Zombies and ghost trains and cemeteries, oh my! From tales of Gastown's eerie history, to alien abductions, to a tour of Canada with a witch named Broomhelda, there’s a Vancouver Halloween horror for everyone. Read on…if you dare.
Stanley Park Ghost Train | October 13 to 31, 2017
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 “Alien Invasion” theme offers a family friendly opportunity to be abducted by aliens and witness the landing. Also check out The Haunted Maze, Creatures of the Night animal encounters with Stanley Park Ecological Society, arts and crafts activities, and explore the pumpkin patch. Stanley Park Ghost Train runs daily. Check website for details. Tickets range from $6 to $12 (plus tax). Make sure you use tag #GhostTrainYVR on social media.
Fort Langley’s Grave Tales | October 2017 (various dates)
Head out to historic Fort Langley for Grave Tales (23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley), a deliciously macabre nighttime stroll through this National Historic Site of Canada. Suitable for thrill-seekers 19 years or older, the two-hour or three-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: an all ages Grave Tales is available (Oct 26-30), and Kids Ft Langley Halloween on October 29 from noon to 5 pm. Reservations are open now, with enhanced pricing to celebrate Canada 150. Check the website for details, prices and dates.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum | October 27-30, 2017
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 (6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby). 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.
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.
Spoo-ook-tacular Halloween Weekend at Britannia Mine Museum | October 21-22, 28-29, 2017
It's the witching hour at Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach) this Halloween with two weekends full of fun, family-friendly activities for all ages for their third annual Spoo-ook-tacular event! Catch a Strange Science Show hosted by Britannia’s Dr. Dioxide featuring fiery jack-o-lanterns, strange witches brews, spooky potions and an apothecary; or enter the Witch's House that will play wicked tricks on your mind and make your eyes bug out; or enter the Critter Emporium courtesy of Aquarium's West! Play a game, find out your warlock name, and get your fortune told at the Village Fair, and take a picture of your costume at the Double Shutter picture booth! Check the website for the full activity line-up, prices, and further details.
Halloween with FlyOver Canada | October 12-31, 2017
FlyOver Canada (201-999 Canada Place) offers a 6,000km tour of Canada, all without leaving Vancouver. Guests hang suspended, with their feet dangling, in front of a 20 metre spherical screen for an 8 minute tour featuring breathtaking views of some of Canada's best sights. This Halloween, Broomhelda the witch and her cat, Boo, invite guests to the Haunted Witches Academy, before embarking on a spellbinding journey.
Potter's House of Horrors | October 6-31, 2017
For 15 years, providing spectacularly spooky Halloween fun has been the primary goal of the ghostly caretakers at Potter’s House of Horrors, which even has a Li’l Haunters attraction geared to kids 12 & under. So, gather your motliest crew and drop into one of the Lower Mainland’s biggest and best-rated haunted houses, open for the season October 6th through 31st at Potter's Farm & Nursery (12530-72nd Ave., Surrey). Attractions include two haunted houses, Monstrosity and Devil's Descent, a coffin ride, a haunted paintball shootout, and a photo booth. Partial proceeds go to Critter Care Wildlife Society. Visit the website to gear up for your hair-raising adventure.
Sea to Sky Gondola’s Halloween Trick or Treat | October 28, 2017
For an outdoor Halloween experience that turns trick or treating into a wilderness adventure, head to Squamish’s Sea to Sky Gondola. At the base of the gondola, a DJ will spin spooky tunes, and there will be spooktacular performances by the talented dancers of TPAC. Costume-clad kids can grab a trick or treat bag to decorate (available for first 250 kids) and get their faces painted at the Base Camp Café in the valley. A ride in the gondola to the summit will thrill families before they venture off into the forest for trick or treating on the trails. Friendly Sea to Sky creatures including Bernice the Bear and Sally the Salamander will hand out treats at themed stations along Alpine Alley. Admission to the Halloween Trick Or Treat is free with a gondola lift ticket or annual pass, and the celebration will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. Little ghouls in need of fuel can enjoy a Kid’s Adventure Meal before they tuck into their candy haul. Make this delightful, not so frightful, afternoon chock full of seasonal surprises, a new Halloween tradition!