Spooky Season: The best Halloween activities in Metro Vancouver

Spooky Season: The best Halloween activities in Metro Vancouver

October (aka Spooky Season) is finally upon us! It’s the perfect time of year to bundle up and enjoy the fall.  It’s that time for frolicking through the pumpkin patch with family or a night of frights with friends! Metro Vancouver is home to plenty of options for daytime or evening activities that take advantage of the season. Read on to find the best things to do this October.

Haunted houses

Nothing says Halloween like a night of frights brought by ghouls, witches, and goblins. If you’re looking to really lean into the season, be sure to check out these horrifying haunted houses and events.

Hallowed Eves at Playland

Though Playland’s famous Fright Nights won’t be operating as usual this year due to COVID-19, Hallowed Eves will take their place. On select nights from October 8th to 31st Playland will transform into a Halloween themed experience with live performances. Those performances include swordplay, fire breathers and circus arts. For a complete schedule for Hallowed Eves visit the Playland website here. Getting to Playland is easy, you can take the R5 Hastings Street RapidBus or take the 16 (29th Avenue Station/Arbutus) from Renfrew Station.

Cougar Creek House of Horrors

One of Surrey’s scariest places, the Cougar Creek House of Horrors opened October 1st to satisfy all of your spookiest desires. Located along the 319 (Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange), this haunted house offers traditionally scary experiences along with an escape room that challenges visitors to “escape from incineration.” Visit their website for complete info on scheduling and pricing.

Vancouver Horror Nights

If you’re in need of a good scare in the Coquitlam area, head to Vancouver Horror Nights on the 173 (Coquitlam Central Station/Cedar). With two fear mazes during the evenings accompanied by a cafe and bar, it’s an awesome choice for a night of frights. If you have kids, don’t worry. During the day they convert their mazes into the “Boogeyman Bash”, which is fun for the whole family.

Pumpkin patches and farms

Metro Vancouver is home to plenty of beautiful settings for fall photo shoots. Check out one of these publicly accessible farms for a photo shoot and an adventure!

Southland Heritage Farms

Located in South Vancouver and easily accessible thanks to the 49 (Metrotown Station/UBC), Southland Heritage Farms is great fun for the whole family. Not only do they offer the ability to pick your own pumpkins, you can also visit the animals on the farm or go for a ride on a pony! They recommend booking pony rides ahead of time. You can do that on their website.

Richmond Country Farms

Just North of the Fraser River you can find Richmond Country Farms. The farm is conveniently accessible via routes that head south out of Richmond such as the 301 (Newton Exchange/Brighouse Station) or 351 (White Rock Centre/Bridgeport Station) among others. If you’re in the Richmond or Delta area, Richmond Country Farms is a great choice. With a large pumpkin patch, hay rides, festive Halloween decorations, farm animals to admire, fresh produce and a farmers market, there’s something for everyone.

Maplewood Farm

Located in Lynn Valley and serviced directly by the 215 (Indian River/Phibbs Exchange), Maplewood Farm is a large petting zoo and learning centre. Hang out with sheep, rabbits, donkeys, and exotic birds like macaws or peafowl. Maplewood Farm is home to more than 200 domesticated and friendly animals so there’s plenty to see and do!