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.
HALLOWEEN AND COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, in 2020 Reapers Haunted Attraction was not able to happen. The Maze of Terror, however, was still able to operate. Some of the haunted elements that would normally have been normally indoors have been moved outside, so the maze was better than ever! The Maze of Terror opened on Friday, October 9. It was 100% outdoors and COVID-appropriate measures were in place.
Fantasy Farms plans to operate the Maze of Terror again in 2021. The likely first day of the season is Friday, September 17th. Exact details, however, are to be confirmed.
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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 2020 the Maze of Terror was open on October 9-11, 16-18 and 20-31. In 2020 Reapers (the haunted house element) wasn’t happening. The Maze of Terror, however, was. 2021 dates and details are to be determined.
The Halloween attraction usually 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.
Admission to the Maze of Terror in 2020 cost $15 plus GST. Prices in future years will likely be comparable. For more information and to buy tickets click reapers.ca.
Note: In typical years, on most evenings Fantasy Farms sells tickets for their Halloween 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). In 2020, it was best to buy your tickets in advance online. Tickets were only for sale at the gate if the event didn’t sell out.
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch
The same as all years, in 2020 Fantasy Farms also had a pumpkin patch that ran from October 3 until 31 from noon until 5:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on weekends. It was also open on Thanksgiving Monday, October 12, from 12:00 until 4:00 pm). It was also only open from noon until 4:00 pm on October 31 (so the day of Halloween itself).
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch and Family Fun Zone costs about $8 per person or $25 for a family of four (plus $5 per additional child).
The daytime attraction usually includes 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.)
To learn more about this family-friendly event see the Petey’s Pumpkin Patch website.
About the Halloween Attractions
Fantasy Farms‘ Halloween offering normally has two elements. The Maze of Terror and the Reapers Haunted Attraction (i.e., the haunted house). Both are great Halloween attractions and worth trekking out to see! In 2020, only the Maze of Terror is operating.
The Maze of Terror
The Maze of Terror at Fantasy Farms 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. In 2018 and 2019 the Maze of Terror was a corn maze. In 2020, however, it was a wooden structure once again.
In 2020, because of COVID-19, Reapers Haunted Attraction wasn’t happening. Because of that, some of the elements of the haunted house were added to the Maze of Terror which was still taking place (starting on October 9).
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.” There are also usually live actors in costume and a few scary decorations.
Below are some comments about the maze 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!”
Reapers Haunted Attraction
In years when it does operate, 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 lineup 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.
Below is what people commenting on the Reapers’ Facebook page have had to say about the haunted house at Fantasy Farms:
- “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!”
Note: The above reviews are about Reapers, which is the indoor haunted house element of the Halloween attraction at Fantasy Farms. Reapers did not operate in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maze of Terror did, however, take place. For reviews about it, see above.
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 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#2: 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. (Note: 2020 details about the donation deal are to be confirmed.)
TIP#3: 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#4: 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#5: 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!
More About Fantasy Farms
In a typical year, 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 our article about Fantasy Farms 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.
- Haunted Corn Maze – an ultra-scary Halloween attraction at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. (This venue is highly recommended! They also have a pumpkin patch and kid-friendly activities during the day too.)
- Rivers Edge: Knight’s Terror – at the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road during the last half of October. Admission is usually about $13 and the attraction is open most weekends in the second half of October.
- Bear Creek Halloween Train – the Halloween Pumpkin Express and Haunted Forest Scream Train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
- 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 usually open for most of the month. In 2019 Potter’s was open from September 27 until November 2.
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