The Halloween feature film last year was HowlOver Canada. The show opened on September 28th and ran until October 31st. Also showing during that time was Legendary Iceland: Landscapes and Lore.
See the FlyOver Canada website for tickets and details about what’s currently showing at the attraction.
Howl Over Canada Halloween Film at FlyOver Canada
The tourist attraction features a short film on a giant screen where participants buckle themselves into a row of seats that flies around the various scenes. The film features smells, light breezes and refreshing mists along with beautiful scenery. It’s pretty cool!
In October each year FlyOver Canada adopts a Halloween theme. A couple of years ago the theatre was decorated with ghoulish characters, the introduction show featured dancing skeletons, and the film about Canada included a number of brief cameo appearances by the witch Broomelda flying on a broomstick.
FlyOver Canada had a new film for Halloween in 2020, named HowlOver Canada. The show featured the witch Biker Mama and her loyal cat Tiger Moon. After flying across the country from coast to coast to coast, the film ended with an amazing music festival. Biker Mama has returned each year since.
The Halloween film ran from September 28th until October 31st in 2023. HowlOver Canada shows all day every day with start times every 15 minutes.
FlyOver Canada at Halloween is a fantastic event that’s suitable for people of all ages. There are scary scenes in the pre-show event, and the theatre is decorated with Halloween characters. Nothing is gory or jumps out at you though, so it’s fun and entertaining even for timid folks.
At FlyOver Canada participants enjoy a pre-show production before heading to the film about Canada where they get strapped in for the ride. In all, the experience lasts for around 25 minutes.
To book your experience, click FlyOver Canada.
The Halloween Pre-Show
During the regular season the pre-show typically features a talk and scenes about Canada. In October, however, the initial theatre area is creatively decorated and the commentary has a Halloween theme.
For the first half of the FlyOver Canada at Halloween experience the initial room is dark. In the show over the past couple of years there have been pieces of art on all the walls. In one painting there were skeletons dancing and in another a witch MC appeared, welcomed guests and provided some comical explanation about the upcoming experience. At one point a statue also came alive and sang a song.
The show was updated for 2020, so it wasn’t quite the same as in previous years. HowlOver Canada was similar to the Halloween film from the past, but also different, which was great for people who had watched it before.
The whole experience leading up to the actual film about Canada is “Disneyland-ish,” “Harry Potter-like” and very cleverly put together. Walt Disney and J.K. Rowling fans will especially love it.
Heading to the Canada Film
After the initial welcome show, guests proceed to the main theatre’s waiting room. There they stand in line and watch a short Halloween-themed video about what to expect in the theatre-ride experience. This room is also usually decorated with Halloween-ish scenes and creepy (but not overly-scary) characters.
The Canada Film Experience
The final stage of the FlyOver Canada experience is the theatre-flight simulation and the film about Canada.
Guests proceed into the main theatre. Regardless of which film they are about to watch, guests follow their FlyOver Canada hosts to rows of seats where they buckle up, store belongings under their chairs and get ready for an amazing multi-dimensional ride. There are three floors of rows of seats, but you can generally only see the row you are in.
The feature film during the FlyOver Canada at Halloween event is the regular FlyOver Canada movie where the audience flies in their seats over Canada. The trip goes from the Maritimes, over Toronto, across the Prairies, to Vancouver, over Canada Place and up to the Arctic.
In previous years, this part of the experience was identical to the regular film experience, except that Broomelda the Witch appeared on the screen flying on her broom from time to time. In 2020 and 2021, Biker Mama the witch and her cat were on screen. It was a simple variation, but still a nice touch. Biker Mama returned in 2022 and she starred in the show again in 2023.
The HowlOver Canada film itself lasts for roughly eight minutes.
FlyOver Canada Admission
Admission prices for the Halloween attraction in September 2023 are below. Note: By purchasing tickets online you could save a few dollars. Prices varied depending on the day you went and how early in advance you booked.
- Adults (ages 16 and above): $28 to $38
- Children (up to age 15): $18 to $28
Participants can be of any age, but at least 40 inches (or 102 cm) tall. People in wheelchairs can also participate, but only if they are able to get out of their wheelchairs and into the ride’s seat-belted chair.
See the FlyOver Canada website for tickets and details about the attraction.
Tips & Advice
The following are tips to help you make the most of your experience (and save money).
TIP #1: Buy your tickets online and you save some money.
TIP #2: The Vancouver attraction rates its Halloween “scariness factor” as suitable for the average person age 4 and older. The FlyOver Canada film itself isn’t at all scary (unless you don’t like heights or flying sensations).
TIP #3: Consider combining your visit to FlyOver Canada with a trip to other nearby places too. Historic Gastown is just a short walk away. Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre are also nice places to walk around, as is nearby Coal Harbour.
For ideas on other Halloween and October things to do, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Vancouver Halloween Events
- Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities
- Halloween Rainy Day Activities
- Adult Halloween Activities
- Halloween Haunted Houses
For a list of other top attractions in the Lower Mainland, check out the following:
Other feature films at FlyOver Canada at others times of the year include the following:
- FlyOver Iceland
- Hawaii from Above
- The Real Wild West (about the American western states)
- Soar With Santa (during the Christmas season)
- Soar Over Taiwan
- Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies