Vancouver’s Halloween Haunts


Ghouls and goblins will soon be coming out of hiding to haunt Vancouver’s attractions and streets. From a haunted trolley car and a spooky ghost train to a torch-lit procession, it’s definitely the season for goose bumps.

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
October 8 to 31
Tour Vancouver’s spookiest haunts with the Vancouver Police Museum and Vancouver Trolley Company. An annual offering, the “Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours” dare brave visitors to board a decorated trolley bus and travel through the city listening to experienced storytellers spin spooky tales of treachery and intrigue. With a walk through the Mountain View Cemetery and an eerie visit to the old Vancouver city morgue for an autopsy, it’s no wonder this tour is recommended for the big kids (must be 12 and older). The two-hour tours run from October 8 to 31, Wednesday through Sunday evenings, from Canada Place at 5:30 pm and 8 pm. Reservations are required, and are available for individual bookings and private charters (maximum 33 passengers).
www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca
www.vancouvertrolley.com

Stanley Park Ghost Train
October 8 to 31

Vancouver’s autumn must-do family event is back this October. Every night, from October 8 to 31 (6 pm to 10 pm), thousands of people flock to Stanley Park for a train ride deep into the forest. This year’s theme will not disappoint, as passengers ride into the scary world of “Alice in Nightmareland.” In addition to the train ride, this year’s family adventure will include the Haunted Children’s Farmyard and its “spooky animals,” along with other activities. For more information call 604-257-8531.
www.vancouverparks.ca

Fort Langley’s Grave Tales
October 1 to 24

Take a ghostly walk through the historic site of Fort Langley, as a costumed guide shares spine-chilling tales of mysterious burials and old-school amputations which took place in the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post and local cemeteries. With 90 minutes of ghostly stories, these walking tours are suitable for adult and teen audiences. Tours are available Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm and 9 pm; Sundays at 7 pm.
www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx

Parade of the Lost Souls
October 24
Don’t miss the Parade of the Lost Souls, the Commercial Drive neighbourhood’s annual celebration to honour the dearly departed and wake the living. As skeleton brides and witches dance under the street lights, a colourful torch-lit procession makes its way through neighbourhood streets and alleys. The “audience” makes up the parade and everyone is invited to participate in the fun. The procession begins at Britannia Oval and continues past the homes, streets and alleys of Commercial Drive. The journey comes to an end, as spirits awake to a grand finale featuring torch choreography and fireworks.
www.publicdreams.org

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