Oct 2

Harvest-Themed Fun

Fall is officially here and so are some great events to help you celebrate it! From fun family events to the haunting Halloween festivities, there is so much to do this October. Here are our top 5 events that you should check out:

Harvestland

Harvestland is a brand new event and it’s taking place at Hastings Park, home of the PNE Fair. It is an event unlike any other harvest event out there. The kids will love cheering on the lumberjacks and going on tractor rides, while you snap the ultimate family picture in the Woodland Labyrinth and pumpkin patch. All right in Vancouver!

Dates: October 10-20, hours vary by day

Location: Hastings Park, home of the PNE Fair

Prices: $44.99 family, $14,99 adult, $9.99 child/senior (3-12, 65+), plus tax and fees

Website: https://harvest.land/  

Fright Nights 

Nothing quite compares to the eerie, goosebump-inducing sensation that comes with a visit to Fright Nights at Playland. The air is thick with fog; creatures lurk in the shadows; the roar of a chainsaw followed by shrieks echoes in the dark distance. With 20+ rides and attractions (including dark mini golf this year) and 8 haunted houses, Fright Nights is the THING nightmares are made of.

Dates: Oct 4-31 (select nights)

Location: Playland

Prices: $25-$45 online for regular admission (includes rides and houses, price varies by date), $65-105 online for Rapid Passes (includes admission and Express Entry for Haunted Houses & 5 rides). PRO TIP: Buy tickets in advance to save money and skip the lines at the ticket booths.

Website: https://frightnights.ca/ 

The Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train

Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, inspired by Halloween and other spooky tales. This family event is open to all ages and offers a glimpse of the goblins and ghoulish characters inhabiting the stories, legends and folklore of Halloween and Harvest celebrations. Don’t miss this year’s theme: Alice in Wonderland. Follow Alice and the Not-So-White Rabbit through an endless series of stone doors and enter into a gothic nightmare world filled with tombs and tombstones, crypts and catacombs!

Dates: Oct 11-31

Location: Stanley Park

Prices: Matinee – all guests (11am to 4pm) – select dates $7.55, Adult (18 to 64) $15.10, Youth (12 to 17) $11.20, Child (3 to 11) $9.90, Senior (65+) $11.20

Website: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ghost-train.aspx

Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus is the 19+ Oktoberfest-inspired celebration that Vancouver has come to love since 2014. With a delightful menu of liquid gold biers, hilarious character hosts, authentic Oompah and live DJ entertainment, and probably the largest collection of lederhosen in the country the party comes to life in true festive fashion. There are seven unique sittings so pick your night now before they sell out!

Dates: October 10-12, 18, 19

Location: PNE Forum

Prices: $24.99-$29.99 depending on date, $39.99-$49.99 for VIP, plus tax and service charges

Website: https://harvest.land/haus/

Dooms Night

Canada’s largest running Halloween music festival “DOOMS NIGHT” returns for its 16th year anniversary featuring Martin Garrix, Cosmic Gate, Sam Feldt, Julian Jordan & Daijo! This is an all ages event with a 19+ bar.

Date: October 25

Location: Pacific Coliseum

Price: $110-$149 plus fees

Website: https://www.ticketleader.ca/events/detail/dooms-night-2019

 

What event are you going to visit for some harvest fun?

Oct 12

Fear Friday the Thirteenth

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is not a word one comes across on a regular basis. In fact, at most, it would only matter to someone with this particular issue a few times a year. That’s because, this word means “the fear of Friday the Thirteenth.”

According to Wikipedia:
The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, ‘originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion’ in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.   While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

It could be that the 1907 publication of Thomas W. Lawson’s novel Friday, the Thirteenth contributed to the dissemination of the superstition. As the story goes, a stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th

The Friday the 13th horror movie franchise – which began in 1980 – is now up to a dozen films as well as comic books, video games and merchandise. The films mainly focus on the character Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at camp due to the negligence of the staff.  In each of the movies, Jason is either the killer or the motivation for the killings. His hockey mask has become one of the most recognizable images in horror and popular culture. In the eighth movie New York is the setting, however Jason spends a third of the film on a boat. Vancouver stood in for NY in most of the city scenes. Watch the scene below to spot some local locations.

Friday the Thirteenths happen every year. In 2017 there was one in January, and again this month. While this occurrence happens about equally in all months, it’s especially creepy when it occurs as we approach Halloween. It should be noted that it won’t happen again in October until 2023, and then 2028.

Naturally, the best place to celebrate this dark day is at Fright Nights at Playland. Twenty rides and eight haunted house will be open to until midnight to thrill the fear out of you!

Mar 23

PNE Youth Council 2017

This year marks the 8th anniversary of the Youth Council at the Pacific National Exhibition which continues to foster strong relationships between youth in the community and the PNE.

Youth Council 2014/2015

Meeting once a month, Youth Council members are given the unique opportunity to learn the behind the scenes workings of a successful business, expand their leadership and teamwork skills and meet with local business leaders.  That’s right, members will rub shoulders with COO’s, CFO’s, CMO’s and event CEO’s of local organizations! Not to mention, members get to attend some of the best events in Vancouver!

Youth Council at Fright Nights

Do you know any energetic, motivated and dedicated youth who will be going into grade 11 or 12 as of September 2017?

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out the Application Form.
  2. Attach any supporting documentation (Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Letter).
  3. Submit your package to youthcouncil@pne.ca.
  4. Deadline to apply is Friday April 28, 2017!

Don’t miss your chance to be part of one of the most unique youth programs in BC.

 

Good luck!

PNE Youth Council

Click here to learn more about the PNE Youth Council!