During the fall's spookiest season, it's time to have serious fun and get seriously scared at these Halloween events this October in Vancouver.
Halloween in Vancouver isn't just about putting on your costume on Oct. 31; it's about celebrating the spooky fun all month long with friends and family.
Vancouver 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 PNE. During Fright Nights, the PNE's Playland amusement park becomes a thrill park, with themed rides, creepy attractions, and eight seriously haunted houses.
Eight haunted houses include a new, additional house called The Bloodshed, and 20 thrilling rides (five more than last year as the Bug Whirled. Dizzy Drop, and Cups have been added). Watch a gruesome comedy show by The Monsters of Schlock, and see Singe the Clown light up the crowd at the PNE Fright Nights.
Admission fees vary based on the day you attend; admission includes unlimited access to all eight haunted houses, live shows, and the 20 themed rides.
It doesn't have to be a terrifying time to enjoy the season. Want to run through a pumpkin patch for Halloween in Vancouver? Richmond Country Farm is just 20 minutes south of Vancouver and is home to the area's most famous pumpkin patch. And besides picking a pumpkin, you can play in a corn maze, visit the animal farm, and take a wagon ride. Plus you'll be entertained with live entertainment while you pick your pumpkin.
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. Wrap up warm to keep the chill from your spine as you take a magical ride through the forest.
Aimed at visitors 19 and older, Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours explore the creepiest spots of old Vancouver, Mountain View Cemetery, and the Vancouver Police Museum. Tours last two and a half hours, and you must buy your tickets in advance. You'll learn all about the city's most notorious ghosts, as well as finding out more about Vancouver's history from stories of 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, celebrates Halloween with Glow in the Garden, a kid-friendly event that includes light decorations, ghoulish music, and glowing pumpkin caricatures. The theme for 2018 is Hänsel and Gretel and it will feature an extended event area, new food vendors and timed tickets — so be sure to book ahead for your time slot.
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.
Situated in Surrey, Potter's House of Horrors has two haunted houses (Devil's Descent and Monstrosity 2.0 for 2018) as well as a Lil Haunters pair of houses (Spooky Castle and Mystic Village) for younger guests under 12 — these houses are not overly dark, and there are no loud noises, animatronics or actors. Beware the other houses though as they are considered extra scary!
Combining the fall fun of corn mazes with the horror of Halloween, Reapers Maze of Terror in Chilliwack includes a 'chainsaw massacre' experience and things that go bump in the night. In 2018 the theme of the haunted house is an insane asylum.