Halloween 2011 – Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions 2011

Photo: Fright Nights at the PNE

There’s so much more to Halloween in Vancouver than just trick or treat and partying on October 31. From Friday, October 7 – 31, 2011, Vancouver is packed with spooky fun for all ages!

Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions 2011

1. Stanley Park Ghost Train – October 7 – 31, 2011
Every October, Stanley Park’s Miniature Train transforms into the Ghost Train. One of the best Vancouver Halloween attractions for kids under 10 (though it’s plenty of fun for all ages), this gently spooky ride takes you on a magical journey through the nighttime forest, where you pass by imaginative, live-action tableaux created by the master performance artists of Mortal Coil. Admission to the 2011 Ghost Train also includes face painting, crafts, pumpkin carving and the Haunted Maze.

2. Creatures of the Night Candle Lit Walks – October 6 – 30, 2011
New for 2011, the Stanley Park Ecology Centre gets kids face-to-face with flying squirrels, owls, and other nighttime denizens with these walks through the forest near the Stanley Park Ghost Train.

3. Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms – October 8 – 31, 2011
Located just 20 minutes south of Vancouver, Richmond Country Farms has lots of Halloween fun for all ages: a pumpkin patch, corn maze, animals, and more.

4. Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours – Wednesdays – Sundays (& Halloween Monday), October 12 – 31, 2011
Tour Vancouver’s creepiest sites, including Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room of the Vancouver Police Museum (Vancouver’s original city morgue), with these haunted tours. For ages 13+; pre-registration required.

5. Fright Nights at the PNE – October 14 – 31, 2011
The best attraction for teens and adults (and Vancouver’s most popular Halloween destination), Fright Nights at the PNE transforms the Playland amusement park into a thrill park with roving “murderers”, themed rides, multiple scary haunted houses, and lots of surprises.

6. Dunbar Haunted House – October 14 – 31, 2011
Vancouver’s most famous neighbourhood haunt is back for 2011 at a new location (8934 Shaughnessy Street) with more terrifying chills and thrills. Run by two Vancouver families, Dunbar Haunted House is a fabulous local fundraiser: Last year, the House raised $67,000, with 100% of the donations benefiting the BC Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, Christmas Bureau, Police Union Charity!

7. Parade of Lost Souls: Secret Souls Walk – October 29, 2011
Still mourning the end to the Parade of Lost Souls (formerly Vancouver’s amazing—and actually ghoulish—Halloween processional)? All is not lost: Public Dreams, the organization behind the Parade of Lost Souls, is back for 2011 with the Secret Souls Walk, a smaller parade that will make use of East Vancouver/Commercial Drive’s neighbourhoods and back alleys. Get details on the specific 2011 location on the 29th at the Public Dreams site. And remember: This is Halloween for people who aren’t feint of heart; it’s best for kids 12+.

8. Thrill the World Vancouver – October 29, 2011
You’ve seen them on YouTube and now it’s your chance to dance: Every year, Thriller fans around the world do the Thriller zombie dance at the same time and date. This year, it’s October 29 at 7pm. Anyone can join; no special dance talent required. Check the Thrill the World Vancouver site for details on the 2011 Vancouver location.

9. Fish or Treat at the Vancouver Aquarium – October 29, 2011
A Halloween tradition at the Vancouver Aquarium, Fish or Treat is a chance to trick or treat through the Aquarium’s galleries (in costume, of course), play games, and sleep over in front of the Belugas.

10. Halloween Costume Ball 2011 at TELUS World of Science – October 29, 2011*
Party with hundreds at Vancouver’s landmark Science World at this costume party blow-out, featuring two floors of music and eight DJs. Adults 19+.

What will you be doing for Halloween in Vancouver this year? I’d love to hear your Halloween recommendations in the comments!

*Find more party options for 2011: Ready to Party? Vancouver’s Hottest Halloween Parties for 19+

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