Formerly the Tribute to the Walking Dead but now called River’s Edge, the Haunted Attraction is a Halloween production at Mission Raceway Park in October.
River’s Edge: Home for the Criminal Mind
Presented by the Mission Arts Council and known in previous years as the Tribute to the Walking Dead, the Mission Haunted Attraction is an annual Halloween event that involves walking through a maze of gruesome scenes past dozens of scary actors.
As of 2018, instead of being called the Tribute to the Walking Dead, as it has been in previous years, the event’s new name is River’s Edge and its theme for 2018 is “Home for the Criminal Mind.” Consequently, expect to see insane asylum patients instead of the zombies.
The event takes place every year at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in the community of Mission on the last three weekends of October, plus an extra evening or two leading up to and including October 31st.
Walking Dead 2018 Dates
In 2018 the River’s Edge Halloween event runs from 7 to 10 pm on the weekends of October 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28, as well as on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of October 29, 30 and 31.
Admission to the Tribute to the River’s Edge Attraction costs around $13 per person and payment can be made by cash, credit card or debit.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Mission Arts Council, so not only is it a decent price compared to other similar attractions, but funds raised go to a valuable local cause.
Note: The attraction is a scary place and participants must be at least 8 years of age. Also, children between the ages of 8 and 11 need to be accompanied by an adult.
About the Attraction
The River’s Edge: Home for the Criminal Mind attraction is a unique haunted experience as it’s not a haunted house, and it’s not like the railway forests you’ll find at Vancouver’s Stanley Park or Surrey’s Bear Creek Halloween attractions. It’s more of a maze of structures, part indoors and part outdoors, that you walk through. You pass insane asylum scenes while scary patients jump out at you (or, in past years, zombies and other half-dead creatures jumped out and screamed around every corner).
The Mission attraction relies more than most Halloween attractions on its live actors who are typically teenager volunteers from local high schools who have participated in a couple of hours of rehearsals.
The acting at the Tribute to the Walking Dead event is not Academy Award-winning acting, understandably, for the most part, but it’s dark, the scenes are scary, the zombies are frightening, and the experience is both fun and chilling at the same time. The organizers, actors and set producers all do a really good job.
Attraction Location and Directions
The River’s Edge Haunted Attraction venue is located on the eastern side of the grounds of the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road just over the Mission Bridge.
The venue can be a bit challenging to find, especially in the dark and if you don’t know Mission well.
Important Note: Once you finally arrive at 32670 Dyke Road you still need to turn right and drive a little further to get to the venue and the Mission Race Ways parking lot.
Side Note: Years ago, when we arrived at the 32670 Dyke Road address, it was so dark and there didn’t seem to be anything there; we didn’t actually believe our GPS! It wasn’t until another car came and we followed it down what seemed like a strangely dark and not well-marked road that we finally found our destination.
Hopefully the signage will be highly visible this year, and no doubt most people will have a better sense of direction and superior GPS systems than we did! Because of our experience, however, we provide detailed directions below.
Directions Via Abbotsford
If coming via the Trans-Canada Highway and from the Abbotsford direction, you cross the Fraser River over the Mission Bridge. The raceway is just a couple of minutes from the bridge, but via a slightly confusing series of turns and off ramps.
From the Abbotsford Mission Highway (BC-11 North), very soon after the crossing the Mission Bridge over the river, take the London Avenue exit. At London Avenue, turn left. The road will then take you back over top of the highway and to Dyke Road.
Turn left onto Dyke Road, but then shortly after take a right (or else you’ll find yourself very soon on the highway heading back to Abbotsford).
Directions Via Lougheed Highway
If heading to Mission via the Lougheed Highway, from either the Maple Ridge or Harrison Hot Springs areas, turn south onto the Abbotsford Mission Highway (BC-11) and take the first exit on your right onto Dyke Road and then turn right again at the first road.
If you miss the turnoff you’ll end up on the highway in the direction of Abbotsford and will need to follow the directions above to figure out how to get back to where you wanted to get to.
There are many great things to see and do in the Fraser Valley in autumn including pumpkin patches, corn mazes and various haunted attractions. While you’re in the area, consider checking out any of the following:
- Reapers – a haunted house and Maze of Terror in Chilliwack that’s open for about 20 evenings in October.
- Maan Farms – a farm in Abbotsford with a pumpkin patch and corn maze. At night it also has a Haunted Corn Maze.
- Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm – a farm in Chilliwack that’s open in the fall and ideal for young children.
- Mission Nightmare Haunted House – a spooky attraction at 8760 McLean Street in Mission. Doors open at 7 pm on October 20-22 and 25-30. Admission is $5 with partial proceeds benefiting the Mission Food Bank and Christmas Bureau.
For a list of other Halloween attractions in various parts of Metro Vancouver and the surrounding area, click Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.
For more information about the Mission attraction, click Tribute to the Walking Dead.