Halloween in Vancouver isn't just about putting on a costume on the last day of the month, it's about celebrating the spooky fun all month long with friends and family.
Vancouver's Halloween events and attractions run the gamut from appropriate-for-all-ages fun to genuinely scary thrills and chills. Use this list to find all the Halloween activities happening around town, from the popular Fright Nights at the PNE and Stanley Park Ghost Train to the city's best haunted houses.
The most popular Vancouver Halloween attraction is undoubtedly Fright Nights at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). During Fright Nights, the PNE's amusement park becomes a thrill park with themed rides, creepy attractions, and eight haunted houses. There are also twenty thrilling rides and gruesome comedy shows.
You don't have to get scared by monsters to enjoy Halloween. You could also spend it running through a pumpkin patch at Richmond Country Farms. It's located just twenty minutes south of Vancouver and home to the area's most famous pumpkin patch. Besides picking out your pumpkin, you can play in a corn maze, visit the animal farm, take a wagon ride, and enjoy the live entertainment.
When it comes to all-ages Vancouver Halloween fun, you can't beat the Stanley Park Ghost Train. Every year, Stanley Park's Miniature Train is transformed into the Ghost Train for a magical ride through the nighttime forest. The ride takes visitors past creative and gently spooky scenes and performances. It's aimed at kids ten and under, but is a fun ride for the whole family.
Aimed at visitors 19 and older, the Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours explore the creepiest spots of old Vancouver, Mountain View Cemetery, and the Vancouver Police Museum. While learning about the city's most notorious ghosts, you'll also discover Vancouver's darker history from vice to violence, and everything in between.
The gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden, which famously puts on one of Vancouver's best light displays every winter with its Festival of Lights, also has something special in store for Halloween. Every year, the garden celebrates with Glow in the Garden, a kid-friendly event that includes light decorations, ghoulish music, and glowing pumpkin caricatures.
The Burnaby Village Museum—an outdoor 1900's-era village—celebrates Halloween with a Witch's Ball, Circus Sideshow, and carousel rides. This event is ideal for kids ten and under.
Situated in Surrey, Potter's House of Horrors has two haunted houses with themes that change from year to year, as well as smaller (and less scary) attractions for kids under 12. The main houses can be very scary with loud noises, costumed actors, and animatronics, while the Lil Haunters attractions are tame and well-lit.