Are you ready for ghouls, zombies, and vampires to begin prowling the night? Whether you are ready for it or not, Halloween is just around the corner, and it is time to get ready for the spookiest time of the year. While Halloween typically means trick or treating with your family and friends, there are plenty of other horror-themed activities that spring up to give you your horror fix throughout the Halloween season in Vancouver.
If you are unsure of where to go for a good scare or horror-themed night out, here are some of the best places in the city that you and your group of thrill seekers should check out this year.
Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner in Giatti’s
If you like vampires but still prefer a more relaxed evening out, October 28 features the Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner in Giatti’s “Terror in Transylvania 21+” event. Each attendee will receive a character part to play for the duration of the event, as you will have to dress and act for the part from the moment you arrive until the evening is over.
With plenty of food, drinks, and snacks to keep you going through the night, you and your family and friends can enjoy a murder mystery unfolding while you all play your part and otherwise enjoy yourselves in the company of like-minded fellows.
Cinema of Horrors Drive-In
For cinema and horror film lovers, returning to the Clark County fairgrounds this October is the Cinema of Horrors Drive-In event. This live-action movie experience will have you screaming in your seats as blockbuster movie horrors come to life and lurk outside your car, lying in wait to surprise you.
This unique event lasts approximately two hours, depending on which film is shown, with plenty of high-quality sounds and lighting effects, in addition to studio-quality makeup, monster costumes, and terrifying twists that will keep you on your toes. If you decide to give this drive-in event a try, just remember to keep your doors locked and any children you bring along inside at all times.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: Headless Horseman Halloween Special
With a history dating back to the 19th century, Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a historic railroad in Clark County where you can catch a ride on an old locomotive and enjoy the lush views around the city. For Halloween, they celebrate the season by hosting their Headless Horseman event, where train commuters can ride along the historic railroad and attempt to spot the mysterious rider gallivanting through the woods.
Just be sure to have your camera ready as you may only have a moment to capture the elusive rider in action through the woods—though you will have a chance for a family photo at the end that you can display at home afterward!
Horror Ink Make-And-Take
If you are looking to satisfy your artistic passion with like-minded artists this Halloween season, Horror Ink Make-And-Take is where you can gather and indulge in creating horror-themed art that you can show off to your friends and family. Even if you are inexperienced or new to art, you are in luck, as this is a beginner-friendly event where you can learn basic inking with different tools with all supplies and materials provided for your convenience.
For more experienced artists, you are also free to bring your materials and tools as well as draw your own original work or select a piece from their pre-sketched outlines to help you get started. Don’t miss this event if you love crafting horror-themed art and relish the chance to meet other dark artists.
Halloween Bash In The Couve
Are you ready to get festive and enjoy a Halloween-themed bash? Halloween Back In The Couve is an event for anyone over the age of 21, with good food, plenty of drinks, and an opportunity to dance away late into the night with fellow costumed partygoers.
Tickets include a wide array of food that range from gourmet appetizers to delicious desserts, with each ticket giving you your choice of beer, wine, cocktail, or non-alcoholic beverages from either of their two bars. DJs will spin the greatest hits from the 80s and 90s as partygoers compete for a $100 prize for the best costume award. Just be sure to buy your ticket soon, as tickets sell out very quickly every year!
Nightmares on Elk Street
If you prefer an adrenaline-pumping event that will give you a good scare, Nightmares on Elk Street is an indoor haunted house where you and like-minded thrill seekers can experience a spooky night out. This haunted house will appeal to all sorts of guests with various scares to spook even the bravest souls.
If you do decide to test your luck here, just be sure to leave your cell phones and cameras in your car or outside of the attraction—but don’t worry, you will find plenty of things to snap pictures of the outside of the building to capture the spooky vibes. For anyone who can’t use stairs due to physical limitations—of which there are seven throughout the attraction—they offer alternative routes so everyone can have a fun night out.
Holidays on Franklin Street
Last on this list is the Holidays on Franklin Street event, where families from around the area can gather together and spend the evening trick or treating together. This is a great opportunity to take your kids out on Halloween evening and meet up with their friends, while you can check with other parents or guardians as the kids skirt from house to house demanding treats with the threat of mischief if ignored.
If you are looking for a family-friendly event where you can mingle with others, consider checking this event out this year. With over 8,000 trick-or-treaters coming together every year to celebrate together, this is a fun opportunity that you and your kids won’t want to miss.
These are the spookiest places and attractions in Vancouver this time of the year, so grab a friend and a bag for all of your candy and head on out into the night!