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10 amazing Halloween date ideas in Vancouver

Halloween, Events

10 amazing Halloween date ideas in Vancouver

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Alex Southey Oct 19, 2017 6:52 pm 1,736

Halloween is a great time for events. Everything revolving around the holiday is rooted in going out and exploring. Go to a haunted a house, go trick-or-treating, and go to that showing of Halloween at your local drive-in.

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Who better to do all this with than your significant other? And hey, if you’re a little bored, why not stir the pot and scare each other? What’s the worst that could happen?

1. Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

Vancouver Trolley Company/ Facebook

Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than sitting, and on this tour you get to sit, see Vancouver in all its gory glory, and hear spooky stories. This Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour is basically an interactive version of watching a scary Netflix series, tailored to you and your date.

Among the sights along the way are: Stanley Park, the Fairmont Hotel, and many other gritty nooks and crannies.

Learn a little, scream a lot.

When: Tuesday, October 10 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (excluding Sundays and Mondays, except October 30 and 31)

Where: Tours start at the Irish Heather – 210 Carrall Street, Vancouver

2. Glow in the Dark at VanDusen Gardens

VanDusen Glow in the Garden promo (City of Vancouver)

This glow in the dark journey takes place in the fantastical VanDusen Botanical Garden. It’s decked out and made special for a spooky walk under the night sky, where you can set up and do crafts with your date, and checkout the gift area complete with unique pumpkin decorations.

Best of all, the theme this year is Alice in Wonderland. Go head first into the festivities and dress up in costume!

When: Tuesday, October 24 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

3. Stanley Park Ghost Train

Alien Invasion Ghost Train in Stanley Park (City of Vancouver)

Alien Invasion Ghost Train in Stanley Park (City of Vancouver)

This year’s Stanley Park Ghost Train gives you the chance to tour an “alien invasion”! Mix that with traveling through Stanley Park and what have you got? Something close to X-Files. There’s your couples costume right there!

The whole journey is just shy of 15 minutes, filled to the brim with exciting theatrics.

For the kids, during the afternoon there’s a less scary daytime right. There’s also arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, and a haunted maze.

See Stanley Park like you’ve never seen it before.

When: Friday, October 13 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver

4. Virtual Hospital of Horror

Hospital of Horror promo image (SmartyPantz Escape Rooms)

Hospital of Horror promo image (SmartyPantz Escape Rooms)

Escape Rooms are already a great idea. With the introduction of an interactive horror hospital room, it becomes that much better. How many times have you been watching a horror movie with a friend and said to them: “It’s so obvious what they should be doing!” Well, here’s your chance to prove your knowledge.

This room is specifically designed for two players (perfect for couples), and lasts for ten minutes (perfect for couples without pushing their patience too long).

This will be your favourite hospital stay.

When: Select nights throughout October 2017

Where: SmartyPantz Escape Rooms – 100-289 Abbott Street, Vancouver

5. Burnaby Village Museum

Madam Monarch at the haunted Burnaby Village Museum (Burnaby Village Museum)

Madam Monarch at the haunted Burnaby Village Museum (Burnaby Village Museum)

This historic site is inviting you and your significant other to show up head to toe in your best costume and explore its history!

If you’re feeling a little peckish after all the learning, check out the museum’s horror-centric “Dead & Breakfast”. Sounds appetizing? There they will offer “Mice Krispies” and “Frosted Snakes”.

If you come with a little one, there’s an event entitled “The Broom Closet” where you ride a broom (read: bicycle)!

Of course, there will be standard trick-or-treating for anyone interested as well.

Guaranteed, this will be the least boring museum you’ve visited.

When: Friday, October 27 to Monday, October 30, 2017

Where: The Burnaby Village Museum- 6501 Deer Lake Way, Burnaby

6. Vancouver Aquarium After-Hours

Scary fish/Vancouver Aquarium After Hours

There are contests, there are prizes, and there is nocturnal activity. The evening is filled to the brim – overflowing, you might say – with creepy Halloween events in the cavernous, dimly lit Stanley Park aquarium.

Cling to your date and check out the nightly activities of over 50,000 aquatic creatures, and enjoy a beer or glass of wine while doing it.

This is also the first time there’ll be an After-Hours costume contest, so if you’ve got an outfit left over from your party or your visit to the Burnaby Village Museum, throw it on and enter yourselves!

When: October 24, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm

Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park

7. Fort Langley’s Ghost Stories

Family at Fort Langley Halloween celebration (Parks Canada)

Family at Fort Langley Halloween celebration (Parks Canada)

Fort Langley this month is boasting ghost stories for all ages, but it’s the adult ghost stories you and your loved one should be interested in hearing. They’re the ones you’ll turn over in your head and in conversation on your way back to the city.

Among the great stories are those of romance, mysterious burials, and, of course best of all, amputations, because it wouldn’t be Halloween without hearing about that.

Despite the conversation that would arise on your trip home, there is another option: Staying the night.

The fort offers a late night tour. Call 604-513-4799, and throw yourselves at the mercy of a historic fort that produced the stories you heard all night.

When: Friday, October 13 until Monday, October 30, 2017

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley

8. Parade of Lost Souls in East Vancouver

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This parade is no happy summer festival. It’s no wondrous snow globe Christmas eve jaunt either. It’s meant to scare you, complete with a fleet of actors, singers, acrobats, musicians, jugglers, spirits, spectres, ghouls, and a whole lot more.

The parade looks to bring to life some of your dreams and nightmares, making it so you’re walking through something entirely surreal at night – an experience made better when shared with a date.

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Outside Britannia Community Centre – Commercial Drive, East Vancouver

9. A Whole Lot of Corn Mazes

Hazelmere corn maze/ Simran Singh

Looking for a fun interactive event for you and your date? How about two? How about three? Whatever number you want, Vancouver’s got it in spades. Specifically, it’s got corn mazes.

They’ve sprung up all over the place, from Abbotsford, to Surrey, and to Maple Ridge. Where there’s large swathes of land, there’s a maze. Make it a weekend trip with your loved one and get in the spirit of Halloween!

Some include tractor rides, a visit to a chicken coop, and activities for kids! Sort through the list and pick out what’s right for you.

When and Where: Check out this list for specific event details.

10. Sea to Sky Gondola

The top of the gondola (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Honestly, this is for the younger crowd, and by younger crowd we’re talking age 10 and below, but it doesn’t have to be limited to them. Think about how much fun you have doing some stress-free, simple activities.

This is a fun outing waiting to happen purely because of its atmosphere and the sights.

Where: Sea to Sky Gondola – 36800 Highway 99, Squamish

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12 pm to 4 pm


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Alex Southey
Alex is a freelance writer for Daily Hive TO, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and BeatRoute based in Toronto, Canada. He works as a freelance screenwriter and script editor. In 2016, he graduated from Vancouver Film School for screenwriting. He spends too much time reading old Roger Ebert film reviews, and new Emily Nussbaum articles.

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