Anmore Manor is an exceptional Halloween haunted house at a private home in Metro Vancouver that’s open to the public by donation in late October each year.
The haunted house was unable to run in 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19. The organizers did, however, still decorate the outside of the house and collected donations for the Share Society Food Bank. Hopefully it will be able to return for 2021.
Anmore Manor at Halloween
Anmore Manor is a normal-looking house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (near Port Moody) most days of the year. On the last few days of October, however, it turns into an amazingly gruesome haunted house! It’s worth driving out to see!
In 2019 Anmore Manor was open to the public on the Friday and Saturday of October 25th and 26th from 7:00 until 10:30 pm, on the Sunday of October 27th from 7:00 until 10:00 pm, and then again on Halloween night from 7:00 until 10:00 pm. 2021 details are expected to be comparable, assuming COVID-19 is under control by that time.
Admission is by donation of cash and food, which is awesome! This means it’s both affordable and benefits a good cause! Donations received go to the Share Society Food Bank. What’s more? It’s a first-rate haunted house!
About Anmore Manor
Anmore Manor has been operating for the past eight years and as many as 350 or more people go through it each night. A couple of years ago they raised $2500 and 694 pounds of food for charity! Last year they collected $3600 and 776 pounds!
The creators of Anmore Manor (who are also the owners and residents of the house) might look like regular ordinary people at other times of the year. Deep down inside, however, they are serious haunted house fanatics! When you see their place you’ll agree!
The couple behind Anmore Manor go to all the various haunted house conventions in North America, and the man is (or at least used to be) the President of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Haunters Association. These are people who really love Halloween, and it shows!
Although a family affair, Anmore Manor is also a real community event. In addition to there being a charitable beneficiary, the haunted attraction involves up to 14 behind-the-scenes helpers per night, including neighbours and local firefighters directing traffic.
What to Expect
When visiting Anmore Manor at Halloween expect to see professional-quality haunted attraction scenes.
The place hasn’t been the Lower Mainland’s number one most impressive haunted house on the outside. The exterior in recent years has been very good, but similar to other uber-decorated houses you might see elsewhere in Metro Vancouver around Halloween.
In previous years it has been the inside of the home that’s truly Hollywood-horror-movie-calibre scary and impressive! Yes, that’s right, at this attraction you go inside the people’s home! At Anmore Manor you walk up the front steps and right into and throughout the house! You walk into rooms which anyone familiar with the home on a regular day would no longer recognize (or at least we assume and hope not). You also walk along halls and down stairs. The haunted house is a real house!
A lot of the horror scenes you’ll see at Anmore Manor are handmade. Some of the materials are commercially produced and items the creators have picked up on their travels to Halloween-related conventions in different places. The majority of what you’ll see however is made from scratch by the owners of the home!
When we visited the place one year we were particularly impressed with the psycho nurse and corpse scene. All the live actors actually were really good. It was a scary place!
If you like haunted houses and horror movie-type scenes, then Anmore Manor is highly recommended! And we’re not the only people who think this. Want proof? They were recognized by the Canadian Haunters Association as the Hall of Fame winner for the Best Canadian Walkthrough Haunt in 2019! Want more proof? Check it out for yourself (if you dare)!
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your horrifyingly fun experience at Anmore Manor.
TIP #1: Watch your step inside the house. It’s dark, the scenes grab your attention and there are steps! Last year, while admiring a grisly scene, I wasn’t watching where I was going and almost stepped on an actor!
TIP #2: Donate generously! You’ll spend $10 to $20 to go into a comparable attraction at a commercial venue, and the Share Society Food Bank is a very worthwhile cause. Anmore Manor accepts donations of both cash and non-perishable food, so don’t forget to take some money and/or canned goods.
TIP #3: Especially late at night, try to keep your screams to a minimum, in particular when outside. The owners of the house want to keep doing this in future years and need the continuing goodwill of their neighbours!
TIP #4: Because the attraction is in a private home, and because there are stairs, it is not wheelchair accessible. Also, this is not a haunted house with cutesy scenes – don’t bring young children unless you want them to have nightmares.
TIP #5: If you like haunted houses and find yourself in the Tri-Cities area, then definitely check out Anmore Manor. And if you like it as much as we did, then tell your friends (although don’t tell too many people as it’s just a person’s house. Robin Way is a small street and the community of Anmore won’t be able to handle as many fright seekers as this attraction truly deserves to attract).
TIP #6: Buntzen Lake and Sasamat Lake aren’t too far away, and both are beautiful places. If heading out towards Anmore early, well before dark, consider combing your trip with a walk and visit to the lakes. Then grab dinner in the Port Moody area before heading to the haunted house.
TIP #7: Anmore Manor is just a haunted house, albeit a very good one. If it’s a busy night you might have to wait in line a bit to get in, but once inside the full experience only takes a few minutes. That’s why we recommend TIP #6 above. Unless you live in the surrounding area, combine your visit with your travels elsewhere or other exploring in the region.
For more information about this great haunted house, see the Anmore Manor Facebook Page.
For a list of other Lower Mainland haunted house, Halloween activities and things to do in October, check out the following:
- Lower Mainland Haunted Houses
- Vancouver Halloween Events
- Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities
- Adult Halloween Activities
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver Fall Activities
- Vancouver’s October Calendar