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Top 5 Vancouver Halloween Events: Spooktacular Events & Activities

Vancouver Halloween events come alive as autumn’s vibrant leaves paint the city in hues of orange and gold, transforming the city into a hub of Halloween excitement.

This transformation invites locals and visitors to immerse themselves in a world of eerie enchantment and bewitching festivities.

So join us and embrace the spirit of the season as we dive into a selection of the most entertaining Vancouver Halloween activities and events.

Vancouver Halloween Events: The Best Halloween Activities and Events

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Experience Fright Nights at PNE

Embrace the thrill without hesitation as Fright Nights returns to transform into an eerie Halloween wonderland. Admission grants access to 8 Haunted Houses, 15+ rides, and “Opening Scaremonies”. 

Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping adventure featuring haunted houses, hair-raising thrill rides, a scare zone, and captivating live performances.

Fright Nights at the PNE’s Playland will unfold on selected nights throughout October this year. Trust me, this event is a spooky tradition that you won’t want to miss!

*Not recommended for children under 13.

Dates: October 6-8, 13-15, 18-31

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Take The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

Gastown is Vancouver’s most historic and intriguing neighbourhood. A visit transports you from the city’s trademark glass towers to a wild frontier town with cobblestone streets and narrow alleys.

Ranked as the top Vancouver sightseeing tour, this expedition is led by a professional actor who delves into Vancouver’s Indigenous and colonial history. But that’s not all; you’ll learn about unsolved murders, the Great Vancouver Fire, smallpox outbreaks, and various tales of revenge and redemption.

Perfect for groups seeking a distinctive city experience, this tour uncovers captivating stories against the backdrop of Gastown’s charm. Though the tour runs year-round, its mysterious charm makes it one of the best Halloween things to do in Vancouver.

Dates: Runs daily throughout October

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Canyon Frights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the top things to do in Vancouver any time of the year. However, the occasion becomes extra special once the leaves begin their annual transformation into brilliant yellows, reds, and oranges.

This North Vancouver institution marks the occasion with its yearly Vancouver Halloween tradition, Canyon Frights. Experience a Spook-tacular time as you venture through the stunning scenery for Halloween thrills, tricks, treats, and family fun!

Toss on your best (family-friendly) costume to take part in various Halloween-themed games with petrifying prizes. The event is included with regular admission on the select dates below.

Dates: October 13-31

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Courtesy: Flyover Canada

Halloween Flight Ride at Flyover Canada

Nestled within downtown Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place, FlyOver Canada transports you on a thrilling expedition across the planet’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Enhanced by captivating special effects, combined with the dynamic motion of the ride, this adventure crafts an indelible and remarkable encounter. This year’s featured film, “HowlOver Canada,”

Much like Canyon Fright, you can gain entry with normal admission on select dates below. So head down to Canada Place and embark on this family-friendly Halloween flight ride now!

Dates: September 29-October 31

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Halloween Yacht Party Aboard the Burrard Queen

Vancouver is a port city, so why not celebrate by embarking on a spine-chilling Halloween cruise? This ultimate yacht party experience allows you to glide through False Creek, English Bay, and Coal Harbour – all while dressed in your favourite costume.

Enjoy a hauntingly good time with diverse music genres, eerie decorations, and delectable treats aboard The Burrard Queen – a two-level vessel featuring indoor and outdoor decks, ensuring ample space for dancing and breathtaking views.

This 3-hour Halloween cruise allows you to celebrate in style, so be sure to wear your scariest apparel!

For more information on the Halloween Yacht Party, check out AllEvents.

Date: October 27th, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Other Vancouver Halloween Activities

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Vancouver Horror Show Festival

The Vancouver Horror Show Festival is a premier festival dedicated to showcasing independent films within the horror and horror-adjacent genres and will be held from October 13 to 15 at Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver.

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Grave Tales at the Fort Langley National Historic Site

Experience a haunting nighttime walking tour in Fort Langley during the Halloween season, guided by skilled storytellers who immerse you in a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling tales as you explore the village.

For more information on registering for this event, you can visit the Tourism Langley website.

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Pumpkins After Dark In Burnaby

Pumpkins After Dark is a family-friendly event featuring a magical path adorned with lit pumpkin sculptures, accompanied by music, special effects, and a diverse array of classic Halloween characters and iconic figures from movies and pop culture.

Vancouver Halloween FAQs

Halloween is indeed celebrated in Vancouver, Canada, as it is a popular holiday nationwide. The city embraces the festivities with decorations, costume parties, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and a range of Halloween-themed events in neighbourhoods, schools, and community centers.

Businesses and attractions also join in the festive atmosphere by providing special promotions and activities, making Halloween a well-recognized and cherished holiday in Vancouver.

The most popular Vancouver Halloween events for children include the Halloween Fright Night at Flyover Canada, Canyon Frights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Pumpkins After Dark in Burnaby.

You’ll also find a family-friendly atmosphere at many local attractions. Check out the Kid’s Market at Granville Island, Science World, the Vancouver Aquarium, or Van Dusen Gardens. All of these spots are known to embrace Halloween’s festive fun.

The Vancouver Halloween Parade is a family-friendly event that takes place along Howe Street in Downtown Vancouver. Unfortunately, the event has been cancelled in 2023 due to the upcoming demolition of the onramps to the Granville Street Bridge.

Come late October, Vancouver typically becomes awash in the flashes and bangs of fireworks. Though several local municipalities have banned them, the tradition remains.

Vancouver’s Halloween fireworks are believed to be a fusion of the British tradition of Guy Fawkes Night merged with the pyrotechnics from different Chinese festivals.

Ready for Vancouver Halloween Events?

Halloween in Vancouver has such a unique and vibrant atmosphere. So why not slap on your costume and join us to celebrate this spookiest of seasons?

From the stunning autumn scenery to the thrilling events and activities, Halloween is always special. And 2023 is chalking up to be one of the best yet.

Are you looking for a more personalized experience? Feel free to reach out to me in the comment section below for more information on the best Vancouver Halloween events in 2023.

Happy Halloween?

Julian

I've used online guides on five continents to find the world's greatest travel spots and this is my chance to give back - with insider info on my home, the mighty Vancouver BC!

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