Vancouver’s Halloween parade takes place on Granville Street in mid-October each year and features action heroes, dance school zombies and lots of fun.
Halloween Parade on Granville
The Halloween Parade takes place on a Sunday in mid-October starting at 11 am and in 2017 it took place on Sunday, October 15th.
Parade entries in the Vancouver Halloween Parade aren’t particularly scary or gruesome – they’re mostly superheroes, Japanese anime characters and non-frightening girls dancing with zombie makeup – so it’s very kid-friendly.
Halloween Parade Location
The parade route goes down Howe Street from around Davie to Smithe, then along Smithe to Granville Street, and then up Granville to Drake.
Thousands of people turn out for the Halloween Parade each year, which usually runs for just short of an hour. Parking downtown can be challenging, so be prepared to walk a ways or, better yet, take public transit if you can.
For more information on the event, check out Vancouver Halloween Parade.
The Halloween Expo takes place on the parade day as well as the four or so days before.
In 2017 the Halloween Expo took place from October 12th to 15th. On the Thursday and Friday there were evening shows at Robson Square at 800 Robson Street. On the Saturday and Sunday there was an exhibition with performances from noon until around 7 pm also at Robson Square.
The Halloween Expo isn’t a huge event, but it’s of interest to anyone that likes anime, superhero costumes and other Halloween stuff. Some events are free, others are ticketed and many have a distinct Asian and Japanese anime theme.
On the weekend a small number of activities typically take place in the underground ice rink area, but more in the UBC building at Robson Square in a couple of rooms and at a small theatre. There is also usually a small vendor market with free admission and sometimes an anime-themed coffee shop.
In the plaza at the back of the Vancouver Art Gallery there are also free live entertainment. In 2017 there were performances by a group of Taiko drummers, a puppeteer and a local band.
Halloween Expo Admission
All-weekend super passes cost between $20 and $25 depending on whether you pay in advance or at the gate. They allow access to all ticketed performances, the Cosplay Exhibition, Cosplay Maid Café and option to walk in the parade in costume. Family passes are also available for between $40 and $50.
Passes provide access to the live entertainment venues and the weekend Halloween market with vendors selling everything from Halloween costumes to mystic jewellery, action figure paraphernalia, anime art, face painting services and paintball game vouchers.
For more information, check out the Halloween Expo’s website.
For more ideas on Halloween things to do with children, check out Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities.
Other Activities in October
Interested in ideas on other things to do in October? Then check out the following: