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36 ghoulish things to do to help you celebrate Halloween in and around Victoria this October


The spooky season is upon us and lurking around every corner of Victoria are ghosts, goblins, candy, drink specials, and family-friendly events.

The most haunted city in the Pacific Northwest knows how to celebrate the Halloween season right, and we have tracked down events for all ages so you can too! 

Whether you plan to dress up or keep it casual, don’t miss out on these days and nights of creep-tastic fun.

Family-Friendly Events 

Forest Spook-Tacular 

  • What: A drop-in family event to celebrate Halloween fun with CRD Regional Park Naturalists. Join the fun which includes spooky treasures from the natural world, displays, activities, and Halloween crafts. There will be also costumes for those who choose to wear one.
  • When: October 19-20 & October 26-27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Francis/King Nature Centre and Regional Park, Munn Road Saanich

Spooky Sunday Skate 

  • What: Ghosts, goblins, princesses, fairies, astronauts, and other Halloween favourites are all welcome. Take a spin on the ice in your costume at this Halloween themed skating event. Don’t forget to bring your bag to trick or treat! 
  • When: Sunday, October 27th, 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. 
  • Where: Panorama Recreation, 1885 Forest Drive 

Halloween Trick or Treating Market at the Market 

  • What: Victoria Public Market presents all day Trick or Treating for the kids. All permanent market vendors will have treats for costumed ghouls and goblins. 
  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Public Market, 6-1701 Douglas Street 

5th Annual Wicked Victoria and Boo Boulevard 

  • What: Join over 3000 non-profit organizations in Greater Victoria to do some shopping in the “Harvest Market” or wander through the “Too Cute To Spook Wicked Kid Zone” while listening to Halloween tunes to get you in the spirit.
  • When: Sunday, October 27th, 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Between Humbolt Street & Yates Street

Ghostly Walks & Trick or Treating

  • What: Learn about the haunted history of the CFB Esquimalt while also trick or treating with local Dockyard residents. All ages are welcome, but space is limited so make sure to register early!
  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dockyard, CFB Esquimalt, Naden 5 CFB Esquimalt 

Halloween in the Pool 

  • What: A themed swim filled with tricks and some treats! A family friendly swim for all with prize, plus the Wibit and a slide will be open. 
  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Panorama Recreation, 1885 Forest Drive 

Adele’s Halloween & Vintage Costume Sale 

  • What: Bring your favourite witches and warlocks to shop at their fabulously boo-tiful collection of costumes, winter wear, accessories, and more. We’ll help you find a spooktacular outfit to celebrate the season. If you’ve got it, haunt it!
  • When: Sunday, October 20th 2019, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Where: Oaklands Community Association, 1-2827 Belmont Avenue 

Make it an Indigo Weekend: Halloween 

  • What: Dress up and join Indigo for a Halloween parade! Make your own colour changing slime and hunt for treasure in a Foam Alive demo. A perfect Halloween event for children 5 and up! 
  • When: Saturday, October 26th
    Doors open at 10:50 a.m., Event begins at 11:00 a.m 
  • Where: Indigo Books Mayfair, 3147 Douglas Street 

Fun for the whole family. Entertainment including face painting, hay-rides, train rides, corn maze, petting farm, haunted house & plenty more activities for the children to enjoy. Don’t forget to check out the Cow Train.

  • When: October 5th & 6th, 12th to 14th, 19th & 20th, 26th & 27th Every weekend until October 28th from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Where: Galey’s Farm, 4150 Blenkinsop Road
  • Cost: $12 per adult $8 per child for one Train Ride ticket or one Corn Maze ticket. With your purchase of first ticket, second ticket at $5 (+taxes). Family Combo Pass (2 adults, 2 children) for $48 includes Corn Maze and Train Ride. Petting Farm is complimentary only with the purchase of first ticket or separately $2 per person.

“Festival of Fear” Galey Farms

  • What: Galey Farm’s signature event features a Haunted House for kids, the much scarier 6000 square foot Carnevil Haunted House for adults, a haunted corn maze, Crazy Train and Seance. The Cornfield of Horror is fully animated and features The Haunted Mansion, Pirates Island, The Addams Graveyard and many more fabulous displays. Fun for all ages during the day, but gets much spookier after 6 pm.
  • When: Runs nightly October 17th to 20th, and 24th through to Halloween night. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Galey Farms, 4150 Blenkinsop Road


Night Life 

Westwood Recordings Presents: Halloween w/ Moontricks & Dirtwire 

  • What: Groove to the sounds of Moontricks, Dirtwire, and Mt. Doyle. 
  • When: Friday, October 25th, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates Street 

Nefarious – Halloween Show & Party 

  • What: Local dance company Passion & Performance presents an immersive horror experience set to send a chill down your spine.
  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 7 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.
  • Where: Delta Hotel by Marriott Victoria Ocean Point Resort, 100 Harbour Road

Freakshow: Halloween Weekend at Strath  

  • What:5 different rooms, giving you the chance to experience 5 different parties, all in one night. Release your inner freak as you join in this carnival of terror. 
  • When: Friday, October 25th, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
    Saturday, October 26th, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
  • Where: Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street 

Area 51 Halloween 

  • What: Didn’t make it to Nevada to storm the gates? It’s okay, Upstairs Cabaret and Wax Candy have you covered. A night filled with drink specials, music, aliens, and spooky government experiments. 
  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
  • Where: Upstairs Cabaret, #15 Bastian Square 

The Showdown Halloween Burlesque Spectacular 

  • What: Horror, gore, tassels, heels, and rhythm all merge together for an epic burlesque showdown. Featuring the burlesque talents of Devaiya Ra, Gala Vega, Keith Williams, Kibble ‘n’ Bits, Hazel Nuez, and more. There will also be featuring a special performance by musical duo Zonnis.
  • When: Sunday, October 27th, 8:00 p.m. 
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street 

Monster Mash XI 

  • What: The University of Victoria Rugby team and DJ Shrew come together to bring a frightful night of costumes and terror. 
  • When: Thursday, October 24th, 10:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Where: Upstairs Cabaret, #15 Bastian Square 

90s Hip Hop Halloween Edition 

  • What:The legendary 90s Hip Hop Night presents its Halloween edition full of frights, costumes, and nostalgic hits. Listen to Flipout spins classic hits by Nas, Rakhim, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G., and more from the golden era of Hip Hop. 
  • When: Friday, October 25th, 10 p.m – 2 a.m. 
  • Where: Lucky Bar, 517 Yates Street 

Halloween Speakeasy 

  • What: A special Speakeasy night will be Halloween themed and costumes are greatly encouraged. Swing dance lessons, live swing jazz with Blackstick, mysterious guest performance, and great cocktails! 
  • When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street 

Road House Halloweenkend  

  • What:Victoria’s only country bar presents a mix of Halloween and the Patrick Swayze ‘89 classic film set in the roadside Missouri Bar. Drink specials, Country hits, and costumed two stepping amongst the other ghouls and goblins. 
  • WhenThursday, October 31st 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
    • Friday, November 1st  9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
    • Saturday, November 2nd 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Where: Duke Saloon, 502 Discovery Street 

Caliente Halloween Party 

  • What: Dance the night away to Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, and more. No matter the experience this event is for all and costumes are strongly encouraged. 
  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Studio 4 Athletics, 715 Yates Street 

Onesie Halloween Event  

  • What: Dress in a killer onesie and be entered in draw to collect a prize. A cozy Halloween event with live music from The Surveyors, Excuses Excuses, and Pidgin. 
  • When: Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
  • Where: Phoenix Bar and Grill, 3944 Quadra Street 

Hallowe’een Scream 

  • What: Groove Kitchen will be performing funky, soulful, and latin hits for a Hallowe’en shindig that will be hard to match.  You can expect lively reinventions of songs by Earth, Wind, and Fire, James Brown, Boz Scaggs, Bruno Mars, and more. 
  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club Inc, 753 View Street

Festa De Halloween

  • What: Pachanga Latina presents Festa de Halloween with Live Band Sambacouver and Dj Pachanguero
  • When: Friday, October 25th, 2019 8:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Where: V Lounge, 3366 Douglas Street 

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Party

  • What: Live performance by Andres Zuñiga singing Salsa / Bachata / Cumbia come and celebrate a Latin Halloween Party! 
  • When: Friday, November 1st, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
  • Where: V Lounge, 3366 Douglas Street 

Stranger Things Halloween 

  • What:An 80s themed Halloween party with cash prizes for Best Costume and live music from BiPolar Bear Cover Band. Dress Hopper, 11, Dustin, Erica, or come as your own creation. 
  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. 
  • Where: Darcy’s Pub Westshore,  737 Goldstream Avenue

Halloween GOTH NIGHT Dance Party 

  • What: Goth classics, dark modern hymns, dungeon lasers, and an eclectic set of music. Dance the night away to dark 80s, Early & Modern industrial, Death Rock, Coldwave, EBM, Darkwave and more! 
  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 
  • Where: Logan’s Pub, 1821 Cook Street 

Halloween Howler 

  • What: A spooky night of drink specials and haunted hits with Chet Flanagan on the decks. 
  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
  • Where: Upstairs Cabaret, #15 Bastion Square

Halloween Night – Righteous Rainbows & Alexis Tucci 

  • What: A disco rave of intergalactic sounds and beats with Alexis Tucci. 
  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
  • Where: Lucky Bar, 517 Yates Street 

Ghost Walk, Haunted Places & More

Paranormal Investigation at Historical Point Ellice House 

  • What: The Beyond Belief Paranormal Events team takes you on a spooky investigation at Point Ellice House. Alleged reports of activity in and around the 1861 home include ghostly voices, footsteps, full-body apparitions, and lights turning on by themselves. You will also get the chance to participate in a seance, vigils, and EVP sessions. 
  • When: October 16th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Where: Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens, 2616 Pleasant Street 

Fright Night – Saanichton Corn maze 

  • What: The two-night interactive event dares you to be bold and walk amongst the monsters that lurk in the corn maze. 
  • When: Saturday, October 19th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Saanichton Corn Maze, 7979 Central Saanich 

Hallowe’en Bonfire 

  • What: The Esquimalt Lions host a community bonfire to conclude your Hallowe’en night of trick or treating. Enjoy a toasty bonfire while eating hot dogs and sipping delicious hot chocolate. All proceeds from the hot chocolate and hot dogs will be donated to the Esquimalt Lions’ community fundraising efforts. 
  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre rear parking lot, 1151 Esquimalt Road 

Ghostly Walks for Halloween 

  • What: A dedicated team of Ghost walk tour guides conducts this special haunted tour for Halloween. Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in the Pacific Northwest on this 90-minute walk through the spooky streets, courtyards, and alleys of Downtown’s core. 
  • When: Friday, October 11th to Sunday, November 3rd
    6:30 p.m, 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Market Square, 560 Johnson Street 

Haunted Zipline Tours 

  • What: An immersive zipline tour filled with strange monsters in the dark and spooky tales to be told. A fully interactive experience that is only available for the Hallowe’en season. 
  • When: Friday, October 25th – 27th, 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Where: Adrena Zipline Tours, 5128C Sooke Road

Self-guided Ghost Walking Tour

  • What: Round up a squad, follow the map, and read the stories of some of Victoria’s most haunted downtown locations. A great way to get spooky with some room for spontaneity!
  • Where: Wherever you’d like to start – see the map for locations.
  • When: Whenever you’d like to get going!

Heritage Haunted House

  • What: Not for the faint of heart. Do you dare?? Admission is a suggested $10 cash donation to the Help Fill a Dream Foundation aiding children with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Where: Heritage Haunted House, 2808 Heritage Lane.
  • When: October 31st, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Visit over 31 haunted locations around Victoria

  • What: Victoria is the most haunted city in British Columbia, if not all of Canada. Almost every building in the downtown core has a ghost story. Some say it’s a result of our Wild West beginnings during the Gold Rush, when the streets were full of fortune hunters, pleasure houses, saloons, public hangings, opium dens and vice was around every corner. The mystery around Haunted Victoria remains. So, Victoria Buzz has compiled some of the most famous and active locations of paranormal activity in the city.
  • Where: All around town!
  • When: Whenever you want!

Know of a Halloween event that should be on our list? Let us know in the comment section below or email us with all the details at tips@victoriabuzz.com.

Joel Brewster
Junior staff writer at Victoria Buzz. Have a story idea? Send it over: joel@victoriabuzz.com

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