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 Activities for Kids
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.
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 Burnaby
- Burnaby’s Haunted Village – A family-friendly event at Burnaby Village with trick-or-treating, live entertainment and carousel rides. Cost is $14 for adults, seniors and youth, and $9 for children 2 to 12 years of age (October 26-29, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm).
Halloween for Kids in Fraser Valley
- Harvest Glow – a new indoor attraction with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, miniature train, mini golf, children’s play structures and live entertainment inside a giant greenhouse at 6690 216th Street in Langley. It takes place most days from the end of September until Halloween night. (It’s also mentioned again below under the section about Langley).
- Visiting pumpkin patches and corn mazes – Lots of fun for little folk and their families at places like Maan Farms in Abbotsford, Bose Corn Maze in Surrey, and both the Chilliwack Corn Maze and Petey’s Pumpkin Patch in the Fraser Valley.
- 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 runs nightly between 7 and 10 pm from October 20th until the 30th in 2018.
- Kids Fort Langley Halloween – trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities at the fort on October 28th from 10 am to 5 pm in 2018. Admission is 7.80 for adults, $6.55 for seniors, and free for youth under 18 years of age.
Halloween for Kids in Surrey
- Halloween Pumpkin Express – Child-friendly miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 10 am until 4:30 pm from October 6 to 31 in 2018. Cost is about $11. (And for $1 extra from 6:30 to 10 pm starting around a week or so later you can ride the Haunted Forest Scream Train, but for that leave your littler ones at home!)
- Haunted Farm Family Day – free activities including fortune telling and scavenger hunts at Stewart Farm at 13723 Crescent Road on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, from 12 until 3 pm.
Halloween for Kids in Vancouver
- VanDusen Glow in the Garden – lit-up carved pumpkins and Halloween activities at VanDusen Garden during the last week or two of October from around 4:30 until 9 pm. The cost is around $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for youth, seniors and members, and $8.50 for children ages 3-12. Children in costume can participate in fun crafts activities.
- Halloween Movies at UBC – Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall features a different Halloween movie every Wednesday in October at 4:30 pm. In 2018 the film on October 31st is Paranorman.
- Halloween at Wesbrook Village – trick or treating at area businesses takes place between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on October 31st, and there’s a haunted house and craft activities on the same evening at the Wesbrook Community Centre from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
- FlyOver Canada – The multi-dimensional theatre flying experience at Canada Place is decorated in a Halloween theme daily from 4 pm to 9 pm for the last half of October.
- Stanley Park Ghost Train – Daily matinee and evening night trains running the last three weeks in October. Cost is $12 for adults and $9 for people ages 3-17 and 65+. Matinees trains are $6.
- Vancouver Halloween Parade – A spooky yet family-friendly parade along Howe Street and Granville in Vancouver starting at 11 am on Sunday October 7th in 2018.
- Halloween at the Roundhouse – activities for young children take place at the Roundhouse Community Centre at 181 Roundhouse Mews on October 31st from 4:30 until 7:30 pm. The cost is $6 per child with advanced registration.
Halloween in North Vancouver
- Trick or Treating in Lower Lonsdale – 40 or so businesses are giving out treats between 3:30 and 5:30 pm on October 31st to kids in costume in the Lower Lonsdale District between the waterfront and 3rd Street. Look for the TRICK OR TREAT HERE decals in the windows!
- Halloween at the Quay – Lonsdale Quay also has a small number of activities on October 31st for little folk in their Kids Corner on the 2nd floor from 12 until 4 pm. There’s trick or treating with participating retailers starting at noon (while supplies last), a craft table all afternoon, and balloon animals (for a fee).
Halloween for Kids in Richmond
- Halloween at the Cannery – special Halloween activities take place at the Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village from 11 am until 4 pm the Saturday and Sunday just before Halloween. The cost in 2018 is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children over 5 years of age. 2018’s dates are October 27th and 28th and it has a haunted sea theme.
- Halloween Fireworks – music, kids’ activities, fire juggling, a magic show and fireworks at Minoru Park at 7191 Granville Avenue in Richmond on October 31st from 6:30 to 8:45 pm.
Halloween in Maple Ridge
- Celebrate the Night – Maple Ridge hosts a family-friendly event at the Memorial Peace Park on the Sunday of October 28th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. The free event includes games, crafts, pumpkins and live entertainment, plus a wonderful fireworks finale.
In the Sea to Sky Region
- Halloween Spooktacular – Halloween fun at Britannia Mine on October 20-21 and 27-28 from 10 am until 3 pm. Cost is $15, but free for children under age 5. (2019 dates are October 19-20 and October 26-27.)
Halloween for Older Spooks
There are also scarier events that youth and older children might enjoy, while others won’t. Two of the scarier ones 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 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 range 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 12 & under, guest 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!
- Potter’s House of Horrors – Two amazing haunted venues at 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey. One house is “Monstrosity” and the other is “Devils Descent.” Open every day in October 2018 except for October 1-4 and 8.
- 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