The Halloween season is morphing into a frenzy of terrorizing haunted houses and zombie-apocalypse-themed attractions, but for kids and those with a nostalgic-heart, this time of season just isn’t right without a good ol’ fashioned apple-bobbing contest and some homemade costumes. To help you and your little ones reconnect with the not-so-frightful side of the season, check out our list of the most anticipated Halloween events, attractions and pumpkin patches in the Lower Mainland. These Halloween activities for kids in Vancouver will keep the entire family smiling.
Location: Starts at the intersection of Howe and Drake Streets
Sunday October 15, 2017
Time: 11 am to 12 pm
Every year thousands of people show up in their favourite superhero or character outfit. While there are some ladies in zombie make-up, there are very few, if any, nightmarish outfits, making this an awesome event for the entire family.
Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Friday October 13: 5 pm to 8 pm (performance only)
Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15: 12 pm to 7 pm (exhibition and performance)
Tickets: $40 for a family pass ($50 at the door)
The 4th annual Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo will take over the city’s downtown core the weekend of October 14. This three-day festival celebrates cosplay, films, comics, anime and all things superhero and gaming. As a result, this is an ideal opportunity for your family to take in the sights and sounds of Halloween costume creations. (Better still, it’s billed as a family-friendly festival so no gore costumes are allowed.) There is a cosplay performance on Friday October 13 (starts at 5 pm and runs for approximately three hours).
Location: 13750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd, Surrey, BC
Runs from October 7 to October 31, 2017
Times: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Tickets: $11 (kids 2 and under are free)
Come ride the Bear Creek trains and play a round of mini-golf before taking in Halloween-inspired crafts. Then hop on the Pumpkin Express train before it chugs through the spooky decorated forest.
Each child will get a personal, kid-sized pumpkin when they leave. The attraction is open rain or shine.
Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
Runs from October 13 to October 31, 2017
Monday to Thursday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday to Sunday: 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Children’s train ride is Friday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Tickets: $6 and up
Want your kids to revel in the magic of make-believe? Consider the 14-minute Ghost Train through Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park. The children’s daytime ride doesn’t include live performers, so the scare-factor isn’t there. Instead, they can enjoy this year’s Alien Invasion theme, which is a wonderful journey through the forest among the themed displays. After the ride, enjoy the Haunted Maze, arts and crafts, even a pumpkin patch.
Don’t forget to share your favourite moments on social media with #GhostTrainYVR and don’t forget, the train runs rain or shine.
Location: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
Runs from October 24 to October 31, 2017
Daily: 5 pm to 9 pm
Tickets: $6.20 t0 $10
With a nod to the classic tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” this botanical paradise invites families to “go on an adventure through a whimsical garden to discover curious twists and magical moments.” Kids will follow a white rabbit through a wonderous walk complete with pumpkins, lights and sounds. For best results, come closer to dusk or night—as this is when you can really take in the theatrical lights. Plus, the pumpkin carvers need time to work, so the later in the season you attend, the more carved jack-0-lanterns who will get to see! Remember, to stay at the gardens for treats and crafts after your adventure.
If you come in costume, make sure you share your photos with #VanDusenGlow for a chance to win a great prize.
Halloween at Burnaby Village
Location: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby Village Museum
Runs from October 27 to October 31, 2017
Times: 6 pm to 9 pm
Tickets: $9 to $14 per person
For a few nights each year, Burnaby Village transforms itself into a truly kid-friendly Halloween spot. While the attraction aims to offer some thrills, it’s truly scaled down and allows kids a great chance to take-in Halloween without getting too freaked out. Admission to the event includes live entertainment, trick-or-treating candies (for kids only!) and free carousel rides (even for adults!). While the event is billed as an attraction suitable for everyone, keep in mind there are still some scary displays (just no gore). The ideal age to truly enjoy the rides, trick-or-treating and safe-scares are kids between three and 11 years of age.
Pumpkin patches, farms and mazes
Location: 790 Mckenzie Rd, Abbotsford, BC
Times: 9 am to 6 pm
Tickets: $8.50 and up
This family-owned farm still operates as a sizeable business in the Abbotsford area. But realizing a need, the family opted to open up their gates. Now, there’s a direct from the grower to the consumer fruit and veggie stand, a small petting zoo (chickens run wild!), a children’s playground and, in the fall, a pumpkin patch.
Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm
Location: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack, BC
Open: September 1 to October 31
Thursday: 6 pm to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm
Sundays and holidays: 11 am to 6 pm
(Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Tickets: $11 (save $1 if you book online)
Want to get lost! You will at this 12-acre corn maze! Not only is the corn maze great fun for the entire family but your admission ticket also gets you hay bale maze, animal displays, use of pedal cars, the sandbox, the kiddy play area (including a spider climbing web) and a giant jumping pillow.
Laity Pumpkin Patch
Location: 21145 128th Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC
Open: October 1 to October 31
Monday to Friday: 12 pm to 5 pm (for north); 1:30 pm to 5 pm (for south)
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 5 pm (north & south)
Tickets: $5 (kids 2 and under are free)
Fans of this Maple Ridge farm couldn’t get enough, so the family decided to build a second location. Located at 12725 Laity Street, this pumpkin patch to the south offers kids six and up a chance to explore a hobbit-like village before running loose in the patch. The southern patch has restricted hours but does offer a full-day of fun on Thanksgiving Monday (opens at 9:30 am) as well as on Pro-D Day on Friday October 20th (hours are 9 am to 5 pm).
With all the festive options ranging from pumpkin patches to corn mazes to the Halloween Parade, you’ll find a variety of Halloween activities for kids in Vancouver and the surrounding Lower Mainland suitable for the entire family.