This time of year is always bitter sweet, as we say good bye to summer and hello to Autumn. I have to say that this year it has been a beautiful September and I would love to have this kind of autumn every year. With Autumn comes Halloween and Fall-friendly activities. For a list of all the 2022 Greater Vancouver pumpkin patches, check out my list here.
We are lucky living in the Greater Vancouver area, there are always so many options for Halloween and fall-related activities.
Pumpkins After Dark – 6100 Boundary Rd
This is the debut year for Pumpkins After Dark in British Columbia. Running September 22 to October 31, 2022 at Swangard Stadium & Central Park. Ticket slots are from 730pm to 1030pm.
Pumpkins After Dark is an award-winning event that features over 6000+ hand-carved pumpkins. It is a one-of-a-kind walk-through expereince! Explore the magical pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music, sounds and special effects. With classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, movie and pop culture icons – this family friendly event has something for everyone. Make Pumpkins After Dark your new annual tradition! Pumpkins After Dark is a family-friendly and accessible event.
There will be live pumpkin carving demos and fall treats and sweets. The pumpkin path takes approximately 1 hour to walk, plus there are other actvities on-site to keep you entertained (food trucks and pumpkin carving demos).
Location: the main entrance is located at the Southwest Entrance of the stadium. There is limited parking at the Stadium. Public transportation is highly recommended.
Tickets must be purchased online in advance. You can purchase your tickets here.
Adults (17+) $21.95, Youth (4-16) $17.95 Children 3 and under are free. A family pack (2 adults and 2 youth) $74.80
Stay tuned for a review of the event coming soon!
Eerie Illusions 2022 at Burnaby Village Museum
Running October 20-30, 5:30-10:30 pm (closed October 24)
Burnaby Village Museum will once again transform into a magical world bathed in breathtaking colour with the return of Eerie Illusions. This popular event will captivate visitors with new displays, costumed staff, live performances and surprises hidden in the shadows.
This self-guided family friendly Halloween experience is suitable for all ages. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and explore Burnaby Village Museum’s 10 acre venue. Utilizing state-of-the-art lighting, projections, soundscapes and special effects, Eerie Illusions will thrill and amaze.
Food trucks will also be available with offerings from: Green Coast Coffee, Reel Mac and Cheese and Cravings Kettle Corn.
Last year this event sold out! Reserve your tickets in advance. Adults $10 Children (2-12 years) $5
Brinkworth Dungeon – 22260-48th Ave (Murrayville)
Opening night is Friday October 7th 8pm.
The less scary “creepy tours” are offered Sun to Thurs 7-10pm. The monstors come to life on Fri & Sat nights from 8-11pm
Ticket sales start 30 min before opening each night. Tickets are $16/adult (plus a non-perishable food donation) , $7 6-13. Children 5 years and under are FREE. Food donations benefit Gateway of Hope.
Halloween at Fort Langley National Historic Site
A Survivalist’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse
October 1, 2022
This adult only, after hours event at Fort Langley tests your skills to survive a Zombie Apocalypse.
Admission: $43.25 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Hours: 6-10 pm
Grave Tales Historic Walking Tour of Fort Langley – October 14 – November 6, 2022
Hear spooky tales and history of Fort Langley. Tours range from two to three hours
- Youth Edition: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays)
- Two-hour Adult Edition: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
- Extended Three-hour Adult Edition: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Admission: The price ranges from $17.75-$30.50 depending on the length of the tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
The first-annual Scarecrow Showcase kicks off during the Cranberry Festival, with scarecrows on display at Fort Langley National Historic Site from October 8 to October 31, 2022. Come view and vote for your favourite community-decorated scarecrow! Running October 8-31. Regular admission fees apply. Adults (18-64) $8.50, Seniors $7, Youth FREE
Alouette Cemetery – 12795 227 A Street
A spooky, yet family friendly Halloween display put on by Brad and Stacey Lyle. Every year they add more on to the display. Admission is FREE. Donations are gratefully accepted for Katies Place a volunteer non-profit animal shelter in Maple Ridge.
Festival of Lights – Celebrate the Night
On October 21st from 6-8pm head over to Memorial Peace Park for Celebrate the Night 2022. This event is free to the public.
The City of Maple Ridge is proud to present Celebrate the Night 2022, one of the community’s most beloved signature events, on Friday, October 21 in Memorial Peace Park from 6:00PM–8:00PM. Participate in activities that mark the fall season and highlight cultural traditions including the Festival of Lights and Halloween. This free event features family-friendly activities, food trucks, music and more. Come celebrate with us in Maple Ridge!
Canyon Frights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park – 3735 Capilano Road
Grab your boo crew and family-friendly costumes for tricks, treats, and spooktacular good times at Canyon Frights! Decorated with festive pumpkins and spooky displays, the Park is the place to be to celebrate the autumn season and revel in the frightful fun of Halloween. Kids of all ages can join in Halloween-themed games or complete the Canyon Frights Scavenger Hunt to win prizes! Explore the Park, take Instagram-worthy photos and visit the beautiful birds of Raptors Ridge, who are at the Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Happy haunting! Running October 14 to October 31 10am to 8pm . Adult evening tickets are $52.95 ea, Senior $48.95, Student $41.95, Youth (13-17) $29.95 and children (6-12) $20.95
Want a chance to win a family pass of tickets? Head over to Modern Mama Fraser Valley on Facebook or Instagram to enter.
Contest closes midnight Tuesday October 11th .
Haunted Sea at the Cannery – 12138 Fourth Avenue
Running October 15 to 31st from 10am to 5pm. Explore the darkest depths of the ocean in the transformed Herring Reduction Plant and encounter colourful creatures and aquatic displays, created made from upcycled materials, to learn about the plastic haunting our seas! Drop-in any time to explore at your leisure. Suitable for kids of all ages – costumes are encouraged on Halloween weekend. Dress warmly .
Arts Nursery Outdoor Scarecrow Stroll – 8940 192st street
Fun for the whole family – scavenger hunt, pop-up pumpkin patch and over 60 scarecrows to check out and take photos of! On weekends there is live music and food trucks.
Running September 24 to October 31.
Halloween Monster Express at Surrey Heritage Rail- FVHRS Station at HWY 10 (56 Ave) and 176A Street
Running Oct 15 & 16, 2022 ONLY.
The Halloween Event is put on by the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society.
This is one of our most anticipated events of the year – our annual Halloween Event is the perfect way to enjoy our railway experience while getting into the Halloween spirit.
This Special Event is 100% Volunteer run!
There are only 400 tickets available. Tickets must be purchased online. $28.33 per adult, $20.57 per senior, or student age 12 plus, or Children ages 3-11 $13.92, Infant 2 and under are free but need a ticket.
Pumpkin Train at Bear Creek Park
Running October 9-31. Ride the train through a Halloween-decorated forest. Passengers will receive a treat and a pumpkin.
Daytime rates (10-430pm) $11.50 per person (age 2+) Tickets can only be purchased on-site and are on a first-come basis.
Treasures of the Deep- Spooktacular Halloween
Britannia Mine Museum- 50 Copper Drive
Running October 15 & 16, 22&23 & 29&30 from 10 am to 4pm
Head to Britannia Mines for some family-friendly chills and thrills this Halloween. Search for hidden treasures on a special “Treasures of the Deep” remix of our underground tour. Visit the Sunken Machine Shop to see a fantasy shipwreck and our Science of the Seafloor show. As for the Terra Lab, it’s now the Terror Lab – enter at your own risk and try your hand at assembling a real killer whale skeleton! Purchase your tickets online to secure your spot as they typically sell out.
Adults (13+) $25, Children (3-12) $20 Children 2 and under are FREE
Stanley Park Ghost Train
Closed for October 2022
Vancouver Haunted Trolly Tours
Cancelled for 2022
Vancouver Annual Halloween Parade
Cancelled for 2022
Harvest Days at VanDusen Botanical Gardens – 5151 Oak Street
Running for the month of October from 10am to 5pm, you can celebrate the fall season at VanDusen Botanical Garden with Harvest Days! The veggie garden and maze area will be transformed for fall with fun photo areas, activities and entertainment, tasty treats and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Please book a time slot online in advance.
A fall-inspired craft section will be set up for kids while live music plays to enjoy with delicious snacks from a selection of tasty food vendors like Bistrot Van, Popcorn in the Park, and Coffee Bike.
Visitors are also encouraged to wander the garden afterward to experience the fall sights. Some highlights include sugar maples, ginkgo trees, bald cypress, and the stunning Autumn Stroll, lined by deciduous trees chosen for their brilliant array of colours. All-day general admission is included with a Harvest Days ticket.
Harvest Days is open all Saturdays and Sundays in October, plus Monday, October 10, and Friday, October 21.
Tickets are $8.60 for Adults, $6 seniors and youth (13-18), $4.30 for children (5-12). Children 4 and under are FREE.
Fright Nights at Playland – Hastings Street Entrance
Note: I put this one on there as depending on the age and tolerance of your children they may in fact enjoy fright Nights at Playland. Fright Nights is certainly scary
Fright Nights will be RESURRECTED on October 7th and run until October 31.
This October, prepare to SCREAM YOUR FACE OFF, because Playland once again will transform into a terrifying Halloween-themed experience with seven haunted houses, 15+ rides, creepy décor, roaming monsters and live performances.
New this year: an opening “scaremony”, new haunted house props, an early admission pass, and new spooky season food items.
2022 will be the final year for the Hollywood Horrors haunted house and will be retired after this Halloween season.
Fright Nights will operate Wednesdays to Saturdays from 6pm to midnight and Sundays 6pm to 11pm.
Prices vary depending on dates ($45-$54). You can get an early admission add on for your tickets at a cost of $15 ea. Rapid pass add-ons are $56 (not avail Oct 7-9)
Tricks and Treats in Playland
Just announced (Oct 5th) Playland is doing a family-friendly halloween experience on October 29th or Oct 30th starting at noon and going until 4pm.
Playland will be decorated with Halloween-themed props in a style that can be described as “Candyland meets Tim Burton” and guests are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in a trick-or-treating scavenger hunt. There will be 10 stops throughout Playland. For children who are a bit older, but aren’t quite ready for Fright Nights, three of the Playland haunted houses will be open, but the monsters will be resting (reducing the chance of scares).
Admission for all ages: $31.50 (includes taxes and fees)* Admission includes 20 rides (listed here), access to 3 Haunted Houses** (Haunted Mansion, Fear, and Materia Medica with no actors in them) and a candy scavenger hunt. *Kids 3 and younger are free with adult accompaniment. **Recommended for ages 13+ Prebook your tickets here.
HowlOver Canada – Fly Over Canada
Running September 29 to October 31, 2022
Join Biker Mama the witch on a spirited Halloween ride for the whole family. HowlOver Canada lets you soar from coast to coast with a band of spooky sidekicks on your way to an out-of-this-world music festival. There’s still broom — but get your tickets online and avoid the lines and get the best price.
- Tickets for children are $10 off adult price (age 15 or under and at least 102 cm / 40 inches tall).
- Children 12 and younger need a guardian of at least 14 years old.
Adults $25-$31 (prices range depending on date/availability)
Review: a fgew years ago we got the opportunity to check out Howl Over Canada. Every time we get a chance to go to Fly Over, the kids are esctatic. We enjoy the whole experience of flying through the air and the added 4D effects of mist in your face, the smells and the wind as you fly over these amazing sites. Howl over was a fun experience as you follow Biker Mama from coast to coast. It was not scary at all. They decorate the intial area that you go into as a group to get the details of what to expect on the ride. If you have never experience Fly Over and are not afraid of heights, it is a must for everyone to do at least once.
Haunted Walking Tours of Vancouver
Offering 3 different spooky tours, Ghostly Gastown Tours, Ghostly West End Stories and Ghostly Downtown Tours all priced at $27 per person (taxes and fees incl) . Tours are approximately 90 min in length and start at 7:30pm. Each tour has its own meeting location.
The tours are suitable for children over the age of 12 due to some of the content talked about. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Forbidden Walking Tours Vancouver
Offering 3 award-winning walking tours : The Lost Souls of Gastown, The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park and The Forbidden Vancouver tour. Tours have various starting times and run an various dates. Please check out their webiste for current dates/times. Tickets are $32 per person for each tour.
The age recommendation is 14+ but certainly children aged 10+ can attend and enjoy the walking tours if parents are comfortable with their children hearing mature subject matter.
Fintastic Fall Days at the Vancouver Aquarium
Running for the month of October only, get hands-on in their NEW Spooky Wet Lab and experience up-close encounters with colorful snakes, super cool spiders and more. Embark on an immersive adventure with a new Splash and Bubbles 4-D Experience® and explore among more than 65,000 amazing animals, all surrounded by fun and festive fall decor. Discover new spooky surprises for the whole family during Fin-tastic Fall Days.
Ticket prices vary from day-to-day. Buying your tickets online secures your pricing and spot. Adult tickets range $37.70-49.95 each Children (3-12) start at $23.95 . There are special prices for students (with ID) and seniors. Children 0-2 are FREE.