When rounding up all the Halloween activities on Vancouver Island, I was amazed at the vast variety I found. We definitely like to celebrate this crazy pumpkin-infused ‘holiday’ here. No matter if you are looking for a ghoulishly good time or a family-friendly event, you will be sure to find something interesting near you!
This article is for events in October 2019.
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
- Visit the animals at the petting farm
- 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:
Festival of Fear – Open October 17th – 20th and the 24th through to the 31st. Nightly from 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Pumpkinfest (family-friendly activities as mentioned above) – Saturdays & Sundays (and the holiday Monday) for the month of October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Ticket prices and further information can be found on the Galey Farms website.
Pumpkin Express at Heritage Acres
Location: Victoria (7321 Lochside Drive)
Ride on the Pumpkin Express at Heritage Acres, and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun!
When: Friday, October 18 – Sunday, Oct 20 from 4:30 – 8:30 pm
More information can be found on the Heritage Acres website.
Location: 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.
For those that would rather drive, there are Ghost Bus Tours available too.
Hours of Operation:
Halloween Ghostly Walks – starting Friday, October 11 through to Halloween night. There are four available times each night: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
Ghost Bus Tours –
- Saturday, October 19th @ 7:00 pm
- Friday, October 25th @ 7:00 pm
- Saturday, October 26th @ 6:30 & 9:00 pm
- Sunday, October 27 @7:00 pm
For more information about these tours, please visit Discover the Past
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 takes place on Saturday, October 26 from 3:00 – 5:30 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-man 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. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.
Nefarious Halloween Show
Location: The Delta Ocean Pointe Resort (100 Harbour Road, Victoria)
When: Saturday, October 26 from 6:30 – 11:30
This Halloween, Passion & Performance Arts Inc. is bringing you an immersive horror experience.
Nefarious will kick off with the show running from 7:00-9:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM). The show will feature dance performers from a variety of levels (beginner to professional) and weaving in twisted tales. It’s bound to be an exciting evening for you filled with blood, gore and horror.
The party will kick off after the show completes at 9:00 PM. There will be dancing with music spun by DJ Bryan Boitano, a photo booth, incredible food, and more.
Learn more about this exciting show on our events page
Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre (2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan)
Ride the Green Hornet through ghostly scenes and past scary Halloween characters. While you are at the museum, make sure to also partake in trick or treating, the Halloween crafts, and the haunted house. This is a family-friendly event enjoyed by many each year.
When: October 18 – 20 & October 25 – 30, from 3:30 – 9:00 pm (first train leaves at 4:00 pm)
For further information, visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre website.
The BIG Shop of Horrors
Location: 7305 Bell McKinnon Road, Duncan
This event is back for the third year and is claimed to be the scariest haunt on Vancouver Island.
Enter at your own Risk! No Refunds for scaring you and No Chicken Door!
This event will take place both outside and inside the ‘Shop’ so dress for the weather. But please do NOT go in costume. Leave the costumes for the actors.
This event involves navigating several steps and closed in spaces. There will be live actors at this venue and it may not be suitable for young or sensitive children (there is no admittance for anyone under 8 years of age).
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the following local charities: The Full Cupboard benefitting local food banks, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Shuttle services are available from the exhibition grounds.
Dates and Times: October 19 – 30 (times vary between closing at 9:00 and 10:00)
- $10.00 per adult
- Youth (8 – 12 years) $5.00
For further information, please visit Big Shop of Horrors
U-Pick Pumpkins at Providence Farm
Pick your perfect pumpkin from the field on Donnay Dr. (near Tzouhalem Rd.)
When: October 18 – 31 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Salt Spring Hallowe’en Spooktacular
Get ready for ghouls and goblins – and great eats! Salt Spring Islanders love Halloween and there is a lot happening on October 31st!
Join in on the Annual family-friendly Malivue Road Street Party from 4 pm onward, where the neighbours compete to see who can out-decorate each other! After that, a visit to the Haunted Fire Hall from 5 pm onward (it will have everyone scared – but in a good way). At approximately 8:00 pm, Salt Spring Fire Rescue puts on a great fireworks display over Ganges Harbour.
Dress warmly and have a blast!
For the adults in the crowd, it is time to head to the Local, the Legion or Moby’s Pub for some refreshments.
When: October 31 from 4:00 – 11:00 pm
Mid Vancouver Island Halloween Activities and Events
The Mid-Island has lots of family-friendly events to choose from.
Trick or Treat Chemainus
Location: Waterwheel Park
Trick or Treat Chemainus is a fun Halloween family event. There will be a Halloween scavenger hunt, safe trick or treating, horse and trolley rides, costume contest, a spooky touch and feel guessing game, treats, colouring station and so much more.
When: Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the Tourism Chemainus website for more information.
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. They also have a crazy fun haunted house too.
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week in October, from 10:00 am – dusk.
Make sure to bring your rubber boots!
Spooktacular Science Challenge
Location: Bowen Park – lower picnic area (off Wall Street in Nanaimo)
Join the Nanaimo Science and Sustainable Society (NS3) for their 7th annual Spooktacular Science Challenge. Take a walk through Bowen Park and participate in several spooky science stations along the way. Stations include Spooky Slime, Creepy Chemistry Cauldron, and a Haunted House.
Register in advance on the NS3 website.
Tickets include entry into the Spooktacular Science Challenge, a beverage ticket, and a paint balloon for the balloon slingshot.
When: Sunday, October 27 at 11:00 am
Halloween Howl – Pool Party
Location: Beban Pool
Don your bathing suit and head to the Beban Pool for a spooktacular Halloween pool party.
There will be:
- Haunted slide tower
- Pumpkin relay races
- Snakes in the lazy river
- Coloured water
- Water balloon toss
- Water running mats
- Face painting
Regular admission rates apply.
When: Friday, October 25 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Halloween Party & Masquerade Ball
Location: Nanaimo Curling Club (106 Wall Street)
When: Saturday, October 26 starting at 8:00 pm
The Serauxmen Service Club will be holding their annual Halloween Party and Masquerade Ball at the Nanaimo Curling Club this year.
There will be dancing, singing and a whole lot of fun with other costumed members. Enjoy live music from local talent Jo and the Bros. They never fail to put on an amazing show and keep the party rocking.
Prizes will be awarded for the best single and group costumes. So get creative with yours!
Tickets for previous year’s events sold out fast, so get yours today! You can purchase tickets online ($25.00) via eventbrite.
Halloween Rat Hunt at the Museum
Location: Nanaimo Museum
Rats have infested the Nanaimo Museum gallery! In the spirit of the season, they are allowing them to stay until October 31st, but need your help to find them all!
While you’re visiting the museum during the month of October, young (or young-at-heart) visitors can hunt for [pictures of!] rats in the gallery. See if you can find them all, and win a small prize from the front desk.
When: Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm until October 31st.
Also: In the spirit of Halloween, the museum’s coal mine exhibit will be haunted on Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, with a Sensory Friendly hour between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Enter the dark, dangerous underworld of Victorian London in this year’s Murder Alley Haunted Coal Mine! Costumed (or not!) visitors ages 5-95 will encounter shady characters, bloody brick walls and plenty of scares!
Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk
Location: 2525 Northwest Bay Road
There are two sections of this incredibly fun Halloween Walk – Spooky and Scary. The Spooky walk is great for everyone, while the scary one is not suitable for children under the age of 6. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is located on a 10-acre property and takes approximately 20 – 35 minutes to complete.
Please note: there is no parking at this event. Parking is only available on Stewart or Claudet road.
This is a very well attended event, so carpooling is advised.
When: October 25 & 26 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM
You can find more information about this event on the following Facebook page: Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk
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.
Friends of Foster Park Pumpkin Walk
Location: Foster Park (corner of Pym Street and Sanderson Road in Parksville)
If you are in the Parksville area this Halloween, join the Friends of Foster Park for their annual Pumpkin Walk!
Over 400 lit pumpkins carved by local youth will line the trails making for an incredible walk. The event is FREE!
Your child will receive a free goodie bag, and the walk is child and stroller friendly.
There will be hot dogs ($2) and hot chocolate ($1) for sale with proceeds helping to keep this annual event possible.
When: October 31 @ 7:00 PM
The Howl – A Masquerade Concert
Location: Parksville Community Centre (132 Jensen Avenue)
The Parksville Community Centre presents June award winner, Norman Foote at a masquerade concert for all ages. Go in costume for a howling good time. There will also be a pumpkin painting contest with great prizes. Tickets can be purchased through eventbright.ca
When: Sunday, October 20 from 12:00 – 2:30 pm
Errington’s Pumpkin Trail and Fireworks
Location: Errington’s Community Park
When: October 31 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm
On Halloween night, parents can bring their costumed children to the Community Park where they run the gauntlet past the ‘spooks’ hidden along the dark trails. At each spook, they’ll get a treat. At the end of the trail, near the market site, they can get a hot chocolate from the coffee shop, and a hot dog, courtesy of the Errington Volunteer Fire Department. Then you can all warm yourselves by the bonfire and watch the fireworks display.
Coombs Candy Walk
Location: 1014 Ford Road, Coombs
For one night, and one night only come join the circus! The Coombs Candy walk is having their annual Halloween Candy Walk. Come join the fun on October 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
– Circus themed candy walk
– Little Ghouls haunted house
– Fireworks start at 8:00 pm
The whole event is by donation so so that this great family event can happen every year!
Halloween in the Village
Location: Downtown Qualicum Beach
Celebrate Hallowe’en with friends, family and the Town of Qualicum Beach. There will be a pumpkin trail, hot-dogs, treats, bonfire and of course Hallowe’en wouldn’t be complete without fireworks (6:30 – 8:00 pm).
This year starting on October 26 there will also be a haunted house to visit from 6-9pm. Then again on October 31 from 3-9pm with a family-friendly version available from 3-6pm on the 31st. The address is 124 Harlech Road.
Halloween Howl Swim
Location: Ravensong Aquatic Centre (737 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach)
Ghosts and goblins will be seen at Ravensong Aquatic Centre this night with a few tricks and games for the children. The howl will finish off with an annual piñata bash.
Parents are free when accompanied by your children.
When: Wednesday, October 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Pumpkin Patch Hayrides
Location: Arrowvale Campground and Collins Farm (5955 Hector Road, Port Alberni)
Head to this Farm in the beautiful Alberni Valley for their annual Pumpkin Patch Hayrides. Round trip to the pumpkin patch via hayride will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes. While you are at the farm take pictures with their cuddly goats, and enjoy hot drinks, festive goodies, and even lunch in the Café.
Hours of Operation:
- Every Saturday & Sunday through October – from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Please check Arrowvale Campground’s website for more information.
Halloween in Cumberland
Location: starting at the Cumberland Recreation Centre
join hundreds of ghosts, fairies, pirates, and superheroes at the annual Trick or Treat Parade in Downtown Cumberland. Trick or Treaters gather outside the Cumberland Recreation Centre (CRI) at 4:00 before parading down Dunsmuir, stopping at businesses for candy and other surprises.
After filling your buckets and bags, head back to the Cumberland Recreation Centre for a community BBQ.
When: October 31 @ 4:00 pm
Halloween Parade and Party in Courtenay
Courtenay Recreation offers a howling good time at the annual children’s Halloween Parade and Party on Wednesday, October 31. This free event is for children 11 years and younger with a caregiver.
Schedule of Events:
4:00 – 4:45 pm meet at the Golden Carriage Restaurant parking lot, corner of 5th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue: Parade and trick or treat downtown
4:45 – 6:00 pm meet at the Lewis Centre:
Party at the Lewis Centre with a family portrait in our photo booth, some spooky Halloween Carnival Games with prizes, bouncers, and the Witches Brew
5:00 – 7:00 pm at The LINC Youth Centre (300 Old Island Highway):
The LINC Haunted House features half the fright night for younger visitors. $2 per person or $5 per family.
Drivers, please be patient and alert while hundreds of small costumed characters walk around Downtown Courtenay.
For further information call the Courtenay Recreation Lewis Centre 250-338-5371.
The LINC’s Haunted House
Location: 300 Old Island Highway, near the Ryan Road intersection
The Comox Valley’s most frightening Haunted House experience is happening at The LINC Youth Centre in Courtenay.
The LINC’s Haunted House runs:
– Wednesday, October 23, 6 – 8 pm
– Thursday, October 24, 6 – 8 pm
– Friday, October 25, 6 – 9 pm
– Saturday, October 26, 6 – 9 pm
– Tuesday, October 29, 6 – 8 pm
– Wednesday, October 30, 6 – 9 pm
– Thursday, October 31 (1/2 the Fright Night), 5 – 7 pm
On October 31, Halloween night, the Haunted House is geared to our younger ghouls & visitors for Half the Fright Night from 5 to 7 pm.
Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.
The haunted house is planned and run by youth in Ghoul School, with support from LINC staff. Over 20 local youth have been busy since September preparing for the event. They chose the theme, made the sets and props, and are preparing to play characters in the Haunted House.
The Haunted House can be busy and sometimes has a line-up to enter. While you wait, enjoy The LINC and play ping pong, air hockey, dodgeball, and feast on Halloween treats.
For further information call The LINC 250-334-8138 or Lewis Centre 250-338-5371
Pumpkin Harvest on the Farm
Location: Shamrock Farm (2276 Anderton Road, Comox)
Pick your own pumpkins from the field, or choose a pre-picked one in the Pumpkin Barn. They have three fields to choose from this year, so your choices will be plenty! Hayrides are available to and from the fields on the weekends.
Shamrock Farms also offers resident farm animals, a kids corn/hay maze, and pumpkin contests. Sweet treats and hot drinks are available at the Witches Brew Cafe.
Hundreds of hours have gone into creating the family-favourite Haunted Barn. Elaborate displays of both real and animatronic pumpkins will be on display all month long… just don’t disturb the witch!
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week from October 1 – 31, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (unless otherwise noted).
- Hayrides are 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday (weather permitting)
Admission to Shamrock Farms is always free.
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 7th annual Pumpkin Fest, perfect for the whole family.
Enjoy corn and hay bale mazes, pumpkin trebuchet, barnyard animals, wagon rides, pumpkin bowling, and of course, the country kitchen (serving chili, hotdogs, chicken pot pies, mini donuts, hot chocolate and more!)
When: Saturdays and Sundays from October 5 – 27 (including Thanksgiving Day Monday), from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Please visit Coastal Black’s website for further information.
Do you know of any other Vancouver Island Halloween Activities or Events?
I had to delete quite a few events from last years list, for I couldn’t find any current information (as of October 2, 2019). So 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!