20 things to do in Vancouver this Halloween weekend

Oct 28 2016, 8:46 pm

Halloween weekend is finally here. Don’t miss out on the scary fun. Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, October 29 and 30.

Saturday, October 29

Fright Nights

Image: Playland

Image: Playland

  • What: The annual Fright Nights takeover Playland on select nights throughout October and feature seven haunted houses, fifteern rides and two thrilling live shows.
  • Where: Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Various days and times between October 7-31
  • Price: Tickets are $22-$79 online

Ghost Train in Stanley Park

  • 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.
  • Where: Stanley Park
  • When: October 8-31 at various times
  • Price: Tickets are $6-$11 online

Bacardi Boohaha

  • What: The annual Bacardi Boohaha adults-only Halloween party is back this year featuring music by DJ Flipout all night long.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 29, 9:30 pm
  • Price: Tickets are $20 online

Spoo-ook-tacular Halloween at the Britannia Mine Museum

  • 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
  • Price: $15 general entry

Peek in at the Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum

  • 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!
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum
  • When: October 27 to 30, 6 pm – 9 pm

Take Off on FlyOver Canada – Halloween Ride

  • 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.
  • Where: FlyOver Canada at 201 – 999 Canada Place
  • When: Monday – Friday, 4 pm – 9 pm; Saturday, Sunday & Halloween, 10 am – 9 pm

Wander through the Chilliwack Corn Maze

  • 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

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.

Check out our guide to Metro Vancouver’s best pumpkin patches.

Haunted Circus

  • What: If you’re not spooked by those creepy clown sightings and want to check out a new Halloween attraction in the city, then the Haunted Circus at the Beaumont Studios is for you.
  • When: Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31. Check website for hours.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios- 316 West 5th Avenue
  • Tickets: Tickets available online.

The Valley Haunt

  • What: For the 2016 Halloween season, the Valley Haunt will be enclosed in walk-through shipping containers. It will be a bigger and spookier Halloween display.
  • When: October 15 to 31, for hours of operation check website
  • Where: 1311 Appin Road, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: The Valley Haunt runs by donation. All proceeds go to the BC Firefighter’s Burn Fund.

Sunday, October 30

Potters House of Horrors

  • What: Get ready to scream and cower in fear: Potters House of Horrors has reopened for the Halloween season.
  • Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
  • When: Open now until October 31. Lil’ Haunters is from 4 to 7 pm, all-ages family hour is from 4 to 6:30 pm, and the regular ultra-scary show is from 7 to 10 pm.
  • Tickets: Starts at $10 for tickets. Click here to purchase.

Reapers Haunted Attraction

  • 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.

Haunted Swamp House

  • 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.
  • Where: 4120 228 St., Langley
  • Tickets: Admission by donation

The Haunt of Edgemont

Halloween costume/ Shutterstock

Halloween costume/ Shutterstock

  • 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.
  • Where: 3414 Emerald Drive, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: By donation. Proceeds donated to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.

Hallow Nights 2016 

  • What: Richmond’s Exit Canada escape room is hosting Hallow Nights 2016– a haunted house featuring 11 rooms of terror, scare actors, special effects interactive elements.
  • When: October 14 to 31. Doors open at 5 pm.
  • Where: 9111 Beckwith Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: $32 at the door and $28 online

Pumpkin Express/Scream Train

  • 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
  • When:
    • 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

The Haunted Village

  • 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
  • Tickets: On the door, $14

Night for All Souls

  • 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.

The Lost Souls of Gastown

Image: Jonathan F.V. / Flickr

Image: Jonathan F.V. / Flickr

  • 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

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

  • 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.