2015 HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS
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.
October 6 to November 1
Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome is the fourth instalment of Virtual Stage's interactive theatre adventure that hits the streets of downtown Vancouver every October. As always, participants are tasked with saving the world before the deadly Zombie Syndrome spreads across the globe. This year, a new monster species is added to the mix and the fate of the human race depends on you! On the day of the mission, would-be zombie hunters learn the location of their top-secret rendezvous point and set off on a thrilling journey that involves using smartphones to crack clues, overcoming sudden challenges, and navigating a corpse-populated urban jungle. Be warned: these intense performances are recommended for zombie killers 13 years and above. Tickets range from $12.50 to $40 (plus tax), and shows run Tuesday through Sunday.
Chinatown Haunted House at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classics Chinese Garden
October 21 to October 31
Inspired by Robert Van Gulik's stories that brought Tang Dynasty Judge Dee into the Ming Dynasty,Seven Tyrants Theatre in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents a Judge Dee murder mystery specifically tailored to the Vancouver's signature Classical Chinese Garden. Audiences will accompany Judge Dee through the Garden, helping him solve a murder mystery along the way. Shows will be approximately 20 minutes long and will take the guests in a path through the Garden. Nightly (no show on Monday October 27th) starting at 7 pm. Check website for ticket prices. www.vancouverchinesegarden.com
Stanley Park Ghost Train
October 9 to November 1
Each year, the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes riders of all ages on a journey through a mystical and magical Halloween world. This year, witness Dracula, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera and other ghouls from the silver screen as they come back to life to haunt Vancouver. This spooky adventure takes you back to a time when moving pictures dared to unearth the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds. Also check out the Spooky Barn ($2), Creatures of the Night animal encounters, and lantern-lit wildlife walks. Stanley Park Ghost Train runs daily. Check website for details. Tickets range from $6 to $11.
Fright Nights at the PNE
October 9 to November 1
An annual scream, Fright Nights at the PNE transforms Vancouver's Playland into a ghoul-ridden amusement park complete with seven haunted houses, 15 rides, a rickety wooden roller-coaster, roaming bands of scarers and terrifying shows. This year features performances by The Monster of Schlock as well as a fire show. Continue screaming with terror on Playland's newest ride, The Beast, featuring a menacing pendulum arm that swings you 120 degrees in either direction, reaching heights of nearly 12 storeys -all while flying 90 km/hr in a seat that spins you 360 degrees. Check website for times and ticket prices.
Fort Langley's Grave Tales
Head out to historic Fort Langley for Grave Tales - a 90-minute, deliciously macabre nighttime stroll through this National Historic Site of Canada. Suitable for thrill-seekers 17 years or older, Grave Tales features a costumed storyteller guiding participants through the quaint village and its misty cemetery, 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. Check website for more details, dates and ticket prices.
Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour
October 13 to 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.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum
October 28 to 30
Kids of all ages are invited to don their costumes and step back in time at this 1920s-era village. The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be adorned in a spooky but friendly fashion. Your ticket includes trick-or-treating for the children, 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. Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Forbidden Vancouver - Lost Souls of Gastown Tour
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 $22 for adults and $19 for seniors and students. Multiple tours per week. Check website for dates.