Taking place at Playland in October, Fright Nights at the PNE is a Vancouver Halloween tradition featuring multiple haunted houses and 20 amusement rides.
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Halloween Fright Nights
Running most evenings from early October until Halloween night, Fright Nights is Vancouver’s largest and most popular venue for celebrating Halloween.
Last year Fright Nights ran most (but not all) days from October 5th until the 31st.
Fright Nights is not recommended for children under 12 or folk over age 65. That’s a warning, not a rule, but a good one. It’s a great place for older youth and adults, but definitely not for young children or people with genuine fears (including claustrophobia).
The vast majority of Fright Night-seekers when we went last appeared to be between age 18 and 30, which isn’t surprising. What might be surprising, however, is the fact that slightly more women than men typically attend.
For an in-depth description of the PNE’s various haunted houses, click Fright Nights Haunted Houses Reviews. For a list of tips and the history about the PNE at Halloween, click Fright Nights Tips & History. For general information about Fright Nights, however, continue reading below.
Admission, Hours and Location
Fright Nights takes place at the PNE’s Playland location at 2901 East Hastings Street in Vancouver. Most years it runs from the first Friday in October until Halloween on October 31st, on most (but not all) days, except Mondays, from 7 pm to between 11 pm and 1 am, depending on the date.
Fright Nights Dates & Times
In 2018 Fright Nights was open October 5-7, 11-14, 17-21 and 24-31, which means one day more than the previous year.
Hours of operation are typically from 7 to 11 pm on the first three days of the event. Hours then increase an hour or two, so from 7 pm until midnight on most other days, but also until 1 am on a few days (like on the weekend closest to Halloween).
Fright Nights Admission Prices
Tickets for Fright Nights range from about $27 to $47 for general admission at the gate depending on the date, or slightly cheaper if purchased online or at 7-11 stores.
General admission includes access to 20 carnival rides, 8 different haunted houses and the Monsters of Schlock sideshow.
Admission with Rapid Pass costs between about $69 and $109 at the gate and gives you expedited queue access for each of the haunted houses and once each for the Wooden Roller Coaster, Music Express, Atmosfear, The Beast and Hellevator rides.
Unless it’s raining, Fright Nights gets busy, which can make the extra price worth paying if you can afford it, especially on weekends and later in the month. On a really busy night, even with a Rapid Pass, it can be challenging to see and do everything.
Fright Nights Attractions
There is a lot to see and do at Fright Nights at the PNE, including the attractions listed below. Highlights are of course the various haunted houses, but also the rides. Expect large lineups for them all.
PNE Halloween Haunted Houses
Fright Nights is where you’ll find the highest concentration of haunted houses anywhere. There are eight in total, including the Asylum, Darkness, Fear (which features all kinds of phobias), the Car-n-Evil 3-D experience with clowns, the Keepers Doll Factory, the Haunted House and Hollywood Horrors.
The newest PNE attraction, as of last year, is “The Bloodshed,” a frightening summer cabin with nightmarish rooms that rivals even the scariest of Fright Night’s other seven haunted houses.
Expect to wait for at least half an hour for each of the PNE’s haunted venues on weekend evenings, and likely longer. The most popular haunted houses include the Asylum and Fear.
Not sure if you have any phobias or what kind of horrors affect you most? Check out all eight venues and you’ll find out!
For detailed descriptions about each of the PNE’s 8 haunted attractions, click Fright Nights Haunted Houses Reviews.
Fright Nights Amusement Rides
Admission to Fright Nights at the PNE includes access to the Atmosfear*, Break Dance, The Beast*, Corkscrew Roller Coaster, Crazy Beach Party, Enterprise, Gladiator, Hellevator*, Hell’s Gate, Music Express*, Pirate Ship, Rock-n-Cars, Wave Swinger, Westcoast Wheel and the Wooden Roller Coaster*.
Additional rides for 2018 that weren’t included in the previous year were Bug Whirled, Dizzy Drop, Merry Go Round, Scrambler and the Tea Cups. That brought the total up to 20 rides from just 15 the year before.
Rides marked with an * offer priority access to Rapid Pass ticket holders. The Revelation is also available for folk willing to pay an extra fee.
Radiant Heat Fire Performance
The dance show featuring fire, phantoms and zombie performers is worth seeing and is offered most years. It did NOT however happen in 2018. 2019 details are to be confirmed.
In years when it does take place, the Radiant Heat Fire Performance is a good show. It’s not scary and you don’t normally have to get there early to avoid the crowds as most folks are focused on the rides and haunted houses.
Monsters of Schlock
Monsters of Schlock is a live comedy show featuring painful stunts, slapstick and old-time carnival entertainment. Performances are at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 pm.
If you arrive just a few minutes before show time you’ll have a good chance of still getting a seat. (Note: often the Monsters of Schlock do not perform on the first weekend of October).
Fright Nights Tips
Here are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your Fright Nights experience:
TIP #1: If you want to minimize your time in the lineups either purchase the Rapid Pass (for as much as $62 extra) or go on a rainy day. Also, as can be expected, weekends are busier than weekdays.
TIP #2: Read tips #3 and #4 below carefully. You don’t want to stand in line for 20 minutes to get in and then be refused admission or find out you won’t be able to return to your car to get your umbrella part way through if it starts to rain.
TIP #3: Don’t go to Fright Nights in costume or with face paint. Also prohibited are the usual list of contraband items like firecrackers, weapons, drugs and alcohol, plus extra things like pets, cameras with detachable lenses and selfie sticks. For the complete list of what you can’t take with you to Fright Nights see PNE Guest Services. Also, expect to have your body and personal items searched upon entry, which is for everyone’s safety.
TIP #4: Re-entry is not permitted – there are no in-and-out privileges. So don’t plan to meet your friend outside part way through the night, go to McDonald’s nearby for a snack after a couple of hours, or to go back to your car later to get something.
TIP #5: There is often free on-street parking south of the PNE grounds. Just make sure not to park somewhere that says “residential parking only.”
For more tips and information about Fright Nights and its admission prices, lineups and history, click PNE Halloween Tips & History.
To learn more about the PNE’s various haunted houses, click Fright Nights Haunted Houses Reviews.
For more information on this amazing Halloween venue, check out the PNE Fright Nights website.
For a layout of Playland in October, click Fright Nights Map.
For more ideas on Halloween things to see in October, check out the following:
- Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities
- Lower Mainland Haunted Houses
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Lower Mainland Halloween Events