It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you like getting scared.
Vancouver has no shortage of Halloween attractions, and some of the most popular happen to be some of the most frightening.
Some characters you might come across include horrific clowns, zombies, swamp creatures, and so much more.
Before Oct. 31, get your scream on at any of these hair-raising haunted houses around Metro Vancouver:
It’s a legendary establishment that comes around every year to scare the pants off visitors. This year, two haunted houses filled with live actors and frighteningly-detailed decor bring the themes of “Monstrosity” and “The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse” to life. For the little ones, a brand new Li’l Haunters aimed at kids 12 and under will provide miniature scares.
Location: 12530 72 Avenue, Surrey
Times: Open nightly until Oct. 31 – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (regular scary shows from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Vancouver loves Halloween so much we have a whole theme park dedicated to the holiday. With seven haunted houses, 15 rides, and two live shows each night, Fright Nights is likely one of the scariest haunts in the country. Go and check it out… if you dare.
Location: PlayLand – East Hastings and Windermere Street, Vancouver
Times: Open nightly (except Monday, Oct. 24) – 7 p.m. until late
They call themselves the scariest indoor theatrical horror experience in Western Canada, so much so that they name their visitors their ‘victims.’ Through an insane asylum-themed haunted house and a 22,000 square-foot pitch-black maze (which features a scary character roaming the maze with a real chainsaw), Reapers will make you scream like no other.
Location: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
Times: Open nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on select dates
On the heels of the creepy clown phenomenon, the Haunted Circus launched in 2016 as Vancouver’s newest haunted attraction. With proceeds supporting B.C. Women’s Hospital, visitors can scream for a good cause. And if you find clowns particularly creepy, this one won’t disappoint.
Location: The Beaumont Studios – 316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Times: Open nightly until Oct. 31 – 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays to Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays to Saturdays (gets extra scary after 6 p.m.)
Tickets: $5 to $10 – proceeds support B.C. Women’s Hospital
Walk through claustrophobic shipping containers in this North Vancouver haunted house filled with ghoulish characters and freaky decor. This family home project has gotten bigger and better over the last 15 years and now raises money for the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
Location: 1311 Appin Road, North Vancouver
Times: Open Monday to Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets: By donation toward BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund