Reapers Haunted Attraction and Maze of Terror at Chilliwack’s Fantasy Farms is one of the Lower Mainland’s most popular Halloween events in October.
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Reapers at Fantasy Farms
Fantasy Farms is a farm in the Fraser Valley that grows vegetables. At certain times of the year, however, it also hosts a number of seasonal attractions. In the fall the venue has a pumpkin patch during the day, but also the world-famous Reapers Haunted Attraction and Maze of Terror at night.
Halloween Times & Dates
In 2019 the Reapers Haunted Attraction and Maze of Terror are open October 4-7, 11-13 and 15-31.
The Halloween evening attraction typically operates from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Sundays and most weekdays, and from 7:00 until 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during the first half of October. In 2019, on the Fridays and Saturdays of October 18 & 19 and 25 & 26, it runs from 7:00 until 11:00 pm.
Note: On most evenings Fantasy Farms sells tickets for the Reapers attraction right up until closing time and things don’t stop until everyone gets the scare they deserve. However, towards the end of October, they can get sold out a few hours before closing (in which case they do stop selling tickets).
The Reapers Haunted Attraction and Maze of Terror cost about $11 each, plus GST, or $20 for both in 2018. These prices are the same as those from previous years, so we expect them to be similar in 2019 too.
Also in previous years, folks donating a non-perishable food item for the local food bank got an extra $1 off. Let’s hope that’s the same for 2019.
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch
In 2019 Fantasy Farms also has a pumpkin patch that opens on September 29 and then is open daily from October 5 until the 31 from noon until 5:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on weekends (it is also open on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm).
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch and Family Fun Zone typically costs about $8 per person or $25 for a family of four (plus $5 per additional child).
The daytime attraction often includes wagon and train rides, but also indoor activities. Halloween pumpkins are also for sale and cost between $2 and $25 depending on their size and variety. (These prices are the same as they have been in previous years, which is great.)
Before providing our reviews and description of the attraction, here is what people commenting on the Reapers’ Facebook page have had to say:
- “I absolutely love Reapers! I try to go every year as it’s one of the best (if not the best) Halloween event.”
- “Did the haunted house tonight, … hands down Reapers is way better than any haunted house at Fright Nights. Super reasonable prices and we had such a great time!”
- “This is in the top 3 best haunted houses I’ve ever been through from Disneyworld to Vegas!! I wish I was able to go through another 2-3 times in a row. Not kidding!”
- “First time at Reapers tonight, must say it was amazing! Scared the crap out of me. Awesome time all around.”
- “Had a blast! Best haunted house! And maze. Nothing like getting your pants scared off ya. Hahah.”
- “The Scariest and Best Haunt in BC!”
About the Halloween Attractions
In our opinion, the highlight of Fantasy Farms‘ Halloween offering is definitely the Reapers Haunted Attraction (i.e., the haunted house). It’s a great Halloween attraction and worth trekking out to see!
Reapers Haunted Attraction
Reapers Haunted Attraction is the haunted-house-style building at Fantasy Farms which people walk through in small groups and have fun getting scared in.
When we went a couple of years ago the line-up for the attraction took about 15 minutes, which wasn’t unreasonable. The attraction itself is big and takes 5 or 6 minutes to go through, which for a haunted house is pretty good.
At the entrance to the haunted house fright seekers were given 3D glasses. There isn’t a 3D element every year, but there have been most years recently.
The 3D effects in the haunted house are pretty effective – they add a nice element and help make some of the more colourful elements inside come alive.
Another nice thing about the Reapers Haunted Attraction is the abundance of live actors. Many of the rooms seem to have one, and most of the actors are really good. Some of the costumes and scenes are also quite impressive. In the haunted house a couple of the rooms are sometimes in near total darkness, which makes it especially freaky.
Overall the Reapers Haunted Attraction is an exceptional Halloween place to visit and we understand why people come from far and wide to see it.
The Maze of Terror
A second Halloween attraction at Fantasy Farms is the Maze of Terror which is a labyrinth in the dark. In past years it wasn’t a corn maze, like at some other places. Rather, it was an open-roofed structure with high walls, maze-like corridors and zero lighting. As of 2018, however, the Maze of Terror has become a corn maze.
The Maze of Terror is supposed to be pitch black inside, but when we went it was an unusually clear night so you could see a bit because of the moon and the stars (which made it less scary but still effective).
The main fear factor with the maze is the darkness. If you’re afraid of the dark then this truly is a “maze of terror.”
In our opinion, between the Reapers Haunted Attraction and the Maze of Terror, our favourite was the haunted house, but both are good. That might be because we’re not huge fans of mazes in general, but also because there was so much more to the Reapers Haunted Attraction.
Although we preferred the Reapers Haunted Attraction over the Maze of Terror, other visitors rave about the labyrinth. Here are some comments about it from the venue’s Facebook page:
- “Your maze was by far my favorite. …”
- “Was great. Went with my family. Maze was my favourite one. … Lots of fun. I loved it.”
- “My family have attended as many haunted attractions as we can such as Fright Nights, Potter’s House. … None were anywhere near as much fun as the haunted maze!”
In short, as you can see, some people love the house and others love the maze. Either way, both get rave reviews.
More About the Maze(s)
Fantasy Farms added five corn mazes to the property for 2018 and moved the Maze of Terror to one of them which made it a little longer.
2018 was also the current owners of Fantasy Farms’ 25th year on the farm. Consequently, to celebrate, they paid tribute to the first farmers of North America.
The three largest new mazes were called the Three Sisters and they represented a planting system that the First Nations people taught early European settlers shortly after they landed in the New World.
Tips and Advice
Below is a list of tips to help you make the most out of your visit to the Halloween attractions at Chilliwack’s Fantasy Farms.
TIP#1: If going to the venue at Halloween we recommend checking out The Maze of Horror if you like mazes. We recommend you go through it first though, and Reapers Haunted Attraction second, as it’ll mean leaving the best part until last (at least in our opinion).
TIP#2: If going on a non-rainy weekend or close to Halloween it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance online. You can wait and pay at the door, but during the second half of October many nights end up selling out.
TIP#3: If paying at the door, don’t forget to take your non-perishable food item so you can get your $1 discount. A dollar represents close to a 10% savings, and the donation benefits a worthwhile cause.
TIP#4: There is a fair bit of free onsite parking, although spaces are limited and you’re not allowed to park on the street. Carpool with friends if you can!
TIP#5: To avoid the biggest crowds, go on a weekday if you can, or get there by 6:30 pm on a weekend. We went on a Tuesday evening at around 7 o’clock the week before Halloween and it was pretty busy, but not unreasonably so. Our first lineup was for the Reapers Haunted Attraction and it took just 15 minutes. Our next wait was for the Maze of Terror and it lasted about 20.
TIP#6: Dress warm and wear boots. It can get cold in October, especially while you’re standing in line (unless of course you’re with someone you can snuggle close to). Also, if it has rained recently (which it often does in October), the ground in the Maze of Terror can get muddy. It is a farm after all!
TIP#7: Go slowly and mind your step! Unless you’re totally freaked out, don’t rush through the venue – take your time and enjoy it, although perhaps don’t take so long that you get passed by the group of people behind you. Also, especially in the pitch black areas of the house and throughout the maze, go carefully so you don’t risk stumbling in the darkness!
More About Fantasy Farms
Expect to stay at the Reapers’ Halloween Attraction for about an hour and a half, but longer if it’s an especially busy day and less if it’s slow. The haunted house takes around 5-6 minutes to go through, and the maze between around 5 minutes and 2 hours (but the latter only if you get ridiculously lost and walk around in circles).
Other seasonal events at Fantasy Farms include the following:
- Petey’s Easter Eggstravanganza – over the Easter weekend in the spring.
- The Chilliwack Garlic Festival – in mid-September.
- Petey’s Pumpkin Patch – throughout the month of October.
- Petey’s Country Christmas – during the second half of December.
Of all the various annual events at the farm, Reapers is the largest and most famous. All the events are fun and interesting though in their own ways. See the Fantasy Farms website for more details.
If you like Halloween attractions and are driving out from Vancouver, other haunted houses along the way are listed below. Just remember though that after standing in lineups you might only make it to a couple of places.
- Rivers Edge: Knight’s Terror – at the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road during the last half of October. Admission is about $13 and the attraction is open most weekends in the second half of October as well as on October 30 and 31.
- Bear Creek Halloween Train – the Halloween Pumpkin Express and Haunted Forest Scream Train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey start the second week of October. Cost is around $11 or $12. In 2019 it runs from October 5 until October 31.
- Potter’s House of Horrors – also in Surrey, two of the Lower Mainland’s most impressive haunted houses are at 12530 72nd Avenue. Both are open for most of the month and prices range from around $10 to $16 per house for regular admission (although speed passes and combo tickets are also available). In 2019 Potter’s is open from September 27 until November 2.
For more information about the Halloween attractions at Fantasy Farms see the Reapers website.
For a list of other Halloween attractions and things to do throughout the Lower Mainland in October, click any of the following:
- Vancouver Halloween Events
- Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities
- Adult Halloween Activities
- Lower Mainland Halloween Haunted Houses
- Bests Places in Autumn
- Vancouver and Fraser Valley Pumpkin Patches