Zombies and ghost trains and cemeteries, oh my! From a rickety roller coaster, to the Stanley Park Ghost Train, to the Haunted Halloween Trolley Tour, to a roving zombie adventure, there’s a Vancouver Halloween horror for everyone. Read on… if you dare.
 

Zombie Syndrome
October 4 - 31
Dead in the Water is the fifth instalment of Virtual Stage’s interactive theatre adventure that hits the streets of Vancouver every October. During this year's fright-fest, participants travel by land and sea as they race to confront a monstrous hybrid of zombies and vampires. The adventure begins with an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Special Forces operative Frank Johnson - and the mystery continues with a vampiric psychopath, zombie-vampire mutants and a missing government geneticist. This year, the Zombie Syndrome adds a new technology angle with the introduction of Apple's location-based iBeacon hardware. For details, check the website. www.zombiesyndrome.com 

Fright Nights at the PNE
October 7 – 31  
Western Canada’s most terrifying adult-themed Halloween event is back to haunt Playland with seven haunted houses, two live shows, 15 blood-chilling rides and 90 monsters roaming the grounds. Face your fear of clowns in Carn-N-Evil haunted house, groove to performances by the Monsters of Schlock, brave extreme pendulum ride The Beast and experience firsthand paranormal activity in the Haunted Mansion – and that’s just for starters. Event runs on select nights between October 7 and 31, starting at 7pm. Prices vary depending on the night – see website for details. www.frightnights.ca

Stanley Park Ghost Train
October 8 – 31  
Each year, the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes riders of all ages on a journey through a mystical and magical Halloween world. This year, the “Day of the Dead” theme encourages you to gather friends and family to remember loved ones and celebrate the festival of life. Visitors will be serenaded by a mariachi band of cockroaches, ride through a tunnel of flames presided over by the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and picnic in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls dance with a 12-foot skeleton. Also check out the Spooky Barn ($2) and Creatures of the Night animal encounters, then refuel with hot buttered popcorn. Stanley Park Ghost Train runs daily (closed on October 10). Check website for details. Tickets range from $6 to $11 (plus tax).
www.ghosttrain.ca

Fort Langley’s Grave Tales
October 14 – 16 and 19 – 30  
Head out to historic Fort Langley for Grave Tales, a deliciously macabre nighttime stroll through this National Historic Site of Canada. Suitable for thrill-seekers 17 years or older, the two-hour journey features a costumed storyteller guiding participants through the quaint village and its misty cemetery while sharing eerie stories of the mysterious burials and old-school amputations that once took place there. Sufficiently chilled to the bone, guests then cozy up around a bonfire at the now-deserted Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Younger adventurers, fear not: a family-friendly Grave Tales is available for youth and teens. New this year, Grave Tales introduces an adults-only overnight package that includes accommodation in an on-site tent with bunks, electricity, fridge and dishes. Check the website for details, dates and ticket prices. www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx

Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour
October 14 – 31  
Team up with the Vancouver Trolley Company and the Vancouver Police Museum to tour Vancouver’s eeriest haunts – and be warned that this jaunt is not for the faint of heart. Guests board a frightful trolley bus and travel through the city listening to storytellers spin tales of murder, treachery and intrigue. Chilling stops at Mountain View Cemetery and Vancouver’s original city morgue (where more than 15,000 autopsies were performed) bring these stories to life, guaranteeing a delightfully vivid experience. The 2.5-hour tour runs nightly (excluding Sundays and Mondays). Tickets are $40 (must be 13 or older). Reserve early: tickets are limited and sell fast. Private tours also available. www.vancouvertrolley.com

Halloween at FlyOver Canada                                                                                                                                                                          

October 20 – 31

Everyone’s favourite witch Broomelda is back and ready to take you on a spellbinding journey across Canada. Aspiring witches and wizards are invited to enroll in the Haunted Witches Academy where graduating is easy – all you have to do is survive! This special Halloween-themed version of FlyOver Canada features a breathtaking, eight-minute virtual flight ride across the country; Broomelda’s Witches Academy themed pre-show; an Official Witch Academy Diploma for every graduate; abd spine-tingling decorations. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume. For times, details and tickets, visit www.flyovercanada.com

ITSAZOO’s Hidden                                                                                                                                                                                                   

October 22 – November 13

Blurring the lines between performance and reality, ITSAZOO leads audiences of 13 people – armed only with flashlights – on the Lost Lovers Murder Tour, a frightening re-enactment of the infamous and unsolved murders that occurred 20 years ago deep within the forests around the University of British Columbia. Inspired by classic horror movies, this experiential journey combines history, outdoor adventure, theatre and a hell of a scare. www.itsazoo.org

Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum
October 27 to 30
Witches, ghosts and other fairytale and storybook characters will step off their pages at this year’s Haunted Village, taking place at the 1920s-era Burnaby Village. Don your costume and roam the Village and Farmhouse, take a spin on the spooky carousel, and groove to tunes spun by a live DJ. Your ticket includes trick-or-treating for the kiddies as well as entertainment and carousel rides for all. The Ice Cream Parlour will be open for ghoulish snacks and light meals. Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for children (taxes included). Open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Forbidden Vancouver – Lost Souls of Gastown Tour Ongoing                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Venture into Vancouver’s eeriest alleys and oldest neighbourhoods on this gothic foray into the depths of Gastown. Guided by a centuries-old resident, participants relive some of the city’s most mysterious, gruesome and historic events, learning about the lives – and deaths – of notorious figures like Gassy Jack (the founder of Gastown) and John Bray (a Klondike gold prospector whose brutal murder hasn’t stopped him from haunting Gastown’s main drag). The Lost Souls of Gastown costs $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. Multiple tours per week. Check website for dates. www.forbiddenvancouver.ca

Potter’s House of Horrors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        October 1 – 31

Journey to nearby Surrey for this collection of haunted houses of all sizes – and bring the family, because the “Li’l Haunters” attraction was designed exclusively for kiddies ages 12 and under. New for 2016, Li’l Haunters features two miniature houses that are more fun than freakish, partial proceeds of which go towards the Critter Care Wildlife Society. Adult-oriented thrills include the brand-new “Monstrosity” house (rotting zombies, gothic villages, vampires and other horrifying surprises at every turn) and “The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse” (Southern-style haunted mansion featuring spooky cellars and a chilly swamp with who-knows-what lurking at the bottom); a claustrophobia-inducing Coffin Ride; a haunted photo booth; the Xtreme Paintball Massacre; and more. Check the website for opening times and entrance fees. www.pottershouseofhorrors.com