What: This year’s Ghost Train is inspired by the Day of the Dead. Be serenaded by a mariachi band of cockroaches, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and picnic with in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance with a twelve foot skeleton.
What: It’s the witching hour at Britannia Mine Museum this Halloween where there are plenty of spoo-ook-tacular activities for all ages to enjoy including a spooky train ride, a stage science show, and a witches house.
Where: Britannia Mine Museum – 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
When: Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 11 am – 3 pm
What: Venture out to the Burnaby Village Museum to explore a spooky version of your favourite fairy tales, from Little Red Riding Hood to Sleeping Beauty. Don your costumes for the outing, as the entrance fee includes a round of trick-or-treating for the kids as well. Make sure not to skip the famous carousel at the end!
What: Head out on a journey over Canada with a twist this season. The Halloween ride features the witch Broomelda taking over the ride, adding a eerie element. Join her class of wizards and witches and let the amazing sights of our beautiful country cast a spell over you.
What: This giant corn maze is fun puzzle for the whole family, and has the added benefit of getting you out for a bit of fall exercise and crisp, fresh air. Try to navigate your way through this year’s maze, finding and completing challenges as you go. Once you escape the maze, there’s a giant jumping pillow for the kids, farm animals to visit and an indoor hay bale maze for a smaller adventure.
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
When: Open until October 31; Thursdays 6 pm – 9 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm; Sunday and Holidays: 11 am to 6 pm
Visit a pumpkin patch
Pumpkin patch/ Shutterstock
There’s just something charming about hunting through a country patch, looking for the perfect one (or two…or five) pumpkins to carve. Pack along a camera, and you’ll be sure to capture some keepsake moments. Often you’ll find other farm-fresh fruits and vegetables for sale here as well, making it a perfect opportunity stock up on some delicious seasonal produce.
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: 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 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: 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.
DH Vancouver Staff
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