Blog: Top Ten Things To Do For October in Vancouver – Front & Company

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October is upon us and we can’t contain our excitement for one of our favourite fall holidays. Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, so everyone is going to be roaming the city over that weekend. But there is plenty to do around the city in preparation leading up to this grand celebration. Here’s Front & Company’s list of ten things you need to do this October to make the most out of your Halloween month.

  1. Fright Nights at the PNE: You can’t call yourself a Vancouverite if you haven’t been to Fright Nights at the PNE. This legend-wait for it-dary event opens on October 9 to November 1. With 7 haunted houses and 15 rides open to the public, it will make one spectacular night that will scare your pants off. Their newest haunted house, Keepers Doll Factory will leave an impression on you. Check out the trailer below.

https://youtu.be/wOLmL848Dp0

  1. If the PNE is too far for you but you’re in need of some adrenaline, there’s also the Chinatown Haunted House. Located at The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St., Vancouver) the beautiful Chinese garden will be transformed into a thrill-seeker’s dream. It is recommended you buy tickets beforehand as the popularity of this event is increasing.

Check out their website at http://www.chinatownhauntedhouse.com/index.html

  1. If you are on a budget, or want to save a couple bucks, you can roam Gastown at the dead of night. I don’t recommend stumbling around by yourself at 3am after a night out, but maybe save it for a weekday and explore the area’s great architecture and eerie allies (namely Blood Ally). Warning though, it is a fairly sketchy area so make sure you’re in a group

 

  1. If you are looking for the perfect date idea, check out the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour. They will take you through the creepiest parts of Stanley Park, to visit the Lady in Red at the Fairmont Hotel, and you’ll travel through Shaughnessy to pass by the murderous mansions of the area. Who knows what you and your friends will see on this 2 and a half hour tour. Departing on October 14th to the 31st from Canada Place, this will give you the perfect excuse to cuddle up while listening to come bone chilling stories.

 

  1. There are two Pumpkin patches that stand out if you live in Vancouver. The Southlands Farm Pumpkin Patch is located at 6767 Balaclava Street, in Vancouver. Admission is by donation and pumpkins are $5 each. If you live in North Vancouver, I recommend checking out Team Clarke’s Annual Pumpkin Patch. Every year, they host a pumpkin patch at 104-3151 Woodbine Drive, this mess-free pumpkin patch donates their profits to ALS BC. As you may remember from the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS is a neurological disease that attacks the brain and muscles with no warning signs at all. There is still no known cause or cure for ALS.

 

  1. If you aren’t much of a Halloween fan, there’s still plenty to do in the city. Madonna is coming to Vancouver on October 14th with her latest hit “Bitch, I’m Madonna” and other singles she’ll enlist your inner diva to sing along with her latest hits.
  • Florence and the Machine are coming October 25th, with hits like “Dog Days are Over” and “Shake It Out”, it is the perfect night out with your friends for some indie-pop music. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster for both acts.

 

  1. If you have always wanted to do a murder mystery, but have been too lazy to organize one, then look no further. Science World is doing an adults-only murder mystery night on Friday Oct 16, 6:30-10pm. Tickets are $35 and includes one drink ticket. http://www.scienceworld.ca/adultevenings
  1. If you’re not a fear-seeker, there is always the aquarium. They are having an adults-only afterhours on Thursday, October 29th from 6 to 10 pm. Tickets start at $21, but take note some exhibits are closed, due to the late hours. Check out their schedule for the night at http://www.vanaqua.org/experience/events/annual-and-upcoming-events/after-hours.

 

  1. Halloween is one of the few times where you get to enjoy fireworks in Metro Vancouver. There will be 4 firework displays in Richmond.
    1. Minoru Halloween Fireworks Festival at Minoru Park (5-10 minute walk from Brighouse Station on the Canada Line)
  • 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  1. Halloween Fireworks at McLean Neighbourhood Park
  • 22500 McLean Avenue, Richmond at 8:15 pm
  1. Halloween Fireworks at West Richmond Community Centre
  • 9180 No. 1 Road, Richmond at 8:15
  1. Halloween Street and Fireworks at South Arm Community Centre
  • 8880 Williams Road, Richmond from 5:30 to 9:30 pm

For the people living in Burnaby, you don’t have to worry about traveling to Richmond to view fireworks. You can head to 50 S. Gilmore Avenue before 8:15 pm to catch the fireworks display at Gilmore Community School.

 

  1. Rounding off the list, but the most anticipated of all is what to do on Halloween Night. Seeing as it lands on a Saturday, it is going to get pretty wild! That being said, there are a few standout events that are worth checking out this Halloween.
    1. Halloween at the Waterfront
  1. Vancouver Halloween Club Crawl
  1. Halloween Party Cruise
  1. The Shangri-la Halloween Masquerade & Costume Ball