Another week has dawned upon us, Vancouver! And although it’s looking like it’s going to be a rainy one, we still have some fantastic options around the city for you. Get spooked at a haunted house, experience some live entertainment or even try your luck outdoors.

Here are the best things to do in Vancouver this week.

Edgemont Haunt

First up, we have a beloved local haunted house! After taking a hiatus last year, North Van’s Edgemont Haunt is back in all its glory this year! What’s more, it’s all going towards the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund, which is a great way to give back as well.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 3414 Emerald Drive, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund

Eerie Illusions at Burnaby Village Museum

Time for an outdoor option for the brave. Brand new for this year, Eerie Illusions will transform the Burnaby Village Museum using state-of-the-art projections, lights, and sounds. Historic villages are spooky enough on their own after-dark, so we think this will be worthwhile for all ages.

When: Starts Friday, October 22nd
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Cost: $10 for GA, $5 for children

Ever So Slightly by RUBBERBAND

Here’s another first-in-a-year event! After a hiatus throughout the pandemic, DanceHouse is hosting a new show from Montreal-based dance company RUBBERBAND. It’s also the first time the company will be performing in Vancouver, so it’s a double whammy of reasons to go.

When: Starts Thursday, October 21st
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street
Cost: $35 to $86.43

Bloedel Conservatory

If the rain is already getting you down, then this is a great option. The Bloedel Conservatory is filled to the brim with tropical plants and birds, and is guaranteed to make any rainy day feel a lot sunnier.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 4600 Cambie Street
Cost: $7.05

BC Culture Days

After a month of nonstop events, this province-wide extravaganza is winding down this week. You’ve got both in-person and virtual options to check out, ranging from artist workshops to self-guided tours and more.

When: On throughout the week
Where: In-person and virtual events
Cost: Free

Catch the end of the Lind Prize exhibition

Speaking of things winding down, this BC-focused art exhibition also wraps up this week. Showcasing the works of 17 emerging artists around the province, with a focus on photography, film, and video installations. Plus, the gallery is a great way to take in the city.

When: On throughout the week
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

Curl up with a book

Rainy days and reading go hand in hand, there’s no denying that. Whether you’re after a used copy of a classic, or something not even English majors have heard of, Vancouver is filled to the brim with amazing bookstores for all kinds of tastes.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Vancouver Writers Fest

On the literature kick, Vancouver Writers Fest returns this week as well! There are tons of events, both in person and virtual, going on this week. Check out a writer talk, enjoy some live readings, or attend a Q+A session with your new favourite author.

When: On throughout the week
Where: Online and venues around Granville Island
Cost: Varies per event

Vancouver Aquarium

Of all places, the Vancouver Aquarium is hosting some spooky events! Fin-Tastic Fall Days includes Halloween-themed treats and showings of the new SCOOB! animated movie in 4D. It’s fun for the whole family, that’s for sure!

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 845 Avison Way
Cost: $42 for GA

Enjoy Taste of Yaletown

First the first time, Taste of Yaletown has decided to go on for an entire month! This celebration of all things food and drink is a great way to try a new spot in the neighbourhood. And while we’re sure each one is worth a visit, we can’t help but circle back to Provence Marinaside.

When: Throughout the week
Where: Click the link above for participating restaurants

That’s what we’ve got in mind this week, Vancouver! Have fun out there and stay safe.