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Gentle Halloween Activities in Metro Vancouver

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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.  

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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 2019.

Friendly Halloween Activities Safe For Younger Kids:

ABBOTSFORD

Moo or Boo at the EcoDairy – October 31, 10 am – 5 pm 
COSTUME CONTEST, PHOTO OPS, tattoo booth, barn tours, petting zoo, the Amoozing Race, sweets and treats, spooky science, crafts and more! $3 admission.

BRITANNIA BEACH

Spooktacular Halloween Event at Britannia Mine – from 10 am to 3pm October 19th & 20th  and October 26th & 27th
Spooky Train & Tour, Strange Science Show, optical illusions and animal specimens, costume photobooth and the BOOM! In the historic mill. Admission is $15 for visitors 5-12, $20 for visitors 13+.

BURNABY

Bonsor’s Big Boo – October 25 from 6-8:30pm 
Do creepy crafts, explore the Imagination Playground, games, cookies a haunted house, face painting, colouring and more for just $1.

Monster Mash at Eileen Daily – October 26 from 2pm – 5pm
Costumes are encouraged at this haunted swim with on deck and in pool games. Regular admission rates apply. 

Spooktacular Toonie Skate at Kensington – October 25 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm 
Enjoy family-friendly activities and ice skating, with skates and helmets included in admission cost of $2.

Ghouls & Goblins Toonie Skate at Bill Copeland  – October 26 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 CentreOctober 26 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, guess the pumpkin’s weight and more. Admission is free.

Burnaby’s Haunted Village – October 25-28 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. Burnaby Village Museum members get in free!

The Great Pumpkin at CG Brown – October 27, 12pm – 1:30pm
Games, candy and prizes. Adult must accompany kids under 7 in the water. $1 admission. 

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

Halloween Costume Parade by NBNH – October 31 from 9:35 am – 11:30 am
For kids 5 and under at North Burnaby Neighbourhood House (4908 Hastings).

Burnaby Central Railway Halloween Train Rides – October 31 from 6-9pm
Ride the train in costume, enjoy free hot chocolate and a cookie. Admission is $4.50 per person. 

Pumpkin Parade at Confederation Park – November 1 from 5:30-8:00 PM
Line up your pumpkin along the walking path to form an illuminated parade. Rain or shine. 

COQUITLAM

Hallowe’en Bash Children’s Event – October 26 from 4pm-7pm
Games, contests and spooky surprises. $2 per person. All ages welcome. Haunted house is recommended for children ages 7 – 12 yrs. Pre-registration is recommended.  Drop-in will be subject to availability. 

Hallowe’en Skate at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex – October 27 from 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. & 2:45 – 4 p.m
Join in on-ice activities in costume if you like. Admission is $3.25 per person and skate and helmet rentals are available. 

A Family Haunted Halloween – October 27 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Crafts, gym games and a bouncy castle.  Haunted house for children 6-10. All family members attending must register.  Parent participation is mandatory. No drop-ins at the door. Registration includes a hot dog, fruit and beverage.  Cost: $5.00

Jumpstart Hallowe’en Music and Story Time – October 30, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Child-friendly spooky songs, stories and fun. Costumes encouraged! $5.00 per family member, all family members must register in advance.

Grandparent & Me – Halloween at Dogwood – October 30 1:30 – 3 p.m
Sing-a-longs, fun arts and crafts and some trick-or-treating for children 3 – 5 yrs. $9.70 per person. Pre-registration is required. All family members must register to attend. 

Coquitlam Halloween House – October 19- October 31, 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm
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 27, 2pm to 3:30pm 
Enjoy live music and stories, dress up in your costumes and have lots of fun! $10 per person. 

FORT LANGLEY

Trick or Treat at Fort Langley – October 27 from 10 am to 5 pm
Scavenger hunt, trick-or-treat at the historic buildings, and wear your costumes for great photos! Tickets are:  $7.80/adult, $6.55/senior, free for youth and pass holders. 

LANGLEY

Willowbrook Mall Trick or Treat – October 31 from 5pm – 7 pm, while supplies last 
Get a goodie bag and treats from participating retailers. MInimum $2 donations will be taken for Langley School District Foundation. Enter to win prizes! 

MAPLE RIDGE

Eat Drink and Be Scary at Haney House Museum – October 27 from 11 am to 3 pm 
Games, crafts, and more! Spooky decorations and a Halloween display of scary toys from the past, and the history of candy! Remember to wear a costume, and take home a sweet treat. Parents must accompany children to the event. Admission $5/child, adults free.

NORTH & WEST VANCOUVER 

Trick or Treating at Capilano Mall – October 31 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Kids can trick or treat from over 50 participating retailers in a safe and dry environment. Be on the “haunt” for floor signs indicating which retailers are handing out candy. While supplies last. Come by Guest Services for more spooky details!

Trick or Treating in Edgemont Village – October 31 from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm 
Calling all ghosts and goblins, princesses and Pokémon! The businesses of Edgemont Village are looking forward to hosting families at their annual outdoor trick or treat from 2:30pm until 5pm (or until the candy runs out)!

Trick or Treating at Lynn Valley Shopping Centre – October 31 from 4 pm – 5 pm
Children are invited to enjoy trick or treating at participating stores in Lynn Valley Shopping Centre. A great way to stay warm & safe this Halloween!

Trick or Treating at Park Royal South – October 31 from 3 pm – 5 pm
Various retailers will be participating in trick-or-treating throughout the afternoon in the Centre Court of Park Royal South

PORT COQUITLAM

Halloween Skate at the Recreation Complex – October 27 from 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm 
Dress up in costume for skating, face painting, games and crafts. Regular Admission rates and rentals apply.

SQUAMISH

Halloween Halloween Trick Or Treat at the Sea to Sky Gondola – October 26 from 12 – 3pm
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 along the Chief Connector Trail at the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Strollers are not recommended as the trail is rocky and narrow in sections.  Gondola closed until Spring 2020. 

SURREY

Bear Creek Park TrainOctober 5 to 31 from 10 am until 4:30 pm, rain or shine. 
Do some Hallowe’en 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 26 from noon to 3 pm
Palm reader, scavenger hunt, autumn photo opps, candy, Halloween games and hot chocolate. 
Admission is free. 

Hallowe’en in the Forest at Surrey Nature Centre October 26 from 10 am to 2 pm 
Admission is free! Get out in your costume and learn about nature on Hallowe’en.  Meet the Forest Fairy. Costume prize draw, indoor/outdoor, rain or shine. 

Halloween Themed Skates and Swims – October 19- 28, Various rinks, various pools, various times
Regular drop-in admission applies. 

Halloween Dance at Fleetwood Community Centre – October 25 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Music for all ages, crafts for kids, many activities and prizes for the best costumes. Costumes optional. $8.75 per person. Register online. 

Halloween Escape Room at Fraser Heights Recreation Centre – October 26 at 1 pm to 5:30 pm
All ages welcome, for groups of up to six people. Each group must have one person pre-register for a time slot. For more information, call 604-592-6920.

Boo-seum at Museum of Surrey – October 26 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Scavenger hunt and crafts. Trick or treat and show off your costume. Free admission. 

Halloween Howl at Bridgeview Community Centre – October 26 from 6 pm to 8 pm 
Activities, games and treats. Crafts, potion-making, fortune teller and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. This event is free. 

Halloween Family Fun at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre – October 27 from 1 pm to 3 pm 
Halloween crafts, games and a costume parade. $7 per person – register online. 

VANCOUVER

Stanley Park Ghost Train October 11-31, Friday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm 
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 13 at 11 am, see route here 
Check out this family friendly parade! 

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 Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, October 27, from 5 pm to 9 pm. 
Enjoy crafts, games and lit up pumpkins and light displays. Kids over 2 get in for $9.50, Seniors are $11.50, and adults are $13.50. Food vendors will be on site and it’s bigger and better than last year!

Fish Or Treat Sleepover at Vancouver Aquarium – October 26
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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