As the end of October draws near, Halloween is just around the corner. A holiday of costume parties, silly tricks, spooktacular decorations, carved pumpkins and plenty of things to do, Halloween is one of the best times of year to just have fun.
From terrifying haunted houses to endless corn mazes, there are lots of fun things to do in October to celebrate the spooky Halloween season. Whether you love picking a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or scaring yourself senseless fleeing monsters in a haunted corn maze, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this fall season!
Looking for some of the best things to do in Victoria, BC, for some Halloween fun in October? We’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find some of the best things to do, places to see, and upcoming October events in Victoria for Halloween, with fall activities for all ages. Enjoy!
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Best Things to Do in Victoria this Halloween (and October)
Wondering what to do for Halloween in Victoria, British Columbia, this year? Below, we cover the best things to do during October to celebrate Halloween. Enjoy!
One of the best fun-filled, family-friendly things to do in October for Halloween is Pumpkinfest at Galey Farms. Every weekend in October, this Halloween-themed event thrills both children and adults alike. The farm has all kinds of fun autumn activities, including a train ride, corn maze, pumpkin patch, children’s haunted house, and hay rides.
Explore the perimeter of the farm on a 1.8 km-long train ride, passing by fantastic seasonal displays and the pumpkin patch. After, get lost in their 2-hectare corn maze, finding spooky displays like an eerie graveyard, pirates island, ghost town, and a kid-friendly haunted house. And, jump on a hay wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and wander around finding the perfect pumpkin!
2. Halloween Ghostly Tours
Experience the haunted side of Victoria by going on one of the Halloween Ghostly Walks around downtown.
These evening, hour-long walks are great for anyone who believes in ghosts — and even those who don’t! If you’re a fan of true crime and love learning about the horrors of the past, these haunted history tours are also perfect for you.
Starting at Market Square, your knowledgeable tour guide will take you to some of Victoria’s ghost-filled spots, while providing interested ghost stores along the way. You’ll hear about scary ghosts, eerie haunted buildings, and gruesome true crime stories from Victoria’s past. After these spine-tingling ghost tours, you’ll never look at the streets and buildings of the city without getting goosebumps!
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3. Fright Nights at the Saanichton Corn Maze
Escaping a corn maze is fun but why not take it up a notch by solving it at night… and adding some terrifying monsters into the field?
For a couple of special evenings in October, the Saanichton Corn Maze at Ocean View Estates creates the perfect mix of scary and fun by releasing terrifying evil clowns and mutilated zombies (played by live actors) into their corn maze.
After the sun sets, these monsters make you feel like you’re in a horror movie. You’ll never know what’s lurking in the shadows!
Only for the bravest souls, these scary nights aren’t very kid-friendly and aren’t appropriate for children under 10 years old.
Want to really feel the fear this Halloween? Check out Galey Farm’s Carnevil, a 5000 square foot haunted house of terror!
Carnevil isn’t for the faint of heart. This PG13, spine-tingling haunted house is guaranteed to scare all but the bravest souls.
This is one of the best things to do around Halloween in Victoria for adults who love to get scared. But for the scaredy cats, there are three chicken exits in the haunted house — just in case you can’t stand the horrors within!
5. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Corn mazes are a fun-filled, family-friendly fall tradition. For some, fall isn’t complete without wandering around a maze of corn stalks, finding dead ends and going in circles until you finally escape!
Luckily, there are a few excellent corn mazes around Victoria. Both of these farms also offer a scarier, nighttime version of their corn maze.
Galey Farms has a 2 hectare corn maze, complete with a ghost town, pirate ship, haunted mansion, and other spooky Halloween decorations. They also host the Festival of Fear, allowing you to explore the corn fields at night for a hair-raising, spine-tingling adventure.
Another option is the Saanichton Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, which offers 4 acres of tall corn to get lost in. For the brave, participate in their Fright Nights, where evil clowns and zombies fill the corn maze after the sun goes down. These terrifying events aren’t for the faint of heart!
6. Watch a Horror Movie at Cincenta
Halloween is all about getting scared and what better way to do so than by watching a good horror flick? Every year, Cincenta — the small cinema on the University of Victoria campus — hosts a Halloween film series that runs through October.
If you love watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this is the right event for you! During this event, this independent movie theatre shows classic and groundbreaking horror movies to get you in the Halloween mood.
From vintage horror films to beloved classics, this is a fun way to celebrate the Halloween season. The cinema is open to the general public, but tickets are cheaper for students. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the Halloween movies!
7. Halloween Bonfire
Looking for fun things to do on Halloween night in Victoria?
After an evening of trick-or-treating, head to one of the Halloween bonfires held throughout southern Vancouver Island on October 31st. Warm your hands over the fire, enjoy the spooky Halloween costumes, and have some delicious drinks and foods!
The Esquimalt Lions host an annual Halloween Bonfire at the end of the month. This year, the bonfire is being held at Macaulay Park/Fleming Beach parking lot. Wind down from a night of trick-or-treating and warm your hands over the fire. There will also be hot chocolate, yummy foods, and lots of fun!
Looking for a massive bonfire on October 31st? Check out the Oak Bay Firefighter’s Annual Halloween Bonfire. Every year, the Oak Bay Fire Department starts a huge fire to celebrate Halloween. And when we say huge, we mean absolutely massive! Kids will have the chance to control the fire using a fire hose. Even adults will want to try!
Other bonfire events to check out are the Fernwood Halloween Bonfire and for those in Sooke, the Otter Point Halloween Bonfire which also features a Halloween fireworks display!).
8. Wicked Victoria
Wicked Victoria is a fun-filled, free celebration of the Harvest and Halloween season, hosted by the Greater Victoria Festival Society. On October 30th, this family-friendly Halloween event transforms Government Street in downtown Victoria into a pedestrian-only, festive space to celebrate the spooky season.
Fun for the whole family, you’ll find live entertainment, kids games, costume contests for kids and pets, and a wicked kids zone. This spooktacular event is held from 11 am to 3 pm, and is a great way to entertain your kids for the afternoon!
Not only that, Wicked Week is ongoing through the entire week before Halloween (starting October 25th). During this time, keep an eye on the GVFS Facebook for contests and events. There are also a variety of great deals from local merchants during this time!
9. Sidney’s Halloween Spooktacular
During the second half of October, Sidney has a variety of Halloween events and displays. The highlight of Sidney’s Halloween Spooktacular is the annual Treat Street, when downtown Sidney closes to traffic for trick-or-treaters. There are a variety of treat stations and participating merchants where kids can get all kinds of Halloween candies and treats.
During the event, you’ll find Jack-O’-Lantern Alley in Sidney’s downtown, decorated with a pumpkin light display. At Pumpkins on the Pier, there’s a festive showcase of pumpkins along Bevan Avenue Fishing Pier.
Those who want to show off their Jack-O-Lantern designs can bring their pre-carved pumpkin to Sidney’s Community Pumpkin Patch, located at the Sidney Visitor Centre. Anyone who drops off a pumpkin carving gets a treat and is entered in their draw for a Sidney Kids Prize Pack.
The city also has costume and coloring contests. Think of your best Halloween costume ideas, dress up, and submit your entries for a chance to win prizes!
10. Festival of Fear
Everything gets scarier at night and a corn maze is no exception. For those seeking a hair-raising night time adventure, head to the Festival of Fear event at Galey Farms (4150 Blenkinsop Road).
Under the darkness of night, wander through the terrifying Corn Maze of Horror. Full of creepy Halloween displays, every shadow will have you jumping with fear!
You also get to ride around the farm on the Crazy Train and explore their family-friendly Haunted House (not the Carnevil one — you’ll have to get separate tickets for that!).
11. Carve a Pumpkin From a Local Farm
From pies to lattes, pumpkins are a vital part of the Halloween season. Nothing feels more festive than picking your own pumpkin from the field and carving it into a spooky jack o’lantern.
Plenty of grocery stores around Victoria sell pumpkins through October, but finding the perfect one in a pumpkin patch is so much more fun!
Head to one of the best pumpkin patches around Victoria and choose the biggest, roundest, or most misshapen pumpkin you can find. Kids love searching through the pumpkin patches, and adults have lots of fun too!
After, head home with your prize pumpkin to carve it into a frightening jack o’lantern. Pumpkin carving is one of the best things to do on Halloween at home and is fun for the whole family.
Read More: 5 Best U-Pick Pumpkin Patches in Victoria, BC
12. Trick or Treating
For kids (and their parents), Halloween night isn’t complete without trick-or-treating. While you can go the traditional route of going house to house, there are also plenty of trick or treating events throughout Victoria.
At Trick or Treat on the Avenue, kids get to go trick-or-treating between local participating merchants from Foul Bay Road to Monterey Avenue. There’s also live music and performers, including magicians, balloon artists, and circus performers. After, head to Fireman’s Park at 6pm for a Halloween bonfire, where kids can try using a real fire hose to try to put out the fire!
There’s plenty of Halloween candy to be found at Trick or Treat on Cook Street. Any shop displaying a cat in a pumpkin sign is participating and handing out sweets. Or, head to the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, where the permanent market vendors will be giving away Halloween treats all day for Halloween Trick or Treat at the Market.
There are trick-or-treating events all across the city. Even the Government House will be handing out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters!
13. Victoria Zombie Walk
Ready to join the walking dead as they lumber through the streets of Victoria? Here’s your chance!
Zombie walks are one of the many fun Halloween activities held around Victoria, BC. This event is perfect for those who want to experience the fun of walking in a hoard of the undead around downtown.
Victoria’s Annual Zombie Walk takes place on October 29th. Starting at Centennial Square at 3pm, join a herd of zombies as they wander through downtown Victoria. Make sure to wear your best zombie costume!
14. Head to a Victoria Halloween Party
One of the best things to do on the weekends around Halloween is to party like ghouls! Whether you’re partying with friends or heading to an event, this is a great way to spend the Halloween weekend. Just make sure you aren’t too wild!
There are plenty of Halloween parties held in bars and other venues throughout Victoria, where you can party like monsters, play Halloween party games, and dance the night away. Whether you’re looking for a Halloween bash or a spooky-themed drag show, there’s something for everyone.
Looking for a kid-friendly Halloween party in Victoria, BC? Dress your kids up in their costumes and head to Disco Tot’s Little Monster’s Ball at the Juan De Fuca Rec Center. With glow sticks, music, and plenty of dancing, your young ones will have a blast!
15. Ride the BC Forest Discovery Centre Halloween Train
All aboard the Halloween Train!
If your family is a fan of train rides and doesn’t mind driving to Duncan, the BC Forest Discovery Centre’s Halloween Train is a fun thing to do in October.
Enjoy spotting all kinds of Halloween displays as you ride around on the train. After, warm up by their fire pits, sipping at hot chocolate or coffee.
The spooktacular train rides happen every 30 minutes, between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Additionally, they have live entertainment and Halloween-themed crafts, as well as trick-or-treating for children at their candy stations.
16. Shop at the Halloween Market
Every year, the Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone Avenue) hosts a Halloween Market in their gymnasium. This is your perfect chance for some Halloween-themed shopping!
With over 60 local vendors, the Halloween Market is full of everything from spooky handmade items to delicious sweets. Find ghoulish, ghostly, and wares like candles, pottery, jewelry, and more.
The Halloween Market is held on October 15, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Admission is by donation, and all the proceeds go to the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association!
17. Frankenstein at Craigdarroch Castle
Throughout the month of October, Craigdarroch Castle will be taken over by energetic renditions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Watch the tragedy of Frankenstein’s monster unfold over 50 minutes, set in the historic Victoria castle. This horror story show will start from the perspective of the scientist, and later switch to that of Frankenstein’s monster.
Frankenstein will be performed by classically-trained actor Jason Stevens, who also does A Christmas Carol at Craigdarroch Castle later in the year. Well known for his one-man shows, Stevens will play 10 characters from the novel. The performance is loads of fun and a great way to enjoy the Halloween season at the castle!
18. Langford Fire Rescue Pumpkin Smash
Don’t know what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween? The Langford Fire Rescue Pumpkin Smash can help you with that!
Watch your pumpkin get dropped from the top of the Langford Fire Department Ladder Truck. Thrown from a towering height of 105-feet, your pumpkin will explode into smithereens when it hits the ground. It’s quite the sight to see and lots of fun for children!
This event is held the first weekend after Halloween. All it takes is a donation to join in on the post-Halloween fun. Proceeds from the donations go to charities like Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Burn Fund.
19. Lohbrunner Community Farm Pumpkin Fest
Join the Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-op at their annual Pumpkin Fest. This smaller festival is a celebration of October and the Halloween season. Held on the farm cooperative land, the event is open from 11 AM to 4 PM on most Saturdays and Sundays through the month.
Sip on a warm drink (by donation) and enjoy their tiny market, full of local handcrafted wares and other Halloween goods. They also have pumpkins for sale — including some of the best, most warty pumpkins around. Bring your camera and get some adorable photos of your children with their freshly-picked pumpkins on the hay bales!
20. Murder Mystery Event
There’s been a murder but who did it?!
The popular Murder Mystery Performance is back again this year at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre. Solve the crime and find the murderer during this fun-filled, Halloween performance.
If you love solving mysteries, this murder mystery game is the event for you. See if you can beat the detective to figure out who done it!