: Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 31; 7 to 9:30 p.m. (also 1 to 4 p.m. on October 31)
Cost: $13, VIP $20 (less wait time in line)
Note: Customers are advised to arrive one hour prior to closing in order to gain entry.
What: Sociopathic carnival clowns, Jack the Ripper and classic monsters are just a few of the truly terrifying characters you might meet inside. And if that’s not enough, the organization’s description of their two houses will cause goosebumps already.
When: Every night from October 2 to October 31 (closed on October 4 to 8 and 12)
Time: Family Hour: 5 to 6:30 p.m. (extended to 3 to 6:30 p.m. on October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31); Regular hours: 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Starting at $10 for adults – prices may vary.
We’ve compiled a full list of all the best Halloween parties happening around town this year. Click here to check it out.
What: The spooky spectacle for kids and fun-loving grown-ups runs in Stanley Park every October. This year’s theme, Horror Classics, brings back some of cinema’s most haunting characters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera to roam the grounds around the train. Life-like decorations, sound effects and gravely lighting bring the Ghost Train to life every year.
Where: Stanley Park Train – Pipeline Road, Stanley Park (just north of the bus loop)
When: Friday, October 9 to Sunday, November 1; Monday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What: Held at Bear Creek Park, the Pumpkin Express is a Halloween celebration for all ages, with food, arts, crafts, and activities under a tent on the train’s platform. Every kid that comes will get a treat for the ride and a child-sized pumpkin (sized for children, not the size of children) to remember the day.
When: October 9 to October 31; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Break Creek Park – 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
Price: $9.50 (plus tax) $10.50 per person (plus tax) for the Scream Train
What: Halloweenie event at Granville Island Kids Market is the perfect place for costume-clad children to enjoy some family-friendly fun. Halloweenie is perfect for young children who don’t like the spooky and scariness of Halloween but love celebrating the holiday nonetheless. Plus, there isn’t a kid out there who hasn’t fallen in love with the Kids Market.
Where: Granville Island Kids Market – 1496 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
What: The Chillwack Corn Maze has a unique design this year: A Terry Fox silhouette to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Marathon for Hope. All along the maze, you’ll encounter Terry Fox trivia designed to point you in the right direction.
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Hours: Now until October 31: Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: This cash-only farm is a popular spot to pick up a pumpkin or two. In addition to the pumpkin patch Gabriel Farms also offers hayrides, a petting zoo, and a mini corn maze. The farm is also set to host a pumpkin carving festival on October 10.
Where: 18507 20th Avenue, Surrey
When: Open every weekend until October 31. As of October 14 the farm will be open in the afternoon from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
What: Running everyday until October 31, Port Kells is offering free admission to their pumpkin patch. The little ones will love the tractor pulled hayrides, the chicken coop, the haunted house, the goat palace, and the hay maze, while mum and dad will enjoy a snack from the Pumpkin Cafe.
Where: 18730 88 Avenue, Surrey
When: Open daily until October 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch pulls a steady pumpkin-seeking crowd year-after-year, thanks to the 15 different varieties of pumpkins grown and spread across the farm’s 20 acres. If you’re visiting with kids there are animals to say hello to and a tractor-pulled hayride. For the grown ups, pick-up farm fresh vege, eggs, and pork at the aptly named Farmacy.
Where: 8301 252nd Street, Langley
When: Open daily until October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Find your perfect pumpkin at the Laity Pumpkin Patch. The 18 acre farm has been operating for over 25 years, and draws visitors from all over the Lower Mainland. Besides from picking pumpkins, the farm offers many other attractions like a corn maze, a wide variety of farm animals, vegetable gardens, fairy tale trails, and tractor-pulled wagon rides.
Where: 21145 128th Avenue, Maple Ridge
When: October 3 to October 31. Monday to Friday 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Embrace the country-side at this family-run farm, which offers visitors an array of fun outdoor activities, in addition to a pumpkin patch adventure. Enjoy a hayride out to the middle of the farm, through corn fields and apple orchards, where a scattering of pumpkins await.
Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
When: Daily until October 31, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
DH Vancouver Staff
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