Spooky season is upon us once again, and in anticipation of the scariest day of the year here are five of Westmar’s favourite haunted experiences to visit in the Lower Mainland.
Anmore Manor (1151 Robin Way, Anmore)
Rated number one in the region, this possessed property opens for business on the 25th. Don’t let the pedestrian exterior, or the fact that people normally reside in the home, fool you — people often say it’s like walking into a horror movie set complete with live actors. Admission is by donation (both cash and non-perishable food is accepted).
Burnaby Haunted Village (6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and explore the village by night Oct. 25 to 28, where they can witness the wedding of Frankenstein’s monster, dance to tracks spun by DJ Mad Hatter at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., trick-or-treat or take a train ride to Neverland. Fun for all ages, admission is $14 for adults and $9 kids 12 and under.
Dovercourt Crypt (3637 Maginnis Ave., North Vancouver)
It’s not really Halloween without some fireworks, and guests get a spectacular show on the 31st after braving the Dovercourt Crypt in Lynn Valley. A family-run local favourite, there’s no entrance fee but donations are welcome going to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund. Screams commence at 6:30 p.m. and the skies light up at 9:15 p.m. The haunted house is also open the 26thand 27th, with a scare-free version happening the 28thand 29th.
Fright Nights at Playland (2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver)
A Vancouver October tradition, Fright Nights provides many opportunities for thrills and chills. There are multiple walk-through areas addressing various phobias ranging from clowns to dolls; hair-raising amusement rides such as Hell’s Gate, the Hellevator and the Beast; and even a monster-themed physical comedy show. Opens every Friday and weekends throughout the month.
Potter’s House of Horrors (12530 72ndAve., Surrey)
What’s better than one haunted house? Two, of course. In addition to the classic Devil’s Descent, new for 2019 is Death Valley Motor Inn featuring a recreation of a motel filled with murderous individuals wandering the halls looking for their next victim. Other activities include an escape room, Li’l Haunters children’s area and more. Currently running now until Nov. 2.