The days are getting shorter. There’s a chill in the air. A suspicious amount of zombies can be found walking Granville Street. It must be time for Halloween in Vancouver.
As usual, there’s no shortage of Halloween spooks and thrills on tap in Vancouver this year. Here’s a top 10 list of activities and events to put a little scare in your October.
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- Stanley Park Ghost Train: After dark, the miniature rail line in spooky, 1,000-acre Stanley Park takes riders deep into a forest inhabited by characters from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, including Rapunzel, the fairy godmother and the Pied Piper. Kid-friendly. Oct. 5-Oct. 31.
- Zombie Combat Paintball: Gear up and hunt down marauding bands of zombies in the forests of Surrey. It’s your team’s mission to rescue a trapped scientist and save the planet from flesh-eating monsters. Sept. 14-Nov. 15.
- Vancouver Haunted Trolley: The quaint Vancouver Trolley shows its dark side on this 2.5 tour of the city’s grisliest and most haunted sites, including the Mountain View Cemetery and the Police Museum (formerly the coroner’s office), where an autopsy recreation takes place. Oct. 19-Oct. 31.
- Fright Nights at the PNE: The nightmare of the haunted amusement park comes to life. Chainsaw murderers and demented clowns roam Playland after dark. Experience six gruesome haunted houses, twisted attractions and – if you dare – the wooden roller coaster, plus other rides. Oct. 17-Oct. 31.
- Zombie Syndrome Interactive Theatre: This interactive adventure on the streets of downtown Vancouver has you and your fellow zombie hunters using smartphones and GPS to gather clues, avoid ravenous zombies and find a cure for the zombie pandemic. The scripted show takes place five times daily. Oct. 13-Oct. 31.
- Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: The historical, early 1900s village in Burnaby is overrun by monsters, vampires, mummies and more. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and dance in the Witch’s Ball on Main Street. Kid-friendly. Oct. 26-Oct. 28.
- Dunbar Haunted House: Considered Vancouver’s scariest and most lavish haunted house, this attraction actually began in someone’s home in the Dunbar neighbourhood. But when the cult following swelled to more than 15,000 visitors a year, they decided to relocate to a bigger venue. All proceeds go to charity. Oct. 12-Oct. 31.
- Halloween Costume Ball at Science World: Science World is transformed into a massive 19+ costume party on False Creek. The licensed event, occupying two floors of the globe-shaped structure, features a “hell-raising” sound system, multiple DJs, bars and a 1,100-person capacity. Oct. 27.
- Dooms Night Dance Party at Pacific Coliseum: Dress up and get down at this massive, 4,500-person all-night party. Dance to some of the hottest international DJs (including Bassjackers, Psyko Punkz and DJ Shogun), alongside chanting crowds of ghouls and goblins, plus other “sinful delights.” Oct. 27.
- Secret Souls Walk: This scaled-down version of the famous Parade of Lost Souls still brings out some 15,000 participants for an artsy, bohemian, almost indefinable procession through a secret location in East Vancouver. Expect four hours of wild costumes, giant puppets, noise, live music and performance art, all created by local community members. The location will be revealed on the website on the date of the event. Oct. 27.
- The Pumpkin Patch in Richmond Country Farms: What would Halloween be without a good pumpkin patch and corn maze? This farm out in Steveston offers both, along with one of the corniest websites ever. Kid-friendly. Oct. 6 – ?.
- The Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour: Forbidden Vancouver is staging “The Lost Souls of Gastown”. Find out the true story of Vancouver’s first resident, Gassy Jack Deighton. Relive the terror of the Great Fire of 1886, a 30 ft wall of flame that chased fleeing people down Water Street. Hear the tragic tale of the Klondike goldrush beauty whose heart was broken by a cold-blooded theatre magnate. And find out who killed John Bray.
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