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10 Things to Do for Halloween 2017 in Vancouver

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Updated: 30 August 2017
Like most cities in North America, Vancouver loves to celebrate Halloween. Fortunately, there’s plenty to do in the city during the scariest holiday of the year, such as party boat cruises, parades and expos, and creeping through haunted houses. Keep reading to discover all the best things to do during Halloween 2017 in British Columbia’s biggest city.

Host your own fireworks party

In Vancouver, the only day of the year residents are allowed to legally set off fireworks is Halloween. People must apply for a family fireworks permit through the city’s official website in early October, which allows people to purchase and discharge fireworks on Halloween. Fireworks can only be set off on private property (with the owner’s permission) or a path away from people, animals, and vehicles. But as long as you stick to the rules, you can host a very memorable Halloween fireworks party.

Backyard fireworks
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Fright Nights at Playland

“Western Canada’s scariest haunt.” Every year, Playland theme park hosts Fright Nights. Along with the usual Playland rides and attractions, there are also seven haunted houses to creep through, which will undoubtedly keep you awake at night. Each haunted house has a different theme, including Bloodshed, Asylum, Car-N-Evil, Darkness, Fear, and the Keepers Doll Factory. There is also a fire troupe, and The Monsters of Schlock do nightly performances. It’s a must-do every Halloween in Vancouver.

Playland at the PNE, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 253 2311

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Visit Fort Langley

Fort Langley National Historic Site hosts two different Halloween events in October. Firstly, there’s Grave Tales; expert guides take visitors on two- or three-hour nighttime walks through the Fort Langley grounds. Be prepared for spine-tingling stories about the site’s past. Tickets are discounted this year for Canada 150 celebrations too. Then on October 28th and 29th, it’s the Kids Fort Langley Halloween event. Children can come dressed up and trick-or-treat, make crafts, and visit the Spooky Servant quarters.

Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada, +1 604 513 4777

Halloween Party Cruise

Spirit Cruises will be setting sail on October 28th for its 4th annual Halloween Party Cruise. The four-hour cruise includes a live DJ, full-service bar, and provided appetizers. Costumes are mandatory on the party cruise, and there are prizes for the best-dressed person and couple. Celebrate Halloween by dancing the night away on the ocean, surrounded by beautiful Vancouver views.

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Haunted Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum becomes a Haunted Village from October 27th through the 30th. The museum says: “Wonder at the curious, find the unusual, and discover the unexpected around every corner. It’ll be a spooktacular time.” Traditionally, Burnaby Village Museum resembles a 1920s tram-stop community. There are costumed townsfolk throughout the village, which is home to a historic carousel, restored Interurban tram, and many replicated businesses.

Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada, +1 604 297 4565

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

The Vancouver Trolley Company hosts special tours for events such as Christmas and Halloween. The 2017 Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour runs from October 6th through the 31st. For people aged 13 and over, the 2.5-hour tour takes you from Canada Place to Stanley Park, Shaughnessy’s “murderous mansions,” Mountainview Cemetery, and the Vancouver Police Museum. Hear your host tell spooky stories such as The Castellani Milkshake Murder and The Fairmont’s Lady in Red. The museum is also home to the city’s first morgue, where over 15,000 autopsies were performed.

The Vancouver Trolley Company
The Vancouver Trolley Company | © Bernard Spragg. NZ / Flickr

The 4th Annual Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo

Described as the world’s largest cosplay stage, the 4th Annual Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo is a four-day extravaganza in downtown Vancouver. From October 12th through the 15th, the Expo is a combination of performances, cosplay, films, games, and comics. Some of the performances include a Video Game Music Show, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Flying Dance KPop, Halloween’s Got Talent, a Sailor Moon Concert, and Caracas Latin Punk Rock. The parade weaves through 10 downtown blocks on Sunday, come rain or shine!

Scenes from the 2016 parade
Scenes from the 2016 parade | © GoToVan / Flickr
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Glow in the Garden

From October 24th through the 31st, the whimsical Glow in the Garden takes over VanDusen Botanical Garden. “Discover curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Children will enjoy following the white rabbit all along a walk filled with glowing lights, spooky sounds, and illuminated pumpkins. There will also be treats and crafts on hand for kids.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 257 8335

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Ghost Train in Stanley Park

Another family-friendly Halloween activity in Vancouver is the Ghost Train in Stanley Park. The spooky theme for 2017 is Alien Invasion. The 14-minute ride includes lights, sounds, and live performances along the way. The journey is said to be fright-free, so it’s open to all ages, but there is also a matinee option. There are other activities to enjoy in Stanley Park during Halloween too, such as a pumpkin patch, haunted maze, and arts and crafts.

Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Dooms Night

The 14th anniversary of Dooms Night will occur on October 27th. The electronic/house music event will take place at the Pacific Coliseum, which is a part of the PNE complex alongside Playland. The 2017 headliners include Tiësto (the Greatest DJ of all time according to MixMag), Don Diablo, HeadHunterz, Brillz, and Daijo. It’s a popular annual Halloween event for electronic music-loving locals.

Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 253 2311