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20 Eerie-sistable Halloween Activities in Victoria, BC

We fully embrace the scary season here.

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20 Eerie-sistable Halloween Activities in Victoria, BC

Posted on October 19, 2022

Here in Victoria, we fully embrace the scary season. Our community spends Halloween celebrating the ghoulish and the ghostly by holding a number of spook-tacular events around our city. From a haunted ferry ride, to an eerie doll hunt, to a number of trick-or-treating events across our city, we're here to make sure your Halloween is fang-tastic. Read on to plan out your Halloween in Victoria.


Where to Stay


The Inn at Laurel Point

The Inn at Laurel Point has not one, but two tricks up their sleeve this Halloween.

The first hotel package – The Birds – will delight horror enthusiasts looking for a truly spooky stay. Spend the night in the comfort of ominous ravens, a Halloween-themed treat from the Inn at Laurel Point’s pastry team, blood-red house wine (opt for white if you prefer!), complimentary parking for your broom, and a tantalizing breakfast in bed prepared by Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio


The second hotel package – the Treat Suite – is best for the sweet-tooth looking for a Halloween sugar rush. A bottle of house wine awaits you, or opt for buckets of popcorn and soft drinks to wash down the candy. This package will also allow you to bite into a Halloween-themed pastry, complimentary parking, and breakfast in your ultra-comfortable hotel bed. Book your stays, here


What to Do


Tally Ho’s Haunted Halloween Tour

October 20th – 31st

Visit Victoria’s spookiest landmarks and sites where there have been ghost-sightings, from the comfort and safety of a horse-drawn carriage. For this limited time tour, Tally-Ho Carriage Tours will provide you with a private carriage, a professional guide well versed in Victoria’s history of hauntings, and a beautiful draft horse - adorned with ribbons that have been known to ward off evil spirits. For more information and a registration link, click here.

Photo by Danielle Lindenlaub Photography


The Life (And Death) of Francis Rattenbury Tour

Oct 24 – 28, 6:45 pm

*** This program is now full. Thank you for your interest and we will look forward to seeing you in 2023! ***

Who was Francis Rattenbury? Actually, it is likely that you’re familiar with his work. The iconic BC Legislature, the chateau-esque Empress hotel, the Steamship Terminal, and the historic Bank of Montreal building are some of the young architect’s most famous structures around Victoria. Many may know his name… but do you know his tragic past? 

Rattenbury’s bright imagination was paired with a dark side of bankruptcies, greed, corruption, scandal… and even murder. But we won’t give you all of the spoilers. We invite you to a special, free evening guided tour of the BC Legislature all about Rattenbury, and who knows… maybe he’ll walk it with you. While the tour is free, you must register online, here.


Photo by Doug Clement


Haunted Doll Hunt at Point Ellice House

October 29 & 30, 12:00 –4:00 pm

Point Ellice House is a historic museum and charming garden site full of lifetimes of family belongings. When Halloween comes around, some of their vintage, collectible dolls like to come alive to play… In this real-life i-Spy exhibit, see if you can find all of Point Ellice’s dolls for a special, haunting treat… before they find you. Admissions by donation!


Halloween at The Malahat SkyWalk

Oct 29 – 31, 9:00am – 4:00pm

The Malahat SkyWalk has three days of treats lined up for us this Hallo-weekend. Visit them up on the Malahat from Saturday to Monday during opening hours to delight in magic tricks by a magician, face-painting, trick or treat bag-making, and of course a fair share of trick or treating with your new, sustainable bags. Make sure you adorn your finest costume – and keep an eye out for Luke the Sasquatch, a fellow Halloween lover!


Low Power Hour at Crag X

Oct 27, 9:00 – 11:00pm

Victoria really has all aspects covered for you this Halloween – including fitness. Rock-climb in the dark this year with Crag X Climbing Gym, our largest indoor rock climbing gym. Make sure you wear your costume equipped with a headlamp. You never know what lurks in the shadows…

There will be a prize for best costume and a Non-Belayer raffle for a free beginner lesson. Please note, attendees should already know how to belay, or come with somebody who does! 



The Haunted Harbour Tour

Oct 24 - 31

Combine an adorable pickle boat, a knowledgeable tour guide, and one very haunted Harbour to get this ghostly concoction: The Haunted Harbour Tour. Victoria Harbour Ferry and Ghostly Walks have paired up to give us a one-of-a-kind spine-tingling historic tour aboard the Lynda Mae II. Running for one week only. Book your spot online!


Pedal and ESCAPE!

Oct 29 - 31

In what seems to be the season of spooky collaborations, here’s another one for you: Victoria Pedal Tours and Horror Escape have partnered up to provide your crew with a daring adventure you’ll adore… if you live to tell the tale, that is. First, your wits will be tested as you start off in one of Horror Escape’s three chilling escape rooms. Escape in 45 minutes or less for a fun prize. After that, you will group-pedal on an 16-seat bike to two of Victoria Pedal Tours’ partnering pubs for food and Halloween drinks. It’ll be hauntingly hilarious time!


E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at IMAX Victoria

Oct 27 – 31, 7:15 PM

It’s E.T.’s 40th anniversary this Halloween – and yes, all of a sudden, we do feel old. IMAX Victoria is here to deliver a strong dose of nostalgic warmth this October by offering limited time showings of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. The classic of family classics, 'E.T.' is a wonderful and heartfelt portrait of childhood exploring the friendship between Elliot, a young boy living in California, and an extra-terrestrial who gets accidentally left behind by his spaceship. It’s an exciting sci-fi flick that is enjoyed by all ages, right on the big screen. Book your tickets here.


Festival of the Dead at Christ Church Cathedral

Oct 29 and Nov 1, 7:30–8:30pm

Set in the stunning Christ Church Cathedral, Festival of the Dead comes with not just one, but two cinematic, musical performances of the Phantom of the Opera and The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Phantom of the Opera (1925), an early classic of the horror genre, will be screened silently alongside internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso David Briggs, live. Screening will be Oct 29th from 7:30-8:30pm.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) is powerful and moving, and will be paired along with the vocals of Victoria’s Vox Humana Chamber Choir. Screening will take place Nov 1st from 7:30 – 8:30pm. 


Witches SUP Fundraising Paddle with South Island SUP

Oct 30th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Calling all witches and warlocks to Willows Beach! Dress in your best black pointy hat and robe, and trade out your broomstick for a paddle – for it’s the Second Annual Victoria Witches fundraising paddle held by South Island SUP. 100% of paddle board rentals will be donated to the Victoria Mustard Seed Food Bank. Double double, toil and bubble – for a good cause!


CRAFT Beer Market’s Bad and Boo-jee Bash

Oct 29, 8:00 pm

Calling all guys and ghouls to the dance floor. The new CRAFT Beer Market is ready to show Victoria how to have a ball this Halloween. There will be a live DJ, $5 Jack-O’-Lemon shots, AND if you have the most show-stopping costume in town, you may even walk away with $200 and plenty of bragging rights. Line up early – this may just be the biggest and baddest party in town this Halloweekend, and advanced tickets are already sold out! Tickets will be $10 at the door and will be first come first serve.


Where to Shop


The Market Collective

Bring that spook vibe to your home, all while supporting local! Whispers of the haunting season have hit Victoria’s retail scene. Felt monsters, crochet pumpkins, scented candles and other ghoulish delights line the Market Collective’s shelves, all brought to us from local creators and crafters. Shop their collection at the Bay Centre… if you dare. 


Where to Explore

Market SCARE!

Market Square… or Market Scare?! It’s getting spooky in Victoria, as an enormous flock of bats have moved into one of our most famous squares. Drop by and check out some awesome Victorian shopping, dining, and workshops such as Argentum Jewellery and Drake Eatery.


Sidney by the Sea

Our awesome northern neighbours at Sidney, BC go all out on Halloween! Check out their Halloween Spooktacular displays all over their beautiful sea-side town. Jack-O-Lantern Alley in downtown Sidney is wonderfully decorated at this time of the year, and makes for a fun trick or treat stop with local businesses (Oct 31, from 4:30 – 6:00pm!). The city’s famous Pier is also decked out in a joyful pumpkin display. Bonus: If you’re visiting Victoria via the YYJ Airport or BC Ferries, you will drive through Sidney and conveniently be able to make a stop!


Where to Dine

Bite Nite at L’Apéro Bistro

Oct 28, 7:00 PM

Sink your fangs into this dinner… if you dare. Enjoy a three-course meal at L’Apéro Wine & Cheese Bistro, with a ghoulish delight: surprise guest Peter Golz, PHD, Associate Professor will be presenting a short talk on Comedic Vampires. Peter teaches one of North America’s most popular Vampire courses through the Department of Germanic and Slavic studies at the University of Victoria, and is ready to answer the battiest questions us mortals carry with us about the undead. 

Tickets can be purchased here. In the spirit of L’Apéro Bistro, you may be sharing your table with other guests. Please call the restaurant ahead of time for any food allergies. 


The Q Bar at the Empress

Did someone say boo-zy cocktails? Who says old-er bats can’t enjoy treats too. The ultimate fall spice concoction is delivered to us through Q at the Empress' seasonal cocktail “Bee-witched”, which combines Belvedere, vanilla-infused Empress honey (straight from their beehives!), lemon, orange, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, black peppercorn, and chili flakes. 


Where to Trick-or-Treat

The community-vibes are strong in Victoria, and as such, family-friendly trick or treating is a huge event every Hallow’s Eve. Many of our local small businesses or landmarks partake in trick or treat events as well! Get your costumes in-check and hit up these spots for tasty candy:  


•    The Malahat Skywalk, Oct 29-31, from 9:00 – 4:00 pm

•    The Parliament Buildings, Oct 31, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

•    Downtown Sidney, Oct 31, from 4:30 – 6:00pm

•    Oak Bay Village, shops from Foul Bay Road to Monterey Ave, Oct 31 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm