As the days get foggy and the nights get spookier, we tend to jump to the slightest little creaks and weird sounding noises. This is Halloween! Stock up on the candy, pick out a fun costume to wear, check out some of the hottest events that are going on around your city, listen to some classic Halloween music, or cozy up on the couch and watch a scary movie! Whatever your plans may be this Halloween, make it a spook-tacular one!
Did you know that Halloween is actually the shortened version of All Hallows' Evening, which is also known as All Hallows' Eve and Hallowe'en? Halloween originated from Samhain, which is known to be a festival of Celtic lands. This festival celebrates the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture. Back then, the belief was that on October 31st, the deceased came back to Earth to cause terror. People wore costumes to mimic evil spirits and bonfires were created to attract bats— now these two things are big symbolizations of Halloween.
Halloween, originally a North American holiday, has expanded to places such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, different parts of Europe and even some places in Saudi Arabia. Some traditional things that take place during Halloween include pumpkin carving, trick or treating, wearing costumes, watching scary movies, going to Halloween events, and listening to scary stories. Here are some Halloween events to help you decided what you can do on this ghoulish night!
Fright Nights at the Playland: Experience the thrill of your life at Fright Nights at Playland! This year they will be featuring 7 haunted houses, 15 scary rides and 2 live shows!
Date/Time: Open on selected nights from October 7th – 31st, 2016 starting at 7pm.
More information: http://frightnights.ca/
Halloween at FlyOver Canada: Broomelda is back and is ready to take you on a captivating journey! Get ready to see witches and wizards and much more on this adventurous ride across Canada!
Date/Time: Open from October 13th – 31st, 2016 on Mondays – Fridays from 4pm – 9 pm.
More information: https://www.flyovercanada.com/halloween/
Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tour: Be ready to be whisked away into the night where shadows, ghosts and goblins appear! You’ll listen to some of the most gruesome tales as your trolley makes its rounds around the haunted city of Vancouver.
Date/Time: October 14th – 31st, 2016
More information: http://vancouvertrolley.com/tours/seasonal/haunted-halloween
Stanley Park Ghost Train: Bring the family out for a night of mystical and magical fun on the Stanley Park ghost train. They’ll be spooky tales, glimpses of ghosts and ghouls, a haunted maze and tons of other Halloween activities!
Date/Time: Train runs selected dates/times, please check the website for information.
More information: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ghost-train.aspx
Forbidden Vancouver (Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour): Take a stroll through the haunted Gastown and listen to the ghostly historic stories that took place in this end of Vancouver city.
Date/Time: Every night through November 1st, 2016
More information: http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/lost-souls-of-gastown-vancouver-tour/
Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farm: Come on down with the family and pick out some pumpkins to carve!
Date/Time: Pumpkin patch open on selected dates/times, please check the website for information.
More information: http://www.countryfarms.ca/the-nursery
Haunted Village at Burnaby Museum: Put on your costumes and come see spirits haunting the village at the Burnaby Museum this year! You never know what will catch your eye!
Date/Time: October 27th – 30th, 2016 from 6pm – 9pm.
More information: http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/meta/whats-new/2016-archive/halloween-happenings.html
Potter’s Haunted House: Come check out the scary collection of haunted houses that is sure to freak you out and give you goose bumps!
Date/Time: October 1st, 2016 – October 31st, 2016
More information: http://www.pottershouseofhorrors.com/
HAPPY HALLOWEEN—have a SPOOK-tacular night!