Halloween is just around the corner. While normally I’m not the biggest fan of anything spooky or scary, it’s been a couple years since I’ve been in North America for Halloween and I’m excited. Especially for that half price candy on November 1! Here are my 5 favorite ways of getting into the halloween spirit in Vancouver. Are you ready to get spooked?
Parade of Lost Souls
This annual tradition takes place on the last weekend of October, this year on October 26 and brings together lost souls to wander the streets of East Vancouver exploring pop-up performances, live music and art installations. Inspired by The Day of the Dead celebrations, participants are encouraged to join in costume, and celebrate life and those who have already departed. The location and route are unknown until the very last moments. Look to their social media channels for where to start.
October 26, 2013
6:30-9:30 PM (Afterparty from 9:30 – 3:00 – Tickets required).
Fright Nights @ the PNE
Vancouver’s amusement park opens it doors for a couple weeks in the lead up to Halloween. The whole park is decked out with halloween decorations and entertainment. There are 6 haunted houses to wander through, 12 rides, and many entertainment groups all included in the admission price. I’ve been to fright nights when I was a teen and had a fairly good time. They’re open until Nov 2, and are closed on Mondays and Tuesday.
East Hastings and Windermere St.
Hours & prices vary
Chilliwack Corn Maze
For some family friendly fun, head just outside of Vancouver to the Chilliwack Corn Maze. Wind your way through the 12 acre corn maze solving puzzles and challenges as you navigate your way out. For an extra challenge, go at night. Or look for the perfect pumpkin to grace your door in their pumpkin patch.
Open until October 31
Adults: $11.50; Children 3-12: $9.50
Thurs & Fri: 6PM – 9PM; Sat: 11AM – 9PM; Sun & Holidays: 11AM – 6PM
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Do you love ghost stories? Hop on this trolley tour and be taken to all of Vancouver’s most haunted locations. Hear about Vancouver’s troubled past, gruesome murders and where current spirits are currently haunting. This 2.5 hour tour will also include visits to the Vancouver Police Museum where over 15,000 autopsies have been performed.
On until October 31 from Canada Place @ 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm
$40 / person – Reservations required. Aged 13+
Vancouver Trolley Tours
The Dunbar Haunted House
This year marks the Dunbar Haunted House’s 10 years of existence. However, at the end of this year, it will be closing. While I’ve never been (no thanks, I can’t even watch a scary movie, much less walk through a “haunted” house), I’ve been told by many of my friends that it is one of the best and well worth it. This year’s haunt features snapshots of horrific moments in ancient, medieval and modern history. All proceeds go towards charity. They’re open all evenings until October 31, so go now before it’s closed forever!
P.S. No live actors during the day so it’s less scary. That might be the only way to get me inside this thing.
8934 Shaughnessy St.
Vancouver, B.C. V6P 3Y5
Evenings 7pm–close General Admission: $10 ; Children under 12: $5
Weekend days til 7pm – unlimited access: $5
Dunbar Haunted House
What will you be doing to get into the Halloween spirit?
Me? I’m headed to the corn maze tomorrow!