Things to Do in Vancouver on Thanksgiving Long Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving long weekend! Just like you’ll be heaping more hearty food onto your already full dinner plate this weekend, more Halloween has been added to the city, such as the Stanley Park Ghost Train, a haunted trolley tour, mystery nights, harvest festivals, and a family-friendly costume expo and parade. After all, in the wise words of Mae West, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful”.

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Things to Do in Vancouver on Thanksgiving Long Weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Happy October! The haunted houses have begun, Cirque du Soleil is in town, there’s a wizard-themed cocktail night and a puppet making workshop. VIFF is also in full swing including a discussion with Michael Moore and there’s a multi-cultural cabaret festival.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Fright Nights at Playland: Ready for another year of scaring you senseless

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Image courtesy of John Biehler | Flickr.com

Are you afraid of the dark? Well, you should be – because what lurks in the shadows during Fright Nights at Playland comes straight from your nightmares…

Experience the terror being stalked by a chainsaw-wielding maniac during Fright Nights at Playland on select nights from October 6 through 31. Each night features 8 haunted houses (with a new one: The Bloodshed, sounds inviting…), and live performances that’ll scare your socks off!

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Fright Nights at Playland: Ready for another year of scaring you senseless

A Halloweekend in Vancouver’s Drag King/Queendom!

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By Kendell Yan

Vancouver’s drag Kings, Queens, and Things have got you covered this Halloweekend with a show each night sure to help you raise more spirits from the dead than an Ouija Board!

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A Halloweekend in Vancouver’s Drag King/Queendom!

Halloween arrives early with the 2016 Halloween Parade & Expo

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Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
Photo: GoToVan | Flickr

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over and we’ve finished off the last of the turkey leftovers, it’s time to start focusing on the true highlight of October: Halloween! This year, the festivities come early with the third annual Halloween Parade and Expo kicking off this Thursday, October 13 and running until Sunday, October 16.

Reminiscent of the popular Vancouver Fan Expo (coming next month), the Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo is heavy on the Cosplay, Comics, and Anime. But, it packs a whole lot into its event and even includes an amazing parade that will include Stormtroopers marching next to Sailor Moon and the Ghostbusters bringing up the rear!

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Halloween arrives early with the 2016 Halloween Parade & Expo

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train Goes ‘Monster Movie Mashup’, Oct. 11 – Nov. 2 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The Hallowe’en Ghost Train & Attractions runs Friday, October 11 – Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Dracula has awoken, the mummy is slithering from its tomb, and the phantom of the opera has joined the Monster Movie Mashup. If you dare, take a ride on the Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost train, and travel through the silver screen into the world of Classic Monster Movies.

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Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train Goes ‘Monster Movie Mashup’, Oct. 11 – Nov. 2 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

SkyTrain Halloween Party 2011 on Friday, October 28

Halloween aboard the SkyTrain, 2009

If you want to party in your Halloween costume this weekend, there are a lot of events and nightclub blow-outs happening all over Vancouver. But there is one that stands out for its truly unusual venue: the annual SkyTrain Halloween Party, which, just like the name implies, happens on an actual SkyTrain.

Organized by the folks at the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), a grassroots collective that “engages in advocacy, outreach and education on public space issues in and around Vancouver,” the SkyTrain Halloween Party is a chance for people to experience a common public space in an uncommon way. In 2008, VPSN’s Andrew Pask told The Buzzer, “People think of public spaces as a static entity, that what they’re used for is the only thing they can be used for….We encourage people to celebrate them and animate them, and these transit parties enable that.”

So how does it work?

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SkyTrain Halloween Party 2011 on Friday, October 28