Halloween is right around the corner. It’s a season that inspires excitement for little ones as they prepare their costumes, plan their trick-or-treating routes and search for the perfect pumpkin for a spooktacular jack-o-lantern.
However, Halloween can also be a scary time of the year for little ones who aren’t quite ready for the spookier side of the season.
So from the eerie to the fright free, here are six family friendly activities for you to enjoy in Metro Vancouver this Halloween:
Visit a pumpkin patch
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.
The theme for this year’s Stanley Park Ghost Train is the vibrant Day of the Dead. From flame-ridden tunnels to graveyards of dancing souls, eerie mariachi music and encounters with La Catrina and La Llorona; it’s an adventure to celebrate souls who have passed on. Don’t forget to visit the Spooky Barn and take in art portraying Shakespeare’s “Seven Stages of Man” from As You Like It.
Where: Stanley Park
When: Open until October 31; Monday to Thursday, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Friday to Sunday, 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Matinee train: Friday to Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Wander through the Chilliwack Corn Maze
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
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.
Where: FlyOver Canada at 201 – 999 Canada Place
When: Monday – Friday, 4 pm – 9 pm; Saturday, Sunday & Halloween, 10 am – 9 pm
There may be no other activity around Halloween that encourages such glee from the little ones as heading out to go trick or treating, and Yaletown is once again ready for costumed little ones. The 17th Trick or Treat Yaletown lets your wee ones venture from shop to shop, collecting their treats.
When: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on October 31
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!
Where: Burnaby Village Museum
When: October 27 to 30, 6 pm – 9 pm