When rounding up all the Halloween activities on Vancouver Island, I am always amazed at the wide variety I find. We definitely like to celebrate this crazy pumpkin-infused ‘holiday’ here. Whether you are looking for a ghoulishly good time or a family-friendly event, you will find something interesting near you!
This article has been updated to include Halloween events for October 2021.
Please note: Many of the Halloween events we know and love were cancelled this year due to Covid. Please check in with each website given below to ensure up-to-date information before attending an event.
South Vancouver Island
The Greater Victoria area definitely has the most variety of activities to choose from. If you are looking for spooky ways to get you into the Halloween spirit, the South Island is the place to be!
Galey Farms Corn Maze, Market and Railway
Location: Saanich (4150 Blenkinsop Road, Victoria)
Join Galey Farms for their Pumpkinfest and kid-friendly ghost town. It is a great place to bring your family for some Halloween fun and adventure.
- Enjoy a hayride out to the pumpkin patch
- Get lost in the 6-acre corn maze
- Explore the animated ghost town and haunted mansion
- Take a ride on the train through the ‘Valley of Dinosaurs’
- Grab a snack at the Market
- For the older crowd (PG 13) enjoy the ‘Festival of Fear‘ (Carnevil Haunted House, Cornfield of Horror, Crazy Train, and Madame Isabella Seance)
Hours of Operation: October weekends, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival of Fear / Carnevil – Dates still to be determined
Ticket prices and further information can be found on the Galey Farms website.
Ghostly Walking Tours
Location: Entrance to Market Square (560 Johnson Street, Victoria)
Hear ghostly stories as you go on a guided walking tour through the streets and alleys of Victoria. Although this tour is available year-round, a special Halloween route is available in October. The Ghostly Walks are family-friendly and operate rain or shine.
For more information and to book your tour, please visit Ghostly Walking Tours.
Ghostly Pedicab Tour
Location: Government Street, outside the Visitor Center
Discover hidden alleys and local curios in Victoria’s Old Town and Chinatown districts on a 75-minute pedicab tour. While being guided through the city in a comfortable pedicab, you’ll hear hair-raising ghost stories from centuries past and gain insight into the city’s colourful past.
For more information and to book your tour at the lowest price guaranteed, please visit: Chinatown and Hidden Alleys Peditour.
Zombie Walk (Still Pending)
Location: Centennial Square (Victoria)
Break out your best zombie makeup and get out the blood. Or, be a spectator and watch the shenanigans from a (safe) distance. This annual event in Victoria draws quite the crowd.
When: the Zombie Walk is pending for Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 pm
More information can be found on the Umbrella Corp. Westcoast Operations Facebook page.
Frankenstein Comes to Craigdarroch Castle
Location: Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria)
Actor Jason Stevens returns To Craigdarroch Castle with a new one-person show. Audiences have been delighted by Jason’s past Christmas performances, and this October, he will debut his interpretation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.
Join Jason in the Castle Saturday evenings in October at 6:00 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. His performance will be in the dance hall on the 4th floor. (There are 87 stairs and no elevators).
To find out more information, visit the website for Craigdarroch Castle.
Monsters Haunted House
Location: University Heights Shopping Center (3980 Shelbourne Street, Victoria)
When: October 8,9,10,15,16,17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Monsters has taken over the old University “Frights” Movie Theater …. Enter if you dare!
This October, Monsters Haunted House will open the doors once again for all those thrill-seekers who are looking for a real Halloween scare.
Tickets are sold in advance.
Learn more about this exciting event: Monsters Haunted House
Halloween Haunting Event
Location: Avalon Books & Treasures (#62 – 560 Johnson Street, Victoria)
Enjoy a mystifying psychic reading with tarot or palmistry or connect with the ghosts of your past in a mediumship reading. Readings are $60 for 15mins. Also available are sales on spell kits, crystals, ghoulish giftware, herbs, candles, and tarot and oracle decks to haunt you with.
When: October 30 from noon – 4:45 pm
Drive-Thru Trick or Treat
Location: 967 Langford Parkway, Victoria
During this 6th annual Halloween Event – the South Island Home Team has decided to play it safe but still spooky! Hop in the car and take a drive-thru the parking lot for some Halloween tricks and lots of treats! This is an RSVP-only event as they can only accommodate a limited number of vehicles. Please send your name and number of kids to [email protected] to reserve your spot by Oct 15th.
Summit Park Pumpkin Parade
Location: Summit Park (1245 Summit Avenue, Victoria)
In its third year, this local event in Victoria invites people to put their jack o’lanterns on display in Summit Park for everyone to enjoy on the evening of November 1st.
There’s no cost to attend (although they do appreciate a donation of $2-5 to help cover the cost of removing the pumpkins for composting). It’s a really enchanting little fall event in a hidden gem of a park.
When: November 1, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
For further information, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Mid Vancouver Island Halloween Activities and Events
Mid-Island has lots of family-friendly events to choose from.
McNab’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Location: Yellow Point (4613 Yellow Point Road)
Enjoy good ol’ fashion farm fun at McNab’s. Get lost in a 7-acre corn maze, enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch, meet and greet some farm animals, and buy some fresh veggies from the produce stand.
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week in October, from 10:00 am – dusk.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting McNab’s Corn Maze.
Local Goods & Ghouls
Location: Woodgrove Centre (6631 Island Highway North, Nanaimo
Head to the mall and join the Mom Market Vancouver Island team for a Halloween-themed vendor market inside the empty storefront beside the food court. There will be trick-or-treating and so many amazing vendors to shop from!
When: October 23 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; October 24 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Halloween (Silent) Disco in the Park
Location: Maffeo Sutton Park (100 Comox Road, Nanaimo)
When: Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 pm until midnight
Get dressed up and get down with Collective Groove’s Silent Disco in the Park, Halloween Edition!
Attendees will be free to experiment with the many outdoor dance floors available within range of the transmitters, including the new Nanaimo sign, Frank Ney statue, lagoon bridge, and all over the inclusive playground.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Halloween Disco in the Park.
Haunted Lantern Tours
Location: Nanaimo Museum
When: Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October
The Haunted Nanaimo Lantern Tour is back for 2021! They will thrill you with tales of unexplained phenomena, a bloody apparition and an uncanny spiritualist while visiting some of Nanaimo’s iconic historic landmarks. This mostly outdoor walking tour explores downtown, and while on tour you hear about some of the ghostly encounters experienced by locals through Nanaimo’s history. A visit to the museum gallery and the historic Bastion is included.
Please visit the Nanaimo Museum for more information and to book tickets.
Pumpkins on the Drive
Location: Resort Drive in Parksville
When: October 28 – 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Resort Drive will be decorated and displayed with many different pumpkins.
Oceanside Village Resort will participate with the public during the evenings handing out candy and hot chocolate to those mingling around looking at the large display.
Coombs Candy Walk
Location: 1014 Ford Road, Coombs
The Coombs Candy walk is back for an Out of this World Halloween event! Join the fun on October 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
- Fully outdoor event
- Candy walk
- Fireworks (start at 8:00 pm)
The whole event is by donation. For up-to-date information, please visit the Coombs Candy Walk event on Facebook.
Bradley’s Halloween Market
Location: The Bradley Centre (975 Shearme Road, Parksville)
When: October 30 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shop from local vendors at this Halloween Market. Kids can trick or treat at each table.
Pumpkin Patch Tours
Location: Arrowvale Campground and Collins Farm (5955 Hector Road, Port Alberni)
When: Weekends in October from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Celebrate the fall harvest with outdoor spaces and fewer faces. Instead of wagon rides, this year, pumpkin hunters will drive right down to the scenic farm for a chance to scour the fields for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern or pie pumpkin. Open rain or shine, so boots, coats and umbrellas are recommended. There will be a small admission fee for entry and pumpkins for sale in the patch.
Please check Arrowvale Campground’s website for more information.
Fall Harvest Market
Location: Shamrock Farm (2276 Anderton Road, Comox)
Hours of Operation: Open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) from October 1 – 30, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (unless otherwise noted).
Visit the Barn Shop bursting with bundles of heirloom garlic, onions, shallots, delicious winter vegetables, and unique squash all harvested from their fields. Shop their line of goat milk soaps, dried flower bouquets, farmhouse preserves, and lavender beauty products. Everything sold is grown or made on the farm.
If you are looking for a particular variety of pumpkins, they most likely have it! Over 50 favourite heirloom varieties are grown in the fields each year. Go early in the season for the best selection.
Further information can be found by visiting Shamrock Farm’s website.
Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest
Location: Black Creek (2186 Endall Road)
Visit this winery for their 9th annual Pumpkin Fest, perfect for the whole family.
Activities include Hay Wagon Ride, 2 Corn Mazes, Fall Festive games in the event barn, Hay Bale Maze, Live Music and visiting the Barnyard Animals.
When: Saturdays and Sundays in October (including Thanksgiving Day Monday), from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Please visit Coastal Black’s website for further information and to purchase tickets to this event.
Even More Pumpkin Patches
Last year (2020), due to the lack of Halloween Events, I created a list of all the pumpkin patches on Vancouver Island. A few have been mentioned on this list; however, for even more ideas, please read:
Do you know of any other Vancouver Island Halloween Activities or Events?
If you know of an event that should be included in this list, please contact me or leave it in the comments below.
This post will continue to be updated as I become aware of more events. So make sure to keep checking back!