If you can’t spend Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, Vancouver is, hands down, your next best option. First, October cooperates beautifully, offering up a grey, gloomy sky with plenty of orange and yellow peppered trees to create the perfect holiday backdrop. Second, the temperature dips just enough to make it feel like there’s a seasonal shift, but it’s never cold enough to warrant hiding your elaborate costume under a winter coat and a pair of Sorels. *Sorry, friends of the east.
Vancouver also comes through with plenty of events to tempt you into scaring yourself. They’re closing shop after tonight, so get on ‘em and make Halloween count! Here’s our top 5 list:
The Zombie Syndrome: Dead in the Water -- Do you like immersive experiences with a little side of terror? If the answer is yes, you’ll love the The Zombie Syndrome. It’s in its fifth cycle of productions, so you know it’s tried and tested. This year, their central monster was inspired by audience suggestions. The result is a hybrid of two popular creatures, zombie and vampire – an interesting challenge for playwright, director, and producer Andy Thompson.
If you don’t like audience participation, this may not be for you. If you do like being implicated in an original story line, get your tickets!
The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train -- This year, the Ghost Train is taking on the Day of the Dead -- a Mexican holiday focused on praying for and remembering those that have passed on – as their theme. It’s a visual treat, and the performers delight audiences with dance numbers and scares. This event is for kids and adults, so enjoy the ride in the daytime or at night.
Fright Nights -- With 7 haunted houses, 15 rides and 2 scary live shows, the PNE website suggests you bring a change of pants, and so do we. This is not just a Halloween-themed amusement park – no, no, NO. Expect to be greeted by ghouls and monsters as soon as you squeeze through the turnstyle. There’s nowhere to hide, except maybe your car…
The only thing scarier than attending Fright Night is missing out! So book your tickets now!
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour -- Have you ever wondered about the dark parts of Vancouver’s history? The Haunted Trolley Tour will bring you around to different neighbourhoods in the city, regaling you with gruesome stories – like the Castelanni Milkshake Murder – and make stops at the Mountainview Cemetery and the Vancouver Police Museum. It’s a frightening night with some history lessons. Who knew learning could be so scary?
Trick or Treat – They say that you should probably retire the idea of trick or treating between the ages of 12-15, and maybe that’s true. But don’t fret, older teenagers and adults! The best part about being older is knowing that chocolates and candies are on major discount today. Not only can you pick and choose what you want (Reese’s Peanut Butter cups all day), you can eat however much you want! And you can stay up past 8:00 p.m. We all know the best movies are on AFTER 8:00 p.m.
Yes, Halloween may be great for kids, but we say it’s great all around. So trick or treat your way with full-sized chocolate bars! Just don't forget to dole out. And make sure you're more generous than Donald here...
As you may or may not know, we’ve been sharing favourite scary films from VFS staff and faculty on our Facebook channel. We’ve compiled that list and added a few other films for your reading pleasure -- Download here! Take some of our suggestions and broaden your horror movie repertoire. It’s a great night to binge!
Happy Halloween, friends and ghouls! Be safe, be scared and, above all, eat candy!