Halloween at FlyOver Canada
The tourist attraction features a short film on a giant screen where participants are buckled 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. The theatre is decorated with ghoulish characters, the introduction show features dancing skeletons, and the film about Canada includes a number of brief cameo appearances by a witch flying on a broomstick.
FlyOver Canada Halloween 2018
In 2018 Halloween at FlyOver Canada ran from Thursday, October 11th, until Halloween night on Wednesday, October 31st. 2019 dates will be similar.
Halloween Show Times
FlyOver Canada is open daily from 10 am until 9 pm throughout the year. During the Halloween season, however, regular shows usually run Monday to Friday from 10 am until 3 pm and the Halloween production runs on weekdays from 4 until 9 pm and all day on weekends and October 31st.
Note: On weekdays from mid-October until the end of the month there are no showings on weekdays from 3 until 4 pm to allow for the changeover from the regular production setup to the one for Halloween.
About FlyOver Canada at Halloween
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 folk.
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 close to 30 minutes.
The Halloween Pre-Show
During the regular season the pre-show typically features a talk and scenes about Canada. During the second half of 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 and there are pieces of art on all the walls. In one painting there are skeletons dancing and in another a witch MC appears, welcomes guests and provides some comical explanation about the upcoming experience. At one point a statue also comes alive and sings a song (or at least that’s been the case in previous years).
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 featuring the film about Canada. This room is also wonderfully 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. They are escorted to a row 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 yourself are in.
The feature film during the FlyOver Canada at Halloween event is the regular FlyOver Canada movie where the audience is flown over Canada, from the Maritimes, over Toronto, across the Prairies, to Vancouver, over Canada Place and up to the Arctic.
This part of the experience is identical to the film experience at other times of the year, except that a witch appears on the screen flying on her broom from time to time. It’s a simple variation, but still a nice touch. The film itself lasts for roughly 8 minutes.
FlyOver Canada Admission
Admission prices for the attraction at the gate are listed below (as of October 2018). Note: Purchase your tickets online and you’ll save between around $3.50 and $5.00.
- Adults (ages 13-64): $33
- Students (ages 13-21): $27
- Seniors (ages 65+): $27
- Children (up to age 12): $23
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.
Tips & Advice
The following are tips to help you make the most out of your experience (and save money).
TIP #1: Buy your tickets online and you’ll save around 15%.
TIP #2: In 2018 locals could save 25% of regular full-price admission rates. Proof of residency in British Columbia had to be provided at check-in on the day of your show.
TIP #3: FlyOver Canada usually offers a special “Ride Again Promotion“. If you want to see the show again, then, after your visit, but before you leave, go to the ticket desk and tell them you’d like to come again soon and see it a second time. Savings range between 25% and 50%.
TIP #4: With the “Ride Again Promotion,” it is intended to be used in the future by the same guest. That being said, they don’t ask for ID verification nor have issues with people giving the second pass to a friend (so long as the ticket is “given” and not sold in any way).
TIP #5: 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). The pre-show theatre and waiting areas, however, have skeletons, witches and other life-size creepy creature models which are fun to admire (except for people who are exceptionally ultra-prone to getting freaked out).
TIP #6: Consider combining your visit to FlyOver Canada with a trip to other nearby places too. Historic Gastown is just a short walk away, as is the Vancouver Lookout. 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: