In Vancouver, Halloween is so much more than one night of trick-or-treating, costumes, and too much sugar. There are a ton of fun, spooky events happening all through October that your kids are sure to love! Here are some of our favourites.
Stanley Park Ghost Train Alien Invasion
October 13th - 31st. Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Friday - Sunday 5:30pm - 10pm.
All aboard! Celebrate Halloween with a ride on the Stanley Park Ghost Train through a tunnel of flames and a haunted graveyard. Live music, theatrical performances and more will be sure to delight the young and young-at-heart. Don’t miss this Halloween favourite!
This year the theme of the ghost train is ALIEN INVASION so make sure you are prepared for some UFOs.
Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo
October 12th - 15th. Parade: Sunday 11am, Expo: Performances 7pm, Exhibits: Noon - 7pm
Don't miss out on this unique event! This family-friendly expo is based around an artistic vision, so there are tons of dances, performances, films, comics, anime, and games for a truly unique experience. Unlike other Halloween events, this one is non-gruesome in nature; you wont find gore, blood, or any violent themes here. Click here for more details.
Halloween at Urban Safari Rescue Society
Dates: Regular business hours during October
Looking for creepy crawlies? Come visit Urban Safari and see the real thing for a fun Halloween experience. They are open 5 days a week from 11am to 4pm and admission is by donation only. The tarantulas, snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, pigs, rabbits, ferrets and others are waiting to greet you and your spooky crew.
The Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms
Opening: October 7th, Weekdays 9am - 1:30pm, Holidays 10am - 4:30pm
Mark your calendars for the Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms. This year’s guests will enjoy costumed entertainers including Polly Pumpkin, music by the farm band and many talented wagon entertainers.
As a pumpkin pickers you will be able to ride a hay wagon past the duck ponds and waterfalls to the fields. The farm is decorated with corn stocks, sunflowers, and other whimsical decor. Remember to grab a BC grown Spartan apple as a snack at the end of your pumpkin patch trip! Yummy.
Oct 27th - Oct 30th. 6pm - 9pm.
Witches, ghosts and all sorts of storybook and fairy tale characters come to life at this year’s Haunted Village. There are many haunting transformations throughout the site. Check out the bakery which specialized in spooky treats like wedding cakes for rats, innards pies, eyeball cakes and potions of all sorts. Next to the church the freshly turned soil in the Graveyard marks the locations of the new residents. Are you scared yet?
Fright Nights - Western Canada's Scariest Haunt
Opens Oct 6th, runs every Friday night
If you have older children and are ready for a good spook we suggest heading out to the PNE to check out Fright Nights. Every Friday, starting October 6th, you can visit the Asylum, Darkness, Fear, Car-N-Evil, The Haunted Mansion, Keepers Doll Factory, Hollywood Horrors, Hair Raising Rides, The Monsters of Schlock, Radiant Heat Fire Troupe, and Freaks. All aspects of Fright Nights are scary, so be prepared to scream!
Once Upon a Pumpkin
Oct 15th - 31st. 9am - 5pm.
One of our last but certainly not least Halloween events, is the Once Upon a Pumpkin event at the Richmond Nature Park. This is a great event for the entire family. Here you and your kids will get to explore the Nature House and learn about Halloween's origins in nature. We think this is the perfect educational and festive activity for everyone to enjoy.
Ballet Victoria Dracula
Oct 7th. 7:30pm - 11pm.
If you are looking for a night of spooky music, fabulous dancing, and an appearance or two from Dracula we suggest brining the kids out to Ballet Victoria's Dracula production. This event is always beautifully done and is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
For even more, check out our popular Halloween Events listings- constantly being updated!
Read more about the author