What: Fright Nights at Playland are back, and that means a slew of scary environments throughout the month, testing your wits and your ability to handle frights!
When: Select dates between Friday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 31
Time: 7 pm to midnight or 1 am depending on the day
Where: Playland at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are available online from $22 and/or you can upgrade to a rapid pass, starting at $65, depending on the date. Tickets available via Fright Nights, at the gate, and also at Lower Mainland 7-Eleven Stores starting October 4.
What: Reapers Haunted Attraction, initially a small draw, has grown into something of a must-see. There you can expect to see not only the creepy house, but a twisted, wandering maze, and actors who’ve perfected the art of the jump scare.
Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
When: Open until October 31, 2017 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: The newest in a long line years with of Haunt of Edgemont, this time around the theme is Frankenstein’s Lab. The place is decked out in unsettling science equipment, actors, and all around bad vibes.
When: October 7 to 31. Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 pm.
What: This is a must-see. The Dream Horror Haunted House is in its last year. It’s been around 18 years, which means it’s as old as some of the freshmen at UBC this year (scary, I know). 21 live actors, trap rooms and crawl spaces, clowns, and creepy dolls. What more could you ask for?
When: From Friday, October 13 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017
What: Not a big house, the journey through only takes five minutes. But oh will you ever carry those five minutes with you for long after. You encounter a number of distractions (that’s putting it lightly) along the way. Note: There’s replay value in this one.
When: October 27 to October 28, 2017
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm on October 27, and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm on October 28
Where: 1447 Barclay St., Vancouver
Tickets: $3 per person, or $10 per family of four.
What: No, this has nothing to do with Harry Potter, and that realization is not the scariest thing about this. It is 15,000 sq. ft of terror. It’s built like a labyrinth. It houses shriek-inducing animatronics and (you guessed it) more actors.
When: Open nightly until October 31 – 4 pm to 10 pm (regular scary shows from 7 pm to 10 pm)
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.