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

Image from Burnaby Village Museum

Image from Burnaby Village Museum

Have some retro thrills at the Burnaby Village MuseumThis 10-acre site recreates the experience of a 1920s Vancouver-area village, complete with heritage and replica buildings and exhibits. For Halloween, kids are encouraged to dress up and trick or treat after dark. There are also carousel rides and an old-fashioned ice-cream parlour for ghoulish snacks. Haunted Village; Oct. 28-Oct. 30; $9 for kids 2-12, $14 for adults

 

GraveTalesImage-550x367Get spooked at historic Fort Langley: Originally built in 1827 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, Fort Langley outside Vancouver has seen its share of ghosts over the centuries. After dark, join expert storytellers to tour the haunted grounds and hear spine-chilling tales from days past. While the main tour is intended for adults, a special family-friendly edition is suitable for kids 6-16. Grave Tales, family-friendly tours; Oct. 16 and Oct. 23-Oct. 30; $13.20 for kids 6-16; $17.10 for adults

 

Image sourced from countryfarms.ca

Image sourced from countryfarms.ca

Take a walk in the pumpkin patchThis working farm in Richmond opens up its sprawling pumpkin patch every year for families seeking Halloween fun. Take a hayride through the fields, enjoy live pumpkin-picking music courtesy of the farm band, pay a visit to the animal farm and, of course, take home your own pumpkin from the patch. The Pumpkin Patch; open seven days a week; $8 weekdays, $12 weekends

 

Photo credit: Pat Loika | Flickr

Photo credit: Pat Loika | Flickr

Watch the Halloween ParadeBack for its second year, the Halloween Parade features costumed performers – not to mention bands, floats and horses – marching along Granville and Howe Streets in downtown Vancouver. The parade, which is affiliated with the Halloween Expo at the PNE, highlights cosplay, i.e. characters from film, comics and video games. The focus is on fun, not gore, and it’s family-friendly. Halloween Parade; Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.; free

 

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