Lower Mainland of British Columbia is especially enchanting in autumn, not only due to amber foliage. Vancouver area offers tons of scary, fun, and incredibly exciting Halloween events that encourage people of all ages to put on their costumes and go trick-or-treating, visit haunted houses, Halloween parties, tours, and festivals.
Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo (October 9–11, 2020, canceled)
Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo is the largest celebration of all things Halloween in downtown Vancouver. The three-day festival includes several exhibitions and a comic convention. There are plenty of cosplay, games, anime, makeup, cinema, and arts. Held between Drake and Smithe street, along Howe and Granville, the Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo culminates with a massive Halloween Parade on Sunday that ends with live music and art performance. The 1.5-km parade route features over 2,000 performers and draws over 100,000 spectators.
Parade of Lost Souls (canceled in 2020)
Parade of Lost Souls is the unique event for East Vancouver that takes place on the closest Saturday to Halloween in the Commercial Drive area. Each year the parade is held at a different location. The 2019 Parade started at the crossroads of Napier St and Commercial Drive. Hundreds of people in mystic costumes walk the streets from 7 pm to 10 pm. There is also an after-party that lasts until 1 am. The event is organized by Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret and attracts many performers and artists.
Celebrate the Night (2020 dates TBA)
Celebrate the Night is the festive gathering taking place in Maple Ridge’s Town Centre dedicated to Halloween and other fall celebrations like Diwali and First Nations. A free, family-friendly festival in local Memorial Peace Park transforms an urban oasis into a magical night wonderland filled with glowing light, lanterns, art installations, and music. The program features puppets and costume parade, pumpkin carving, storytelling, lots of crafts, and games for kids. The beautiful evening ends with a fireworks display over The ACT Arts Centre.
Potter's House of Horrors (canceled in 2020)
Potter's House of Horrors is one of Canada's scariest haunted houses located in Surrey, British Columbia, about half-an-hour drive from Vancouver. Meant for adults rather than kids this seasonal attraction is only open throughout the Halloween season. There are two haunted houses each season. This year, visitors can opt for “Death Valley Motor Inn” and “Devil's Descent". Visiting Potter’s House of Horrors is similar to being at multiple different horror movie sets at a time. Expect special effects, loud music, flashing lights, the weird characters, lots of blood, torture-chamber tools, musty smells, and more spooky stuff.
Fright Nights at Playland (October, 2020, TBA)
Fright Nights at Playland is an annual Halloween celebration at the Pacific National Exhibition grounds. With several haunted houses and over a dozen rides, it's one of the favorite seasonal attractions for families in Vancouver.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum (canceled in 2020)
Metro Vancouver boasts many other haunted houses and scary Halloween-themed attractions. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum is one of them. A not-too-scary attraction in Burnaby is appropriate both for adults and children aged 2-12 years. Visitors should watch out for black cats, big yellow moons, huge pumpkins, and other bad omens. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, live entertainment, ghost chasing, and free carousel rides.
Halloween at Maan Farms (September 25–November 1, 2020 on selected days)
On Halloween, Maan Farms in Abbotsford becomes one of the scariest places in Canada. An elaborate multi-sensory exhibit makes visitors see their worst nightmares. Welcome to the world of farm and fright that you've never experienced before. Walk in the Haunted Corn Maze, the scariest in Canada, and dive in Pitch Black that will make your darkest fantasies a reality.
VanDusen Glow in the Garden (2020 dates TBA)
Glow in the Garden is the annual light show at VanDusen Botanical Garden held only during the Halloween season. Visitors can stroll through illuminated trails enjoying their unique features and magical moments. Children will love to help Anna the hummingbird and her friends lift the glowing spell from the garden by collecting Halloween treats along the way. The show runs from 5 pm to 9 pm.
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery (2020 dates TBA)
Night for All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery is a unique event for Vancouver. Even though it is held on Halloween, it is quite serious and free of dark humor. This cultural event, curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, offers people an opportunity to commemorate their dead relatives and friends, whether they were buried at Mountain View Cemetery or not. Mountain View Cemetery opens gates in late October until early November. During that time, Celebration Hall offers tea, personal memorial making, and finding ancestors.