10 Outdoor Halloween Events Around Vancouver in 2021

Parade of Lost Souls

Parade of Lost Souls Photo: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

It’s spooky season in Vancouver! There are tons of fun ways to celebrate Halloween outdoors this year. Choose from family-friendly options like decorated trains and pumpkin patches, or terrifying grown-up attractions like a haunted corn maze or creepy murder mystery. Use our list of outdoor Halloween events around Vancouver to plan your October.

Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

Follow your guide through dark alleys and quiet streets as they show you the murderous history of Vancouver on the spine-chilling Lost Souls of Gastown Tour from Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. They’ve added extra Halloween dates to their small group tours so you can enjoy some local history and get scared at the same time. Book your tour online.

Lost Souls of Gastown tour from Forbidden Vancouer Walking Tours

Photo: Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

 

Haunted Corn Maze at Maan Farms

Billed as the scariest corn maze in Canada, the Haunted Corn Maze at Maan Farms in Abbotsford is more of a haunted house experience than a traditional corn maze. Each year a trip through the maze revolves around a scary story. In 2021, it features a twisted carnival theme. Book tickets online.

A woman runs from a man in costume at the Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze near Vancouver

Photo: Maan Farms

 

Bear Creek Pumpkin Train and Scream Train

Each October Surrey’s Bear Creek Train gets a Halloween make-over. During the day the train operates as the kid-friendly Pumpkin Train. The experience includes a train ride through the decorated forest, a treat, and a pumpkin. At night, teens and adults can brave the Scream Train through the haunted forest complete with scary actors including the terrifying Chainsaw Charlie. Pumpkin Train tickets are first-come, first-served. Buy Scream Train tickets online in advance.

Bear Creek Halloween Scream Train

Photo: Bear Creek Train

 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

There’s no better way to celebrate autumn than picking out a pumpkin at one of Vancouver’s pumpkin patches. Many local farms have embraced the season by adding tons of family-friendly fall activities to their pumpkin patches like hayrides, corn mazes, and petting zoos. Use our guide to discover 14 Vancouver-area pumpkin patches to visit in fall 2021.

Pumpkin patch at Taves Family Farms near Vancouver

Photo: Taves Family Farms

 

Hallowed Eves at Playland

Heading to Playland at the PNE is a Vancouver Halloween tradition. This year the attraction is open on select nights as the Hallowed Eves experience with a fun Caravan of Curiosities theme. Enjoy live performances from firebreathers, contortionists, and jugglers as well as lots of roaming spooky characters. If that doesn’t have you screaming, take a ride Eeon the Beast, Hellevator, Atmosfear, or lots of other thrilling rides. Get advance tickets online.

Hallowed Eves at Playland

Photo: Playland

 

Eerie Illusions at Burnaby Village

The heritage buildings at Burnaby Village have been transformed into a magical world for the Eerie Illusions event for Halloween. Explore the village to discover talking crows, invisible bands, and photo-bombing ghouls created using creative lighting, soundscapes, and special effects. The family-friendly event runs after dark between October 22 and 31. Buy tickets online.

Eerie Illusions at Burnaby Village, Halloween 2021

Photo: Burnaby Village

 

Celebrate the Night in Maple Ridge

This annual Celebrate the Night community event returns October 22 in Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park. It includes light displays, live theatre, food trucks, music, dance, a photo booth, and a costume contest. The highlight of the evening is a spectacular fireworks show set to music.

A family in costume at the Maple Ridge Celebrate the Night Halloween event

Photo: Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation and Culture

 

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Finding your way through a corn maze is a fun fall activity for all ages. In 2021, six Vancouver-area farms have corn mazes you can explore. Use our guide to find everything you need to know about visiting corn mazes near Vancouver this fall.

Chilliwack corn maze

Photo: Chilliwack Corn Maze.

 

Crime in Downtown Outdoor Murder Mystery

Celebrate spooky season by playing the Crime in Downtown outdoor murder mystery game from Vancouver Mysteries. Put together a group of 2 to 6 friends and head to Gastown where your team of detectives will attempt to solve the murder of Jimmy Capello. The game is available every day in October! Book online.

A silhouette ofa detective from Vancouver Mysteries

Photo: Vancouver Mysteries

 

Parade of Lost Souls

Whether you join in or just watch, the Parade of Lost Souls is a unique community-organized experience in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood. The parade starts at the Britannia Community Centre and features artists and performers in unique, creepy, and colourful costumes. This year’s parade takes place on October 30th. It kicks off with a kid-friendly procession at 7 pm, followed by scarier processions at 8 pm and  9pm.

Parade of Lost Souls

Photo: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

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