Ready to Party? Vancouver’s Hottest Halloween Parties for 19+

Halloween at Republic Nightclub. Photo: Club Zone / Republic

If you’re over 19, Halloween can be the perfect excuse for a night of old-school debauchery; heck, since Halloween is on Monday this year, you can debauch yourself all weekend! Get ready to drink, dance, and party the night away with hundreds (or even thousands) at Vancouver’s hottest nightclubs and Halloween parties.

Vancouver’s Hottest Halloween 19+ Parties 2011

1. Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party – Saturday, October 29
The folks behind the Parade of Lost Souls/Secret Souls Walk are hosting a dance party/fundraiser that features DJs Timothy Wisdom, Rico Uno, Cherchez La Femme, and MY!GAY!HUSBAND!, plus elaborately-costumed professional artists and performers from Parade of Lost Souls and outdoor fire performances.

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Ready to Party? Vancouver’s Hottest Halloween Parties for 19+

Parade of Lost Souls 2011: Secret Souls Walk & Dance Party

For many Vancouverites, the event of the Halloween season in years past was the singular Halloween parade / processional that was the Parade of Lost Souls. Though the event has been scaled back by organizers Public Dreams, there is a new incarnation for 2011: the Secret Souls Walk.

Like the Parade of Lost Souls, the Secret Souls Walk is an eerie, transformative event. This isn’t “sexy” Halloween—there won’t be any slutty cheerleaders here, unless they’re slutty zombie cheerleaders—this is Halloween for people who want to delve into the dark recesses and pagan origins of Halloween, for people who want to haunt.

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Parade of Lost Souls 2011: Secret Souls Walk & Dance Party

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.

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Halloween 2011 – Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions 2011

Ready to Party this Halloween? Vancouver’s Best Halloween Parties & Club Events 2010 (19+)

Ready to put on your costume, leave your inhibitions at the door, and party this Halloween? If you’re over 19 and looking for the perfect Halloween smash, Vancouver’s best nightclubs and Halloween parties are the place to be. Just remember: the ticketed events do sell out, so plan ahead!

Where will you be partying this Halloween?

MOV Goes Psycho October 30, 2009

One of the more chilling animals in Ravishing Beasts at MOV

One of the more chilling beasts in Ravishing Beasts at MOV

MOV (Museum of Vancouver) has created the perfect Halloween social for adults this Friday, October 30: MOV Goes Psycho, an evening of drinks (there’s a cash bar), music (live DJ), tours of their latest, eerie exhibition, Ravishing Beasts, and a screening of Hitchcock’s masterpiece of horror cinema, Psycho.

Pairing Psycho with Ravishing Beasts—MOV’s exploration of taxidermy—is perfect, since not only can taxidermy be creepy in and of itself, it also plays a significant role in the film.

According to mystery writer/film critic Alan Vanneman, Hitchcock was fixated on “inanimate objects that suggest life,” particularly fetishisms of death like taxidermy, and routinely used taxidermy suggestively in his mise en scene. That Norman Bates is a taxidermist by “hobby” who likes “stuffing things” is pretty apt foreshadowing for the other dead things he’s keeping, and seeing the film along with the exhibit will no doubt add nuances of meaning to both.

All of which means you’ll have plenty of cocktail conversation to break the ice at the bar….

Tickets to MOV Goes Psycho are $15. Doors open at 7pm; screening is at 9pm.

Get Your (Halloween) Freak On – Best Halloween Parties in Vancouver

nightclubReady to put on your costume, leave your inhibitions at the door, and get extreme this Halloween? If you’re over 19 and looking for the perfect Halloween party, Vancouver’s best nightclubs and Halloween events are the place to be. Just remember to get your tickets early, since these hot spots will sell out!

All parties and nightclubs are 19+; all Halloween events happen Saturday, October 31, 2009.

Where will you be this Halloween?