Edgar Allen Improv? Nevermore! Plus: songs from orcas and an immersive haunted house.

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With Halloween just over a week away, thrift stores are filled with last-minute revellers. Along with the panic of finding a costume, there’s also the question of how best to spend these days (and nights) leading up to the event.

If you think there should be more to Halloween than Rosemary’s Baby and a dark pumpkin ale, here are a few ideas—including whale sounds near a cemetery, an immersive haunted house, and Edgar Allen Poe (or a reasonable facsimile) improvising poems.

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VanDusen Glow in the Garden is a Fun, Kid-Friendly Halloween Activity

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If Halloween is a little too scary for your tastes, VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver will be the place to celebrate the season without the usual chainsaws, fake blood, and costumed clowns… From October 24 – October 31, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm daily VanDusen Botanical Garden will be hosting “Glow in the Garden”, a whimsical garden adventure inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

You’re invited to take a trip through the looking glass on what will surely be an unforgettable Halloween walk in the woods at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Where to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Vancouver

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With the recent re-imagining of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (starring Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black) receiving mixed reviews from TV critics, it will just feel right to watch the original Rocky Horror Picture Show in Vancouver. The one we all know and love, the original Tim Curry masterpiece… Okay, maybe not a masterpiece. But a unique and memorable movie with a catchy soundtrack that always gets stuck in your head. (Just TRY to not start singing along after “it’s just a jump to left“).

With Halloween quickly approaching, you know that the Rocky Horror Picture Show will be making appearances on multiple TV stations on the dial this weekend. But, if you want to experience it as it was meant to be experienced (surrounded by a bunch of new friends dressed up in strange costumes), the Rio Theatre is the place to be.

Are you ready to do the Time Warp… again?

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Where to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Vancouver

Halloween comes early to Vancouver this weekend

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Halloween is starting a few weeks early this year in Vancouver with the inaugural Halloween Parade and Expo taking place on October 18th and 19th, 2014.

Ever wanted to be someone else? Cosplay (costume play) allows just that — giving you the freedom to dress up as your favourite movie, video game or anime character. The Halloween Expo and Parade focuses heavily on cosplay, along with offering a convention for fandom, films, comics, anime, game, makeup, arts and performances. It also concludes with a free parade on Sunday with costumed characters and Vancouver residents taking part in the festivities.

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Top Halloween Activities in Vancouver for 2012

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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 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.
  • 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.