Here we are, Vancouver! After weeks of waiting, Halloween is finally upon us, and we couldn’t be happier. Check out a spooky haunted house, watch a scary movie, eat some sweet treats… it’s the perfect non-holiday. Heck, we think it should be a holiday, as a matter of fact.

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

Explore Vancouver’s best Halloween decorations & Trick or Treat spots

Looking for a more homegrown Halloween experience? We might have the perfect option. Check out our new Trick or Treat map, which also has a variety of Halloween displays and events on it as well!

Where: Click the link above for more info

Hallowed Eves at Playland

The all-time classic option looks a little different this year but will be just as fun. Rather than the usual Fright Nights, Playland is hosting a series of ‘Hallowed Eves’ complete with crazy outdoor performances, roaming actors, and the ability to enjoy their most thrilling rides after-dark.

When: On until Sunday, October 31st
Where: 2901 E Hastings Street
Cost: $39.50

Parade of Lost Souls

If you’re looking for something a little smaller in scope but no less fun, this could be it. The Parade of Lost Souls has been delighting diehard Halloween heads and curious first-timers for years now. Probably because they’ve got everything from a Thriller flash mob to kid-friendly options to an afterparty for adults.

When: Saturday, October 30th
Where: Starts at 1661 Napier Street
Cost: Free to attend

Watch a classic Halloween movie

Shoutout to the Rio Theatre for consistently screening some of the best Halloween movies of all time. Whether you want to watch something light-hearted (Hocus Pocus) or a truly terrifying movie (The Exorcist), the Rio has got you covered.

When: Showtimes throughout the weekend
Where: 1660 East Broadway
Cost: $15

Or enjoy the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

For something a little more niche this Halloween, check out this very scary film fest showcasing talent from in Canada and around the world. Plus, they’ve got two ways to enjoy- go get scared in theatres, the classic way, or terrify yourself at home during a virtual screening.

When: On throughout the weekend
Where: In-person and online options
Cost: Varies per event

Get yourself a costume

Still looking for a Halloween costume this year? Of course, everybody you know will be trying to get their hands on a Squid Game-esque fit, but that’s just the tip of the 2021 costume iceberg. If you need a little more inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of the best options.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Visit a spooky space

Vancouver might not be that old as a city, but we’ve still got some local haunted buildings! If you want some truly immersive spookiness, then check out our roundup of some of the most (reportedly) haunted buildings in and around Vancouver.

Where: Click the link above for more info

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: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Cost: $10 for GA, $5 for children

Maan Farms Haunts

For the truly devoted, this Abbotsford farm offers ‘The Scariest Corn Maze in Canada’. What’s more, they’ve unleashed ‘Pitch Black’, a claustrophobic walk-through experience that incorporates sights, sounds, and yes, getting touched by things that go bump in the night.

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: $45+

Imagine Picasso

Not really feeling the Halloween vibes but still looking for something to do? Look no further than the recently launched Image Picasso exhibition. Origami-inspired displays will be showing some of the iconic artist’s best works, in a truly unique setting.

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $34.99+

Alright folks, that’s our roundup for things to do in Vancouver this weekend. Happy Halloween! Have fun out there.