Halloween is a great time to spend with your little monsters.
However, not every tyke wants to see ghosts, goblins and gore (oh my!).
For the tiny pumpkins in your family who tend to shy away from the spooks and scary stuff, we’ve comprised a list of the best kid-friendly Halloween events in Metro Vancouver this year.
VanDusen Glow in the Garden | Oct 24th – 27th (5-8pm) & Oct 28th – 31st (5-9pm)
A new event in the city! Experience a beautiful Halloween inspired walk in the woods at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The trees will be illuminated with spellbinding lights, mystical music will fill the air, and glowing, handcrafted pumpkins by award-winning carvers, Clive Cooper and Bruce Waugh, will come to life in the garden.
Be sure to dress up in costume – you’ll be invited to create Halloween crafts after the walk if you do.
Upon arrival, pick up your pumpkin and some hot cider at the Taves Family Farm pop-up shop in the plaza.
Tickets for children aged 3-12 are only $6. Adult tickets are $10. Buy yours online today.
Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum | Oct 27th – 30th (6-9pm)
One of the best events in the city for your little ones. The Burnaby Village Museum transforms into a wicked (but not too wicked) Haunted Village, perfect for kids of all ages.
Mother Goose welcomes all guests at the main gate. Be sure to find the giant moon! A cow may be jumping over it. Check out Little Red Riding Hood’s story at the Love Farm House. But beware of the Honeymoon Express, rumour has it Frankenstein and his bride have taken over the Tram Barn!
Entrance includes trick-or-treating for kids, and entertainment and carousel rides for all. If your hungry, indulge at the Ice Cream Parlour for ghoulish snacks and light meals.
Just $9 for kids aged 2-12 and $14 for adults.
Halloweenie at Granville Island Kids Market | Oct 30th
What better way to spend the day before Halloween at the number one kids market in all of Vancouver? Halloweenie at Granville Island Kids Market is free and fun for all ages! Dress up, take part in a Halloween Balloon Hunt, get creative with some crafts, play games, and receive a free hotdog and drink (for kids in their costumes).
Party on, the Halloweenie way!
Times are not listed on the website, but in past years, Halloweenie happened from 12-3pm.
Stanley Park Ghost Train | Oct 8th – 31st (multiple times)
If your kiddies love trains, but don’t want to be too spooked, hop aboard the Matinee version of the Ghost Train on Friday-Sunday between 11am-5pm.
This great alternative allows for a fun rides, without all of the live entertainers that could potentially freak out the faint at heart. You’ll still get to journey through the forest and view all of the Halloween-themed displays.
Aside from the Matinee train, the Ghost Train is still a wonderful family-friendly event to bring most kids of all ages to. You’ll get a fright-free glimpse into the whimsical world of friendly ghosts and ghouls.
Other activities around the plaza include: a haunted maze, arts and crafts, exhibits by the Stanley Park Ecological Society, a Spooky Barn and a pumpkin patch.
Children 2 and under are free. Tickets range in price ($2-$11), depending on age and what events you choose to do.
Fort Langley’s Grave Tales | Oct 14th – 30th (6-8pm)
Don’t mind the name. Fort Langley’s Grave Tales has a special Youth Edition for kids aged 6-16. Join in on a somewhat haunted tour of historic Fort Langley and learn about ghosts and history at one of Vancouver’s oldest trading posts.
The area has plenty of fun activities to enjoy aside from the tour, too. Your kids will love the costumes and outfits from the past.
Dress them up and join in the family fun!
Limited tickets are available for upcoming dates, so be sure to book online today. Just $13.30 (plus service fees) for the Youth tour.
Pumpkin Express | Oct 7th – 31st (10am-4:30pm)
Rain or shine, this train is leaving the station! For a fluffier version of the Stanley Park Ghost Train, venture out to Bear Creek Park in Surrey for the Pumpkin Express.
Your mini monsters will go wild over making the perfect pumpkin mask to wear while riding the train. Receive a treat to enjoy during your ride through the Halloween-themed forest.
And after the train ride, each kid will get a child size pumpkin to take home. Trains, treats and a free pumpkin to carve? Best day ever!
Adults and children are $11 each at the door – includes crafts, activities, train ride, treat and pumpkin.
Steveston Scarecrow Crawl | Oct 14th – 31st
The annual Scarecrow Crawl returns to Steveston, hosted by the Steveston Merchants Association.
Invite your whole family of scarecrows and join in on the crawl happening daily in the village. Why not even dress up as scarecrows, too?
Venture around the village and meet many different scarecrows, all one-of-a-kind and designed for your entertainment. Bring your camera – you’re welcome to take selfies with every scarecrow you meet!
Take a trip to the Pumpkin Patch | Throughout October
Pumpkin patches are the perfect place to bring your little ones. Not only are there plenty of photo opportunities around you, but each patch offers family-fun activities for kids of all ages.
Check out our full-length article on the Best Pumpkin Patches in Metro Vancouver.
Get lost in a Corn Maze | Throughout October
Just like pumpkin patches, the 604 is home to many amazing corn mazes – with some more suitable for youngsters than others.
Each corn maze offers other outdoor activities, including hayrides, petting farms, pedal cars and more!
Take a look at our guide to the Top Corn Mazes around town.
Trick-or-Treat | Oct 31st
What’s more kid-friendly than house-hopping with your family and collecting candy by the pillowcase? Kids love free candy, and parents love to hide away their own secret stash to indulge in when the little ones pass out from all that walking.
Every neighbourhood is different – so it’s hard to say which one gives out the best variety or biggest size. We’ll leave that to your discretion.
However, if you have small children who don’t enjoy being wet and cold, you can trick-or-treat at a number of malls around Vancouver.
Read our list of Halloween-friendly malls that will hand out candy this year.
Above all, the best kid-friendly Halloween event is simply spending time together. Whether you’re creating the perfect costume side-by-side, watching The Great Pumpkin with a bowl full of treats, or driving around your neighbourhood looking at all of the houses decked out in haunted decorations, remember to enjoy every moment with your precious little monsters.
Have a safe and happy Halloween, from all of us at 604 Now.
PS – Don’t forget to tag us (#604Now) in all of your Halloween events. We’d love to see your photos!