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Halloween is a fun & spooky time of year, but it doesn’t have to be too scary for younger kids. There are lots of choices of gentle Halloween activities that won’t give your kids nightmares.  These options are often indoors, well lit and sometimes on the weekend to accommodate earlier bedtimes.  

We have ideas to explore in Abbotsford, Britannia Beach, Burnaby, CoquitlamFort Langley, LangleyMaple RidgeNew Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Squamish, Surrey, & Vancouver. If you are looking for the perfect Pumkin, we have you covered there too with our Complete Guide to Pumpkin Patches across Metro Vancouver 2018.

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Friendly Halloween Activities Safe For Younger Kids:


Moo or Boo at the EcoDairy – October 31 1pm – 5pm
Enjoy the petting zoo, photo booth, costume contest, tour dairy barns, tricks, treats, BOGO memberships, explore the Discovery Zone, and take part in hands on activities. Kids under 12 are $4, adults and members are free.


Spooktacular Halloween Event at Britannia Mine – from 10 am to 3pm October 20th & 21st and October 27th & 28th
Wear a costume, take in a spooky science train, take an underground train ride (for kids ages 5+), check out the critter emporium of creepy crawly critters, enjoy a medieval fair, a carnival of curiosities, a witches house and have fun in the photo booth. Admission is $15 for visitors 5 and up.


Bonsor’s Big Boo – October 26 from 6-8:30pm
Do creepy crafts, explore the Imagination Playground, games, cookies, a haunted house, face painting, colouring and more for just $1 (weapon free zone, no costumes with weapons allowed.)

Monster Mash at Eileen Daily & Confederation Park – October 26 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Costumes are encouraged at this haunted swim with on deck and in pool games. Regular admission rates apply.

Spooktacular Toonie Skate at Kensington – October 26 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy family-friendly activities and ice skating, with skates and helmets included in admission cost.

Art on the Spot: Imaginary Beings at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts October 27 from 11am to 2pm
Make an original costume using upcycled fabrics and craft items.

Ghouls & Goblins Toonie Skate at Bill Copeland  – October 27 from 12:30-3:00 PM
Ice skating, face painting, crafts, games and costumed fun! Admission is $2 each (kids under 3 are free! Skates and helmets are included in admission)

Hallowe’en Howler at Cameron Rec Centre – October 27 from 10am – 1:00pm
Donate to the food bank and do crafts, enjoy the Imagination Playground, do the movement circuit, play games, have fun with face painting, get your picture at the photo booth and more. Admission is free.

Burnaby’s Haunted Village – October 26-29 from 6-9 pm
Enjoy trick-or-treating, entertainment and carousel rides at this event at Burnaby Village Museum. Cost is $14 for adults, seniors and youth, and $9 for children 2 to 12 years of age. (October 26-29, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm). Burnaby Village Museum members get in free!

The Great Pumpkin at CG Brown – October 28, 12pm – 1:30pm
Games, candy and prizes. Adult must accompany kids under 7 in the water.

Hallowe’en on the Heights – October 31 from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm
Dress up and trick or treat with participating merchants (identified with pumpkin window decals).

Burnaby Central Railway Halloween Train Rides – October 31 from 6-9pm
Ride the train in costume, enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. Admission is $3.50 per person.


Halloween Swim at City Centre Aquatic Complex – October 28 from 1pm – 3pm

Hallowe’en themed swim with games and prizes. Regular admission rates apply.

Hallowe’en Toonie Skate at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex – October 31 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. / 7:15 – 9 p.m.
Join in on-ice activities and costume contest. Admission includes skates and helmet rentals.

Coquitlam Halloween House – October 20- October 31, 6:30pm until 9:00 pm
In its 19th year, there are spooky attractions suitable for all ages, lights and lasers, pumpkins and ghouls, all raising money for Variety the Children’s Charity. Wheelchair accessible.

Mr. I’s Slightly Spooky Songs and Stories Concert at Place Des Arts – October 28 2pm to 3:30pm
Enjoy live music and stories, dress up in your costumes and have lots of fun! $10 per person.


Trick or Treat at Fort Langley – October 28 from 10 am to 5pm
Trick or treat, come in costume, make some crafts, visit spooky servant’s quarters, Mike’s critters from noon until 5pm and have some family fun! Tickets are:  $7.80/adult, $6.55/senior, free for youth and pass holders.


Harvest Glow at Milner Village Garden Centre – September 27 – October 31
Indoor pumpkin patch, corn maze, playgrounds, light sculptures, pumpkin tree, pumpkin carriage, live entertainment, food trucks and more! Online ticket pricing – Seniors & Kids 4-12 $8.99, Adults $11.99, Family (2 adults, 3 kids) $39.99. Tickets if available at the door are $2 more per ticket, but often sells out.

Willowbrook Mall Trick or Treat – October 31 from 5pm – 6pm, while supplies last.
Get a goodie bag and treats from participating retailers. Donations will be taken for Langley School District Foundation.


Eat Drink and Be Scary at the Maple Ridge Museum – October 28 from 11am to 3pm
Decorate cookies, do crafts, explore the museum with a costumed guide and come in costume! Admission is $5 for children, adults are free.


Vancouver Circus School’s Halloween Circus Carnival  – October 27th – 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trick-or-Treating, Food Carts, Aerial Silk and Trampoline Lessons, Juggling, Costume Contests, Photo Booth, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Roving Entertainment, Scavenger Hunt, Crafts, Games and more! Interactive circus shows every 30 minutes. Note that the shows get spookier as the evening goes on.
Age Recommendations:
4:00pm – 6:00pm: All Ages
6:00pm – 8:00pm: 11+
8:00pm – 10:30pm: 19+ (Bar available)
Admission: $10 advanced purchase (before October 23rd), $15 at the door. Children under 1 years old FREE.

Other events such as Capilano Mall  &

Park Royal Mall have not yet updated their 2018 events. We will continue to monitor.



Halloween Skate at the Recreation Complex – October 28 from 1:15pm – 4:45pm
Dress up in costume for skating, face painting, games and crafts. Regular Admission rates and rentals apply.


Halloween Halloween Trick Or Treat at the Sea to Sky Gondola – October 27 from 12 – 4pm
The Sea to Sky Gondola welcomes costume-clad trick-or-treaters of all ages for an afternoon of seasonal surprises, face-painting and Trick or Treating. Admission is free with gondola lift tickets or a valid annual pass. Upon arrival, visit the Basecamp Cafe and then head up the gondola for trick or treating on the Alpine Alley Trail to visit our favourite characters. The first 250 trick-or-treaters are invited to pick up a special bag to decorate in the Basecamp Cafe.


Bear Creek Park TrainOctober 6 to 31 from 10 am until 4:30 pm, rain or shine.
Do some Halloween themed crafts on the platform, play games, make a pumpkin mask, have a treat on the Pumpkin Train that takes you to the Pumpkin patch where your kid can pick their own pumpkin (children under 2 and adults will not receive pumpkins). See other great pumpkin patches here (link to pumpkin patch post). Admission is $10 per person, with group rates available.

Haunted Farm Family Day – At Historic Stewart Farm – October 27-30 from noon to 3pm
Play Halloween games, take photos with the cardboard horse who will be dressed up for the holidays, participate in a scavenger hunt, have your fortune told, have hot chocolates and treats and do some festive crafts.  Admission is free.

Hallowe’en in the Forest at Surrey Nature Centre – October 27 from 10 am to 2pm
Admission is free! Get out and enjoy nature on Hallowe’en.

Halloween Themed Swims – October 27 & 28, Various pools, various times.
Regular drop-in admission applies.

Halloween Family Fun at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre – October 28 from 1 pm to 3pm
This event is free, but pre-register.

Halloween Howl at Bridgeview Community Centre – October 30 from 4pm to 7pm.
This event is free.


Stanley Park Ghost Train October 11-31, Friday to Sunday 11 am to 5pm The Little Monsters Matinee has no scary actors or live performances, only static displays. Parental discretion advised for kids under 6. Rides between 11 am and 2pm are unlimited. Matinee tickets are $6 for all ages and can be purchased in advance online to avoid disappointment.

Vancouver Halloween Parade – October 7 at 11 am, see route here
Check out this family friendly parade which will include marching bands, horses, floats, costumed performers, dancing, and more!

Halloween at the Roundhouse October 31 from 4:30-7:30
Pre-register, wear your costume and join in the fun with crafts and games.

Glow in the Garden at VanDusen GardensOpen daily from Friday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 31, from 4:30pm to 9pm.
Enjoy crafts, games and lit up pumpkins and light displays. Kids over 2 get in for $8.50, Seniors are $10.50, and adults are $12.50. Food vendors will be on site and it’s bigger and better than last year!

Fish Or Treat Sleepover at Vancouver Aquarium – October 27
Trick or treat, learn about marine life and sleep over in one of the galleries. Breakfast and snacks are included. This is for kids ages 6 and up. Members $92, non-members $115.

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