This article includes a list of the following types of Halloween and autumn-themed events:
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.
In this article we list events that are confirmed for 2021, as well as those that may or may not take place. Consequently, see official websites for the most up-to-date status of events before heading out to visit them this year!
As of mid-September, events that are scheduled to take place in 2021 include the following:
- Brinkworth Dungeon – an exceptional haunted house in Langley from October 7th until Halloween.
- 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.
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – spooky walking tours for adults and older youth in downtown Vancouver.
- Potter’s (now Cougar Creek’s) House of Horrors – two exceptional haunted houses in Surrey run for most of October.
- Vancouver Mystery Nights – outdoor adventure games in the streets of downtown Vancouver.
- Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – family-friendly activities at a farm in Abbotsford from September 25th onwards.
- Haunted Corn Maze – a scary Halloween attraction for older youth at Maan Farms.
- 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!
Other Halloween events that may or may not happen in 2021 include:
- Burnaby’s Haunted Village – although free in the summer, admission at Burnaby Village during this family-friendly event is usually about $14 for adults, seniors and youth, and $9 for children ages 2 to 12. Halloween activities in typical years include trick-or-treating, live entertainment and carousel rides (which normally cost a couple of dollars). (TBC)
- Fright Nights – Playland’s annual Halloween celebrations take place most years at the PNE grounds at 2901 East Hastings Street and feature half a dozen haunted houses and over a dozen rides. The haunted houses didn’t run in 2020. (TBC)
- Halloween Spooktacular – Halloween activities usually take place at Britannia Mine between West Vancouver and Squamish on the last weekend or two in October. (TBC)
- Reaper’s Maze of Terror – a Halloween attraction for fright seekers in Chilliwack. (TBC)
- Slayland and the Taste of the PNE Trick & Treat Drive-Thru – rides and Halloween fun at Playland as well as a trick-or-treating drive-thru event at the PNE. (TBC)
- VanDusen Glow in the Garden – lit-up carved pumpkins and Halloween activities at VanDusen Garden at night during the last week or two of October. In 2019 the theme was a story that followed an owl, Anna the hummingbird and her friends through the gardens. (TBC)
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.
- The 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 Cathedral Square (at the corner of Richards and Dunsmuir) and end at Maple Tree Square in Gastown.
- The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park tours explore world-famous Stanley Park, including its seawall and paths through the forest. They take place on Wednesday and Saturday and involve stories about Deadman’s Island, cemeteries and crime scenes.
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 2021. In the show you got 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 – in 2019 it was a 2-day event featuring over 30 short horror flicks from 9 different countries at the York Theatre at 639 Commercial Drive in Vancouver on October 25th and 26th. The event was for all ages (but parental discretion was advised). (TBC)
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. The cost is normally about $11. The Haunted Forest Scream Train is at the same place, costs about $3 more and runs from around 6:30 to 10:00 pm (but starting 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. (CANCELLED for 2021.)
Special Halloween Events
Metro Vancouver is home to numerous attractions, like miniature trains and haunted houses, that 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 at 7191 Granville Avenue in Richmond on the evening of October 31st. This is a free event, but it was cancelled in 2020. (TBC)
- Celebrate the Night – an evening of family-friendly activities and fireworks at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. In 2020 the event happened online. In 2021 it takes place as an in-person event on October 22nd.
- 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 parade takes place on the closest Saturday to Halloween from around 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Donations of $5 are encouraged to help support the event. A Lost Souls After-Party also takes place from around 9:30 pm to 1:00 am for which ticket prices are about $30 each.
- 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. This event took place on October 26th in 2019, but it was cancelled in 2020. (TBC)
- Vancouver Halloween Parade – a fun family-friendly parade between Drake and Smithe, along Howe Street and Granville on a Sunday in early or mid-October starting at 11:00 am. In 2019 the parade took place on Sunday, October 13th, which was the Thanksgiving weekend. (CANCELLED)
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 North Shore venues like the Haunt of Edgemont and Dovercourt Crypt, the Nightmare Haunted House in Mission, Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley, Anmore Manor just north of Port Moody, Reapers in Chilliwack and the list goes on and on! (TBC)
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.
Note: due to COVID-19, Not all attractions were able to run in 2020. The annual Halloween event at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, for example, wasn’t able to take place. A number of other events elsewhere, however, were. 2021 details are to be confirmed.
Click Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities for ideas on what to do with kids.
Halloween Activities for Adults
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