Even though Halloween arrives on a Wednesday in 2012, you’ll still be able to enjoy the famous Vancouver festivities—some of which start up weeks before the big day.
The Parade of Lost Souls (once a victim of a decrease in arts funding) has risen from the dead; a dance party will take place on Sat., October 27 at the Rickshaw Theatre, and a Secret Souls Walk will also occur at a secret location announced shortly beforehand. Participating along with the performers and artists makes the whole experience much more fun, so join in the dancing and activities whenever you can (and don’t forget to donate a little extra cash to the Public Dreams organization).
Fright Nights at the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) bring monsters, haunted houses and creepy vibes to Playland (Oct. 17–31). You’ll also see fire performers and plenty of costumed folk. To get into the mood, watch the opening scene from Final Destination 3—then see if you’re still brave enough to ride the Corkscrew!
Stanley Park, famous for its harbor views and guaranteed peaceful afternoons, will have a ‘ghost train’ ride with Scary Fairy Tales (Oct. 5–31, 2012). Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended, since the activity is popular. You’ll also get access to crafts, a haunted castle, and pumpkin-carving.
Another option for a scary ride is the Vancouver Trolley Company’s Haunted Halloween Tour (Oct. 19–31), in which you’ll see and hear spooky stories about Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room at the Vancouver Police Museum. The two-and-a-half-hour tour leaves from Canada Place; the minimum age is 13.
The family-run Dunbar Haunted House has a 2012 theme of ‘The Daily Grime.’ It’s a tradition that’s steadily growing; the nearest stop is the Canada Line’s Marine Drive station (they’ve recently moved). All proceeds are donated to charity (open Oct. 12–31).
Keep an eye out for local deals and parties near your neighborhood; bring a good costume and try something new this year!