With Thanksgiving almost past, we can now officially enter the thick of ‘spooky season.’ Queue the creepy Halloween decor and hunt for the perfect costume. From a haunted house/escape room experience to seeing Wolf Alice perform live, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (October 10-14).

Dine Like a Critic 


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Discover Richmond’s vibrant Chinese culinary scene with an exceptional culinary journey guided by Globe and Mail’s food critic Alexandra Gill! This premium dining experience includes three award-winning restaurants serving up 8 to 10 courses of Cantonese, hot pot and regional Chinese plates.

When: custom tours available Monday to Sunday, starting at 6 pm.

Where: Dine Like a Critic, 305-2050 Nelson Street, Richmond, BC
Cost: Visit their website to see pricing options

Art Immortal at the Beaumont Studios  

Haunted-house-meets-escape-room anyone? Go on an interactive journey through a haunted house-like world created by Vancouver’s fully autonomous AI Artist, AiYa. The task at hand is working with your group to make it out of a surreal series of escape rooms, packed with chilling performances and imaginative riddles that will leave you wondering where the artist begins, and the art ends. Spooky, eh?

When: October 13th to 31st, 2022. Showtimes from 6 PM to 12 AM Fri & Sat, 6 PM to 11 PM Thurs-Fri.
Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets start at $32.50. Click here to see all the ticket options!

Check out some haunted places

Did you know that The Dominion Building in Gastown (home of Nuba) is likely haunted by its own architect?? If you’re into spooky histories, a self-guided tour of the most haunted places in the city is an essential October experience. Or if you want to plan an affordable, season-appropriate date, this is a great option too.

Where: See our picks above

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Pumpkins After Dark 2022

Pumpkins After Dark is officially back with 6,000 glowing pumpkins on display in Burnaby. Load up on sweet treats and take part in one of Canada’s largest outdoor Halloween events!

When: Thursday, September 22nd to Sunday, October 31st
Where: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Cost: $21.95 for adults, $$17.95 for youth (4-16)

Thrift some vintage fits

From Community Thrift to Mintage Mall, to all the hidden gems in between, here are some fantastic places to peruse if you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe with some cool vintage finds.

Where: See our picks above

Enjoy some of the city’s covered patios


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Come rain or shine, there are (thankfully) plenty of covered patios in Vancouver to choose from. Why not make the most of them and sip on a couple of happy hour bevies this week?

Where: See our picks above

Cozy up at a neighbourhood cafe 

Whether you want to visit a classic Vancouver coffee shop or bunker down for some serious work/studying, we guarantee that the city has a cafe for everyone. Why not do a bit of exploring of the scene sometime this month?

Where: See our picks above

Watch The Café at Kafka’s

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Speaking of cafes, immersive theatre lovers should definitely check out the premiere of The Café by ITSAZOO Productions and Aphotic Theatre at Emily Carr. When you enter Kafka’s on campus, you’ll be seated near one of seven “performance” tables and be able to watch the play happen all around you. Designed as a “choose your own adventure” experience, audience members can decide in which order to watch each scene, as they repeat themselves several times throughout the evening.

When: Tuesday, October 11th
Where: 577 Great Northern Way
Cost: $25 per ticket

Wolf Alice 


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Although Wolf Alice has been on a four-year hiatus, the English rock band is back and better than ever, and with their third album, Blue Weekend. The acoustic duo includes singer Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie, as well as a featured bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey as of 2012.

When: Friday, October 14th
Where: 868 Granville Street
Cost: $89.25+

Play some pickleball

We threw pickleball on here because although we’re entering peak spooky season, we’ve still got a gorgeous, sunny week ahead of us. And we’re not mad at all – so why not get outside and learn a new beginner-friendly sport to keep things interesting? Vancouver has several permanent outdoor courts as well as pop-up courts throughout the city to take advantage of.

Where: See locations above

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver. We hope it’s a great one!