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 25

Face Your Fears at Fright Nights

Halloween is just around the corner and with so many themed attractions and events to take in throughout the city, it can be hard to decide what one to go to.  Well, we’ll make it easy for you, choose Fright Nights at Playland if you’re wanting a truly terrifying experience. You may think that we’re biased, so don’t take our word, let’s see what some of the city’s top bloggers have to say.

Hello Vancity

‘Inside the Haunted Mansion, my favourite house, an impressively agile zombie girl, nearly made me swallow my own heart when she scuttled out like a crab from a behind rocking chair, and popped out to scare us- it both was terrifying and hilarious! “Why are you laaaaughing?” she screeched, chasing us into the next bedroom.’ See More

 604 Now

‘To get an idea of which Haunted House is the scariest, we waited outside the exit of each house and asked a random 10 people exiting each Haunted House to rate their experience on a scare scale of 1-10. 1 being it made you yawn, and 10 being they nearly pee’d themselves at one point. We averaged the ratings for a final score…’ See More

She’s a Valley Mom

‘This was my first time taking a spin on the ATMOSFEAR — a breathtaking experience that offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the entire city, or on the flip side, a height defying, dizzy blur that leaves you begging for solid ground! Note to self: do not eat a greasy burger before being elevated 218ft up in the sky while spinning 360° at 70km/hr.’ See More

Vancouver Mom

‘The staff costumes and make-up are some of the most amazing I have seen in person to date. They are super scary and incredibly awe-inspiring, so you want to get close but you are still too scared to get really close. They really are incredible, even taking on their characters to really bring them to life. For example, there was one cast member who is dressed up as a demonic little girl. She will wail for people to play with her and it is spine tingling!’ See More

 

Fright Nights at Playland is open select days until November 2.  Tickets can sell out, so secure the date you want to go before it’s too late.

Fright Nights is not recommended for those aged 12 & under, Seniors 65+, people with high blood pressure or pregnant women. Passes to Fright Nights provided unlimited access to 6 Haunted Houses, 12 rides and 2 Monsters of Schlock sideshows.

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Oct 16

Paranormal Activity at Playland

Are you looking for the most frightening Halloween experience this October? Well then Fright Nights at Playland is for you. Not only because it’s Western Canada’s scariest haunt, but also because Playland has been proven to be haunted… and we’re not referring to the actors that stalk you during the event with chainsaws and axes, we’re talking the real deal.

On September 27, 2013, The Vancouver Paranormal Society undertook an overnight investigation in Playland. Using advanced camera and recording devices the group experienced a number of circumstances which could not be explained other than saying that there were supernatural forces present. These include EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon) and video footage. The most impressive evidence of the evening was video footage captured on the midway which showed a stationery camera rotating 45 degrees without any ‘living’ thing touching it. There was also a still camera shot that produced a blurred image running past the screen. Keep in mind Playland was closed during the investigation and the only ‘living humans’ on the grounds were the six members of the Paranormal Society team.

With the supernatural and the team of frightening creatures, six haunted houses and 12 rides all onsite to thrill, stalk and haunt you this Halloween season, Fright Nights is guaranteed to scare the living daylights out of you.

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Vancouver Paranormal Society footage from the Playland Mainline seconds before the blurred image passed the camera

Vancouver Paranormal Society on the Playland Mainline.

Vancouver Paranormal Society footage from the Playland Mainline of a blurred image passing their camera