Vancouver is full of haunted houses in October leading up to Halloween. There are family-friendly spooky attractions, but also ultra-scary ones too!
HAUNTED VENUES & COVID-19
Some haunted attractions were cancelled for 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. These included Potter’s House of Horrors in Surrey, the Haunt of Edgemont in North Vancouver and the River’s Edge: Knight’s Terror in Mission. There also wasn’t haunted houses at Fright Nights in 2020 either, although the PNE did run other events instead.
Scary Halloween places that were still happening in 2020 included the Haunted Corn Maze at Maan Farms in Abbotsford, Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley and the Reapers Maze of Horror in Chilliwack. A few other haunted attractions are also happening, but with special precautionary measures in place.
Haunted Houses in Vancouver
Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have numerous haunted attractions to choose from. Most are super freaky and not for the faint of heart. Others are suitable for the entire family, except maybe not for very young children and folk with nervous dispositions.
Click on any of the following locations for information on haunted attractions in each specific municipality, or scroll down for information on all the venues.
If you are looking for ghosts, ghouls, gore and spooky places, you’ll find all that at the following Lower Mainland Halloween haunted houses. If you’re looking for Halloween events in general though, and not haunted houses specifically, then click Vancouver Halloween Events.
(Important Note: Attraction details are subject to change. See each venue’s official website for exact information.)
Abbotsford Haunted Attractions
- Maan Farms – a great place to enjoy Halloween activities is at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. They have a Pumpkin Patch and kid-friendly activities plus an ultra-serious and scary Haunted Corn Maze. This Halloween attraction did run in 2020 and it was as scary as ever (although it was running at a greatly reduced capacity). For full details and to buy tickets click Haunted Corn Maze 2020.
For a preview of what to expect at the Haunted Corn Maze in Abbotsford, check out this video clip (which represents less than 5% of what you’ll see at the real thing). If you visit the event in-person, and at night, you’ll find it terrifying!
Anmore (Tri-Cities) Haunted Houses
NOTE: This event did NOT happen in 2020. See further below for others that did.
- Anmore Manor – a haunted house at a private residential home at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (close to Port Moody). It’s usually open in late October and admission is by donation of cash and food to the Share Society. (Note: This venue was NOT operating in 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19. They still planned to decorate the outside of their house for people to drive by and admire, but they didn’t decorate the inside and did not welcome the public indoors.)
Burnaby Haunted Houses
NOTE: This event did NOT happen in 2020. See further below for others that did.
- Burnaby’s Haunted Village – a family-friendly event costing about $14 for older folk and $9 for children ages 2 to 12. Halloween activities usually include trick-or-treating, live entertainment and free carousel rides. It’s normally open on the last few days of October from 6 to 9 pm. This is a haunted attraction, but not an overly-scary one. It’s a good one for younger children. (Note: This event did NOT take place in 2020.)
Chilliwack Haunted Attraction
NOTE: This event was able to take place in 2020.
- Reapers – a haunted attraction that’s open from 7 pm until late on select days throughout October. Located at 9423 Gibson Road, the attraction is not recommended for young children. TIP: Reaper’s hits capacity on many nights, especially on weekends and nights with good weather close to Halloween. Purchasing tickets online in advance is recommended. In 2020 the annual Maze of Terror was running (so just one out of its usual two elements).
Langley Haunted House
NOTE: This event did happen in 2020.
- Brinkworth Dungeon – open nightly during the last couple of weeks of October. Located at 22260 48th Avenue, the cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 13, and free for those ages 5 and under. Donations to the Langley Food Bank are encouraged. This event ran in 2020 from October 17th until the 31st.
Mission Haunted Attractions
NOTE: These two events did NOT happen in 2020. See further below for others that did.
- River’s Edge: Knight’s Terror – Halloween fun at the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road occurs on weekends in the last half of October most years. It’s appropriate for fright-seekers ages 8 and older. (Those under 8 years of age are not permitted.) All proceeds from the haunt go towards programs presented by the Mission Arts Council. The attraction is usually open on the last three or so weekends in October. 2019 dates included October 11th-13th, 18th-20th, 25th-27th and then October 30th-31st. The cost is around $13 per person. (Note: This event was NOT able to run in 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19.)
- Mission Nightmare Haunted House – a Halloween attraction at the Silverdale Community Hall at 8760 McLean Street. It is generally open during the last week or so of October. The cost in the past has been about $7 and partial proceeds benefit the Mission Food Bank and Christmas Bureau. 2019 dates were from October 18th to 27th (but closed on October 21st and 22nd). (CANCELLED for 2020.)
North Vancouver Haunted Attractions
NOTE: Not all of these attractions were able to run in 2020 (at least not as walk-in events). See further below for others that were.
- Belmont Haunted House – a haunted attraction at 1006 Belmont Avenue in North Vancouver. It’s open to the public on the last few days of October. Admission is by donation benefiting Ronald McDonald House. (This attraction didn’t happen in 2020.)
- Dovercourt Crypt – yet another fabulous family-run North Shore haunted house that runs every year. Located at the corner of Dovercourt Road and Maginnis Avenue at 3637 Maginnis Avenue in Lynn Valley, it’s free and open to the public on the last three or so days in October. On Halloween night it usually runs from dusk until 9 o’clock and finishes with fireworks at 9:15. Donations to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund are appreciated. (Did not operate in 2020.)
- The Haunt of Edgemont – a first-rate haunted house at a family’s house at 3414 Emerald Drive in North Vancouver. Also right near Edgemont Village, the place features movie-set-quality Halloween scenes in the garden, a couple of sheds, their basement and front yard. Admission is free, but donations for the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund are appreciated. In 2019 it was open to the public between Friday, October 11th, and Halloween night from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on weekday evenings and from noon until 9:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. (Note: This haunted house did NOT happen in 2020. Hopefully it’ll be back again in 2021.)
Surrey Haunted Attractions
NOTE: The first of these events was able to run in 2020. The second was not.
- Halloween Pumpkin Express – child-friendly miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park in Surrey happen from about 10:00 am until 4:30 pm for the majority of October. Cost is generally around $11. The Haunted Forest Scream Train is at the same place, costs about $2 more, usually runs from 6:30 to 10:00 pm and includes really frightening stuff. If you like scary haunted houses, you’ll love the Scream Train!
- Potter’s House of Horrors – two amazing haunted venues at 12530 72nd Avenue. In 2019, returning from previous years, was “Devils Descent”. There was also “Death Valley Motor Inn” which was the new thriller for the year. Both usually open in late September and are very scary. Generally though, family hour is more appropriate for all ages and runs at various times in the late afternoons. The scarier stuff usually runs daily from 7:00 or 7:30 until around 10:00 pm. (This attraction was CANCELLED for 2020.)
Vancouver Haunted Attractions
- Slayland – this is a new event at the PNE/Playland that is happening in 2020. It’s kind of like Fright Nights, but without the haunted houses. It features about 20 amusement rides and is suitable for slightly younger people as well.
- FlyOver Canada at Halloween – the Halloween film at the multidimensional theatre at Canada Place was “HowlOver Canada” in 2020. It usually runs daily throughout the month of October.
- Stanley Park Ghost Train – family-friendly miniature train rides run daily during the last half or so of October. It’s not a haunted house, but it is haunted and good for children. (This event did NOT happen in 2020.)
- Barclay Manor – a small and fairly simple haunted house put on by the West End Community Centre Association. It takes place in a heritage home at 1447 Barclay Street in Vancouver’s West End usually on the last weekend in October. The cost is about $3 per person or $10 for a family of 4. (This event did NOT operate in 2020 due to COVID-19.)
- Fright Nights – multiple haunted house attractions and around 20 rides at the PNE’s Playland at 2901 East Hastings Street. For a description of each of Playland’s 8 different haunted houses, click Fright Nights Haunted Houses Reviews. (NOTE: The PNE did NOT run its regular haunted houses this year. There was a different event, however. Click Slayland to learn about the rides and other Halloween activities that took place at the PNE in 2020.)
HORROR MOVIES IN VANCOUVER
In addition to haunted houses, Vancouver is also where you’ll find the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival. Last year it featured a series of over 30 short films at the York Theatre at 639 Commercial Drive on the weekend just before Halloween. (In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival is a virtual event.)
Want to see a truly amazing haunted house? Then check out Brinkworth Dungeon. The video below will give you a taste of what to expect.
Brinkworth Dungeon is located at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley. Even if you don’t live near that part of the Lower Mainland, it’s worth the drive to check it out!
What makes this attraction so special (apart from its first-rate quality scenes)? The rooms and the things inside are pretty much all handmade by a local professional artist. That’s right! Whereas the contents of most haunted attractions are made and imported from factories in other countries, like China, what you’ll see at Brinkworth Dungeon are works of locally made art (and both museum and Hollywood movie-quality art at that)!
For more information watch this video and then check out our article about Brinkworth Dungeon.
For more ideas on things to do in October in the Lower Mainland, check out the following:
- Vancouver Halloween Events
- Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities
- Adult Halloween Activities
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver Fall Activities
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Vancouver Shows and Entertainment