October. The scariest of months. And it also has its fair share of scary (and not so scary) events happening in, and near, Vancouver. So, we’ve put together a list of some of the best, most interesting, and must-attend things that require your attention.

From spooky ghosts to handmade dungeons, this upcoming week has some very cool things to check out.

Free Tacos at La Taqueria

Of course we need to start the week with free tacos! For National Taco Day, La Taqueria is offering everyone who visits one free Baja fish taco at any of their locations, as long as they haven’t ran out. Head over for a late lunch, or end the day early and go enjoy all-day happy hour while you’re at it.

When: Monday, October 4th, 2PM-3:30PM
Where: Locations around Vancouver

Playland Hallowed Eves

While Fright Nights has been cancelled again, Playland is bringing back its outdoor experience for the second year in a row. Contortionists and other performers, sweet treats, and thrill rides… what could be better?

When: Starts Friday, October 8th
Where: 2901 E Hastings Street
Cost: $39.50+

VanDusen Botanical Garden

While it’s a little more expensive than a walk in your local park, VanDusen makes up for it with a much larger area to explore and way more diversity in the plants. Plus, we weirdly think that exploring their unique hedge maze is one of the best fall experiences you can have outside.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $11.70

Check out Boarder X

Boarder X, presented alongside the Winnipeg Art Gallery, draws connections between the use of public space for alternative sports and the history of exclusionary policies and treaties towards Indigenous people. One is without a doubt worse than the other, but it’s an interesting way to highlight the issues.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 1100 Chestnut Street
Cost: Varies

Or head to the Polygon Gallery

Meanwhile, the Polygon Gallery is bringing back the finalists for this year’s Lind Prize. What’s it recognize? Well, hopefully, the best BC emerging artist working in film, photography or video. Maybe see if you can snag a couple of prints while you’re there- we’re sure your walls will thank you!

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

Get scared at Brinkworth Dungeon

Want to explore a fully hand-made horror movie tribute? Well, Brinkworth Dungeon is having its opening night on October 7 and it might be what you’re after. Boasting 5,000 square feet of haunted house, this spot has been going strong for over 20 years. And yes, it has an incredibly old-school website to boot.

When: Starts Thursday, October 7th
Where: 22260 48th Avenue, Langley
Cost: $6 to $14 and a non-perishable food item

Watch a movie at VIFF

Vancouver International Film Fest is still raging and there are tons of great movies playing across the city. No matter what genre of movie you’re into, whether it be horror, indie, drama, we can guarantee they’re playing it. Don’t see anything you’ve heard of? Well, check out our roundup of some great date-night options.

When: On throughout the week
Where: All over the city
Cost: Depending on the movie

Laugh at some improv

Little Mountain Gallery is holding its hilarious improv show on October 5. Get your tickets now to not miss out on some good old-fashioned improv. And yes, don’t worry, this is the GOOD improv in Vancouver. It’s one of the funniest improv groups in the city, but don’t just take our word for it! Get your tickets now!

When: Tuesday, October 5th
Where: 195 E 26th Avenue
Cost: $13.15

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium has got a new exhibtion which focuses on the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Program. Who doesn’t want to see an otter recovering from ill-health? That’s like what dreams are made of. Easy pick for a day when you can’t decide what to do.

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

Chilliwack Corn Maze

The Chilliwack Corn Maze has returned to the Fraser Valley, and as always there’s a new design to explore! This year, look forward to a very cute forest setting, alongside the word ‘WANDER’. Is this a classic option for the fall? Absolutely, and we love every second of it.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 41905 Yale Road W, Chilliwack
Cost: $14.50+ for GA

And there’s our run-down of things to do this week. While yes, there are some Halloween spooks, there is also some more fun, autumnal joy to be had. So get out, make some plans and experience the city!