Get your costumes ready, Vancouver, because Halloweekend is officially upon us. The city will soon be alight with spooky parties, immersive shows, and even a flash mob parade. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (October 27-29).
If you love getting creative with Halloween costumes every year, get ready to roll up your sleeves. East Vancouver’s annual Parade of Lost Souls returns this year, and it’s bringing a spooky blend of art, music, and dance with it.
This year, the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society is organizing several distinct workshops prior to the main parade: A “Thriller Flash Mob,” a mystical “Witches Dance Workshop,” and “Do the Time Warp.”
When: Saturday, October 28th
Where: Parade starts at 1661 Napier Street
View this post on Instagram
With the end of the month rapidly approaching, now is the ideal time to head to the PNE for some spooky fun at this year’s ‘Fright Nights.’ Get ready to meet the most ghoulish characters at the attraction’s new haunted house!
When: Until Tuesday, October 31st
Where: 2901 East Hastings
From 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 29th, Heritage Hall will transform into a fall market featuring a variety of items from women-owned businesses.
When: Sunday, October 29th
Where: 3102 Main Street
Cost: Free admission
Embark on epic adventures and challenges with CipherX Entertainment’s escape rooms and VR universe. Join their Vancouver location’s grand opening from Oct 27-29. Unlock excitement, get a free T-shirt, and a chance to win a PS5. Explore themed escape rooms like Wizarding World, Jumanji, and more.
When: Grand Opening on October 27th and 29th, 2023
Where: 1065 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam
Cost: Escape Rooms start at $35, VR Stations start at $40
The Austria Vancouver Club is celebrating Oktoberfest with a final celebration on Saturday, October 28th, complete with dinner and live entertainment by Al Pichler & the Alpiners and The Silver Stars.
When: Saturday, October 28th
Where: 5851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members
Admission to the weekend flea market at Terminal Avenue typically ranges from $1.50 to $3, and features a ton of secondhand and vintage gems – if you’re willing to work for them. And on October 15th, there’s a special Antique Show ($4 admission) to check out and a Record Show ($5 admission) on October 29th.
When: Sunday, October 15th and October 29th
Where: 703 Terminal Avenue
Cost: $4 to $5 admission
The 20th annual DTES Heart of the City Festival is on until November 5th, and features over 100 local events across 40 venues this year. 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
This weekend marks the last few days to enjoy VanDusen’s annual Harvest Days festival, so if you haven’t been yet, now’s your chance! Visitors can indulge in seasonal treats and roam around the pumpkin and cornstalk-filled garden surrounded by fall colours.
When: Weekends starting Saturday, October 7th to Sunday, October 29th
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $12 (plus fees) per adult
As per Halloweekend tradition, there are a ton of Halloween-themed parties and events taking place across the city this weekend. From a ‘haunted’ event at Heritage Hall to a themed cross-stitch workshop, there’s something for everyone.
Where: See our picks above
Last but not least, we come to Maan Farms’ ‘fall at the farm’ experience. If you love wandering through corn mazes, feeding baby goats, and indulging in all things autumn, we’re approaching the last few days of this year’s event.
And if you’d rather take the ‘spooky’ route, there’s always the Scariest Corn Maze in Canada ($50-$65 per person) – AKA ‘The Slaughterhouse’ – an immersive labyrinth filled with hidden horrors.
When: Until October 31st
Where: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Cost: $18 to $23 per person
And that’s a wrap on the weekend, Vancouver! Have a happy and safe Halloweekend.