28 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 28 to 31

Oct 28 2019, 5:00 am

Happy Halloween Week! There’s lots of fun things to do in Vancouver this week! From Grave Tales to Natasha Bedingfield, here are 28 things to do from Monday, October 28 to Thursday, October 31.

For even more things happening around town check out our events section.

Monday, October 28

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

Vancouver Trolley Company/ Facebook

What: Hosted by Westcoast Sightseeing, guests are invited to ride a San Francisco-style trolley to some of Vancouver’s eeriest and most bone-chilling locations. Highlighted spots of the tour include Gastown’s “Blood Alley,” Stanley Park, the Vancouver Police Museum, and the Mountain View Cemetery, among others. Scary stories of some of Vancouver’s most famous landmarks will be shared, like the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red, the Babes in the Woods at Stanley Park, and the Castellani Milkshake Murder.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Tours take place every hour from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The tour begins at Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Tickets online start at $59

Natasha Bedingfield

What: Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artist Natasha Bedingfield performs at Vogue Theatre on October 28 in support of her new album, Roll with Me.

When: October 28, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Florida Panthers

What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena.

When: October 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cats and Dogs

What: Presented by White Spot, and created by la Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie, in partnership with le Musée de la civilization, the Cats & Dogs exhibition is the first “large-scale” exhibition dedicated to these animals, according to officials. Visitors will learn about the cognitive and sensory world of cats and dogs, in what’s described as an “immersive environment” that is meant to show people how their pets have a “completely different perception” of the world around them.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
What: Various times
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Haunted Village

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

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

What: Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel features live entertainment, spooky decor, live characters, and more.

When: Now until October 28, 2019
When: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Admission: $14 adults, youth, and seniors, $9 for children 2 to 12 years, free for members

Chilliwack Corn Maze

What: This year, the creators of the Chilliwack Corn Maze are paying special tribute to the Canucks 50th anniversary season, with a Canuck-themed maze. In addition to the maze, the farm also features other attractions such as a pumpkin patch, pedal carts, a “giant jumping pillow,” tractor rides, and an indoor hay-bale maze.

From now to October 31, the attraction is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Cost: Tickets for the attraction are $9.75  for children (ages 3 to 14), and $11.75 for adults (ages 15+)

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery

What: Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery will host the 15th annual All Souls event, a series of non-denominational sacred gatherings, curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto. All Souls will take place until Friday, November 1 and will include activities like candle ceremonies and the chance to create personal memorials.

When: Saturday, October 26 to Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: A schedule of events is available online
Where: Mountain View Cemetery – 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Admission: All events are free; donations are welcome

Tuesday, October 29

Free Walking Tours with Tour Guys Vancouver

Tour Guys

What: Vancouver’s original and top-rated walking tour company, Tour Guys offers free historical walking tours throughout the city. Tours run daily until the end of October in Gastown, Downtown, Chinatown, and Granville Island. These tours promise to be an engaging, entertaining, and informative time.

When: Daily until October 31, 2019
Time: 10 am, 11 am and 2 pm
Where: Various locations. Visit the website to find the meeting points.
Admission: Free, though tipping the guide is expected

Spooktober – Dare to Laugh

What: Spooktober is Vancouver TheatreSports’ seasonal comedy celebration of all things eerie. Check out Monster Matches, Cult Fiction, and Kreepy Kitty leading up to the big day, and Halloween Howl on October 26.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Steveston Scarecrow Crawl

What: Throughout the month of October, Steveston Village in Richmond is being taken over by scarecrows for the annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl. Dozens of scarecrows are the first point of contact outside many of the village’s merchants, and the best scarecrow will win a $1000 prize based on Richmond celebrity judges voting. Perfect for autumn selfies.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Steveston Village
Admission: Free

Weapon of Choice: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

zombie apocalyps

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What: This exhibit transports you to a world where the zombie apocalypse has descended upon the city of Vancouver and you and your friends are trapped in The Vancouver Police Museum.

Luckily, this museum has a large weapons collection from which you’ll need to select a tool of defence against the zombies. Peruse the available guns, bats, and blow darts and make your choice. However, attendees are advised to choose wisely, as “not all weapons guarantee your survival,” according to the museum.

When: Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of October 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 E Cordova St, Vancouver
Admission: $12 adults; $10 student/senior (ID required); $8 youth (ages 6 to 18); $30 family (2 youth & 2 adults)

Helly Hansen Clearance Sale

What: Norwegian brand Helly Hansen is having a huge pre-winter clearance sale at their Queensborough Landing store in New West from Thursday, October 24 to Thursday, October 31. Expect 50% to 80% off top-of-the-range, all-weather apparel for men and women such as jackets, base layers, pants, and accessories available.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time:

  • Monday, October 28: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Tuesday, October 29: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 30: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday, October 31: 10 am to 9 pm

Where: Helly Hansen Queensborough Landing — H140-805 Boyd Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Tours for the Recently Deceased

What: The Beaumont Studios Artist Society and The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret present Tours for the Recently Deceased. Meet many of Tim Burton’s iconic characters and creations while you explore two buildings on an interactive and branching tour. Then dance the night away to MC Beetlejuice.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm (until 11 pm on Halloween)
Where: The Beaumont Studios — 316 & 326 W 5th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ghost Town

What: Port Moody’s Resident Artist Sara Graham leads attendees in building spooky characters and structures in Ghost Town, a shadow-based art project. Presented by the Port Moody Arts Centre and the City of Port Moody. Bring a flashlight to help create the art.

When: October 29, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre — 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Wednesday, October 30

Pitch Black at Maan Farms

haunted maze

Dylaina Gollub/Maan Farms

What: In annual Halloween fashion, Maan Farms is back with its fifth annual Fall Festival, including its beloved haunted corn maze, self-dubbed as “the scariest corn maze in Canada.” This October, those who are brave enough are invited to venture out and check out Pitch Black. Organizers describe it as a multi-sensory experience where darkness (literally) comes to grab you.

Upon entry, all guests are given the choice to simply explore the darkness or to truly interact with what awaits inside. Those who pick the latter can be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, and even separated from the rest of their group.

When: Select nights until November 2, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: Maan Farms — 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Available online, starting at $40

PechaKucha Night

What: PechaKucha Night features creative people sharing their works, ideas, and stories with 20 images for 20 seconds each. Hosted by Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

When: October 30, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, Free

Frankenstein: Lost In Darkness

What: A brand-new audio drama adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale. Directed by Chris Lam, featuring Corina Akeson, Tariq Leslie, Matthew Simmons, and Diana Squires.

When: Now until November 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre  1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Reapers Haunted Attraction 2019

What: Reapers Haunted Attraction features a haunted house and actors walking the grounds. The main attraction is a 22,000-sq-ft maze of terror with little to no light. Take on the chainsaw massacre experience, complete with real chainsaws.

When: Nightly until October 31, 2019
Time: Various hours. Click here for more information.
Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: $11 for each attraction or $20 for both. Patrons get $1 off with a non-perishable food item.

Grave Tales

graveyard tours

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What: Fort Langley’s annual Grave Tales takes place on select evenings between October 16 and November 3, 2019. Attendees will have their choice of either a two- or three-hour program, in which local storytellers share eerie stories, all while leading the group through the historic village at night. There’s also the option to stay overnight in Fort Langley’s oTENTiks. These “are approved on a case-by-case basis” for the 9 pm tours.

When: Select evenings until November 3, 2019
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
Time: Between 6 and 9 pm on select nights
Admission: $17 (adult – 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm tours) / $20 (adult – extended 9 pm tours) / $13 (youth – 6 pm tours only), plus applicable fees

Halloween at FlyOver Canada

What: FlyOver Canada is getting witchy for Halloween. Enjoy Broomelda’s Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show, the flight ride experience, the spooky decorations, and more. Plus there are additional activities on weekends. Costumes are encouraged, and attendees will receive an Official Witch Academy Diploma to take home.

When: Now until November 3, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm with rides every 15 to 20 minutes
Where: FlyOver Canada – #201 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Cantata Singers: Free Open Rehearsal

What: The St. James’ Music Series presents a free open rehearsal by the Vancouver Cantata Singers and Artistic Director Paula Kremer as part of the 16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Vancouver Cantata Singers are winners of the 2019 Healey-Willan Prize for Best Performance at the National Competition.

When: October 30, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: St. James Anglican Church – 303 East Cordova Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Thursday, October 31

Fright Nights at Playland

fright nights

PNE/Playland (Facebook)

What: Fright Nights are returning to Playland this October, bringing hauntings, horror, and hair-raising rides to Vancouver for another year. Visitors can expect eight haunted houses, live shows and performances, and 20 rides. Playland’s newest haunted house, “The Bloodshed,” will also be making a return.

As far as food and beverages go, expect all of Playland’s beloved offerings, as well as several pumpkin-spice-themed options, including pumpkin spice mini donuts, kettle corn, and candy floss. The park’s Tipsy Unicorn drink, which was notoriously popular during Playland Nights and the Fair at the PNE, will also be making a return.

When: Select dates until October 31, 2019
Time: 7 pm to midnight or 1 am depending on the day
Where: Playland at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online or at the gate

Trick or Treat in Yaletown

What: The 20th Annual Trick or Treat in Yaletown features the Antique Horse Carriage and the Doom Dome at Bill Curtis Square on Mainland Street, as well as Yaletown merchants handing out treats to children. Costumes are highly recommended.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Various shops in Yaletown
Admission: Free

Halloween on the Heights

What: Families are invited to dress up and go trick-or-treating down Hastings Street. Children and their accompanying adults will be able to get yummy treats from neighbourhood stores.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Various shops in Burnaby Heights
Admission: Free

After-Hours: Halloween Edition at the Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium / Facebook

What: Be surrounded by goblin sharks, skeleton shrimp, bloodworms, and vampire squid at After-Hours: Halloween Edition at the Vancouver Aquarium. Dress up in costume for the adults-only event and enjoy costume and trivia contests, watch A Reef Reborn: 4D, dance to a live DJ, and more. The Aquarium will also be offering a free shuttle from the Aquarium to Canada Place to help you get home safely via transit.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park – 845 Avison Way
Admission: Adult: $38 | Member: $30 | VIP: $55 | VIP Member: $44

Halloween Fireworks at McLean Park

What: Hamilton Community Association presents Halloween Fireworks, along with a trick-or-treat station and hot chocolate on the corner of McLean and McRae beforehand.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm. Fireworks at 8:15 pm
Where: Mclean Park, Richmond
Admission: Free

Anmore Manor Haunted House

What: Anmore Man has been a local neighbourhood scare for the past seven years. Visitors are invited to step inside the home and partake in a number of handmade decorations, horror scenes, and terrifying live actors.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 10:30 pm
Where: 1151 Robin Way, Anmore
Admission: By donation to the Share Society, cash or non-perishable food items

Halloween on The Drive

What: Bring the family for trick-or-treating along Commercial Drive between Venables and 13th, face-painting, caricature artists, and balloon twisting in the Kids Fun Zone, and cap off Halloween with fireworks in Grandview Park.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 4:30 to 8 pm
Where: Various locations along Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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