When it comes to unsolved murder mysteries, paranormal activity, and haunted attractions, Vancouver is a great destination for Halloween adventures outside the norm. Whether you're looking for haunted houses or want to go on a guided tour through some of the spookiest residences of the city, there are plenty of options in this thriving city on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Of course, Vancouver also plays host to several Halloween events and family-friendly fall activities and attractions like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and parades throughout the month of October. Although some of the following haunted houses and ghost tours are appropriate for younger guests, you may have better luck finding something for the whole family at the city's other Halloween events and attractions instead.
Before you head out for a scary adventure through some of Vancouver's most haunted destinations, be sure to check each venue's website for up-to-date information concerning hours of operation, applicable admissions fees, and last-minute closures.
You can experience eight unique haunted houses at the Pacific National Exhibition Playland's annual Fright Nights event, which takes place on select nights from October 5 to October 31, 2018. One of the most popular Vancouver Halloween traditions, Fright Nights at the PNE also includes 20 themed rides, a monster show, and plenty of ghoulish delights.
Fright Nights offers a variety of activities appropriate for all ages, but the haunted houses here may be more suitable for visitors who are 13 or over. Haunted house attractions include Asylum, a medical ward full of insane doctors; Car-N-Evil, a circus full of possessed clowns; Darkness, a village full of zombies; fear, a warehouse full of demons; and The Bloodshed, a creepy cabin that's new to the PNE in 2018.
While you can experience Ghostly Vancouver Tours year-round, this local company adds a few extra tours to its itinerary each October in honor of Halloween, including one of downtown Vancouver on Friday, October 26, 2018. Tours of Gastown and New Westminster will also be available until late November.
Each of these 90-minute tours costs $20 and requires reservations in advance. Ghostly Vancouver guides will also provide spooky stories about the haunted history of the city as you make your way on foot to destinations like the Hotel Vancouver, a haunted tattoo parlor, and one of British Columbia's oldest houses.
Throughout the year, Forbidden Vancouver offers a variety of walking tours that guide visitors through the city's more scandalous historical sites and events. but each night from October 16 to 28, 2018, haunted history enthusiasts will have a chance to take a "Lost Souls of Gastown" tour in honor of the Halloween season.
Also offered year-round on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, this unique tour invites guests to relive the earliest history of the city, when it was a frontier settlement known as the Granville Townsite that suffered from smallpox outbreaks, a devastating fire, and numerous unsolved murders in its first days.
What makes this tour different than the others is that it's also partly a theatrical experience. Actors and the tour guide lead guests through a narrative based on documented records of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s that culminates in a finale performance at Maple Tree Square. Along the way, you'll also stop at Gaoler's Mews, the Holy Rose Cathedral, the Gastown Steamclock, and the Hotel Victorian, Vancouver's oldest hotel.
WestCoast Sightseeing offers a special tour of the city by trolley each October that includes some of Vancouver's spookiest haunts like the Mountain View Cemetery, the Vancouver Police Museum, and the Vancouver Trolley Company. During the two-hour tour, you can learn about the Castelanni Milkshake Murder, the Fairmont Hotel Lady in Red, and other tales from the city's haunted past as you drive through Gastown, Stanley Park, and other parts of the city.
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours are appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and over, and reservations are required to attend. If you can't make one of the haunted tours, though, WestCoast Sightseeing offers other trolley tours of the city all year long, many of which feature stories about the bizarre crimes that have happened in Vancouver over the past 100 years.
On October 26 and 27, 2018, you can take a quick tour of Barclay Manor, which has been converted into a haunted house for the Halloween season.
This heritage building in the West End of Vancouver currently serves as a seniors' center, which holds social programs and special events for elderly residents of the neighborhood throughout the year. Constructed in 1909, Barclay Manor's authentic early-century architecture provides its own sense of spooky charm to the haunted house event.
Just southeast of Vancouver, near the border of the United States, the town of Surrey is home to one of British Columbia's scariest Halloween destinations: Potter's House of Horrors. Featuring two haunted houses for thrill-seekers over the age of 12, two mini haunted houses for kids under 12, and a horror-themed escape room, Potter's House of Horrors is perfect for the whole family.
On select dates from October 5 through 31, 2018, Potter's House of Horrors offers both a family hour in the daytime and the "ultra-scary" main attraction each night. Li'l Haunters, the kid-friendly miniature haunted houses area, is only open Fridays through Sundays until October 25, when it will be open daily until Halloween.