Free Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions

FREE Halloween Fun in Vancouver, BC

Halloween is such a big deal in Vancouver that October is packed with Halloween-themed events and attractions. Most of the biggest Halloween attractions--like the Stanley Park Ghost Train and Fright Nights at the PNE--are ticketed events. But there are free Vancouver Halloween attractions that everyone can enjoy! 

Use this list of Free Vancouver Events & Attractions to find free fun in Vancouver this Halloween season.

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    Vancouver Halloween Parade 2016

    Vancouver Halloween Parade
    Vancouver Halloween Parade. Photo by The Will Box / Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo

    The Vancouver Halloween Parade is free and family-friendly, making it perfect for all ages. Organized by the International Health Council and sponsored by the Downtown BIA, the parade features lots of cosplayers (people dressed in costumes from characters in film, TV, video games, and anime), big bands, and a 10-foot tall Giant Pumpkin Reaper (as the "Santa Claus"-esque centerpiece). 

    The Vancouver Halloween Parade will wind its way through the middle of downtown Vancouver, starting at Davie St. and Howe St., marching north on Howe St., east on Smithe, then marching south along Granville St. back to Davie.

    Vancouver Halloween Parade 2016
    October 16, 2016, from 11am - 2pm

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    The Valley Haunt

    Props used in the Valley Haunt
    The Valley Haunt gets ready for Halloween. Image Courtesy of The Valley Haunt

    This haunted house in North Vancouver isn't completely free--it's by donation, with proceeds going to the BC Firefighters Burn Fund--but I'm including it here for variety. The Haunt is geared towards kids over 8, so be careful about bringing very young children here. 

    The Valley Haunt
    October 15 - 31, 2016

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    Parade of Lost Souls: The Wild

    The Parade of Lost Souls has been though many evolutions in the last few years. Once one of biggest free Vancouver Halloween events, it has evolved into a more intimate--though no less unique--affair. This is the second year the parade will be solely organized by the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret; they will announce the secret 2016 location for the parade on their website on October 28. (It will be somewhere near Commercial Drive.)

    While the Parade is free, there is an after party from 9pm - 2am that is $15 - $20 per person, 19+.

    Parade of Lost Souls The Wild 
    October 29, 2016, from 7pm - 10pm

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    Halloweenie at the Granville Island Kids Market

    Young kids can enjoy free trick or treating at the shops at the famous Granville Island Kids Market, plus a complimentary drink and snack--if they come in costume!

    Halloweenie at the Granville Island Kids Market
    October 30, 2016

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    Trick or Treating in Vancouver

    Of course, the biggest free Halloween event anywhere is trick or treating on Halloween night, and Vancouver is no different. Trick or treating in Vancouver typically begins around 6:30pm and runs until 10pm. Almost every Vancouver neighbourhood will welcome trick or treaters, but if you live downtown or somewhere that isn't trick-or-treat friendly, you can use my Trick or Treating Vancouver Guide (linked below) to find ideal candy-hunting grounds.

    For the best Halloween house displays, Trinity Street (famous for its Christmas light displays) traditionally goes all out on its Halloween decor.

    Guide to Trick or Treating in Vancouver
    October 31, 2015