According to the BC Centre For Disease Control (BCCDC) website, Halloween can still happen this year – as long as we follow a few simple guidelines. Their slogan for the haunted holiday is to “Celebrate less socially and trick-or-treat locally,” encouraging families to avoid larger gatherings in favour of smaller celebrations with people in their bubble. With this in mind, here are five ways that you can make Halloween super spooktacular for your kids, leading up to and on Halloween.
1) Pick out your pumpkins
Is it even Halloween if you don’t spend an evening carving pumpkins, roasting the seeds and setting them outside to decorate your doorstep? Pumpkin patches are open, and there are a slew of options in and around the city to enjoy. Check out this list of 15 of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes around Metro Vancouver shared by the Vancouver Sun, and get the fall festivities started with a day of family fun at a local farm.
2) Get spooked at Slayland
This October, Playland has put a chilling twist on the usual thrills. The haunted houses won’t be open, but the park will be possessed with terrifying décor and a horror-themed outdoor walk-thru experience that pays its respects to your favourite haunts of the past.
Slayland (open Oct 9 – Oct 31) will feature twenty rousing rides, including the frightening Atmosfear, Wooden Roller Coaster, and the Beast. Others may enjoy the Scary-Go Round, Murder Hornet Express, and the Skeleton Swinger.
3) Take Halloween to new heights at HowlOver Canada
Join Biker Mama the Witch on an unforgettable Halloween flight ride for all ages. HowlOver Canada (open Oct 1 – Nov 1) lets you soar through the skies with a band of spooky sidekicks on your way to a music festival that’s out of this world. There’s still broom—but get your tickets today because this is an event you won’t want to miss.
4) Get spooked with a visit to Maan Farms Haunted Halloween Corn Maze
This Halloween, head to Maan Farms and try to navigate your way through the deepest depths of the Haunted Halloween Corn Maze, going from one scene to another while trying to uncover the mysteries of a ghostly ghoul who haunts the farm as you go. But let it be known, this year is like no other, with reduced capacity each customer will have a more intense experience than ever before. Each scene will have its own challenges that you must conquer in order to make it out alive of The Scariest Corn Maze in Canada.
5) Trick-or-treating is still on the table
For those who wish to stick to the traditional trick-or-treat fun on Halloween night, consider using tongs to pass out candy, or create a “candy slide” to dole out the treats out. If you can, consider standing outside when handing out goodies (to avoid the spread of germs from multiple visitors touching your doorbell and doorknob), and avoid using props like smoke machines that can cause coughing.