Vancouver is not immune to haunted houses and ghostly tales, and at this time of year eerie amusements and attractions with the sole purpose of scaring your proverbial pants off pop up all around town. I found five that will get your blood pumping this season:
What: Belmont Haunted House
Where: 1006 Belmont Ave, North Vancouver (Edgemont Village)
When: October 15th to October 31st from 2:00pm to 9:00pm daily
About: Promising to be the region’s largest and spookiest independent haunted house. The elaborate mix of special effects and live actors is guaranteed to make you scream. Admission is by donation to Ronald McDonald House BC.
What: Potter’s House of Horrors
Where: 12530 72nd Ave, Surrey
When: October 10th to October 31st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
About: The House of Horrors is a professional presentation in a labyrinth like walk through of approximately 9,000 square feet. It consists of several rooms and displays connected together by dark twisty hallways. New for 2014, Potter’s has added a second haunted house. 5:00pm to 6:30pm every night is “Family Hour” when lights are brighter, sounds are lower, and there are no actors. After that, it all gets amped up and is not recommended for children from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $10 (plus taxes/fees).
What: Historic Stewart Farm
Where: 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
When: October 25th 3:00pm to 4:30pm (5-7 years); 6:30pm to 8:00pm (7-11 years)
About: This one’s for the kids! Stop by the farmhouse in your costume and discover that it has been taken over by ghosts. Admission is $15. Pre-register by calling 604-592-6956.
What: Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall St, Vancouver
When: October 21st to October 31st from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (closed October 27th)
About: Not suitable for children at any time. The Classical Chinese Garden transforms into a terrifying Haunted House featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians. This one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee: China’s Sherlock Holmes. Tickets available online in advance for $12, $10 for students or on site.
UPDATE: Vancouver, West End
What: Barclay Manor Haunted House
Where: 1447 Barclay St, Vancouver
When: Friday, October 31st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, November 1st from 4:30pm to 6:00pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm
About: Historic Barclay Manor is one of the West End’s oldest houses and being a Vancouver heritage home has its own natural creepiness. Make your way through the haunted house and see what surprises we have in store! This year promises to be the scariest yet, ages 8 and older recommended. Pre-registration at the West End Community Centre is recommended.
What: Haunted Village
Where: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: October 23rd to October 26th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
About: More than a house, the entire Burnaby Village Museum has been converted into a Haunted Village filled with Halloween haunts for young and old. The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be adorned in a ghoulish, spooky yet fanciful fashion. This year the decorations play with the theme of crows and Victorian steam punk. Admission is $14 for adults, youth and seniors and $9 for children 2-12 years old. Entrance includes trick-or-treating for the children, entertainment and carousel rides for all. Taxes included. Tickets available at the door; Members free. The Ice Cream Parlour will be open for ghoulish snacks and light meals.
UPDATE: Maple Ridge
What: Glenhurst Manor Haunted House
Where:11661 Glenhurst St, Maple Ridge
When: October 25th, 26th and 30th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; October 31st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
About: Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items for the Friends In Need Food Bank. 10 live actors bring the house to life. Guests will enter the haunted house through the hotel lobby, then walk along corridors from room to room. There will be a room decorated in red velveteen with flickering lights and candles and a children’s room with a brass day bed and fleur de lis decor. Upon exiting the hotel, guests will walk into an area filled with 30 jack-o-lanterns and where they will find a cemetery and mausoleum. On Halloween night from 5:00pm to 6:00pm there will be no actors in the house so that families with young children can visit.