When rounding up all the Halloween activities I could find on Vancouver Island, I was amazed at the vast variety. We definitely like to celebrate this crazy pumpkin infused ‘holiday’ here. No matter if you are looking for a ghoulishly good time or a family friendly event, there is sure to be something you are interested in near you!
Vancouver Island Halloween Activities and Events
South Vancouver Island
The Greater Victoria area definitely has the most variety of activities to choose from. If you are looking for spooky ways to get you into the Halloween spirit, the South Island is the place to be!
Largest Corn Maze on Vancouver Island
Location: Pendray Farm – North Saanich (9537 West Saanich Rd.)
At 5.5 hectares in size, and with more than 10 km of trails, this is Vancouver Island’s largest corn maze. We have been a few times and had a blast finding our way through the maze. Each year it just keeps getting bigger and better! This year the maze is in the shape of Canada, in celebration of 150 years. It is most definitely worth the drive out to this country dairy farm in North Saanich.
Hours of Operation: From now until the end of October:
- Thursday from 2:00 – 9:00 PM
- Friday from 2:00 – 9:00 PM
- Saturday from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Holiday Monday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Things to Note:
- Family-friendly – good for all ages
- Make sure to wear rubber boots (it can be mucky)
- Bring some snacks and water (although last year they had some you could purchase)
- Bring a flashlight if you are going at night
- No dogs allowed
To purchase tickets online, and for more information, visit the Vancouver Island Corn Maze website.
Galey Farms Corn Maze, Market and Railway
Location: Saanich (4150 Blenkinsop Road, Victoria)
Join Galey Farms for their Pumpkinfest. It is a great place to bring your family for some Halloween fun and adventure.
- Enjoy a hayride out to the pumpkin patch
- Get lost in the 6-acre corn maze
- Explore the animated ghost town and haunted mansion
- Visit the animals at the petting farm
- Take a ride on the train through the ‘Valley of Dinosaurs’
- Grab a snack at the Market
- For the older crowd (PG 13) enjoy the ‘Festival of Fear‘ (Carnevil Haunted House, Cornfield of Horror, Crazy Train, and Madame Isabella Seance)
Hours of Operation:
Festival of Fear – Open October 13th to 15th, and the 18th – 31st from 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Pumpkinfest (family-friendly activities as mentioned above) – Saturdays & Sundays (and the holiday Monday) for the month of October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ticket prices and further information can be found on the Galey Farms website.
Pumpkin Express at Heritage Acres
Location: Victoria (7321 Lochside Drive)
Ride on the Pumpkin Express at Heritage Acres, and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun! There will be pumpkin carvings, face painting, a haunted house, and much more family-friendly surprises. A concession stand will also be on site.
Cost is $7.00 per carload.
When: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, Oct 22 from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
More information can be found on the Heritage Acres website.
Monsters Haunted House
Location: Victoria (Pier A, 203 Dallas Road)
This haunted house is located on the Pier in a giant warehouse. You will be transported into a realm of terror as soon as you enter the front door. Your goal is to elude the predators who stalk you through the darkness, as you continue through the twisting maze populated with creatures from your worst nightmares. And for 2017 they have added yet another haunted attraction!
This attraction is NOT suitable for young children!
One attraction: $15.00
Both attractions (combo ticket): $20.00
If you bring in a non-perishable food donation, you receive $1.00 off your ticket price.
Tickets are cash only at the door.
Hours of Operation:
Open October 12 – 31 from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
For more information, please visit the Monsters Haunted House website.
Location: Market Square (560 Johnson Street, Victoria)
Hear ghostly stories as you go on a guided walking tour through the streets and alleys of Victoria. Although this tour is available year round, a special Halloween route is available in October. The Ghostly Walks are family friendly.
For those that prefer to drive, they also have Ghost Bus Tours available. Reservations are required.
Hours of Operation:
Halloween Ghostly Walks – October 13 – 31 at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30
Location: Market Square (Victoria)
Break out your best zombie makeup and get out the blood. Or, be a spectator and watch the shenanigans from a (safe) distance. This annual event in Victoria draws quite the crowd.
When: the Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday, October 7 starting at 3:00 pm.
More information can be found on the Umbrealla Corp. Westcoast Operations Facebook page.
Location: Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria)
Playing with apocalyptic themes such as viruses and zombie-like epidemics in which the civilized world is brought to its knees by a global infestation, Launch Pad brings you a mash-up of the styles of gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe and the narcotic fume of 1970’s disco culture.
Audiences are invited to come dressed in their clingiest, shiniest disco attire* and take refuge inside the protective walls of Craigdarroch Castle, away from the terrible blood-plague known as RED DEATH.
Once inside the Castle, and surrounded by the psychedelic soul sounds of the seventies, the audience is separated into different and disturbing tours of depravity through strangely lit rooms and even stranger confessions of sin, cruelty, terror and murder, all adapted from Poe’s many chilling stories.
RED DEATH is bubblegum-pop horror guaranteed to scare the funk out of you.
Not recommended for children under the age of 18.
*Costumes not mandatory
When: October 17 – 31
To find out more information, visit the website for Craigdarroch Castle.
Night Shift: Dark Circus
Location: Royal BC Museum
Night Shift: Dark Circus will be an evening like no other. Surrender to your sinister side and follow the ringmaster into a mesmerizing night.
Run away with the circus for a night!
19+ only. 2 pieces of ID required for entry.
When: Saturday, October 28 – 8:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Please visit the Royal BC Museum FB page for more information.
Youbou Haunted House
Location: Youbou Community Hall (8550 Hemlock Street)
Fill the neighbourhood with fright come Halloween night. Prizes will be given for the most hair-raising and creative costumes. There will be rewards for all categories, from the littlest to the oldest. Enjoy a hot dog and pop, and finish off the evening with a fantastic fireworks show.
This event is FREE!
When: October 31, starting at 6:30.
More information can be found by visiting the CVRD website.
Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre (2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan)
Ride the Green Hornet through ghostly scenes and past scary Halloween characters. While you are at the museum, make sure to also partake in trick or treating, the Halloween crafts, and the haunted house. This is a family-friendly event enjoyed by many each year.
When: October 20 – 22 & October 26 – 30, from 3:30 – 9:00 pm (first train leaves at 4:00 pm)
For further information, visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre website.
The BIG Shop of Horrors
Location: 7305 Bell McKinnon Road, Duncan
Enter at your own Risk! No Refunds for scaring you and No Chicken Door!
Bring your friends and family to this fun event. There will also be food trucks on site!
This event will take place both outside and inside the ‘Shop’ so dress for the weather. But please do NOT go in costume. Leave the costumes for the actors.
This event involves navigating several steps and closed in spaces. There will be live actors at this venue and it may not be suitable for young or sensitive children.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the following local charities: The Island Savings ‘The Full Cupboard’ benefitting our local food bank, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley.
When: October 20 – 29th, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Pumpkin Patch at Silver Meadow Farm
Mid Vancouver Island Halloween Activities and Events
Free Halloween Fun in Chemainus
Location: Tourism Chemainus (9799 Waterwheel Crescent)
Lots of FREE family fun activities to enjoy, including:
- Trick or Treating at participating businesses
- Halloween Photos
- Create Art in the Park
- Singing pumpkins – songs and stories
- Costume contest with prizes
- Trolley Rides (with pre-registration)
When: Saturday, October 28
Visit the Tourism Chemainus website for more information.
McNab’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Location: Yellow Point (4613 Yellow Point Road)
Enjoy good ol’ fashion farm fun at McNab’s. Get lost in a 7 acre corn maze, enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch, meet and greet some farm animals, and buy some fresh veggies from the produce stand. They also have a crazy fun haunted house too.
Hours of Operation: In October they are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am until dusk.
Make sure to bring your rubber boots!
Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks
Once again on Halloween night McNab’s will have their yearly bonfire and fireworks show.
The bonfire will spark up around 6:00 pm, and then the fireworks will begin near 8:00 pm. The whole show wraps up around 10:30-11:00 pm.
Please visit McNab’s website, for more information.
Downtown Halloween Howl
Location: Downtown Nanaimo
Join the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library and the Victoria Crescent Association for the 2017 Downtown Halloween Howl! There will be trick or treating, haunted houses, spooky storytime, and much more!
12:00 -2:00 pm: Trick or Treating on Commercial Street, Bastion Street, & Victoria Crescent
-Haunted House at the Queens Hotel
-Puppet making at Blue Poppy (while supplies last)
And at the library:
12:00 -2:00 PM: TEENS ONLY Oculus Rift, Pumpkin Painting (while supplies last), Frankentoys (ages 9+), and more…
1:30 PM: Escape Room (ages 6+)
2:00 -3:00: Little Monsters Storytime & Creepy Craft
For more information, please visit the event page on FB.
Haunted Coal Mine
Location: Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way)
Test your courage by stepping into classic horror films and come face to face with legendary monsters such as the Wolfman and Dracula during this year’s Haunted Coal Mine “Classic Hollywood Horror”.
Haunted Coal Mine – Classic Hollywood Horror is a family event and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note some children may find this event frightening. There may be flashing lights in use and the event will have dark spaces.
This event is free of charge.
Children in costume will also receive a Halloween treat.
When: This event runs October 28 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
For more information, please visit the Nanaimo Museum website.
Spooktacular Science Challenge
Location: Bowen Park – lower picnic area (off Wall Street in Nanaimo)
Join the Nanaimo Science and Sustainable Society (NS3) for their 5th annual Spooktacular Science Challenge. Take a walk through Bowen Park and participate in several spooky science stations along the way. Stations include Spooky Slime, Creepy Chemistry Cauldron, and a Haunted House.
Register in advance on the NS3 website for a discounted price.
Tickets include entry into the Spooktacular Science Challenge, a beverage ticket, and a paint balloon for the balloon slingshot.
When: Sunday, October 29 at 11:00 am
Halloween Howl – Pool Party
Location: Beban Pool
Don your bathing suit and head to the Beban Pool for a spooktacular Halloween pool party.
There will be:
- Haunted slide tower
- Pumpkin relay races
- Snakes in the lazy river
- Coloured water
- Water balloon toss
- Water running mats
- Face painting
Regular admission rates apply.
When: Friday, October 27 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Halloween Party & Masquerade Ball
Location: Cavallotti Hall (2060 East Wellington Street, Nanaimo)
The Serauxmen Service Club will be holding their annual Halloween Party and Masquerade Ball at the Calvallotti Hall.
There will be dancing, singing and a whole lot of fun with other costumed members of the club. Enjoy live music from local talent Jo and the Bros. They never fail to put on an amazing show and keep the party rocking.
Prizes will be awarded for the best single and group costumes. So get creative with yours!
Tickets for previous year’s events sold out fast, so get yours today! You can purchase tickets online ($20.00) via eventbrite.
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 8:00 pm to midnight
Official website: http://www.serauxmen.com/
Masquerade Disco Party and Children’s Fairy Tale Costume Party
Location: Bowen Park Complex (500 Bowen Road)
The Nanaimo African Heritage Society is hosting its annual Cultural Days with two special events. One event for children and one for adults.
At the Children’s Fairy-Tale Costume Party kids will be greeted by some of Disney’s famous characters, enjoy face-painting, and lots of other exciting activities. Tickets are $20.
While the Adult’s Masquerade Gala Dinner features a murder mystery, live music, dance and a fashion show. The theme is 1970’s and 80’s. Tickets are $30.
So wear your favourite costumes and go enjoy this year’s Cultural Days!
When: Saturday, October 28th
- Children’s Fairy-Tale Costume Party is from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Adult’s Masquerade Gala Dinner starts at 7:00 PM
More information can be found on the Nanaimo African Heritage Society website.
Halloween Nights on Rock City
Location: 3930 Rock City Road, Nanaimo
This will be the third year for this fun Halloween Haunt on Rock City Road. Enjoy a fun mini corn maze, games for kids, and a haunted house. Please note, the haunted house is not recommended for children under 8. There will be prizes for kids and adults.
Donations are accepted and provided to Loaves and Fishes.
When: October 27 – 31, from 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk
Location: 2525 Northwest Bay Road
There are two sections of this incredibly fun Halloween Walk – Spooky and Scary. The Spooky walk is great for everyone, while the scary one is not suitable for children under the age of 6. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is located on a 10-acre property and takes approximately 20 – 35 minutes to complete.
Please note: there is no parking at this event. Parking is only available on Stewart or Claudet road.
This is a very well attended event, so carpooling is advised.
When: October 27 & 28 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM
You can find more information about this event on the following Facebook page: Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk
Location: Buckerfields (Parksville location) – 587 Alberni Hwy
Head to Buckerfield’s Parksville and join them for a fun day full of games, prizes and treats! Everyone welcome (including pets). There will be costume contests for all. So dress up your pets, kids, AND yourself for the opportunity to win some great prizes. There will be gift certificates up for grabs to other local businesses including the North Island Recovery passes, Tiger Lily Farm passes, restaurant passes, and more! And regardless if you win a contest, every child and pet gets a goody bag to take home.
When: Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For more information, please visit Buckerfields Parksville on Facebook.
Ballenas Haunted House
Location: Ballena Secondary School (135 Pym Street, Parksville)
The graduating class of 2018 would like to invite you to a night of spooky Halloween fun!
There will be an all-ages spooky walk, as well as a frightening haunted house. There will also be games, fear factor, face painting and much more.
Admission is by donation, plus extra ticket costs for activity booths. Also gratefully accepting additional non-perishable food donations for local food banks.
When: Monday, October 30th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Friends of Foster Park Pumpkin Walk
Location: Foster Park (corner of Pym Street and Sanderson Road in Parksville)
If you are in the Parksville area this Halloween, join the Friends of Foster Park for their annual Pumpkin Walk!
Over 400 lit pumpkins carved by local youth will line the trails making for an incredible walk. The event is FREE!
Your child will receive a free goodie bag, and the walk is child and stroller friendly.
There will be hot dogs ($2) and hot chocolate ($1) for sale with proceeds helping to keep this annual event possible.
When: October 31 @ 7:00 PM
Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Silver Meadow Farm
Location: Parksville (1019 Errington Road)
Silver Meadows Farm Market will be hosting their 10th annual Fall Harvest Fest on October 15. There will be lots of family fun with a corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, face painting, pony rides, wagon rides and old-fashioned games.
The Errington School PAC will also be hosting a concession serving, hot dogs, corn, chilli, hot chocolate, coffee and more! The concession will be cash only.
This year admission will be by donation, with all of the proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital
When: Sunday, October 15th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Please note: the pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, from now until October 31.
Visit the Silver Meadow Farm Facebook page for more information about their farm, as well as the Fall Harvest Festival.
Pumpkin Patch at Tiger Lily Farm
Location: Errington (1692 Errington Road)
Head to the farm to pick your pumpkin off the vine. You can choose to visit just the Pumpkin Patch, or with admission to the Barnyard ride the Hay Wagon to the Patch. Tiger Lily Farm also has many barnyard animals for you to enjoy, including pony rides.
Hours of Operation: October 7 – 31, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more information visit the website for Tiger Lily Farm.
Coombs Candy Walk
Location: Coombs Fairground (1014 Ford Road)
An easy, one-stop way to celebrate Halloween for the whole family!
2017 will see pirates and mermaids in an “Under the Sea” themed indoor trick or treat walk, a musical chairs style cakewalk is also on offer, or head into the Ballenas dry grad committee Haunted House for a scare!
Concession on site for hot dogs, cocoa and coffee, a decorated “selfie” area to capture a pic of your 2017 costume, and end of evening fireworks at 8:00 pm.
All event activities are by donation. Money raised funds the continuation of this popular and long-running event.
When: Halloween night (October 31) starting at 6:00 pm (fireworks start at 8:00 pm).
You can visit the public Facebook group for the Coombs Candy Walk for further information.
Spooktacular at Storybrook Village
Location: Qualicum Beach Commons (744 Primrose Ave.)
Every building will have a special activity (for children 0-10 years of age and their families). Come in costume and enjoy this special event brought to you by community partners.
Make and take home a light up craft, and ride trikes and bikes around this adorable village.
Hot dogs and beverages will be served.
When: Tuesday, October 24, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
Further information can be found on the Building Learning Together website.
Halloween in the Village
Location: Downtown Qualicum Beach
The Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association invites you to their annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat event. Each year the event is a huge success, so don’t miss out!
This event is for children 12 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Other free activities taking place during the Downtown Trick-or-Treat include:
- Creepy Crafts at the Qualicum Beach Library
- Free Halloween Photos for Kids in costume at Qualicum Beach Pharmasave
- Edible Halloween crafts at the Courtyard Cafe
- A Haunted House at the Old Fire Hall
- Colouring contest at Lefty’s Restaurant
When: Tuesday, October 31 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Please visit the Qualicum Beach Downtown website for more information.
Halloween Howl Swim
Location: Ravensong Aquatic Centre (737 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach)
Ghosts and goblins will be seen at Ravensong Aquatic Centre this night with a few tricks and games for the children. The howl will finish off with an annual piñata bash.
Parents are free when accompanied by your children.
When: Sunday, October 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Regular admission rates apply.
Pumpkin Patch Hayrides
Location: Arrowvale Campground and Collins Farm (5955 Hector Road, Port Alberni)
Head to this Farm in the beautiful Alberni Valley for their annual Pumpkin Patch Hayrides. Round trip to the pumpkin patch via hayride will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes. While you are at the farm take pictures with their cuddly goats, and enjoy hot drinks, festive goodies, and even lunch in the Café.
Hours of Operation:
- October 7 & 8, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- October 14 & 15, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- October 21 & 22, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- October 28 & 29, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Please check Arrowvale Campground’s website for more information.
Spooky Coal Mine
Location: Cumberland Museum (2680 Dunsmuir Ave., Cumberland)
Descend down the steep dark stairs into halls and passageways of terror and trickery. Get ready for ancient apparitions, spirits, spiders, bats, rats, ghostly forces and other spooky surprises! This is an annual Cumberland tradition.
Not recommended for children under 5. Parents are requested to accompany children under 10.
Admission is by donation.
When: Dates TBA
Up to date information can be found on the website for the Cumberland Museum
Halloween in Cumberland
Location: starting at the Cumberland Recreation Centre
join hundreds of ghosts, fairies, pirates, and superheroes at the annual Trick or Treat Parade in Downtown Cumberland. Trick or Treaters gather outside the Cumberland Recreation Centre (CRI) at 4:00 before parading down Dunsmuir, stopping at businesses for candy and other surprises.
After filling your buckets and bags, head back to the Cumberland Recreation Centre for hotdogs, juice, and Halloween crafts, and to visit the ‘Spooky Haunted Coal Mine’ at the museum, open until 7:00 pm!
The Trick or Treat Parade is sponsored by the Village of Cumberland, the Cumberland Museum and Archives, Businesses of Cumberland, and the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial.
Pumpkin Harvest at Shamrock Farms
Location: Comox (2276 Anderton Road)
Pick your own pumpkins from the field, or choose a pre-picked one in the Pumpkin Barn. They have three fields to choose from this year, so your choices will be plenty! Hayrides are available to and from the fields on the weekends only 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Shamrock Farms also offers resident farm animals, a kids corn/hay maze, and pumpkin contests. Sweet treats and hot drinks are available at the Witches Brew Cafe.
Hundreds of hours have gone into creating the family-favourite Haunted Barn. Elaborate displays of both real and animatronic pumpkins will be on display all month long… just don’t disturb the witch!
On Saturday, October 28th the farm will stay open late, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Bring a flashlight and follow jack-o’-lanterns to the pumpkin patch. Prepare to have a spooktacular time.
Hours of Operation: October 1 – 31, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (unless otherwise noted).
Admission to Shamrock Farms is always free.
Further information can be found by visiting Shamrock Farm’s website.
Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest
Location: Black Creek (2186 Endall Road)
Visit this winery for their 5th annual Pumpkin Fest, perfect for the whole family.
What to Expect
- Corn Maze
- Barnyard Animals
- Hay Wagon Rides
- Pumpkin Ring Toss
- Golden Pumpkin Hunt
- The Country Kitchen
- Pick your own Pumpkin
- Hay Bale Maze
- Pumpkin Bowling
- Pumpkin Trebuchet/Catapult
- Ornamental Gourds
- Photo Booth
Admission is $6.00 per person. Children 2 and under are FREE.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from October 7th – October 29th (including Thanksgiving Day Monday), from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Please visit Coastal Black’s website for further information.
Location: Campbell River (4080 Gordon Road)
The Marin Marketing Team’s Howl-O-Wiener is on Friday the 13th this year! Join Shannon and Brent at their home for this extra frightful spooktacular bash! There is a designated driver to pick you up in town and bring you home again so there is no excuse for missing out on a HELL of a good time!
Go and roast a wiener and have some beverages by the bonfire. Kids spooky eyeball hunt starts at 3:00 pm and there are prizes for best costumes for both kids and adults. Enter the draws to win great door prizes!
Open to everyone! So put on your best costume and head towards the fun!
When: Friday, October 13 from 3:00 pm – 3:00 am
More information can be found via the Marin Marketing Team FB page
Do you know of any other Vancouver Island Halloween Activities or Events?
If you know of an event that should be included in this list, please contact me or leave it in the comments below.
This post will be updated as I become aware of more events. So make sure to keep checking back!