Top 10 Adventurous Halloween Activities in Vancouver

Halloween is a well-known opportunity for party going and drinking escapades. It’s also well known for its competitive sexy costume angle and hook-up culture.

However, some of us (me) miss the carefree and wholesome excitement we had for Halloween when we were kids. Back then, going out late at night felt like a dangerous adventure full of new possibilities.

So, what are we to do on Halloween if we’re not into the club scene and just want to have some spooky adventurous fun? Lucky we’re all in Vancouver where the options are endless!

Here are the top 10 adventurous Halloween activities for those of you craving an exhilarating good time.  

1. Go to a Haunted House

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Source: http://www.reapers.ca/

A jaunt through a Haunted House is of course the most quintessential adventurous Halloween thrill you can get and no better way to spend the night of October 31st. You need guts to facedown fear!

Reapers Haunted House

Run by the Moran Family and on their 25th year of operation, Reapers is one of the most well known haunted houses in the area and a definite safe bet for adventurous chills & thrills!

When: up to October 31st between 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack – 1 ½ hour drive from Vancouver

Price: $11.00 for just the haunted house but $20.00 for both

Potter’s House of Horrors

Beginning this year (2017) Potter’s now has 2 haunted houses. Their first is the creepy gothic themed “The Monstrosity” and their new second house is the industrial nightmare called “The Devil’s Descent.” Either one will guarantee you the perfect level of Halloween thrills!

When: up to October 31st between 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: 12530 72nd Ave Surrey – 30-minute drive from Vancouver

Price: $15.99 – $30.00 for 1 or both houses

Countdown Haunted House

A hybrid between a haunted house and an escape game, Countdown is called an “interactive haunted house”. It allows you to participate in the horrors within the walls, but you are not locked inside. Delight in the thrill of helping to save victims while being scared beyond breaking point!

When: up to October 31st between 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Central City Mall, Surrey – 30-minute drive from Vancouver

Price: $17.00 at the door but $15.00 booked online

Fright Nights at Playland

No Vancouver Halloween List would be complete without Playland’s Fright Night. For those who don’t know, Fright Night at Playland includes a whopping 8 haunted houses! They also include 20 rides as it’s a theme park after all. A truly unique and classic Vancouver Halloween Experience.

When: up to October 31st between 7:00pm to 12:00am

Where: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Price: $32.00 online and $35.00 at the door

2. Go to a Haunted Corn Maze

Source: https://www.maanfarms.com/
Source: https://www.maanfarms.com/

Lucky for Vancouverites, the lower mainland is home to a number farms with corn mazes. Nothing is creepier for a Halloween night than being chased through “Children of the Corn” style crops by a chainsaw wielding murderer!

And yes, both below corn maze options feature chainsaw murderers!  

Maan Farms Haunted & Flash Light Corn Maze

A farm run by the Maan Family which is one of the most well-known corn mazes in Lower Mainland BC. Maan Farms has 2 corn maze options for late night spook fest. One is their “haunted” option and the other is “non-haunted” but still spooky because it’s at night and you must bring your own flashlight.  

When: up to October 31st between 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford – 1-hour drive from Vancouver

Price: $12.00 – $20.00 depending on which option you choose

Reapers Maze of Terror

Along with their haunted house, Reapers is also home to a fantastic haunted corn maze. You can visit both at the same time or separately. It’s a haunted double feature!

When: up to October 31st between 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack – 1 ½ hour drive from Vancouver

Price: $11.00 for the maze alone & $20.00 for both Reapers Haunted House and the Maze of Terror

3. Go for a Halloween Adventure Run

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1914052968845224/?ref=br_rs&acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

The most unique Halloween activity on this list. Test your stamina with a run through the forest while in your most comfortable Halloween costume.

PNW Halloween Trail Run

PNW is a community of trail lovers who meet regularly for hikes and jogs through the British Columbia wild. This October 31st they are hosting a Halloween run in Lynn Valley beginning at the End of the Line General Store. This is a truly unique activity for those looking to combine their love for exercise, the adventurous outdoors and Halloween.

When: October 31st from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: 4193 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver

Price: Nothing but calories

4. Go on a Visual Filmed Adventure

Source: https://www.flyovercanada.com/halloween/
Source: https://www.flyovercanada.com/halloween/

Not all adventures need to be active, sometimes a good adventure can be had by relaxing in a cushioned movie theatre seat. So here are 2 options for those who want to have their cake and eat it too.

Halloween FlyOver Canada

If you haven’t had the chance to see the totally unique FlyOver Canada experience, Halloween night might just be the right time for you. For those who don’t know, FlyOver Canada is a family friendly experience that simulates what it’s like to literally fly over Canada. For Halloween, they have added a Witchy element to the usual show.

When: up to October 31st 4pm – 9pm (week days); 10am – 9pm (weekends & October 31st)

Where: Canada Place, Vancouver

Price: $22.95 – $27.00

Halloween Movies at the Rio Theater

The Rio Theater will be showing Halloween themed movies for the entire week leading up to Halloween night. On the 31st you can relax with popcorn and watch a cult-classic triple feature starting with the teenage 90’s witch drama The Craft (1996) at 6:20pm, the demon banishing thriller The Exorcist (1973) at 8:30pm, and finally the completely unique The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) at 11:45pm.

For other Halloween movies in October view their schedule here.

When: October 31st between 6:20pm to 11:45pm

Where: 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver

Price: $15.00 – $18.00 per movie

5. Visit a Psychic

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Source: https://sarapsychicreader.weebly.com/

Sometimes the most adventurous, daring and scary activity can be gaining insight into your life and future. Whether you believe in Psychic powers or not, you’ll definitely get something worthwhile from talking to Vancouver’s intuitive elite.

Main Street’s Sara Psychic Reader

Sara has been using her intuitive powers to help Vancouverites for 30 years. She performs palm, tarot and psychic readings.

When: by appointment at 604 251-1246

Where: 4388 Main Street, Vancouver

Price: $40.00 per service or $60.00 combo

Renfrew’s Psychic Faith

Faith is a 7th Generation Psychic and has a very diverse set of skills. She provides readings with palms, tarot, crystal balls, past lives, horoscope, candles and many more.

When: by appointment at 778-379-4070

Where: 1682 Renfrew Street, Vancouver

Price: $25.00 – $300.00

Tarot Readings by Tegan

Tegan is a certified tarot reader with 10 years of experience. She also offers courses for novice learners. For her, tarot is about nurturing and allowing someone to be seen without judgement. You are safe in her hands.

When: by appointment at 604-679-9650

Where: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Price: $100.00 – $200.00

Cassandra MacLean Psychic Numerologist

Cassandra takes a more technical approach to her Psychic powers with a focus on numerology and cycles. She believes timing is everything and she can give you advice your possible opportune moments.

When: by appointment at 604-732-9226

Where: location varies by appointment

Price: $95.00 – $225.00

Hornby’s Maxine Friend

Maxine is an energy reader who provides spiritual message interpretation. She offers complete suite “general readings” involving analysis through tarot, chakra scans, mediums, and tea leaves.

When: by appointment through here

Where: 1333 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Price: $90.00 – $230.00

Juan the Psychic  

Juan places a huge importance on individuality, non-judgement and positivity. He gives consultations by phone, and in-person for psychic and photo readings.

When: by appointment at 778-990-9785

Where: 1026 DAVIE STREET, VANCOUVER

Price: $45.00 – $130.00

6. Go to an Escape Game

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Source: http://smartypantz.ca/?ref=vancouver

Sometimes the most adventurous experience can be a challenge to your mind. You’ll definitely feel invigorated after a Halloween themed escape game.

Burns Bog Escape

Created by the Burns Bog Conservation Society to bring further attention to Burns Bog. For Halloween, they’re putting on a “Halloween Ball” which is part escape game, part wilderness and part Halloween thrill with werewolves on the loose!

When: up to October 29th with games starting from 5:00pm to 9:45pm

Where: 10388 Nordel Court, Delta – 30-minute drive from Vancouver

Price: $20.00 – $30.00

E-Exit’s Transylvania Vampire Hunters Escape Game

E-Exit’s Transylvania is an escape game themed with classic Halloween creatures such as Vampires, Goblins, Werewolves, and Trolls. The goal of the game is to steal a gem and take down Dracula himself to escape with your friends alive!

When: any day between 3:00pm to 11:00pm

Where: 309 W Broadway, Vancouver

Price: $23.81 per person

Locked Canada’s Asylum

In Locked Canada’s Asylum you are placed in a room of an abandoned asylum with remnants of torture and mystery. You and your friends will be handcuffed as you search for the truth of what happened to the victims of this asylum.

When: any day from 3:00pm to 11:00pm

Where: 200-1050 Kingsway, Vancouver

Price: $25.00 per person

SmartyPantz’s Thirst for Murder

In SmartyPantz‘s Thirst for Murder game you are at the mercy of a psychotic killer who has handcuffed you in a room stained with blood. However, you are given the chance to escape before the killer comes back.

When: any day with games starting from 2:00pm to 7:50pm

Where: 289 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Price: $25.00 per person

7. Have a Virtual Halloween Experience

Source: http://www.movesmedia.com/dreamscape/
Source: http://www.movesmedia.com/dreamscape/

The future is here and now you can experience it for your Halloween festivities. Get a taste of the future by checking out these horrifying Virtual Reality experience to have an awesome story to tell your friends the next day.

SmartyPantz Hospital of Horror

Along with the earlier mentioned escape game offerings, SmartyPantz is also one of the first places to offer a 10-minute Virtual Reality Experience. Their Hospital of Horror experience is described as a haunted house but far more realistic and terrifying. Everything you see may not be real but it will still trick your mind!

When: any day with games starting from 6:00pm to 11:50pm

Where: 289 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Price: $25.00 per person

Moves Media Dreamscape

The Dreamscape experience was created in Alberta and only in Vancouver for 3 weeks, so don’t miss your chance! Dreamscape places you in a terrifying 20-minute long narrative where you will encounter simulated shocks, monsters and horrifying events. They also offer a Halloween themed dinner where you can socialize with the other participants over dishes of “Brain Juices” and “Gut Medley.”  This is a truly unique 21st century Halloween adventure experience with a social element!

When: up to October 31st between 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Price: $20.00 per person

8. Go on a Ghost Tour

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Source: https://www.ghostlyvancouvertours.com/

A tour is a great option for people still new to the city or those who can’t decide on Halloween activities for the night. Follow along on these tours and learn about brutal murders, famous ghosts and urban tales set right here in your city. I bet you won’t look at Vancouver’s streets the same way again.

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

Normally serving tourists, the Vancouver Trolley Company is offering a special Halloween tour and it is by far the best way to explore the creepier parts of Vancouver. The Trolley Tour will take you on a thorough tour of the city’s most famous sites including Stanley Park, the Fairmount Hotel, Shaughnessy, Mountain View Cemetery, the Vancouver Police Museum, the first city morgue and finally the Dreamscape Haunted Virtual Reality also mentioned above.

When: up to October 31st tours start between 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: 212 Carrall St, Vancouver

Price: $55.00 (price includes the Dreamscape experience)

Ghostly Vancouver Tours

Ghostly Vancouver offers 3 different walking tour locations which are Vancouver, Gastown, and New Westminster. Select the Gastown tour if you want to hear creepy Victorian ghost tales or the Downtown tour to hear hidden secrets about famous landmarks or choose the New Westminster tour to hear about the “Hanging Judge.”

When: up to October 31st at varying times around 7:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: each tour has a different meeting area in the individual location

Price: $20.00 per tour

Forbidden Vancouver Tours

Forbidden Vancouver also offers 3 locations for their scary walking tours which are Gastown, Stanley Park, and Chinatown. Choose their “Lost Souls of Gastown” tour to hear stories of smallpox victims, and mysterious murders. Select their “Secrets of Stanley Park” to hear about secret burial grounds and murders all within the dark greenery of Vancouver’s biggest park.

When: varying dates & times up to October 31st – tours start between 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: each tour has a different meeting area in the individual location

Price: $25.00 per tour

9. Visit a Cemetery or a Real Abandoned Asylum

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Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/riverview-hospital

These are by far the cheapest ways to get your Halloween adventure thrills. A simple walk through a cemetery or abandoned asylum during the day is creepy enough, but on Halloween night it will be a spine-tingling nightmare.  

Riverview Hospital Coquitlam

Riverview Hospital is famous for being one of the creepiest abandoned buildings in Canada. At one point it was a hospital for psychologically disturbed individuals but was closed in 1983. Now the hospital is frequently used for film and tv shows such as the X-Files, Riverdale and Supernatural. Some of the parts of the building are closed to the public but other parts are accessible. A visit to this abandoned building is a quintessential Vancouver experience and perfect for Halloween.

When: Anytime

Where: 2601 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam – 30-minute drive from Vancouver

Price: Free, unless you trespass in prohibited areas then there will be a fine

Fraser Historical Cemetery Tour

Hosted by a Sense of History Research Services, walk through a cemetery while listening to your guide tell the stories behind the graves including the mystery surrounding an unmarked grave and a possible curse. This tour is a great way to get to know your city better while honoring and remembering the dead which is what Halloween was all about.

When: October 31st between 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster – 30-minute drive from Vancouver

Price: $12.86

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery is situated in East Van. Living up to its name the cemetery’s slightly elevated location gives the change to see a beautiful view of the city and north side mountains. On October 31st the cemetery will host an All Souls event with harpist Janelle Nadeau for a night of music honoring the dead. As advertised it will be a quiet sanctuary from the noise of Halloween.

When: October 31st at 5:00pm

Where: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver

Price: Free

10. Solve a Halloween Murder Mystery

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Get your fix of social and unique with this fun event in Gastown. Unlike an escape game this event allows you to compete against other teams while solving a mystery.

Halloween Mystery Night

Hosted by Vancouver Mysteries, this special Halloween mystery will take you and your friends through Downtown and Gastown completing challenges to solve the murder of Jimmy Capello.

When: up to October 31st at 7:00pm

Where: Waterfront Station, Vancouver

Price: $50.00

Well there you have our list of the most adventurous Halloween activities in Vancouver. What will you be doing come the night of the 31st?

Ana Iammatteo

Ana Iammatteo

Contributing writer bringing you local Vancouverite stories of new businesses, entrepreneurship, everyday heroes, philanthropic opportunities, intrepid exploration, hidden gems, & piggy new eats.