October is a fun month for children and their families in Vancouver. They get to dress up, trick-or-treat and visit great Halloween events and attractions.
Halloween for Kids in Vancouver
Some of the best Halloween activities and places for children in Metro Vancouver are listed below.
Note #1: Only a small selection of haunted houses are listed below as most are for older youth and not appropriate for younger children. For a list of scarier places you won’t want to take pre-schoolers and more timid kids, click Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.
Note #2: Event details are subject to change. See official event websites for the most up-to-date information.
Note #3: Because of COVID-19, many events that would ordinarily take place during the Halloween season were cancelled for 2020. Events that were not cancelled and that still took place (or at least that was the plan) included the following:
- Pumpkin Patch & Fall Activities – at Maan Farms daily throughout October in Abbotsford.
- Halloween at FlyOver Canada – daily in downtown Vancouver throughout October.
- Slayland at the PNE – rides and Halloween decorations at Playland on select days from October 9th until the 31st. On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of October 29th to 31st, the Taste of the PNE Trick & Treat drive-thru-style event is also taking place.
- Halloween Mystery Nights – Vancouver Mysteries is an outdoor adventure game company. Most of their games are for adults and youth ages 12 and up. They have a family version of their Heroes & Villains game though that is suitable for adults to play with children ages 8 and older.
- Halloween Spooktacular – kid-friendly activities at Britannia Mine on October 24th, 25th and 31st.
- Pumpkin Patches – pumpkins and child-friendly autumn at various farms throughout the Lower Mainland.
This article lists kids’ Halloween activities in the following locations:
Click any of the above links to jump to information about activities for children in a specific region, or continue reading to learn all about Lower Mainland kid-friendly Halloween things to do.
Halloween for Kids in Fraser Valley
- Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Fall Activities – the farm in Abbotsford has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals and lots of fun play structures for children to enjoy.
- Visiting Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes – lots of fun for little folk and their families at places like Maan Farms in Abbotsford and Petey’s Pumpkin Patch at Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack.
Another family-friendly Halloween attraction in the Fraser Valley most years is the following (but was CANCELLED for 2020).
- Mission Nightmare Haunted House – a Halloween attraction in Mission that’s scary, but not overly so. Some of the live actors inside are even young kids! Also, families with young children get to hold flashlights (which warn actors to turn down the scariness factor). The event ran between 7 and 10 pm from October 18th until the 27th in 2019. The event was CANCELLED for 2020, however, due to COVID-19.
Halloween for Kids in Surrey
- Halloween Pumpkin Express – child-friendly miniature train rides take place most years at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. In 2020 the kid-friendly trains run from 10 am until 4:30 pm from October 10th until the 31st. The cost is about $10. And for about $3 or so extra from 6:30 to 10 pm starting on October 16th you can ride the Haunted Forest Scream Train, but for that you need to leave your littler ones at home! (This event did happen in 2020.)
- Spooktacular – free Halloween-themed activities take place on an October weekend most years at Stewart Farm at 13723 Crescent Road. In 2020 there were supervised activities on Friday, October 23rd, which is a school pro-D day. The event ran from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. They weren’t free this year though. The cost was $33.40 per child with advanced registration.
Most Vancouver Mysteries games are for adults and youth ages 12+. Their Heroes & Villains (Family) games though are perfect for kids ages 8+ to join too. They run on every weekend in October. TIP: Use promo code BESTPLACES and get 10% off any Mystery Night Game in October of 2020.
Halloween for Kids in Vancouver
- FlyOver Canada – the multi-dimensional theatre flying experience at Canada Place is usually decorated in a Halloween theme in October most years. The multidimensional films happened again in 2020. A special Halloween-themed film was scheduled to run daily from October 1st until November 1st (so for even longer than the previous year).
- Slayland at the PNE – this was a new event for 2020. Instead of running Fright Nights, which includes both rides and haunted houses for folk ages 13+, in 2020 the PNE’s Playland event involved outdoor decorations and rides for folk ages 8 and older. It ran on weekend evenings as well as a couple of Thursday nights between October 9th and the 31st.
- Taste of the PNE Trick & Treat – a drive-thru-style trick-or-treating event took place at the PNE on October 29th, 30th and 31st. It was separate from Slayland and cost $25 per carload.
Other family-friendly Halloween attractions in the City of Vancouver most years include the following (although they were all CANCELLED for 2020).
- Stanley Park Ghost Train – daily matinee and evening night trains usually run the last three weeks in October. The cost is normally around $12 for adults and $9 for people ages 3 to 17 and 65+. Matinees trains are around $6. (This event did NOT happen in 2020.)
- VanDusen Glow in the Garden – lit-up carved pumpkins and Halloween activities are on display at VanDusen Garden during the last week or two of October from around 5 until 9 pm most years. In 2019 this event ran from October 17th to the 27th. (CANCELLED for 2020).
- Harvestland – an autumn-themed event that’s suitable for all ages at Hastings Park at the PNE. The attraction features live entertainment, a small petting zoo, tractor rides, logger shows and activities like sword-fighting, axe throwing and pumpkin slingshots. It ran from October 10th until the 20th in 2019. This event did NOT happen in 2020.
- Vancouver Halloween Parade – a non-spooky family-friendly parade takes place along Howe Street and Granville in Vancouver starting at 11 am on a Sunday each year in early October. The date in 2019 was October 13th. Due to COVID-19, this event was CANCELLED for 2020. Hopefully it will happen again in 2021!
Halloween for Kids in Richmond
The following events normally happen in Richmond, but not in 2020.
- Halloween at the Cannery – special Halloween activities take place at the Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village most years from 11 am until 4 pm on the Saturday and Sunday just before Halloween. The cost in 2019 was $11 for adults and $7 for children over 5 years of age. 2019’s dates were October 26th and 27th and the place has a haunted sea theme. This event did NOT happen in 2020, although the venue was open and they did have some Halloween-themed decorations.
The following event takes places in years where there isn’t a coronavirus pandemic:
- Halloween Fireworks – music, kids’ activities, fire juggling, a magic show and fireworks take place most years at Minoru Park at 7191 Granville Avenue. This Richmond event typically runs on October 31st from around 6:30 to 8:45 pm. (Note: This event did not take place in 2020, due to COVID-19.)
Halloween in Maple Ridge
Note: The event did take place, but it was an entirely virtual event.
- Celebrate the Night – Maple Ridge usually hosts a family-friendly event at the Memorial Peace Park on the Sunday before Halloween most years from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. The free event includes games, crafts, pumpkins and live entertainment, plus a wonderful fireworks finale. In 2020 this event was scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 25th. It won’t be happening now though, at least not in a live in-person format.
Halloween for Kids in Burnaby
The following event was cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19.
- Burnaby’s Haunted Village – a family-friendly event at Burnaby Village with trick-or-treating, live entertainment and carousel rides. The cost is usually about $14 for adults, seniors and youth, and $9 for children 2 to 12 years of age. It took place in 2019 from October 25th to 28th between 6 and 9 pm. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event did NOT happen in 2020.
In the Sea to Sky Region
- Halloween Spooktacular – spooky fun usually takes place at Britannia Mine on a couple of weekends before Halloween. The cost in recent years has been about $15, but free for children under age 5. In 2020 the event was scheduled to run on October 24th, 25th and 31st.
Halloween for Older Spooks
There are also scarier events that youth and older children might enjoy, while others won’t.
Haunted house-style attractions that took place in 2020 included the Haunted Corn Maze in Abbotsford, Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley and Reaper’s Maze of Terror in Chilliwack. They are all amazing, but also fairly hardcore. As a result, they are recommended primarily for older youth and young adults, although some older (and braver) children also attend.
Two other scary haunted attractions that normally take place (although NOT in 2020) are Fright Nights at the PNE Potter’s House of Horrors in Surrey. Don’t take young kids to either!
- Fright Nights – takes place at the PNE grounds at 2901 East Hastings Street most years and features eight haunted houses and over a dozen rides. It’s more for youths and young adults (and older ones), but some older children have fun there too. Tickets in recent years have ranged from around $25 to $45 or so for general admission at the gate depending on the day of the week. Warning: Fright Nights is not recommended for children ages 12 & under, guests ages 65 and older, guests with sensitivity to strobe lighting, guests with high blood pressure, and pregnant women. Also, leave your costumes and face paint at home! (Note: The haunted houses at Fright Nights did NOT operate in 2020. In its place the PNE ran its new Slayland event which featured rides and Halloween decor, but no haunted houses.)
- Potter’s House of Horrors – there are usually two amazing haunted venues at 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey. Last year one house was “Death Valley Motor Inn” and the other was “Devils Descent.” They were open almost every day from October 4th until November 2nd, with the exception of the Thanksgiving Monday. (Note: This event did NOT run in 2020.)
- For a list of other Halloween haunted houses, most of which aren’t appropriate for folk under 12, check out Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.
Other Activities in October
Interested in learning about other great activities in the month of October? Then check out the following:
- Vancouver Halloween Events
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver Fall Activities
- Halloween Haunted Houses (not for young children)
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Vancouver’s Shows and Entertainment Listing