Fun Things for Families in Vancouver in October


With the back to school rush behind us, we can now turn our attention to all the best things about the autumn season: long walks under orange and red leaves, cooler weather and cozy nights, farm harvests and pumpkin patches, and of course: Halloween. Our monthly round-up of local family fun here in Vancouver in October (and the greater Vancouver region) includes a little bit of everything, from apple festivals to haunted houses:

What’s On for Family Fun in Vancouver in October

Petey’s Pumpkin Patch

When: Saturday, October 1st – Monday, October 31st
Where: Chilliwack

Find some pumpkins to carve, enjoy playing with the “corn cannons” and get in a round of mini golf while you’re at it, all while enjoying the autumn weather in the heart of the Fraser Valley. There’s a mini maze, as well. Family passes for two adults and two kids are available, or entry per person. Petey’s is one of the most popular pumpkin patches in the Valley region.

Pumpkins After Dark

When: Thursday, September 22nd to Monday, October 31st
Where: Burnaby

This unique attraction is new to Burnaby this year, and features a light-filled pathway full of pumpkin sculptures and displays with music, sounds and special effects. This family friendly event is suitable for all ages and features classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons. There are also live pumpkin carving demonstrations and fall themed food treats.

Reapers Maze of Terror

When: Select dates throughout October
Where: Chilliwack

This one is not for the little kids, but might be suitable for the teenagers in your family. Reapers is one of the biggest (and arguably scariest) indoor theatrical horror experience in Western Canada. Themed around an old-fashioned haunted hospital, this attraction also features a blackout Maze of Terror, which is a 22,000 square foot maze with little to no light.

Fright Nights at PNE

When: Friday, October 7th to Monday, October 31st
Where: Vancouver

Fright Nights is back this year after a hiatus these last few seasons. Playland transforms into a terrifying Halloween-themed experience with seven haunted houses, more than 15 rides, roaming actors dressed up as ghouls and monsters and plenty of live performances. This will be the last year the Hollywood Horrors haunted house operates as it will be retired after this season. There will be spooky seasonal food options available, too.

UBC Apple Festival

When: Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th
Where: UBC Vancouver

Returning for the first time since 2019, the UBC Apple Festival returns to the UBC Botanical Garden this month. Ticket sales will be limited and online only; organizers suggest buying early to avoid disappointment. This event hekps supports fundraising efforts for ongoing education, research, conservation and more. Tickets are required for those eight and up, while children under seven are free. Thank you for supporting our community fundraising event.

Celebrate the Night

When: Friday, October 21st
Where: Maple Ridge

The City of Maple Ridge will host a special celebration that includes a celebration of the community and all things fall. Join this free event for a variety of fun, including family-friendly activities, food trucks, music and more. The night runs from 6 to 8 pm in Memorial Peace Park.

Circo Osorio International Circus

When: On now through Monday, October 17th
Where: Various locations

Spend a night under the big tip enjoying international circus acts throughout the month. This travelling circus will be spending several days in a number of local communities across the greater Vancouver region including Abbotsford, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Richmond, and Coquitlam. This show – which includes acrobats, sword swallowers, and much more – has been running for more than 21 years, and has appeared in more than 800 cities across the globe.

Fall Farmers’ Markets

When: Varied dates and times
Where: throughout the region

Use the search feature on the BC Farmers Market website to search for the local fall markets in your neck of the woods, or check out the upcoming winter versions. From fresh veggies to locally crafted artisan goods, BC farmers’ markets are known for their diverse offerings, all year ’round.


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