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Halloween fun in public space: our 2018 SkyTrain party and more

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Halloween is just around the corner, and there are lots of fun public space activities taking place over the next few days – including our 12th annual VPSN Halloween SkyTrain Party and the Party4Health mobile after-party this coming Friday. Get your costumes on and come ride the crazy train

Halloween SkyTrain Party – Friday, October 26, 8pm, Waterfront Station

Get set for the very best transit ride you will have all year! Our Halloween SkyTrain party returns for its 12th season! Time to get creative with your scariest, sassiest, or all-around wackiest costume and ride the rails to the outer reaches of Vancouver – and your mind!

The event aims to allow transit fans to have some Halloween-themed fun, while also celebrating public transit with some placemaking magic. We’ll be transforming the everyday Skytrain experience into a crazy-train of costumes, candy, dancing and decorations.

Helping us with this process is DJ Solreia, who will be making her Halloween SkyTrain debut as we dance our way to Richmond and back again.

This year’s Halloween SkyTrain will depart from Waterfront Station on the Canada Line. We will be boarding a train to YVR-Brighouse shortly past 8pm. The event is free, save for the cost of your transit ticket – but consider arriving early to ensure that you get on the train. Please wait for the “All-Aboard” signal!

As always, the Halloween Party works best when a few common-sense rules are kept in mind – so check out all the event information in our earlier post or Facebook event listing. You can also check out these photos from the 2017 event to see what it’s like. See you this Friday!

After-Party Action – Rock off the Rails – 9:45pm at Granville Square

Immediately after the Halloween SkyTrain returns to Waterfront Station, we invite you to join our friends at Party4Health as they unleash the official mobile after-party. Starting at Granville Square (200 Granville Street), this event will be taking things off the rails and through the streets of downtown. Look for energy-building, heart-pumping party activities including the Thriller Dance Flashmob, Long Soul Train, Spooky Mega Drop, and a Dark n’ Scary High-5 Tunnel – and lots of dancing! It’s a mobile event, so aim to be at the starting location at 9:45pm. For more information, check out their Facebook event listing.


Halloween SkyTrain – Photo by Lydia Tan

Other Halloween Scariness

Now through October 31 – Ghost Train in Stanley Park

Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, inspired by Halloween and other spooky tales. This family event is open to all ages and offers a glimpse of the goblins and ghoulish characters inhabiting the stories, legends and folklore of Halloween and Harvest celebrations. Features the Haunted Maze, crafts and movies, exhibits, and a pumpkin patch.

:: Ticket & more info – Ghost Train webpage

Now through October 31 – VanDusen Glow in the Garden

Head to VanDusen for their Glow in the Garden event – an adventure through a whimsical garden with curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale Hänsel and Gretel. Follow the bread crumbs on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy tasty treats, crafts, and much more.

:: Tickets & more info – VanDusen webpage

Friday, October 26 – Ferris Wheel at Robson

This one isn’t specifically Halloween themed – but given our love of Robson Square, we wanted to share this. Between 12-7pm this Friday, you’ll be able to ride a Ferris wheel in the heart of the city! This one-day event is part of Variety Week. Entrance to the Ferris Wheel is by donation, with all proceeds going to support kids with special needs.

:: More info – Variety Week webpage

Saturday, October 27 – Parade of Lost Souls

East Vancouver’s epic Parade of Lost Souls invites you to indulge in this year’s theme of Magic and Realism! Come prepared to feast your eyes and ears on live bands, art installations, clowns galore, delicious food trucks, and much much more from the minds and hearts of our beloved city’s artists! Processions start at Britannia Library (Commercial Drive and Napier Street) (at 7, 8, 9pm), but the final parade route is kept a closely guarded secret – revealed only at midnight the night before. Keep checking into our website and social media feeds for updates and other exciting surprises along the way!

:: More info – Parade of Lost Souls webpage

Saturday, October 27 – Thursday, November 1– Night for All Souls – Mountainview Cemetery

In many cultures around the world, the days at the end of October and beginning of November are considered an important time for honouring the dead in our lives. In our modern, urban, and relatively transient culture, traditional “village” customs have been left behind, though not the human impulses that led to these traditions. All Souls at the Mountain View Cemetery is a non-denominational sacred event, and an opportunity for people to share their own customs and experiences.

:: More Info – Night for All Souls webpage

Wednesday, October 31 – Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House – Haunted Parklet

The new parklet at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House is a front porch for the whole East Van neighbourhood! This year it will be happily-haunted by treat-giving friends and neighbours. Trick-or-treat your way over and say hello, and check out Vancouver’s newest parklet!

:: More info – Facebook Event Page

Friday, November 2 – Nelson Park Pumpkin Parade

Give your jack-o-lantern one more chance to shine! Bring your pumpkin creation to Nelson Park for the first ever Vancouver Pumpkin Parade. This is a free community event. Rain or shine.

:: More info – Facebook Event Page

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