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Halloween Weekend in Vancouver

There is a lot happening on the Halloween weekend most years in Vancouver including fireworks, haunted houses, special events and costume parties.

In 2020, because of COVID-19, not all traditional Halloween events happened. Several did, but a number were also cancelled for the year.

 

Halloween Weekend Events in Vancouver

Below are the highlights of Halloween things to do on the weekend of October 30 and 31. In our list we also mention some events that normally take place on the weekend of Halloween, although not in 2020. For a list of both Halloween and non-Halloween events during the month check out Vancouver’s October Calendar.

 


This article includes the following topics:

Haunted Attractions | Haunted Venues for Children | Haunted Venues for Older Folk | Events on Friday October 30th | Events on Saturday October 31st | Other October Activities


 

Monster at PNE Fright Nights
Fright Nights at the PNE

 

Halloween Weekend Haunted Attractions

In years without COVID-19, most Lower Mainland haunted houses are open on the last week of the month, and many are open for much longer. In 2020, a number of haunted attractions were still running, but not all. Being the last weekend of October and just before Halloween, folk could expect there to be especially large crowds on the weekend. Also, masks were mandatory.

Haunted attractions that did take place this year include Slayland at the PNE, HowlOver Canada at FlyOver Canada, the Haunted Corn Maze at Maan Farms, Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley and Reaper’s Maze of Terror in Chilliwack, among others. There were also Lost Souls of Gastown guided walking tours with Forbidden Vancouver and Halloween Mystery Nights games in downtown Vancouver.

Some haunted houses that normally take place but did not in 2020 include Potters and Fright Nights (although in the latter case Slayland is happening instead). The haunted attractions at Burnaby Village, the Stanley Park Train, Night for All Souls, Parade of Lost Souls and Glow in the Garden at VanDusen Garden also weren’t operating.

Note: We list lots of events below, but details are subject to change. See event websites for exact information.

 

Halloween Activities for Kids

 

Haunted Venues for Children

Best haunted and autumn-themed places in Metro Vancouver to take children in 2020 included the following:

  • FlyOver Canada at Halloween – a multi-dimensional theatre attraction with a Halloween theme at Canada Place. (The entire month of October in 2020.)
  • Slayland – the rides are running at Playland in October in 2020. This event is recommended for people ages 8+.
  • Halloween Spooktacular – Halloween fun at Britannia Mine. (Took place on October 24, 25 and 31 in 2020.)
  • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. (This event was scheduled to happen in 2020.)

In addition to haunted venues for kids, there are also family-friendly Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes at various farms around the Lower Mainland.

Other Halloween attractions that are normally great for children, but did NOT happen in 2020 because of COVID-19, included the following:

  • Stanley Park Ghost Train – daily matinee and evening night trains at Stanley Park. (This event did NOT happen in 2020.)
  • The Haunted Village – at Burnaby Village Museum. (Happened on October 25-28 in 2019, but NOT at all in 2020.)
  • Halloween at the Cannery – the “Haunted Sea” happened at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village on October 26 and 27 in 2019. (This event did NOT happen in 2020.)

 

Stanley Park Train at Halloween
The Ghost Train at Stanley Park in 2019

 

Haunted Venues for Older Folk

Best haunted attractions for people who like seriously freaky places are listed below.

  • Haunted Corn Maze – a first-rate haunted attraction at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. It includes over a dozen buildings and as many as 70 live actors. It also takes 15 minutes or longer to go through, so it’s like a number of haunted houses in one. It ran until November 1 in 2020 (so on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Halloween weekend).
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – guided walking tours with a professional actor from Forbidden Vancouver through the back streets and alleyways of historic Gastown. (Happening in 2020.)
  • Brinkworth Dungeon – a haunted house at a residential home at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley. (This event was scheduled to take place in 2020.)
  • Reaper’s Maze of Terror – a scary Halloween attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. (It happened in 2020 between October 9th and 31st.)
  • Fright Nights – at the PNE with its eight haunted houses and over a dozen carnival rides. This event takes place most years, but not in 2020. In its place the PNE hosted Slayland from October 9 to 31. It was similar to Fright Nights, but slightly more kid-friendly and without the haunted houses. It still had up to about 20 rides. Also, on October 30 and 31, the PNE hosted a drive-thru trick-or-treating event.
  • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional haunted houses at 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey. Admission to each house ranges from around $10 up to $30 depending on the day and your age. (CANCELLED for 2020.)

 

Halloween Haunted Houses

 

Amazing free, by donation, and fundraising haunted houses that rival even the most professional commercial attractions are listed below. We love these places, several of which are at people’s private homes but are open to the public. Unfortunately, however, most of these aren’t happening in 2020 due to the coronavirus.

Halloween for Adults

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted house at a family’s home in North Vancouver that’s open to the public by donation (with all proceeds benefiting the BC Firefighters’ Burn Fund). This place is amazing! (CANCELLED for 2020.)
  • Dovercourt Crypt – a free haunted house in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley that’s open from dusk until 9:30 pm. This place is also very impressive! (October 26, 27, 28, 29 & 31 in 2019, but it did not happen in 2020.)
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted residential home in Anmore from 7 until 10 pm. Admission is by donations of cash and food benefitting the Share Society Food Bank. (did NOT happen in 2020.)
  • River’s Edge: Knights Terror – a haunted attraction at the Mission Raceway Park in Mission that benefits the Mission Arts Council. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
  • Mission Nightmare Haunted House – a popular community-run Halloween attraction in Mission with proceeds benefiting a local charity. (CANCELLED for 2020.)

 

PNE Drive-Thru Halloween Event

 

Other Halloween Weekend Activities

There is a lot more than just haunted houses and trick-or-treating happening in the Lower Mainland over the Halloween weekend. Check out the following for a list of Halloween-related activities that did happen in 2020 on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (And for a list of non-Halloween activities too, check out the October Calendar of Events.)

 

Friday, October 30th, 2020

  • FlyOver Canada at Halloween – a multi-dimensional theatre attraction with a Halloween theme at Canada Place.
  • Mystery Nights – solve a cold-case murder with your friends in Gastown starting at 7:00 pm with Vancouver Mysteries. It’s kind of like an escape room game, but in the streets of downtown Vancouver!
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – guided walking tours through the city’s historic district at night.
  • Slayland – Halloween decorations and amusement rides at Playland. Also happening today is a separate drive-thru trick-or-treating event at the PNE.
  • Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – family-friendly fun in Abbotsford.
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. (Note: this event isn’t specifically a Halloween event. It takes place though on the Halloween weekend.)
  • Haunted Corn Maze – an ultra-scary attraction at Maan Farms in Abbotsford.
  • A Taste of the PNE Trick & Treat Edition – a drive-thru trick-or-treating event at the Pacific National Exhibition on the Halloween weekend.
  • Brinkworth Dungeon – a haunted house at a residential home at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley.
  • Reapers – a haunted maze attraction at a farm at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack.

 

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

 

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

  • Lost Souls of Gastown – guided walking tours through the city’s historic district at night.
  • Mystery Nights – solve a cold-case murder with your friends in Gastown starting at 7:00 pm with Vancouver Mysteries. It’s kind of like an escape room game, but in the streets of downtown Vancouver!
  • FlyOver Canada at Halloween – a multi-dimensional theatre attraction with a Halloween theme at Canada Place.
  • Slayland – Halloween decorations and amusement rides at Playland. Also happening today is a separate drive-thru trick-or-treating event the PNE.
  • A Taste of the PNE Trick & Treat Edition – a drive-thru trick-or-treating event at the Pacific National Exhibition on the Halloween weekend.
  • Haunted Corn Maze – an ultra-scary attraction at Maan Farms in Abbotsford.
  • Brinkworth Dungeon – a haunted house at a residential home at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley.
  • Halloween Spooktacular – Halloween fun at Britannia Mine.
  • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack.
  • Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – family-friendly fun in Abbotsford.
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. (Note: this event isn’t specifically a Halloween event. It takes place though on the Halloween weekend.)

 

Lost Souls of Gastown

 

Other October Activities

Looking for other things to do at other times in October? Then check out the following:

 

 

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