18 awesome Vancouver things to do and see this Halloween

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Scream train / halloween in vancouver
Photo: haunted forest jack o’lantern / shutterstock

There are a number of awesome events happening this Halloween in Vancouver, and many of them take place before the big night arrives.

As such, you’ll be able to get your fill of ghoulish festivities, and then some!

Check out our handy list of must-do activities to help you get in the spooktacular spirit.

Muhahahaa!

Halloween in Vancouver

Stanley Park Ghost Train

stanley park ghost train / Halloween in Vancouver
Photo: stanley park ghost train / Facebook

The Stanley Park Ghost Train offers “A Nightmare in Vancouver” through the haunted woods as it returns for its annual haunted adventure. Join Pumpkin King Jack on his journey as his lantern casts a light on floating druids, a 12-foot monster, and creatures barely human! Several trains depart during each half-hour time slot.

When: October 11th to October 31st
Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Cost: Free for children under 2, $8 for children under 12, $9 for seniors & youth 12-18, and $12 for adults. Matinees are $6.

Halloween Club Crawl

This epic Halloween Club Crawl visits eight of the hottest clubs in downtown Vancouver. What’s more, guests get to ride around in an epic party bus with an incredible sound system, and party goers skip lines and cover.

When: Saturday, October 27th
Where: Choose your starting venue ( downtown Vancouver club/bar on select list)
Cost: $30

Vancouver Aquarium Halloween

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium invites you to enjoy A Nightmare in Stanley Park this Halloween. Not only will you get to observe the intriguing nocturnal habits of more than 50,000 fascinating aquatic creatures, but you will also get to see a screening of the exhilarating Shark: A 4-D Experience. 

When: Wednesday, October 31st, 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way)
Tickets: Members: $27
             Non-Members: $35

Halloween Costume Ball

The 12th annual Halloween Costume Ball returns to the Telus World of Science for another year of spooktacular fun. There will be two floors of music that includes Vancouver’s best DJs and performers, as well as 1100+ ghoulish guests at this iconic venue. The soiree promises purely lavish decor, extravagant costumes, hell-raising sound and lighting systems, and even five fully stocked bars.

When: October 27th, 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Where: TELUS World of Science -1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Cost: Starting at $45 for the FIRST 200
         $55 for the NEXT 200

VIP TICKETS
Starting at $75 for the FIRST 50
$80 for the NEXT 50

Halloween Boat Party

Halloween Boat Party / Halloween in Vancouver
Photo: Clubzone

This epic Halloween Boat Party in False Creek provides 400 guests with two levels of spooktacular stomping grounds for evening. There is a cash bar, dinner, Djs, and live entertainment all night long. Passengers board in False Creek, and sail off to party!

When: Saturday, October 27th, 7:00 pm aboard & 7:30 am sailing
Location: 750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, beside Edgewater Casino at DOCK B
Price: $70 CAD (ticket price includes dinner)

Glow in the Garden

Enter a magical, illuminated wonderland of glowing jack o’lanterns and vibrant displays at the annual Glow in the Garden festival at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden. This year’s theme is Hänsel and Gretel, and will take guests on a whimsical journey through the haunted forest.

When: Friday, October 19th to Wednesday, October 31st, 4:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: VanDusen Garden – 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
Cost: Free for children under 2, $8.50 for children under 12, $10.50 for seniors & youth 12-18, and $12.50 for adults.

Haunted Village

Enjoy the haunted Burnaby Village come nightfall in the Haunted Village experience. Join the party at the Hill Street Bash, or check out the repair services at the ‘Broom Closet’ (a witches’ broom repair shop!) There’s lots to do and see, including trick-or-treating and carousel rides.

When: Friday, October 26th to Monday, October 29th, 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave
Price: $14 for adults, youth and seniors; $9 for children aged two to 12

The Great Big Boo

The Great Big Boo plays at Cineplex, and offers a mix of musical trick-or-treating in this spectacular, non-scary show. Larger than life characters will delight the whole family with their charming hi-jinx and they solve the real meaning of Halloween.

Dates: October 11th – October 29th
Where: Select cities across Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo 2018

The 5th annual Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo is returning to Vancouver on Sunday, October 7th for a weekend of fun! The annual parade takes place in the heart of downtwon Vancouver and showcases a bevy of beautiful costumes, and many of them are the most iconic superheroes of all time. The festival, inspired by comics, anime, video games and varies, mythologies, promises a variety of entertainment and activities.

Date: Saturday, October 6th – Sunday, October 7th, Various times for expo – Sunday parade: 11 am
Location: Indoor Exhibition: 800 Robson Street & Outdoor Exhibition: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, 850 W Georgia St & Parade: Howe St (Drake to Smithe), Smithe St (Howe to Granville), Granville St (Smithe to Davie), Downtown Vancouver

Langley Grave Tales

Fort Langley Grave Tales takes you on a terrifying journey through the Historic Fort Langley village after nightfall. What’s more, expert storytellers will regale you with bone-chilling tales as you make your way through the haunted streets. Eeek!

Date: October 7th – October 30th on select dates, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm tours for adults. 6 pm tour all ages
Where: 23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley
Cost: $17.10 (adult – 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm tours)
$20.60 (adult – extended 9 pm tours)
$13.20 (youth – 6 pm tours only)

Alien Hunting Halloween Experience

Groups of up to four will be helicoptered up to a remote mountain location where they’ll have everything they need packed in and setup for a night of fun! Butiqescapes takes guests on a lavish glamping adventure to scour the sky for flying saucers!

When: book to reserve date of your choice based on availability.
Where: TBA in the mountains..

Fright Nights

Fright Nights returns to Playland with over 20 stomach-dropping rides, but they will also get the chance to catch gripping live shows, eight haunted houses and much more! What’s more, there will be live-actors roaming the grounds ready to scare unassuming guests..

When: October 5th to October 31st
Where: Playland – 2901 E Hastings St
Cost: Guests also save $3 by purchasing tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online

Haunted Trolley

Haunted Trolley Tour Vancouver Halloween
The Vancouver Trolley Company (Facebook)

This two-and-a-half hour rendezvous takes guests on a spooky journey through the city’s haunted streets. Along the way, the Haunted Trolley tour host will regale passengers with gruesome tales of The Castelanni Milkshake Murder, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s “Lady in Red” and much more. Following that, the tour even visits Vancouver’s first city morgue, where over 15,000 autopsies have been performed!

When: October 12th – October 31st,  6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Canada Place – 999 Canada Place
Cost: $55

The Nightmare Before Christmas at The Rio Theatre

The Nightmare Before Christmas is coming to The Rio Theatre this Halloween season with a spooky symphony that is sure to mesmerize guests. A ten-piece orchestra will follow the iconic journey of Jack, the Pumpkin King, as he attempts to bring the Christmas spirit to his spooktacular hometown.

Date: Saturday, October 27 New Show Added!
Doors: 1:00 pm | Show: 2:00 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway
Cost: Tickets $25 in advance | $30 at the door

A Night for all Souls

A Night for all Souls offers a totally unique experience to view a variety of beautiful shrines in honour of the dead. The annual affair is considered at Mountain View Cemetery is considered a non-denominational sacred event, meant to honour souls that have passed on.

When: Saturday, October 27th to Thursday, November 1st
Where: The Mountain View Cemetery – 5455 Fraser Street Vancouver
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome

Potter’s House of Horrors

Potter’s House of Horror in Surrey is horrifically decadent. They go the extra mile when it comes to serving up the screams, complete with all sorts of expected scary tactics and a few peculiar monstrosities.

Date: Friday, October 5th to Wednesday, October 31st, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Children 12 & Under $13.30, Adult  $15.98

Reapers Haunted Attraction

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Described as the “scariest indoor theatrical horror experience in Western Canada,” Reapers Haunted Attraction in Chilliwack is not recommended for children under 10 years old. “An insane asylum themed haunt bringing the horrors of crazed patients to twisted Doctors and Hospital staff,” promises to deliver some nightmares.

Pricing: Reapers house $11.00
The Maze of Terror $11.00
Reapers & The Maze Combo $20.00
Location: 9423 Gibson road, Chilliwack
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Scary Corn Maze

This fall you can tackle the “five acres of pure terror” at the Maan Farms Haunted Corn maze as part of their seasonal celebrations. “From the city all you can hear are the screams resonating from the fields on the farm,” they tease on their website, adding: “There is nowhere you’ll be safe and nowhere we won’t be waiting for you!”

When: September 28 and November 3rd
Where: Maan Farms – 790 McKenzie Road in Abbotsford
Cost: General admission is $25 online and $30 at the door