As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a torrid history that comes to life during the month of October. The brilliant colours of fall hint at the plethora of vibrant Halloween-inspired activities on offer in British Columbia's most haunted city.
If you dare to stay the night, check out this insider's look at the most fang-tastic hotel packages to make your stay extra spooky.
1. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Throughout October, take advantage of the Magnolia Hotel and Spa's Room with a Boo package, which includes a Ghostly Walk for two, a Haunted Trails map (which will lead you to some of Victoria's most haunted locations) and a Halloween concierge on hand to answer all of your questions. When you book this package, you can also look forward to Halloween treats from Rogers Chocolates delivered to your door as part of the hotel's nightly turndown service.
Tip: Be sure to try the pumpkin-spiced tea in the hotel lobby.
Image: The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
2. The Inn at Laurel Point
Check in to the Inn at Laurel Point for either a scary stay or a sweet treat. The hotel has created two Halloween-themed rooms for guests to choose from for stays between October 11 and 31.
If you're looking for a fright, stay in The Birds suite befitting the great Alfred Hitchock complete with a murder scene... of crows that is. Spend an unforgettable night amongst The Birds, enjoy a dark surprise from pastry chef, Kimberly Vy, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon Ravenswood and two tickets to Horror Escape Victoria.
Image: Hitchcock themed room at the Inn at Laurel Point
If you prefer the sweeter side of Halloween, you can also spring for a Halloween sugar rush in Loompa-Land with lots of tempting candies to tuck in to for a midnight feast. Wash it down with two perfectly chilled bottles of Voo Doo Doughnut Beer.
Tip: Opt to trick or treat at check in; if you choose "trick", bob for apples to receive either a complimentary upgrade or a night's free parking.
Image: Candy themed room at the Inn at Laurel Point
3. Fairmont Empress
Since 1908, Fairmont Empress has played host to many guests, and if you believe the stories, some have been here a lot longer than others. Have you ever seen or felt a ghost at the Fairmont Empress hotel or elsewhere in Victoria? Search for the reported restless spirits in our hotel with your own copy of Haunted Canada 4 in one hand and our special Eyeball Martini in the other, when you book the Spooktacular Package.
The package includes an Eyeball Martini (the Fairmont Empress' signature Halloween cocktail), a copy of Haunted Canada 4, presented at check-in, a self-guided heritage walking map from the Downtown Victoria Business Association.
Image: Fairmont Empress
4. Oak Bay Beach Hotel
While the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's history may include a ghost story or two, the newly-renovated resort is anything but ghastly. Here, you will enjoy fine dining, take in a dinner show or a movie in the Theatre, enjoy a morning coffee or pastry at Kate's Café, sip a pint of Guinness at The Snug pub, or relax in the Baths at the seaside spa while watching whales breach offshore.
This Halloween, B.C. Ferries Vacations and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel have partnered up to offer a special Halloween Package, which includes a two-night stay at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and transportation to and from the island via B.C. Ferries Vacations.
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is also offering a Murder Mystery Dinner on October 28 and 29. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, a three-course plated dinner and a night of mystery with the live murder mystery show "Who Killed Mike Fraser!?"
Image: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
5. Hotel Zed
For a ridiculously fun and eclectic stay in Victoria this Halloween, book your accommodation at the Hotel Zed. With a vintage VW and retro Chevy shuttle busses, rotary dial phones, typewriter stations and comic books in the brightly-coloured rooms, a stay at this funky hotel is anything but ordinary.
Hotel Zed ramps up the spook factor at Halloween with extreme decorations and lots of fun Halloween-themed activities. Don't be surprised if they have some extreme or retro candy on offer, too. You can also check out their Zombie Travel Tips on YouTube, if you want to be extra prepared.
Image: Hotel Zed
Still looking for a great deal on your stay in Victoria? Check out our other hotel offers. While you're at it, take a peek at our latest blog post 13 Reasons to Visit Victoria this Halloween for the lowdown on spooktacular Halloween events around town.