FANTASY FARM EVENTS
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch and Reaper’s Maze of Terror are happening in October this year! The first offers fun things to do for kids and their families. The second offers seriously freaky fun for older youth and adults.
Fantasy Farms and its Seasonal Events
Located at 9423 Gibsons Road in Chilliwack, Fantasy Farms is an operating farm that grows all kinds of produce. The venue is also home to a number of seasonal events at Easter, autumn, Halloween and Christmas.
Annual events at Fantasy Farms include Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza, the Chilliwack Garlic Festival, Petey’s Pumpkin Patch, Reaper’s Haunted Attraction and Petey’s Country Christmas (the last of which usually includes the Frightmare Before Christmas attraction too).
Famous at the farm and its events are Petey (a pumpkin character) and Farmer Gary. Popular attractions at the venue include the farm animals, miniature train rides and outdoor children’s play area.
Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza
The Easter Eggstravaganza is a family-friendly event at Fantasy Farms taking place on weekends leading up to and around the Easter Long Weekend in the spring. It includes an Easter egg hunt, appearances by the Easter Bunny and rides on the miniature train.
Some of the activities (like the train) are outdoors, but others are indoors, including a variety of games. It’s a fun event for young families and little kids.
This event didn’t happen in 2020. In 2021 the event ran in a drive-thru format on the weekend of April 2nd to 4th. In 2022, Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza runs from April 14th to 18th. This year, the event includes the miniature train, egg hunt, planting station, colouring booth and more.
Admission to Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza in 2022 is $12 for children, $6 for adults and free for kids under 1 year of age.
Chilliwack Garlic Festival
Fantasy Farms used to host the Chilliwack Garlic Festival on a weekend in August or September each year. The event featured a market, garlic for sale, food vendors, a beer garden, live music, train rides and family-friendly entertainment. There are also corn mazes to explore.
In recent years the festival has happened in the middle of September. In 2019 the Chilliwack Garlic Festival celebrated its 9th year and took place earlier than usual. The 2019 dates were August 24th and 25th.
Because of COVID-19, the festival didn’t take place in 2020, 2021 or 2022. Hopefully it will happen again in 2023 (although we’re not sure if it will).
Admission to the festival usually costs around $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children, and $24 for a family of 4. Parking is free and there is lots of it. In years with good weather as many as 2000 people attend on each of the two days.
Click Chilliwack Garlic Festival for more details.
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch is an autumn-themed attraction that includes miniature train rides, a corn maze, an outdoor play area and farm animals. It runs most weekdays in October from around 1 pm until 5 pm, and from 10 am until 5 pm on weekends.
Admission to Petey’s Pumpkin Patch is usually around $10 per person or $30 for a family of 4 (or a couple of dollars less if you bring a donation for the food bank). Pumpkins are also for sale at the event for between around $2 and $25.
While the pumpkin patch event is ideal for young children and their families, there are also ultra-scary things to see and do for older folk during the same month later in the evenings at Reaper’s.
In 2020 the pumpkin patch event ran from October 3rd until the 31st. There weren’t any corn mazes that year, but there were pumpkins, the train and other kid-friendly activities.
In 2021 the event ran from September 25th until October 31st. There was a corn maze and other fun activities.
Click Petey’s Pumpkin Patch for more details.
Reaper’s Haunted Attraction & Maze of Terror
One of the Lower Mainland’s most impressive Halloween-themed places to visit is the Reaper’s Haunted Attraction at Fantasy Farms in October. In years without COVID the venue features a haunted house and “Maze of Terror” that fright seekers travel from all across the region to see.
Reaper’s is typically open most days in October, except for Mondays and a few other weekdays in the first half of the month. Hours of operation are usually from around 7 pm until between 9 and 11 pm depending on the day.
In 2020 the haunted house part of the attraction didn’t happen, but the Maze of Terror did. In 2021 they ran the Maze of Terror again. It opened on Friday, October 24th.
To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the following video of the Reapers Maze of Terror. As you’ll see, it’s in a real corn maze and it’s really dark. There are a couple of sort-of indoor areas, and there are lots of live scary monsters!
This video was taken in October of 2021. It shows just a few of the scenes that we saw on our visit. It was pretty cool!
Petey’s Country Christmas at Fantasy Farms
Fantasy Farms is home to Chilliwack’s most popular interactive and family-friendly Christmas attraction in December (or at least it is in years without COVID-19). Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event took place in 2020 as an online event.
Petey’s Country Christmas usually runs from early until late December each year.
In years when the live event does take place, and at the farm, activities at Petey’s Country Christmas include beautiful lights and festive decorations to admire, a bouncy castle, light maze and miniature train rides. There is also Santa Claus to chat with and other activities suitable for young children and their families.
In 2021, instead of hosting activities at the farm, Fantasy Farms hosted an awesome new event in downtown Chilliwack. Chilliwack Country Christmas ran from December 4th to December 24th.
Petey’s Country Christmas has been running fairly seriously for the past 3 or 4 years, as well as less seriously off and on before that. It’s a fun, wholesome and old-fashioned-style event.
Click Chilliwack Country Christmas for more information about the winter holiday-themed event.
For more information about the venue and its various events, see the Fantasy Farms website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Top Metro Vancouver Places
- Lower Mainland Halloween Events
- Halloween Haunted Houses
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Vancouver’s Calendar of Events
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver and Fraser Valley Pumpkin Patches