Get ready for a big weekend of Halloween-themed fun, Vancouver. With so many spooky events and unique crafts activities taking place, the only problem you’ll have is choosing between them. From a 12-day arts & culture festival to a ’70s-themed party, here are 10 of the best things to do in Vancouver this week (October 23-27).

DTES Heart of the City Festival

The 20th annual DTES Heart of the City Festival is coming up this week and will last through mid-November, featuring over 100 local events across 40 venues. Highlighted events include the multi-media Homeless Project, Spontaneous Street Poetry by Poet, writer and activist Gilles Cyrenne and Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam, and the 9th Symposium on Reconciliation & Redress in the Arts.

When: October 25th to November 5th
Where: 401 Main Street

Which Craft Club: Pumpkin Painting & Classic Film 

From 6 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 25th, Which Craft Club is hosting it’s first-ever event: A night of painting mini pumpkins and watching a classic Halloween movie. The price of tickets includes all supplies necessary, as well as some yummy Halloween-themed treats!

When: Wednesday, October 25th
Where: 291 East 2nd Avenue, #99
Cost: $11.92+

Kim Petras 

Finally, Kim Petras is bringing her Feed the Beast World Tour to the PNE on October 26th, so get ready for all things edgy and angsty.

When: Thursday, October 26th
Where: PNE Forum
Cost: $69.50

Halloween Neon Skull Paint Night & Sip 

Now, we get into some fun Halloween-inspired events, just in time for the start of Halloweekend. There are a few spots left for this spooky paint night taking place at the International Arts Academy in Kits from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

When: Friday, October 27th
Where: 4548 West 10th Avenue
Cost: $47.13+

Disco Nap: Halloween 70’s Peace & Love-Themed Art Party

Speaking of art, get ready to be transported back to the peaceful protests of the 70s while dancing to upbeat disco music. This unique ‘peace & love’-themed party will feature interactive artwork created by Olivier Salvas, photography by Rory McLeod, drag performances by Mina Mercury & Gloria Hole, and a ’70s-inspired costume contest.

When: Thursday, October 26th
Where: 175 West Hastings
Cost: $17.31+

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Halloween at the Fox: Undead Disco

The Fox is hosting its 8th annual ‘Undead Disco,’ which features two floors of dancing and retro beats spun by DJ Beaubien and special guest DJ Phil Dee. There’s also a $250 costume contest, with the first prize going to the best dressed!

When: Friday, October 27th
Where: 2321 Main Street
Cost: $23.97+

1989 (Taylor’s Version) Vancouver Re-Release Party

Ready to lace up your Swiftie dancing shoes? Canada’s largest Taylor Swift-themed party is back in Vancouver this week, and this time, it’s a special 1989 re-release party.

Taylor might not be in attendance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do her proud!

When: Friday, October 27th
Where: 560 Seymour Street
Cost: $22.51

Barbie Halloween at Portside Pub

On both Friday and Saturday of Halloweekend, Portside is celebrating Halloween with a special Barbie-themed event featuring music all night long, from 8 pm to 3 pm, a Barbie Photo Booth, and complimentary champagne and pink cupcakes at midnight.

When: Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th
Where: 7 Alexander Street
Cost: $20 to $25 for online early bird tickets

Harvest Days at VanDusen

This is the final week of Harvest Days at VanDusen, which celebrates autumn’s bounty with seasonal eats, decorated scarecrows, and fall foliage. Take a stroll through the massive veggie garden, bales of hay, cornstalks, and pumpkins with a warm beverage in hand and fall colours all around you.

When: Weekends starting Saturday, October 7th to Sunday, October 29th
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $12 (plus fees) per adult

Scope 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

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver!