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 most frightening haunted houses.
Some celebrations may be scaled back or canceled in 2020. Be sure to monitor the individual events pages for the most up-to-date information.
Fright Nights at the PNE
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 nightmarish haunted houses filled with everything from infamous movie characters to maniacal clowns. For a—relatively—light escape from the scary, the gruesome comedy show combines physical stunts with the atmosphere of a 19th-century carnival. Apart from the seasonal attractions, you can also enjoy all of the twenty thrilling rides that are available at the PNE.
Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms
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 is 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.
Special safety precautions are in place for visits in 2020, including mandatory use of a face mask and a limited maximum capacity. Review the latest health updates on the official webpage.
Stanley Park Ghost Train
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 aged 10 and under, but it's truly a fun ride for the whole family.
As of September 18, 2020, the Stanley Park Train is closed until further notice.
Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours
Aimed at visitors 19 and older, the Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tour provided by Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing explores 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 from guides who are fully in-character for a totally immersive experience.
The Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tour is canceled in 2020 and returns October of 2021.
Potter's House of Horrors
Situated outside of Vancouver 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.
Potter's House of Horrors is canceled in 2020 and returns in 2021.
Glow in the Garden: Halloween at VanDusen Botanical Garden
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 Haunt of Edgemont in North Vancouver has evolved from a neighborhood haunt to a popular Halloween attraction in Edgemont Village. It's geared toward kids over 10 but adults love it, too. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund. Nearby is the Belmont Haunted House, another spooky home to visit in North Vancouver.
The Haunt of Edgemont is canceled in 2020 but plans to return in 2021.
Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum
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.
The Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum is canceled in 2020.