The misty city next to Burrard Inlet takes on a distinctly spooky sparkle come October each year. Vancouverites are keen to dress up, go out and get scary. Here's our list of the top places to celebrate the ghostliest of holidays.
- Stanley Park Ghost Train. Take a ride on the spine-chilling rails through the forests of Stanley Park. Each year, the Miniature Train is taken over by "ghosts" who lead visitors into a maze of characters and scenes. It's appropriate for kids—meaning the spooky factor isn't too steep! Take this mystical journey October 11 – 31.
Photo: Stanley Park Ghost Train
- Haunted Vancouver Trolley. A more adult version of the above, explore old Vancouver landmarks like the Mountain View Cemetery, drive past haunted houses and end at the Vancouver Police Museum to see how autopsies have been performed. En route, you'll hear a slew of spooky stories—murders, mysteries and morgues galore! Hop on board October 12 – 31.
- Broomelda's Witch Academy. Fly with the witch this Halloween on the virtual flight-ride that is FlyOver Canada. Broomelda has transformed FlyOver into her very own witches academy where aspiring witches and wizards can earn their very own broom license—graduating is easy, just survive. Dressing up may score you bonus points from Broomelda herself! Halloween at FlyOver Canada is here from October 11 – 31. Learn More
Photo: Broomelda's Witch Academy
- Lost Souls of Gastown. Vancouver's early days were bustling and enterprising. But they were also dark, gloomy and gothic. Discover the more gruesome side of the city's history on this walking tour that explore devastating fires, out-of-control diseases and unsolved murders. There's a strong theatrical element to this tour that brings the past to life in the dark alleys and back streets of Gastown. This tour runs Tuesdays & Thursday - Saturday, and every night October 16 – 31.
Photo: Lost Souls of Gastown
- Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch. It's not Halloween without a riotous run through a pumpkin patch! The best place to do so in the Lower Mainland is just 20 minutes south of the city in Richmond. There's a corn maze, petting zoo and wagon rides to help make it into a full day outing. Plus, you'll have a pumpkin (or two!) to bring home with you. Dates to be announced soon!