Halloween activities take place in Vancouver in October including Haunted Houses, trick-or-treating, costume parties, tours and other events.
There are activities appropriate for Children of all ages, and other events Just for Adults.
Highlights of the Halloween season in 2022 include Maan Farm’s Haunted Mazes for older folk in Abbotsford at night, and the kid-friendly Pumpkin Patch & Autumn Activities at the same venue during the day. They both started up in September, as did HowlOver Canada at FlyOver Canada.
In October there is Fright Nights at the PNE, Vancouver Horror Nights in Coquitlam and Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley. There is also The Empty Chest in Burnaby and both Reaper’s Maze of Terror and Petey’s Pumpkin Patch in Chilliwack.
In Vancouver there are a couple of Halloween Boat Parties as well, plus spooky walking tours with Forbidden Vancouver and fun outdoor adventure games with Vancouver Mysteries. If you like walking tours, another awesome Halloween activity to check out is Grave Tales in Fort Langley.
To learn about these and other Halloween-themed happenings this year, continue reading.
This article includes a list of the following types of Halloween and autumn-themed events:
Halloween in Vancouver | Spooky Walking Tours | Boat Parties | Halloween Movies | Haunted Trains | Special Events | Haunted Venues | Activities for Children | Activities for Adults | Other October Activities
Click any of the above links to jump to a specific kind of event, or continue reading to learn all about the Lower Mainland’s various Halloween-themed events and attractions.
Halloween in Vancouver
Halloween highlights in the Lower Mainland include especially frightening things like Haunted Houses, but also other great fun stuff like dressing up at work and trick-or-treating with children around the neighbourhood.
Below is a list of Halloween-related events that usually take place in Vancouver and elsewhere in the Lower Mainland.
Events and Attractions in the City Vancouver
- Fright Nights – Playland’s annual Halloween celebrations take place most years at the PNE grounds at 2901 East Hastings Street. Fright Nights features seven haunted houses and over a dozen rides. In 2022 the attraction runs on select days between October 7th and the 31st.
- Tricks & Treats at Playland – carnival rides, a candy scavenger hunt and kid-friendly Halloween-themed activities happen at the PNE on the afternoons of October 29th & 30th in 2022.
- Don’t Flinch – a new multi-sensory Halloween attraction at the FOMO Gallery at 221 East Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. At it you can expect to be seriously freaked out by live actors and multi-sensory technology. It was going to run from October 20th to 23rd and October 27th to 31st. (Note: This event has been cancelled.)
- Halloween at FlyOver Canada – a family-friendly multidimensional film about Canada with a Halloween theme at Canada Place in October. The show is a great way to learn about and experience Canada while celebrating the Halloween season. In 2022 HowlOver Canada runs from September 29th until October 31st.
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – spooky walking tours for adults and older youth in downtown Vancouver.
- Vancouver Mystery Nights – outdoor adventure games in the streets of downtown Vancouver.
- Halloween Boat Parties – a number of night club-like parties take place on chartered yachts in the waters around downtown Vancouver.
- Art Immortal – an interactive Halloween experience designed by an artificial intelligence artist. It takes place at the Beaumont Studios at 316 West 5th Avenue in Vancouver on select nights between October 20th and Halloween night. (Note: This event has been cancelled.)
Events and Attractions Elsewhere in Metro Vancouver
- Brinkworth Dungeon – an exceptional haunted house in Langley that runs from October 7th until Halloween in 2022.
- Vancouver Horror Nights – a haunted attraction with an indoor Fear Maze. It used to take place at a theatre venue in Port Coquitlam. In 2022, however, it happens at Coquitlam Centre between October 13th and November 5th.
- Burnaby’s Haunted Village – although free in the summer, admission at Burnaby Village during this family-friendly event costs about $10 for adults, seniors and youth in 2022.
- Potter’s (now Cougar Creek’s) House of Horrors – a couple of haunted houses in Surrey run for most of October.
- The Empty Chest – a Dungeons & Dragons-like real-life adventure game in Burnaby.
- Pumpkins After Dark – a new Halloween attraction featuring light displays and Jack-o-lanterns.
- Grave Tales in Fort Langley – creepy and spine-tingling walking tours around the Village of Fort Langley on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October starting on the 14th.
- Canyon Frights – lights and Halloween decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge from October 14th to the 31st in 2022.
Events and Attractions Elsewhere in the Lower Mainland
- Reaper’s Maze of Terror – a popular Halloween attraction for fright seekers in Chilliwack. It runs on select dates in October.
- Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – family-friendly activities at a farm in Abbotsford from late September onwards.
- Haunted Corn Maze – a scary Halloween attraction for older youth at Maan Farms. In 2022 there are four attractions: Homestead, Midway, The Slaughterhouse and The Way Down.
- Treasures of the Deep Halloween – Halloween activities take place at Britannia Mine Museum between West Vancouver and Squamish on the last three weekends of October 2022.
- Halloween at WildPlay – if you wear a costume at the ropes course and ziplining venue in Maple Ridge on the last weekend in October you can do the Jump of Fear for free. (Note: You have to pay regular admission for the ropes course to qualify. Also, the costumes can’t have capes, masks or anything that might get caught in the cables.)
- Pumpkin Patches – pumpkins and child-friendly autumn activities at various farms throughout the Lower Mainland.
Whatever you do this Halloween, have fun, but remember to be responsible and stay safe!
Halloween Walking Tours
An interesting and entertaining way to enjoy the Halloween season is by taking a guided tour. There are some great walking tours to choose from, including the following (which take place throughout the year too):
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – a selection of exceptional and highly recommended guided tours. Perfect ones for Halloween include the Lost Souls of Gastown and Dark Secrets of Stanley Park. See below for details about each.
- Lost Souls of Gastown tours are about 1 km in length and include stories about smallpox, fire and murder. The tours are great for Halloween and start at the corner of Water and Cordova Streets, beside Buro Coffee. They end at Maple Tree Square in Gastown.
- Dark Secrets of Stanley Park tours explore world-famous Stanley Park, including its seawall and paths through the forest. They take place on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and involve stories about Deadman’s Island, cemeteries and crime scenes.
- Grave Tales in Fort Langley – Fort Langley National Historic Site hosts spooky walking tours during the Halloween season. In 2022 there are regular adult tours, extended adult tours and tours for kids. The tours go around the town and into the local cemetery. They are also tremendously popular and sell out every year.
Halloween Boat Parties
Arguably even more fun than a party at a regular night club is a dance party on a boat off the coast of Vancouver. Below are a couple of Halloween cruising opportunities in 2022.
The Halloween Havoc Boat Party takes place on Saturday, October 29th. The Halloween Glow in the Dark Boat Party, meanwhile, happens on November 5th.
To learn about these and boat party events at other times of the year, see our articles about Vancouver Boat Parties and Halloween Boat Parties.
Halloween-Themed Movies & Theatre
Because of the Halloween season, October is the perfect month to see horror movies (assuming you like that sort of thing). It’s also a great time to see kid-friendly Halloween-themed movies too. Below are some of the film opportunities to consider.
- FlyOver Canada at Halloween – Vancouver’s multi-dimensional flying experience film at Canada Place has a wonderful, family-friendly Halloween theme every day in October of 2022. In the show you get to fly with witches and it is suitable for all ages (i.e., in no way is it a horror film).
- Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival – many horror films with in-person and online screenings over a few days in late October and/or early November. (From November 5th to 18th in 2022, so starting in the week after Halloween this year.)
- Grosvenor Drive-In Movies – Halloween-themed movies show outdoors at 949 W 41st Avenue in Vancouver. In 2022 the drive-in movies run on the nights of October 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th. Admission is by donation.
The Lower Mainland is home to a couple of miniature train attractions that go all out at Halloween. Both offer fairly tame tours for little kids in the afternoons and early evenings, but then really ramp things up for youth and young adults at night.
- Bear Creek Halloween Train – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides in Surrey are from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm from October 9th until the 31st in 2022. The cost is about $10 last year and $11.50 in 2022. The Haunted Forest Scream Train is at the same place and costs about $4 more. It runs from around 6:30 to 10:00 pm (but starts a week or so later than the Pumpkin Express).
- Stanley Park Ghost Train – family-friendly miniature train rides with a Halloween theme. In 2019 the train ran every day from October 11th until Halloween on October 31st. It was cancelled in 2020, 2021 and again in 2022. (CANCELLED)
Special Halloween Events
Metro Vancouver is home to numerous attractions, like miniature trains and Haunted Houses. They run for either most of the month or at least the last few days of October. In addition to the “attractions” though, there are also a number of special one-day events, including the following:
- Halloween Fireworks – music, kids’ activities, fire juggling, a magic show and fireworks take place at Minoru Park in Richmond on the evening of October 31st. This is a free event, but it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. The event returns on October 31st in 2022.
- Celebrate the Night – an evening of family-friendly activities and fireworks at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. In 2020 the event happened online. Last year it took place as an in-person event on October 22nd. In 2022 it happens on Friday, October 21st, but without fireworks.
- Parade of Lost Souls – an annual grassroots parade event where the location isn’t revealed until midnight on the Friday before Halloween (although one can assume it’ll be somewhere in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood). The event takes place on October 29th in 2022.
- Night for All Souls – free Halloween-type activities take place in the evening at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery on the last Saturday in October most years. 2022 details are to be confirmed.
- Vancouver Halloween Parade – a fun family-friendly parade in downtown Vancouver. In 2019 the parade took place on Sunday, October 13th, which was the Thanksgiving weekend. This event was cancelled for 2021, as was the related Vancouver Halloween Expo. Neither event is happening in 2022 either.
For more special events click Halloween Weekend or Halloween for Adults.
Other Haunted Venues
In addition to the above-mentioned attractions, the Lower Mainland has numerous other wonderfully scary haunted houses.
Click Vancouver Haunted Houses for a list of more spooky places in the Lower Mainland.
Some of the best haunted houses include venues like Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley, Anmore Manor just north of Port Moody, Reapers in Chilliwack and the list goes on and on!
In addition to the above list, there is also a wide variety of other events and activities for people of different age groups, both on the big day of October 31st as well as throughout the entire second half of the month.
Halloween Activities for Children
Check out Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities for a list of other family-friendly and only-moderately-spooky fun. Attractions with kid-friendly activities include FlyOver Canada and other places of interest. In October there are also Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes all over the Lower Mainland.
Click Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities for ideas on what to do with kids.
Halloween Activities for Adults
Click Adult Halloween Activities for a list of Halloween events for people age 19+, or click Lower Mainland Haunted Houses for a list of haunted attractions suitable for adults and older youth.
In addition to haunted houses, adult Halloween activities include boat parties, night club parties, spooky walking tours and mystery games.
Other Activities in October
Interested in learning about other great activities in the month of October? Then check out the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Thanksgiving in Vancouver
- Vancouver Oktoberfest Beer Festivals
- Vancouver Shows and Entertainment
- Pumpkin Patches in Vancouver
- Lower Mainland Corn Mazes
If you happen to be in Victoria (on Vancouver Island) around Halloween, another family-friendly event you might like is Wicked Victoria. It’s a street party with free admission.