Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions

Complete Guide to Vancouver Halloween Events

Halloween in Vancouver isn't just about putting on your costume on October 31; it's about celebrating the spooky fun all month long!

Vancouver Halloween events and attractions run the gamut from appropriate-for-all-ages fun to genuinely scary thrills and chills. Use this list of Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events 2016 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.

For more on Halloween--including Vancouver costume shops and trick-or-treating--see the Complete Guide to Halloween in Vancouver 2016.

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    Zombie Syndrome in Vancouver
    ••• Zombie Syndrome in Vancouver. Image Courtesy of The Virtual Stage

    Zombies are a big deal in Vancouver, especially around Halloween!

    Back for its fifth season, The Zombie Syndrome--produced by The Virtual Stage--is an "interactive theatre adventure" that happens outside; this year, the production moves from Downtown Vancouver to Granville Island. Audience members find clues to stop a zombie plague, all while outrunning the walking dead!

    October 4 - 31, 2016

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    Fright Nights at the PNE

    The Haunted Mansion at Fright Nights at the PNE
    ••• The Haunted Mansion at Fright Nights at the PNE. Image Courtesy of PNE / Playland

    The most popular Vancouver Halloween attraction is undoubtedly Fright Nights at the PNE. During Fright Nights, the PNE's Playland amusement park becomes a thrill park, with themed rides, creepy attractions, and seven seriously haunted houses.  

    Admission fees vary based on the day you attend; admission includes  unlimited access to all seven haunted houses, shows and 15 rides.

    October 7 - 31, 2016

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    vancouver halloween events attractions Richmond Country Farm
    ••• Richmond Country Farm. Image Courtesy of Richmond Country Farm

    Want to run through a pumpkin patch for Halloween in Vancouver? Richmond Country Farm is located just 20 minutes south of Vancouver and is home to the area's most famous pumpkin patch, plus a corn maze, animals, and more.

    October 8 - 31, 2016

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    Stanley Park Ghost Train
    ••• Stanley Park Ghost Train. Photo by Dana Lynch

    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 transforms itself into the Ghost Train for a magical ride through the nighttime forest. The ride takes visitors past creative and (gently) spooky tableaux created by the amazing performers of Mortal Coil, which, though aimed at kids 10 and under, are fun for the whole family.

    October 8 - 31, 2016; closed for Thanksgiving on October 10

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

    The annual free, family-friendly Vancouver Halloween Parade features hundreds of cosplayers in costumes from film, comics, anime, and video games (without any gore, so even young kids can enjoy it).

    The parade route starts from Davie St. and Howe St., goes north along Howe St., turns east on Smithe, continues south on Granvile St. and finishes at Granville and Davie. 

    October 13 - 16, 2016; Parade on October 16, 2016

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    vancouver halloween: Haunted Trolley Tours in Vancouver
    ••• Haunted Trolley Tours in Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Vancouver Trolley Company

    Aimed at visitors 13 and older, Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours explore Vancouver's creepiest spots, including Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room of the Vancouver Police Museum. Tours last 2.5 hours and run daily; pre-registration is required.

    October 14 - 31, 2016 - closed Sundays & Mondays, but open Sunday, October 30, and Monday, October 31

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    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 has evolved from a neighbourhood haunt to a popular Halloween attraction. Geared towards kids over 8 (and adults!), this year's haunt has themed rooms, including "Valley View Cemetery," "Dr. Dume's Research Lab," "CarnEVIL," and "Zombie Casino." Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to BC Firefighters' Burn Fund.

    October 15 - 31, 2016

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    Poster for Glow in the Garden event
    ••• Image Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

    Gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden--which famously puts on one of Vancouver's best light displays every winter with its Festival of Lights--celebrates Halloween with the brand-new-for-2016 Glow in the Garden, a kid-friendly event that includes light decorations, "ghoulish music, and glowing pumpkin characters created by award-winning carvers Clive Cooper and Bruce Waugh." 

    Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes!

    October 24 - 31, 2016

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    Halloween at Burnaby Village Museum
    ••• Halloween at Burnaby Village Museum. Image Courtesy of Burnaby Village Museum

    The Burnaby Village Museum--an outdoor 1900s village--celebrates Halloween with a Witch's Ball, Circus Sideshow, and carousel rides, ideal for kids 10 and under. Bring the kids in costume!

    October 27 - 30, 2016

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    Vancouver Halloween Parties for 19+

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    ••• Halloween is for adults, too!. Photo © Betsie Van Der Meer / Getty Images

    Vancouver Halloween events aren't just for kids--there are plenty of hot, naughty and scary (in a good way) parties and events for adults 19+, too.

    October 29 - 31, 2016

    Learn more: Party After Dark - Vancouver's Hottest Halloween Parties 2016

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    Chinatown Haunted House in Vancouver
    ••• Chinatown Haunted House in Vancouver. © Haecceity/DSmithers; Image Courtesy of Seven Tyrants Theatre

    Back for its third year, this adult-oriented (don't bring the kids!) Halloween attraction transforms the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Chinatown into a terrifying Haunted House. Created by Seven Tyrants Theatre, the Chinatown Haunted House features over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, and is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee: China’s Sherlock Holmes.

    On hiatus for 2016--hopefully back for 2017