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Vancouver Adult Halloween Activities and Events

Halloween for Adults

Halloween activities for adults in Metro Vancouver include night club events, haunted houses, costume parties and other fun yet spooky stuff.

Halloween for Adults in Metro Vancouver

Below is a list of fun Halloween things to do for adults. Activities include walking tours and haunted houses, plus other fun events. At the bottom of our list we also include night club parties that took place last year, but not in 2020. We include those events simply for reference in case they can happen again next year.

Another place to look for things to do is our article about the Vancouver on the Halloween Weekend.


This article contains information about the following topics:

Walking Tours | Haunted Houses | Halloween Horror Movies | Night Club Parties | Other Events


Lost Souls of Gastown

Spooky Adult Walking Tours

Walking tours in Vancouver aren’t only for tourists! They are also a fun way for adults to have fun, especially at Halloween.

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours is a local family-owned company that offers a selection of guided walking tours throughout the year, including fabulously spooky ones in October. Small groups are guided through the streets and back alleys of downtown Vancouver, or along the Seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park, all depending on which tour you select.

Each tour is led by a tour guide (who in the case of the Lost Souls of Gastown is a professional actor). The tours cost around $29, or $26 for students, plus or minus a couple of dollars. They are all excellent and good value for your money!

Forbidden City Walking Tour Guide
Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tours

The tours listed below with Forbidden Vancouver are designed for adults, although the second one (in Stanley Park) is good for anyone ages 14+. The Lost Souls of Gastown route is the main “Halloween” tour. Both though are fun to take any time.

  • Lost Souls of Gastown – on these tours through the streets and back lanes of historic Gastown you’ll be entertained while learning about Vancouver’s early days. Tours start downtown in the square across the street from the Holy Rosary Cathedral (which is located at 646 Richards Street). They finish about 90 minutes (and 1 kilometre) later in Gastown at Maple Tree Square. We’ve done this tour at Halloween and it was so much fun!
  • Dark Secrets of Stanley Park – these tours take place from April until November and they are recommended for folk ages 14+. As the name suggests, the tours go through world-famous Stanley Park, both along the seawall and through forested trails. The tours depart from outside the Vancouver Aquarium. Lasting for about two hours, they are indeed a most interesting way to explore and learn about beautiful Stanley Park!

Brinkworth Dungeon

Haunted Houses at Halloween

There are dozens of great haunted houses in the region in years when there isn’t a pandemic. Places like Fright Nights at the PNE and Potter’s House of Horrors in Surrey aren’t happening this year. Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley is running though, as is the Haunted Corn Maze at Maan Farms in Abbotsford and Reaper’s Maze of Terror in Chilliwack.

A few of the above are suitable for older children, but many are best for older teens and young adults.

Click Lower Mainland Haunted Houses for a list of all the great spooky places in Vancouver and the surrounding region.

Vancouver Mysteries

Halloween Adventure Games

Vancouver Mysteries offers games for groups of between two and six friends in downtown Vancouver. The games are like escape room challenges, but where everything is outside in the streets and on the sidewalks of the city.

The games take place daily. For Halloween there is one where you get to solve a crime and another where you get to go on a secret mission. To learn more see the Vancouver Mysteries website.

TIP: Use the promo code BESTPLACES and get 10% off any Mystery Night game between October 1st and the 31st.

Halloween Horror Movies

Just in time for Halloween, the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival is a great event for people who like scary movies. It usually takes place on the weekend just before Halloween. The two-day event last year showcased over thirty short horror films from a variety of different countries at Vancouver’s York Theatre at 639 Commercial Drive.

In 2020 the festival and its various films take place online.

Tickets for the film festival last year range from $17.50 to $22.50 per session, or either $35 or $40 per day (plus online fees).

Click Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival for more details.

Night Club Halloween Parties & Cruises

On the weekend and week leading up to Halloween various adult-only events take place in Metro Vancouver. Below is a list of some of the options that happen in typical years, but probably NOT in 2020.

  • Spooky Halloween Boat Party – a dance party cruise on the Magic Spirit which is a vessel that holds up to 400 passengers on its three levels and massive outer deck. The party began and ended in Coal Harbour at the docks in front of the Westin Bayshore Hotel. The event featured some of Vancouver’s best DJs playing Top 40, Hip Hop, Throwback and guest requests. The cost ranged from $25 to $45. A VIP table for four and a bottle of champagne could also be reserved for $195 extra.
  • Halloween Club Crawl – a popular activity for university students at various Vancouver pubs starting at 6 pm.
  • Halloween Costume Ball – a Halloween party at Science World from 9 pm until 2 am. Tickets started at around $45.
  • Halloween Masquerade Ball – a Halloween event at the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie Street celebrated its 8th year in 2019.
  • The Haunting of Hamilton House Yaletown – a Halloween event at the Bar None Night Club at 1222 Hamilton Street.
  • Cell Block 958 – a Halloween event at the Republic Night Club at 958 Granville Street.
  • Halloween After Hours at the Aquarium – an adults-only after-hours Halloween event at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Not happening in 2020, especially as the venue is closed.)
  • Halloween Club Crawl – a popular activity for university students at various Vancouver pubs starting at 6 pm.
  • 958 Jailbreak – another Halloween event at the Republic Night Club at 958 Granville Street.
  • Gatsby Halloween Gala – a Gatsby-themed Halloween party at 300 Water Street in Vancouver. 
  • Academie Duello’s Halloween Axe-Stravaganza – a unique Halloween party that involved dress-up opportunities, real swords, axe throwing, drinking and dancing at 412 West Hastings in downtown Vancouver. The event took place at the Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay which is a school of Western Martial Arts where they teach medieval European fighting practices. If you’ve ever wanted to dress up as a knight, swing a sword and dance at a medieval-themed party, this was your chance!

Halloween Weekend

Other Halloween Events for Adults

There are a number of other Halloween events that are great for people of all ages, but especially for adults. These include the following:

  • Parade of Lost Souls – a grassroots Halloween parade event starting at 7 pm where the exact location isn’t revealed until midnight on the Friday before Halloween. Donations of $5 are encouraged. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
  • Click Vancouver Haunted Houses for a list of more spooky places in the Lower Mainland.

Halloween Activities for Children

Of course Halloween isn’t just for adults. For a list of family-friendly and only-moderately-spooky fun check out Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities.

Activities you’ll find here include miniature train rides and attractions designed especially for children and young families.

Halloween Haunted Houses

Other Activities in October

Interested in learning about other great activities in the month of October? Then check out the following:

 

 

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