As you may or may not know I was born on All Saint’s Day, so Halloween has always been a thrilling time for me. So, I thought I’d take a break from Vancouver real estate for just a second to look at houses of a different, more sinister, kind and make a few ghoulish suggestions for the not-so-faint of heart.
Here are some listings that are sure to shock you (well I assume so-my kids are still under 4 so we haven’t actually checked these out):
The Haunted Houses of Vancouver.
1. If you have nothing to fear, that can be easily amended. Dunbar Haunted House - located on 8934 Shaughnessy Street will have you trembling in your Keds. It’s open from 7 pm to 10 pm tonight and tomorrow. General admission is $10. Children under 12 are $5.
2. Dream Horror House on Commercial Drive will give you nightmares for weeks. It’s only open tonight though, so get ready to be scared a little early. It’s a bit tricky to find, as it’s just around the corner from 18th. Here is a map. All proceeds go to support children’s soccer.
3. Playland at the PNE has some of the best haunted houses around I am told. Last year they had the creepy clown house, the asylum, and the house of horrors. This year promises to be just as terrifying with six different haunted houses. Admission is $33-36.
4. Chinatown also has a haunted house, eerily called: Judge Dee & The Chinese Garden Murders. It’s more of a murder mystery slash haunted house with over 30 actors performing Robert Van Gulik’s detective stories at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It will be running tonight and tomorrow from 7-10 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students.
5. If you were bored to death in high school, you’ll feel right at home at the Zombie High School Haunted House on 3166 East 16th Avenue, Vancouver (between Rupert & Renfrew). It will be open tomorrow from 6:00 to 9:30. Tickets by donation to Make-A-Wish.
There are also other haunted houses in Surrey, Delta and Chilliwack. For a complete list with dates and details, click this link.
There are also other fun things to do with kids and adults alike. There’s the ghost train at Stanley Park which is a good little fright for the wee ones, a Forbidden Vancouver ghastly walking tour for the adults, where you can find out who shot John Bray in the head, and made him go insane. Not to mention the Haunted Trolley Tours through downtown Vancouver and into the Mountain View Cemetery.
For other outdoor adventures, you can try the corn mazes and pumpkin patches around Vancouver. You can take hayrides amidst the jack o’ lanterns, ghouls and ghosts and even pick out your own pumpkin to carve. One of the benefits of owning Vancouver real estate is that there are no limits as to how scary you can make your own place. Cobwebs, scattered bones, and screams will be sure to keep all but the bravest trick or treating monster at bay.
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