As the oldest city in B.C. and B.C.'s haunted capital, Victoria is the place to be this Halloween. Meet some of Canada's most famous ghosts and let them show you to their favourite haunted places in Victoria. For a truly wonderful and special Halloween you won't forget, even if you want to, plan your visit and costume early to attend one of these spooky events.
Ghosts of Victoria FestivalCelebrate Victoria's haunted past through spooky events at The Ghosts of Victoria Festival including terrifying tours, scary stories and awesome activities taking place throughout the city. Take an eerie walk along some of Victoria's most haunted streets with Discover the Past and hear stories about the city's darker side, or hop aboard the Ghost Bus for a two-hour tour of Victoria's creepiest neighbourhoods, narrated by ghost expert and local historian John Adams. Head to Galey Farms for the kid-friendly Pumpkinfest featuring live entertainment, face painting and u-pick pumpkins, or get ready for a fright at the Festival of Fear with the creepy Cornfield of Horror and the freaky Carnevil.
Nightmare at the MuseumFrom a Night at the Museum to a Nightmare at the Museum, Victoria's Royal BC Museum has a frightful Halloween event inspired by all the things that go "bump" in the night. From the creepy-crawly to the downright terrifying, Nightmare at the Museum will show you a side of the museum you've never seen before. Featuring live local music, dancing, delicious drinks, spooky ghost tours, haunted forests and twisted visuals, this is a night you won't soon forget. Even if you want to.
IFCONVictoria's newest horror sci-fi convention, IFCON, happens on October 31 to November 1, 2015. Check out writing, costuming and drawing workshops led by industry professionals. Enter the Costume Masquerade cosplay competition and meet with celebrity guests including Claudia Christian from Babylon 5, Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica, and horror movie scream queen, Brinke Stevens.
Victoria Zombie WalkGet creative with gory makeup and creepy costumes for Victoria's annual Zombie Walk. Starting at Centennial Square and ending at the Legislative Buildings, this walk is sure to turn a few heads as zombie fans walk (or drag) themselves along the route showing off impressive gruesome make up and creative costumes. Event organizers are looking to add a zombie-themed after-party to keep the creepiness going!
Looking for a pulse-racing experience? Head to Sooke, B.C. for a hair-raising Haunted Zip at AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventure Tours. Expect tall tales, towering heights and frightful fun on this interactive tour as you fly through the dark rainforest at up to 60km/hr. These popular tours will take place October 29 to 31, 2015. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Spooks 'n Spokes Ride
Deck out your bicycle with colourful lights, throw on your favourite Halloween costume and head downtown on two wheels on the annual Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition's Spooks 'n Spokes Ride. Beginning at Centennial Square, the ride winds through the city's haunted neighbourhoods for an easy 15 km tour as ghoulish guides spin tales about the spirits who live in some of the finest homes and mansions.