Boo!

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

Take one scuba diver, add an ocean, a pumpkin, a knife and wait until dark… and what do you get?

All the ingredients necessary for an annual tradition in Vancouver – underwater pumpkin carving!

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Boo!

Halloween ComicFest in Vancouver! (free comics, kids!)

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This Saturday, treat yourself and your favourite ghoulfriend to a free comic book or two.

Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where comic stores all around the world give away free comic books from top publishers. Customers are encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero, supervillain, or monster, but of course any Halloween costume will do. Or just come as you are.

This year, six Vancouver comic book stores are participating. We have them listed below, as well as an advance peak at some of the books that are going to be on offer.

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Halloween ComicFest in Vancouver! (free comics, kids!)

5 Halloween Activities in Vancouver that are Seriously Scary

Image sourced from vancouvertrolley.com

Image sourced from vancouvertrolley.com

Looking for fake blood, gore and the stuff of nightmares this Halloween?

Metro Vancouver has no shortage of options for Halloween-lovers looking for a real scare. From tours inside a real morgue to a whole theme park filled with haunted houses, there’s plenty to satisfy your inner thrill seeker.

Just how scary are these attractions? Well, many of them are intended for big kids only (details in the descriptions below). And if you’re prone to bad dreams … you might want to keep away:

Go into the morgue on the Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley: Hop aboard the Vancouver Trolley for a trip to the city’s dark side. Your ghoulish hosts will share stories of murder and mayhem, while escorting you and fellow passengers to the city’s scariest sites, including the Mountain View Cemetery. Top it off with a visit to the old city morgue, where more than 15,000 cadavers were dissected back in the day, for a mock autopsy. Warning: Several people have fainted during the autopsy portion of this tour over the years. Oct. 14-Oct. 31; tickets $40; must be 13+

 

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5 Halloween Activities in Vancouver that are Seriously Scary

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Walk through the crisp leaves of many Vancouver neigbourhoods and you can see Halloween has begun! Jack-O-Lanters are coming out and cotton webbing has been woven trough tree branches (as well as some real webbing – those stripey-legged barn spiders are getting huge…)  A host of new spooky events are on this weekend, but that’s not all – there is an ambient music festival, Indian cinema, an animation festival, and even a morning of free movies.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

5 Off-Beat and Unconventional Halloween Activities in Vancouver

stairs-205718_1920Vancouver has no shortage of thrills and scares for those looking for Halloween fun, from spooky trolley and train rides to haunted houses and even a ghoulish amusement park.

But there are also plenty of options in and around the city for Halloween lovers searching for something a little different. Here are five off-beat, sometimes overlooked and somewhat unconventional Halloween activities guaranteed to give you a few goosebumps. Some of these activities are on offer year-round, while others are especially for Halloween:

Sleuth your way out of a “serial killer’s basement”: Popular around the world, escape rooms are elaborate, themed rooms – like a haunted mansion or a mummy’s tomb – where participants are quite literally locked inside. Groups must solve clues and puzzles to break out before time expires. In Vancouver, Smartypantz offers several terrifying challenges perfect for Halloween, from a serial killer’s basement to a doomed submarine and an old abandoned house. Year-round, approximately $25 a person. Continue reading:
5 Off-Beat and Unconventional Halloween Activities in Vancouver

5 Can’t-Miss Halloween Activities for Kids in Vancouver

Photo credit: John Bolwitt | Flickr

Photo credit: John Bolwitt | Flickr

Vancouver offers up no shortage of Halloween thrills and chills – from a haunted amusement park to trolley tours of downtown’s most macabre sites and even interactive zombie hunting. The challenge is finding Halloween fun without all the ghouls and gore – activities fit for kids and scaredy cats alike.

These five activities are certified family-friendly and should offer up some innocent good fun this Halloween:

Take a ride on the Stanley Park Ghost TrainA Vancouver classic, the “ghost train” runs on Stanley Park’s miniature rail line. The 14-minute excursion takes riders deep into the 1,000-acre park after dark, where classic horror movie monsters await, from Dracula to Frankenstein. Friday through Sunday special matinee trains also run during the afternoons. Stanley Park Ghost Train; Oct. 9-Nov. 1; $8 for kids 3-17, $11 for adults

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Pumpkin craft beer rolls out for Thanksgiving and Halloween in Vancouver

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

It’s not just the leaves on the trees: the beer labels at Vancouver liquor stores are turning orange, too.

A new crop of pumpkin beers is appearing both in stores and on tap at local craft breweries and restaurants.

Some are old favourites, and others are new, seasonal concoctions. Here’s a taste of what’s brewing.

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Pumpkin craft beer rolls out for Thanksgiving and Halloween in Vancouver