Top 20 Halloween Activities in Vancouver for 2012

Photo courtesy of Potters House of Horrors

Our usual top 10 list just wasn’t big enough to hold all the thrills and chills on tap in Vancouver this Halloween.  Here are the top 15 ways to get up close and personal with ghosts, ghouls and zombies and put a little extra scare in your Halloween night.

  • Judge Dee and the Chinese Garden Murders:  Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is transformed into a terrifying haunted house for this unique piece of interactive theatre featuring 30 actors, dancers and musicians.  You’re hot on the heels of a cold-blooded killer in a distant Chinese village.  Can you solve the crime before it’s too late?  Oct. 24-Oct. 31 
  • Vancouver Haunted TrolleyThe 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.  Oct. 19-Oct. 31.
  • Stanley Park Ghost TrainAfter 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-friendlyOct. 5-Oct. 31.
  • Potters House of HorrorsPotters’ 10,000-square-foot greenhouse in Surrey is converted from a nursery into an enormous house of horrors every Halloween.  Up to 20,000 people pass through each year for a heavy dose of zombies, nightmarish creatures and blood-curdling scenes.  Oct. 12-Oct. 31. 
  • Zombie Combat PaintballGear 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.
  • 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 TheatreThis 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.
  • Steveston Scarecrow Crawl: More than 60 scarecrows have been erected in the quaint fishing village outside of Vancouver.  Designs range from ghoulish to whimsical.  Kid-friendly.  Oct. 1-Oct. 31.  
  • Haunted Village at Burnaby Village MuseumThe 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 HouseConsidered 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 WorldScience 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.
  • Dracula: The Musical?:  This kitschy take on the Dracula saga is being staged at Chapel Arts in the Downtown Eastside, a former funeral home turned theatre.  Oct. 24-Nov. 3.  
  • Haunted Forest Scream TrainBear Creek Park in Surrey is the scene for this terrifying train ride into the forest after dark.  Expect plenty of harrowing encounters along the way, including a visit from Chainsaw Charlie and Ol’ Sparky.  Oct. 12-Oct. 31.
  • Dooms Night Dance Party at Pacific ColiseumDress 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.
  • Debts: The 150-year-old Roedde House in Vancouver’s West End is the setting for this grown-up Halloween treat.  Five teenagers crash a wedding from Hell in a show that mashes up Edgar Allan Poe, slasher movies and old-fashioned radio plays.  Expect lots of audience participation.  Oct. 17-Nov. 3.
  • Chilliwack Corn Maze: This 14-acre field of corn is transformed into an intricate maze using GPS technology.  After getting lost in the corn, check out the pumpkin patch or hop aboard a hayride. Kid-friendly. Sept. 6-Oct. 31.  
  • North Vancouver Haunted House at 1006 Belmont StreetThe Myers family continues the tradition of transforming their home into a creepy lair of the undead this Halloween.  The otherwise unassuming suburban house is infested with  animatronic cadavers and goblins.  Kid-friendly (except the backyard tent and garage).  Oct. 10-Oct. 31. 
  • Secret Souls WalkThis 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.

Got any other favourite Halloween events in Vancouver?  Let us know below. 

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4 Responses to Top 20 Halloween Activities in Vancouver for 2012

  1. Family Fright at the Fort
    Creepy creatures, ghostly campfire stories, and a hay bale maze to crawl through! Wear your Halloween costume and trick-r-treat in the spooky old fort, choose a pumpkin from the patch to carve, and walk through the “Haunted Servants’ Quarters,” if you dare. Meet lots of insects and reptiles at the Cinemazoo Creepy Creatures shows at 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. Pick up a snack or dinner from the Monster’s Menu at The Full Barrel Café.

    •Tickets (advance or at the door): $11.70 per person (ages 3-99) – purchase tickets online
    •FREE Admission: For ages 2 and under or with Fort Langley National Historic Site Annual Pass
    •Information: 604-513-4777 or fort.langley@pc.gc.ca.

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  2. Hey! You left out Chinatown’s Haunted House again! Judge Dee & The Chinese Garden Murders opens this Wednesday night at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden. Featured event at Tourism Vancouver. ;)
    http://www.seventyrants.com/
    http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/calendar/judge-dee/

  3. Sort of typical Donnelly style, but I thought Superhero Halloween at Cinema looked pretty cool:

    http://donnellygroup.ca/event/superhero-halloween-at-cinema/

    Hip Hop Karaoke is always a good time too!

    http://www.clubzone.com/events/549492/vancouver/fortune-sound-club/hhkhip-hop-karaoke-halloween

  4. Jane

    Definetly need to post the haunted house we checked out last year- the dream horror on commercial street- freaking scariest! They have a YouTube vid
    Dream horror mana mansour shaw tv made it.. Crazy cool

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