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The Empty Chest Halloween Adventures

The Empty Chest

New to Metro Vancouver, The Empty Chest is a Halloween attraction with a Dungeons and Dragons-like theme in Burnaby. In 2022 it runs from October 21st to 31st.

The attraction has happened in the Fraser Valley in the past. It takes place near Burnaby Lake Regional Park this year.

 


HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN 2022

Doing an adventure with The Empty Chest is a great Halloween activity. It’s a role-playing, fantasy-like game. It’s not a haunted house and it’s not scary, but it is exciting. The Empty Chest is definitely an adventure!

If you’re looking for a haunted attraction where you and your friends can get totally freaked out, we recommend visiting places like Fright Nights, Maan Farms, Reapers, Brinkworth Dungeon or Vancouver Horror Nights. To learn more about events like these, see our article about Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.

If you like role-playing activities and games like Dungeons & Dragons, then definitely check out The Empty Chest. Another great game company is Vancouver Mysteries where you can be a secret agent, detective or superhero and save the world in downtown Vancouver. Or, if you like history, then join a Lost Souls of Gastown tour with Forbidden Vancouver. They are lots of fun too (and with those just the guide does the acting).

For details about other things to do in the Lower Mainland at Halloween, click any of the above links or see our article about Lower Mainland Halloween Events. To learn about The Empty Chest, continue reading.


 

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

 

Empty Chest Merchant

 

The Empty Chest Dungeons & Dragons-Like Halloween Games

The Empty Chest is a non-profit society that puts together interactive adventures including a special Halloween-themed experience in the fall. Unlike most other Halloween attractions in Metro Vancouver, the Haunted Adventure is an immersive open-world experience.

Players are brought into a fantasy world with quests that are similar to those in the game Dungeons and Dragons. However, instead of sitting around a table, rolling dice and using ones imagination to play the game, everyone is on their feet, outdoors, using weapons and interacting with live actors. It’s a fun attraction that transforms fantasy into real life!

Groups work together to solve mysteries and fight off villains to save innocent people. They also have to find ways to earn money to pay for their expenses. There are monsters to defeat and other fun tasks to complete along the way.

The Haunted Adventure is only for adults ages 19 and above (subject to some exceptions). In addition to the experience, there are also opportunities to learn about archery and create your own bow as part of the VIP Experience package.

You don’t have to be an avid fan and player of Dungeons and Dragons to enjoy the adventures with The Empty Chest (but it does help). If you do enjoy the dice game, however, you’ll likely love the real world adventures.

 

Empty Chest Merchant Stall at Night

 

Where and When?

The Empty Chest hosts events at different locations in Metro Vancouver. 2022 marks the 4th edition of the Haunted Halloween Adventure. Last year, the event took place in Abbotsford.

This year, the Haunted Halloween Adventure happens at Warner Loat Park which is just north of Burnaby Lake Regional Park. The outdoor venue is located at 4254 Piper Avenue in Burnaby.

The game takes place outdoors in a large open area. Scattered around the venue are tents and other covered areas set up like stores, offices and other places where activities take place.

In 2022 the Haunted Halloween Adventure runs daily from October 21st to the 31st, so up until Halloween night. Hours of operation are from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

The VIP Experience is only available on weekends, so on the Saturdays and Sundays of October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th. Unlike the regular Haunted Adventure, the VIP Experience is an all-day affair. The exclusive activities begin at 10:00 am and run until 5:00 pm. VIP guests also get to participate in the Haunted Adventure afterwards.

 

Empty Chest Game Character

 

Empty Chest Admission Rates

There are two different types of tickets available in 2022. One is for the regular Haunted Halloween Adventure. The other includes a VIP Archery Experience as well. All tickets are only available online and are sold for specific timeslots. No tickets are sold at the door.

 

Haunted Halloween Adventure Tickets

General admission to the Haunted Halloween Adventure is sold in packs of 4 tickets. The cost to participate in the quest with three friends is $250 for the group. In other words, it costs about $62.50 per person (or more if you play with fewer people).

You can also sign up to play the game as a single person. To do that costs $75 per person. Signing up in teams of four people, however, is recommended.

 

Getting Instructions in the Empty Chest Game
Getting Instructions from the Archery Master

 

VIP Archery Experience Tickets

The VIP Archery Experience costs $250 per person. It’s a much longer experience that’s only available on weekends.

The VIP Archery Experience starts in the morning and includes an educational talk, lunch and an archery workshop where everyone crafts their own bow. It’s a more expensive experience but all materials and lunch are included. Participants get to use their new bows in the Haunted Adventure later in the evening. What’s more? You get to take your bow home with you!

 

Halloween Haunted Houses

 

What to Expect

At the attraction you’ll immerse yourself in a fantasy world with different humanoid creatures. Expect to see lots of cool costumes (worn by both Empty Chest actors and paying guests). Also expect cool displays and sets, lots of darkness, and the opportunity to shoot arrows at live moving targets.

After parking your car and checking in at the gate, you and the other members of your team will likely head straight to the tavern (or at least that’s where we went first). Have a drink or two there, enjoy the atmosphere, and get ready for your quest.

Spread out around the grounds of the venue are little huts and tent-like stalls. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting characters in their shops and walking around in the dark.

In exchange for doing different tasks at the various stations you can earn money. Collect enough gold coins and you can buy membership in the guild and get trained with a bow and arrow. Do that and you and your gang can head to the front lines to battle werewolves and other terrible creatures.

The Empty Chest presents an open world. You can go wherever you want and do most things in pretty much whatever order you want. You’ll find yourself in a magical kingdom where you have to talk to different people, convince them to give you information, and offer you ways to make money. It’s a fantasy world and a lot of fun (unless you really don’t like fantasy games and role playing).

 

The Empty Chest Guild Membership Office

 

Tips and Advice

Listed below are tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Empty Chest experience.

TIP #1: The attraction operates rain or shine. Although there are undercover areas, be sure to dress accordingly. It can get muddy so we recommend wearing hiking shoes or boots if the ground is wet. Also, be careful walking around in the dark.

TIP #2: You don’t have to be an experienced archer to enjoy this attraction. If you’ve never held a bow and arrow before, don’t worry! You’ll get a quick lesson before having to use them on your adventure.

TIP #3: Although this event is for adults, exceptions may be possible. If you’re thinking of bringing a kid with you, email info@theemptychest.com to ask beforehand.

TIP #4: Dress warm. It can be cold at night.

TIP #5: Go dressed up in costume, but not in a Halloween costume like as a clown, piece of fruit or superhero. Go as a character you might see in a Dungeon’s and Dragon’s game, like an elf, wizard, medieval soldier or someone in a cloak or with horns on your head. You don’t have to dress in costume and act in character, but it makes the game more fun.

TIP #6: Having a drink or two in the tavern at the start of the game can also make the evening extra enjoyable. Just don’t drink and drive afterwards.

TIP #7: It helps to have at least one person in your team who is familiar with Dungeons & Dragons or the game Pathfinder.

TIP #8: If everyone in your group is familiar with and likes games like Dungeons & Dragons, you’ll have an especially good time. People who like acting and role playing will likely really enjoy the Empty Chest adventures too.

 

Playing a Game with The Empty Chest

 

Other Information

To learn more about the attraction, and other adventures they plan to run at other times of the year, visit the theemptychest.com website.

For other Halloween activities check out our Vancouver Halloween Events article.

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