Spooky Tours Around Vancouver to Get You Ready for Halloween
If you love Halloween, you will love fall in Vancouver. The haunting season brings with it all kinds of Halloween fun with family-friendly tours and events, along with some adults-only activities for thrill-seekers and true lovers of the really scary stuff.
Vancouver has a rich and sordid history that comes alive through various events and tours highlighting tales of sin and corruption. If you’re looking for a little bit of a lighter time, you won’t want to miss out on train rides, pumpkin patches or corn mazes.
Whatever your Halloween pleasure, you will find it in Vancouver. This October has something for everyone to enjoy.
Haunted Halloween Tours
Not recommended for the faint of heart or those under 12, all minors must be accompanied by an adult to enjoy these two Vancouver haunted history walking tours.
● Gastown Tour
● New Westminster Tour
Find yourself on one of the Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours and hear the tales of crime, corruption and sin for which Vancouver is notorious. Choose between several themed tours (or take them all!):
● The Forbidden Vancouver Tour
● The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour
● The Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting Tour
● The Really Gay History Tour
● The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour
Set off on a two and a half-hour trolley tour through the streets of Vancouver. Your (barely) live host will share gruesome tales of murder and mayhem as you visit the cemetery, police museum, Stanley Park, and more. Your tour will end with a Dreamscape Haunted Virtual Reality Experience sure to fright and delight.
Take the Stanley Park Ghost Train through a spooky world inspired by popular Halloween themed tales. This family event is open to all ages and you will catch a glimpse of ghouls, goblins and the creepy characters you know and fear. This year’s ride is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and if you’re easily frightened we suggest the matinee as a better option for you.
Family-Friendly Halloween Activities
Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms
Monsters not your thing? Bring the whole family to the pumpkin patch at Richmond Country Farms to enjoy a more wholesome side to the season. Grab a pumpkin, check out the animal farm, enjoy a wagon ride and get lost and found in the corn maze… all while listening to live entertainment.
Burnaby’s Haunted Village
Open the last few days of October, Burnaby Village becomes Burnaby’s Haunted Village, where the price of admission for this family-friendly event includes trick-or-treating, free carousel rides and live entertainment. They promise to be scary, but not too scary for the kids.
Halloween Pumpkin Express
This younger child-friendly train ride is decorated for Halloween, with the typical skulls and skeletons without being overly gory or gruesome. It includes craft activities, a Halloween treat and a mini pumpkin for every child over the age of two.
Glow in the Garden: Halloween at VanDusen Botanical Garden
The kids will love this event that takes place in the lovely VanDusen Botanical Garden. It includes light decorations, creepy music and glowing pumpkin caricatures. Patrons will also enjoy new attractions this year, including an expanded event area, new food vendors and timed tickets.
You won’t want to miss out on the fun at Minoru Park! Featuring kid’s activities, fire juggling, a magic show, and music, this free Halloween fireworks display takes place on October 31st.
Vancouver Halloween Parade
Taking place on October 13th, the Vancouver Halloween Parade falls on Thanksgiving weekend this year. Featuring a fun assortment of costumes you can expect the dance school zombies to be more of a treat than a trick.
Haunted Forest Scream Train
This Haunted Forest Scream Train is not for children or the timid. Designed to genuinely frighten even the most fearless soul, you can expect to take the same route as the Halloween Pumpkin Express, with much more gore and creepy characters that will scare your hair straight.
Drive-in Halloween Movies
Catch two drive-in movies on each of the last two Saturdays before Halloween. Reserve your spot in advance to save your spot!
Parade of Lost Souls
Taking place on the last Saturday of the month from 7-10 p.m., the location for this annual grassroots parade won’t be revealed until midnight on the Friday before Halloween.
Night for All Souls
This event acts as the opening night of a festival featuring a week of events about death and paying respect to the dead. A more sombre and serious event, A Night for All Souls takes place the weekend before Halloween at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery.
Where to Stay
Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA
You will be able to relax after a hard day of haunting at the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA. Conveniently located in downtown Vancouver, this is a new urban-style hotel concept – offering high-quality amenities and signature features found in the unique APA Hotel in Japan.
The hotel provides easy access to the Gastown district, shopping on Robson Street and so much more of the amazing culture you can find in Vancouver’s core. Business travellers will appreciate the close walk to the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Each guest room at this downtown Vancouver hotel showcases the city with floor-to-ceiling windows and features an Electric Bidet Seat (TOTO® Washlet), a 55” flat-screen TV, disposable slippers and traditional welcoming origami cranes, which are a symbol of Japanese hospitality. Complimentary wireless internet and a range of modern amenities keep you connected as needed.
With access to a top-notch fitness centre, outdoor heated pool open year-round and hot tub, you won’t have to miss a workout or a relaxing soak. The business centre is available 24 hours a day allowing you to conduct business worldwide anytime. Enjoy fresh and local ingredients at the signature Prestons Restaurant + Lounge located on-site. Or of course, you can order in-room service until 10 p.m.
Amenities & Services
● Concierge desk
● Two, Sun Country Highway electric vehicle stations
● 100% non-smoking facility
● Multilingual staff
Visit the website to book your Halloween getaway at Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA today!