Victoria & Area
Bring the family to the Quadra Village Community Centre for their 6th annual Quivering Village Carnival and Corn Maze on Oct 25 from 6-8pm. You’ll find carnival games, a witch’s lair, fortune teller, photo booth and more. Admission is by donation. 901 Kings Rd.

The 5th Annual Wicked Victoria is on Oct 27 from noon-5pm. Celebrate a fun, festive, free, family-friendly and pedestrian-only event on “Boo Boulevard” (Government Street, between Humboldt and Yates). There’ll be live entertainment, games, a kids’ costume parade and a wicked kids’ zone, including pumpkin decorating.

Go on a Ghostly Walk. Choose from: Royal Theatre and St. Andrew’s Cathedral Tour, Parliament Building and Pendray Inn Tour, Parrot House and Old Burying Ground Tour. The ghost tours take place in the evening and there is also a special Ghost Bus Tour closer to Halloween.

Galey Farms Festival of Fear runs Oct 12-13, 18-21, and 25-31 from 6-10pm. If you’re brave enough, check out all four of the Festival of Fear’s venues, including: Cornfield of Horror, Crazy Train, Madame Isabella’s Seance and Carnevil Haunted House (PG13). 4150 Blenkinsop Rd.

Westshore Town Centre’s Annual Trick-or-Treating event is on Oct 31 from 3:30-5pm. Treats are available at participating retailers, while supplies last. There is also a retailer pumpkin decorating contest, and visitors can vote for their favourite. 2945 Jacklin Rd.

Langford Fire Hall Halloween Station Number 1 has free hot dogs, hot chocolate, and candy on Halloween from 5:30-8:30pm. 2625 Peatt Rd.

Haunted Zipline Tours at Adrena LINE run from Oct 25-27and are both scary and fun. See strange creatures running amok and hear spooky tales. Ghosts, monsters and tall tales are all a part of this interactive experience. Book in advance as space is limited. There are evening and day tours available. The minimum weight requirement is 60lbs per person.

The Halloween Bonfire in Esquimalt is hosted by the Esquimalt Lions at the Archie Browning Sports Centre on Oct 31 from 6-9pm. There is a costume contest for all ages along with hot dogs and hot chocolate by donation, with proceeds going to the Esquimalt Lions’ community fundraising efforts. 1151 Esquimalt Rd.

Duncan & Area
Take part in BC Forest Discovery Centre’s Halloween, but beware of the Halloween Train! Ride the Green Hornet through ghostly scenes and past scary Halloween characters at the museum. Enjoy trick or treating and making Halloween crafts, and tour the haunted houses if you dare. Rain or shine.Oct 18-20 and Oct 25-30 3:30-9pm.

The Big Shop of Horrors is for big kids only—ages 8 and older. It’s back and twice as scary. The Big Shop of Horrors grew from a little haunted room for the neighbours into a big haunted house.Proceeds go to local charities. 7305 Bell McKinnon Rd.

Trick-or-Treat at Chemainus at Waterwheel Park in this fun Halloween family event. There will be a Halloween scavenger hunt, safe trick or treating, horse and trolley rides, costume contest, a spooky touch and feel guessing game, treats, colouring station and so much more. Oct 27 from 11am-2pm.

Nanaimo & Area
Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk runs on Oct 25 and 26 from 6:30-10pm. Choose from two sections of the Halloween Walk: Spooky and Scary. The Spooky walk is suitable for everyone, while the scary one is not suitable for children under the age of 6. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is located on a 10-acre property and takes approximately 20-35 minutes to complete.

Join the Nanaimo Science and Sustainable Society (NS3) for its 7th annual Spooktacular Science Challenge in Bowen Park (lower picnic area) on Oct 27. Take a walk through Bowen Park and participate in several spooky science stations along the way. Stations include Spooky Slime, Creepy Chemistry Cauldron, and a Haunted House.

VI Symphony’s Soundbites Happy Halloween is on Oct 31 at 5:30pm and 7:15pm. Come in costume or wear orange and candy is included. Some of the music include Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Berlioz, The witches’ Sabbath.

Courtenay & Comox
The LINC Haunted House runs from 6-8pm on Oct 23-26 and 29-31 with the 31st being less scary for little kids. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. 300 Old Island Highway, near the Ryan Rd intersection. 250-334-8138.

Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest in Black Creek is on Sept 28-29 and Oct 5-27 from 10am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays. There’s a pumpkin patch, corn maze, Corn Cannons, pumpkin bowling, and a sunflower field, among other activities. 2186 Endall Rd.

Serena Beck works full-time as a technical writer. She loves to write, travel and swim at the beach with family and friends.