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18 family friendly Halloween events in Metro Vancouver

Halloween isn’t just a one night event anymore; now there are weeks of events and activities leading up to All Hallows’ Eve. Whether you like the adrenaline rush from being scared out of your mind or you’re more of a ‘curl up on the couch and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ type of person, there’s something for everyone this Halloween season. Here are 18 activities to check out this year. Some are geared towards younger kids, some are better for the older kids, and there’s even one for grown-ups only.

18 Family friendly Halloween events in Metro Vancouver

Stanley Park Ghost Train

October 11-31, 2018

Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes little costumed riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, inspired by Hallowe’en and other spooky tales. This family event is open to all ages and offers a fright free glimpse of the whimsical world of ghosts and ghouls and this year.

>> Stanley Park Ghost Train

VanDusen Glow in the Garden

October 19-31

Take the kids on whimsical twisty, magical Halloween walk inspired by Alice in Wonderland through the twisty trails at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Follow the white rabbit on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Plus tasty treats, crafts and more.

>> VanDusen Glow in the Garden

The Haunted Village and the Kids’ Carnival at the Burnaby Village Museum

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Photo credit: Burnaby Village Museum  

The young monsters in your family will love the Kids’ Carnival at the Carousel (11 am-2 pm). Wear your best costume and take part in carnival games, Halloween crafts, enjoy a children’s entertainer and unlimited carousel rides.  School-aged kids will love exploring The Haunted Village. Be prepared to encounter the unusual and discover the unexpected while visiting the museum after dark. Enjoy ghoulish treats, dancing in the dark, and big scares at the Hill Street Bash. 

>> Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum 

Monster Maze at Tsawwassen Mills

October 17-31, 2018


Tsawwassen Mills is ‘spooking’ things up this October with ghoulish crafts, spooktacular make-overs, spooky science, Thriller dance mobs and even a Halloween Monster Maze. Enter… if you dare! Each day features a different terrifying activity so gather up your ‘hauntorage’ and join in on the fun! 

>> Monster Maze at Tsawwassen Mills

Potters House of Horrors

Runs until October 31, 2018

For the ultimate scream fest, head to Potters House of Horrors in Surrey. Explore 15,000 square feet of labyrinth-like walk-thrus, dark twisty hallways and terrifying rooms that will have you screaming at the top of your lungs. Creepy actors, pouncing animatronics, custom digital sounds and more surprises await you.  If that sounds like too much for you, visit Li’l Haunters instead, two mini haunted houses geared towards kids 12 and under.  

>> Potters House of Horrors

The Haunt of Edgemont

Until October 31, 2018

Photo credit: Cindy Goodman, North Shore News

This decked out haunted house in North Vancouver around the corner from Edgemont Village is seriously scary! Every October, this family home is transformed into a creepy, spine-chilling homage to the spookiest night of the year. Expect to see life-like (or unlife-like) zombies, clowns, huge spiders, mummies and monsters. Not for the faint of heart — this one is best for bigger trick or treaters. Admission is by donation. Give generously to the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

>> The Haunt of Edgemont

Big Rock Candy Mountain *Free gum!*

October 31, 5-8 pm

This Halloween, marks the launch of the new public artwork QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE, a limited-edition gum and the latest sweet in the the ongoing Big Rock Candy Mountain residency. The fruity and surprisingly earthy flavours of the gum were developed with local students at Queen Alexandra Elementary School. The gum will be distributed for free on Halloween from 5 to 8 pm outside Western Front.


Halloween Carnival at Roundhouse Community Centre

October 31, 2018

Dress up in your scariest costume and participate in ghoulish games and creepy crafts! Explore the Ghoulish Graveyard full of spooky surprises, fun activities and maybe some candy too. Caregiver participation is required. This event sells out each year. Tix are $6.

>> Halloween Carnival

Fort Langley National Historic Site

October 28, 2018

Photo credit: Fort Langley National Historic Site

Trick-or-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site! Make a craft, visit the Spooky Servants quarters and get an airbrush tattoo. Geared towards families with young kids. Wear your costumes for spooktacular photos. PS: Check out Grave Tales.

>> Halloween at the Fort

Bear Creek Park Halloween Pumpkin Express

Runs until October 31, 2018

Image Credit: BC Trains

The Halloween Pumpkin Express train is a kid-friendly ride that runs during the day until Halloween and includes craft activities and a Halloween treats and a pumpkin for each child. At night, the train transforms into the truly terrifying Haunted Forest Scream Train (only for older kids who love a good scare!)

>> Bear Creek Park Halloween Pumpkin Express

Halloween at the Britannia Mine Museum

October 21, 22 & 27, 28, 2018

The enchanting world of science returns to the Britannia Mine Museum for its 5thannual Spoo-ook-tacular Halloween event. Special event pricing of $15 for visitors 5+ years old.  This haunting event is fun for the whole family and a scary-good opportunity to wear a costume. Activities run from 10 am to 3 pm including a Spooky underground train, a critter emporium and more!

>> Halloween at the Britannia Mine Museum

Halloween at the Cannery

October 27 & 28, 2018

Photo credit: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Dive to the darkest depths of  “The Haunted Sea” at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site to explore what lurks in the mysterious fathoms below! Watery ghosts, sea monsters, and twisted tentacles coil and collide alongside historic legends and sea lore

>> Haunted Sea 

Trick or Treat at the Sea to Sky Gondola

October 27, 2018

Photo Credit: Tara O’Grady via Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola welcomes costume-clad trick-or-treaters of all ages for gentle, family-friendly afternoon of seasonal surprises at the top of the gondola! Picture animal mascots handing out candy, face-painting and crafts, owl with the falconry guy, a pop up dance troupe and trick or treating at basecamp and the kids’ Alpine Alley Trail.

>> Sea to Sky Gondola Trick or Treat

Wesbrook Village Halloween

October 31, 2018

Halloween at Wesbrook Village has never been sweeter – or more mysterious! Back again this year is the frighteningly famous Trick-or-Treating event on Halloween + scary crafts and games for all ages. For the braver 7 and up set, there’s a Haunted House. Come in costume for a frightfully good time!

>> Wesbrook Village Halloween

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Halloween Party

October 28, 2018

Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Head to either Rocky Mountain Flatbread location for a creepy crawly Halloween party with tons of spooky fun including a Halloween pizza making station, creepy crawly candy bar, drinks and potion bar and face painting. Added bonus great food and quality local wine and craft beer. Reservations advised; costumes encouraged!

>> Rocky Mountain Flatbread Halloween Party

Halloween at Flyover Canada

October 11 – 31, 2018

(Photo by Bob Frid 2014 – Fly Over Canada) All Rights Reserved Web:

Swoop. Cackle. Fly with the witches. Join Broomelda at the Haunted Witches Academy before a spellbinding flight across Canada! Aspiring witches and wizards will take part in the Haunted witches Academy where graduating is easy – just survive!

>> FlyOver Canada

Night for all Souls at Mountain View Cemetery

October 27, 2018

Photo credit: All Souls Night at Mountainview Cemetery

For those who find candy and costumes a little too frenetic, this lovely annual event offers a quieter alternative. Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, this unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty. There is fire, soothing live music, art installations, poetry and lights.

>> Night for All Souls

Halloween at the Vancouver Aquarium After Hours (adults only)

October 31, 2018

Once the kids are done treat or tricking, it’s time for the parents to celebrate Halloween. Put on your costumes and head to the Vancouver Aquarium for their After Hours Halloween edition. You’ll be able to explore the dark side of the ocean and discover the intriguing nocturnal habits of more than 50,000 aquatic creatures. Grab a drink, watch the Adult Puppet Show, take in the Secret Lives of Sharks program, visit the snake and the penguins and then get hands-on with marine invertebrates like blood stars and spiny sea urchins in the Wet Lab.  Plus there’s an After Hours costume contest with awards for best costume, best group costume, and best aquatic-themed costume. Keep your outfit ocean-friendly — please omit beads, glitter, and sequins.

Post by Harriet Fancott & Amy Beeman

Banner Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Flatbread

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