Looking for fun Halloween events in Metro Vancouver that won’t spook your bank account? Good news! We have a sweet treat for you.
Between the costumes, candy and haunted houses, Halloween can be a thrilling time for both kids and adults. But sometimes, the cost of attending these events catches up to your wallet before you can even say boo. Let’s try and keep the spooking to ourselves this year, shall we?
Here are some local Halloween events in Metro Vancouver you can enjoy that cost little or no money.
Friday, October 26 to Monday, October 29 from 6 to 9 pm
Head over to Burnaby Village for a family-friendly event full of trick-or-treating, carousel rides and live entertainment. Don’t forget your costume and dancing shoes because you’re invited to the Hill Street Bash. Tickets are available online and are $14 for adults and $9 for kids ages 2 to 12.
Friday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 31 (closed Mondays), hours vary
A night at Reapers might be the scariest Halloween experience you have this season! The Chilliwack farm features an indoor haunted attraction that will keep you on your toes, with live actors jumping out from every corner. If that’s not enough, there’s also a black out Maze of Terror that includes a Chainsaw Massacre experience. Yes, you read that right. Tickets for each attraction are $11, and if you want to tackle both the house and the maze, you’re looking at $20. This haunted experience is not for the faint of heart, so leave the kids at home and come prepared for a scare.
Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 4 pm
Did someone say free games, crafts and face painting? Place Maillardville Community Centre invites you to enjoy all of those fun activities at the Halloween Howl! Make sure to register ahead of time and wear your costume, it’ll be a memorable day indeed.
Sunday, October 28 from 9 am to 1 pm
This won’t be your average trip to the farmers’ market. Instead, you’ll see market-goers decked out in costumes and trick-or-treating the vendors! There will be free crafts and games for little ones to enjoy, followed by a costume parade at noon.
Sunday, October 28 from 10 am to 12 pm
The Pinetree Community Centre is hosting a fun-filled afternoon that’s a treat for the whole family! For only $5, you can enjoy arts and crafts, get your face painted, bring out your inner gymnast with some fun gym games and jump your heart out in the bouncy castle. Registration also includes a hot dog, fruit and drink – you’ll need it after all that jumping!
Wednesday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7 pm and 7:15 to 9 pm
Have you ever been ice skating on Halloween? Well now you can, for just a toonie! Dress up in your costume and head down to Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex in Coquitlam for fun on-ice activities and a costume contest.
Thursday, October 18 from 4:40 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 24 from 4 to 8 pm
Fright fest returns once again this year, with free family-friendly events happening in both North and South Delta. The North Delta Recreation Centre will host its Fright Fest event on October 18 from 4:40 to 7:30 pm. Wear your costume and get ready for a scavenger hunt, games, crafts, food trucks and even marshmallow roasting! If you can’t make that event, the South Delta Fright Fest will take place at the Mckee Heritage House on October 24 from 4 to 8 pm. There will be a haunted house, trick-or-treating, hay rides and much more!
Sunday, October 28 from 10 am to 5 pm
Have you ever trick-or-treated at a historic site? If you’re in the mood for a spook, check out Halloween at Fort Langley – a family event featuring trick-or-treating, a bonfire for sharing ghost stories, and live actors dressed as “Mike’s Critters”. Admission is free for kids and costs $7.80 for adults.
Sunday, October 28 from 11 am to 3 pm
The Haney House Museum is throwing another great family-friendly Halloween bash! There will be games, crafts, treats and of course – costumes galore! Tickets are $5 per child and adults are free.
Sunday, October 28 from 5 to 8 pm
Head over to Memorial Peace park for a free evening full of storytelling, pumpkins, crafts and food trucks, followed by the signature fireworks finale. The theme for this year’s event is “Light and Shadow”, which will include a celebration of Diwali with vibrant music and dancing.
October 20 to 21 and 24 to 28 from 7 to 10 pm
Want to discover what goes bump in the night? Bring your friends and family to the Mission Nightmare Haunted House to get spooked by hordes of live actors and creative sets for a terrifyingly great experience! The event is presented by the local Station 3 Fire Fighters Association and only costs $7, or $5 if you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. All proceeds go to the Mission Community Services Food Centre.
Friday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on weekdays and 12 to 9:30 pm on weekends
Are you scared of the dark? Test your limits at the Haunt of Edgemont, a free haunted house full of live actors bringing “Hell-o-Ween Horror Show” back from the dead. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28 from 7 to 10:30 pm
Wednesday, October 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Every Halloween, the owners of Anmore Manor transform their normal house into a ghoulish haunted mansion – and for a good cause! Admission is by donation of cash or food, all of which is donated to the Share Society Food Bank. The Anmore Manor near Port Moody is a haunting experience that you can feel good about – screams for charity anyone?
Saturday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm
Calling all outdoorsy adventurers! Richmond Nature Park invites you to explore the Nature House and learn about the origins of Halloween. This is a great activity for those who don’t like line-ups or planning because it’s a drop-in event and admission is by donation.
Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Enjoy an evening of spooky fun, games, dancing, and more at Richmond Nature Park. You can jam out to the Monster Mash while strategizing for the pumpkin carnival games! Arrive in style by catching the Pumpkin Express Shuttle from Cambie Secondary School or Richmond City Hall for a sweet ride to and from the park. Admission is $4 for kids and $6 for adults.
Wednesday, October 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Once you’ve done all the trick-or-treating your heart desires, bring your bag of candy down to Minoru Park for music, dancing demonstrations, children’s activities, roving entertainment, fire juggling and a spectacular fireworks finale! Admission is free and fireworks start at 8:30 pm.
Saturday, October 6 to Wednesday, October 31 from 10 am to 4:30 pm (kid-friendly) and 6:30 to 10 pm
All aboard the Halloween Pumpkin Express! This miniature, child-friendly train operates from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and the $11 entry also includes craft activities and Halloween treats for each child. Don’t worry thrill-seekers, there’s a train for you too! The Haunted Forest Scream Train is located at Bear Creek Park as well, but runs at night from 6:30 to 10 pm and costs $13. Creepy characters, sounds and scenes will keep you at the edge of your seat as you make your way down the tracks. Try not to close your eyes!
Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 3:30 pm
It’s time to revive that old red leather jacket and your classic dance moves! Head over to Surrey City Hall Atrium to join an epic choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” while being dressed as a zombie. Don’t know the dance? Don’t worry! You can attend one of many classes happening throughout the month. Time to get your groove on!
Friday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 31 from 4:30 to 9 pm
This won’t be your average walk through VanDusen Gardens. Instead, you can expect the garden to be sprinkled with twists from the classic fairy tale Hänsel and Gretel. Follow the colourfully-lit bread crumb trail to see tons of pumpkin caricatures and finish off the night with tasty treats, crafts and more! Buy your ticket online to get a discount.
Saturday, October 27 from 7 to 10 pm
Come one, come all! The Parade of Lost Souls returns once again this year with a theme of magic and realism. Cue a series of oooh’s and aaaaah’s. Prepare to take in all the wacky sights and sounds, with live bands, art installations, live actors, food trucks and more to captivate you through the night. Since this is a not-for-profit event, donations are encouraged for participation.
Sunday, October 28 from 11 am to 3 pm
Grab your little goblins (AKA, the kids in your life) and head to the shops at Granville Island Kids Market for some free trick or treating. There may be a complimentary snack included, but only if they come in costume!
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 31 from 11 am to 5 pm
The Little Monsters Matinee train ride at Stanley Park is another great family-friendly activity that won’t break the bank. Don’t worry, there won’t be any tricks on this train ride – spooky characters are reserved for the evening. They’ve introduce a new feature this year: you can ride the train all you want between 11 am and 2 pm. Pretty good for only $6 a ticket!
Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27 with showings at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
In the mood to catch a spooky flick? Check out Drive-In Nights at the River District for a free movie under the stars in the comfort of your own car. The 4-storey high screen will be playing Hotel Transylvania and The Strangers on October 20, followed by Frankenweenie and IT on October 27. As you can probably tell, the first movie they play each night is kid-friendly, so keep that in mind if you decide to stick around for the second flick. Since this is a free event, make sure to register fast and bring your ticket to the movie. Pro tip: be quick to call shotgun so you can secure the best seat in the house.
In Victoria? Check our list of free and cheap Halloween events in Victoria.