10 Ghostly Halloween events in Canada
The Halloween Canada knows is not much different from the one we know in the UK. Derived from Celtic traditions, this is when the line between the living and dead becomes nothing but a delicate veil. It’s also a time when horror fans congregate around haunted houses and children trick-or-treat between doors. Like its American neighbour, Canada takes Halloween seriously and fans of this ghoulish time won’t be short of creepy things to do. Here’s just a taster of what Canada has hidden beneath its streets.
1. Test your limits on a haunted…zip-line
Deep in the forests of Vancouver Island lies spooky legends and humans brave enough to face them at frightening heights. At Adrena Line, horror fans are taken on an interactive tour through the trees, with a moonlight zip-line to round it off.
2. Cosplay on one of the world’s biggest stages
For passionate cosplayers, Vancouver is home to the world’s largest cosplay stage. The annual Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo is a four day festival of arts, performances, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games and makeup, and runs between the 13th and 16th of October.
3. Brave a legendary Edmonton ghost tour
Edmonton is famed for its ghost tours, with very few places in Canada boasting the same amount of ghoulish stories. If you find yourself in British Columbia on the night of All Hallows Eve, this is the best place to immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit.
4. Explore the depths of sea
The Aquarium of Quebec gets involved in the Halloween Spirit too. Walk through the passageways of the aquarium – with only torchlight to guide you. And watch out for the staff members as they have some ghoulish surprises waiting for you.
5. Enjoy family-friendly fear in Vancouver
Stanley Park in Vancouver takes young ones on a family-friendly journey through the tales of witches and ghouls. Aside from the ghost train itself, the Plaza will host a Haunted Maze, arts and crafts, exhibits by the Stanley Park Ecological Society, and pumpkin match.
6. Camp out in the wilderness
Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario offers Halloween fun for outdoorsy families. Across the weekend there will be a pumpkin carving contest, a spookiest campsite contest and a skeleton tour of the park’s natural wildlife.
7. Be haunted by historic sites
Step back in time for a ghoulish experience at the Fort Battleford National Historic Site. Explore the five on-site haunted buildings and learn about their pasts, with only a lantern to guide you.
8. Listen to ghost stories by candlelight
Spend an eerie evening at Leaside Manor listening to ghost stories from storyteller and folklorist Dale Jarvis. The tales told on this spooky night all originate from the Newfoundland and Labrador areas so if you’re (un)lucky you might encounter the spirits themselves.
9. Get spooky on the banks of Niagara Falls
In the town of Niagara Falls lies Haunt Manor Hayrides and Haunted Houses – an attraction named as one of Canada’s scariest by Fangoria Magazine. Described as a ‘theatrical hayride’, the old farmland is home to a corn maze and seven separately themed haunted houses. The theme changes every year so you can keep going back and still have the fright of your life.
10. Or get a fright at a spooky theme park
Featuring 7 haunted houses, 15 rides and 2 thrilling live shows, all horror fans need to stop by Playland in Vancouver on the 31st of October. The mixture of themed houses include a creepy doll house, a clown house and a Hollywood House full of infamous horror gore.