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7 Adult Halloween Activities in Victoria For 2018

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Halloween Boat Party!Halloween isn't just for kids! If you're a horror movie buff, hobbyist historian, thrill seeker, party lover, or just like a good Oktoberfest drink, Victoria has a lot to offer you during the entire month of October. We've collected some of the best adult activities centered around Halloween in Victoria BC for 2018.

1. Halloween Shows

Theatre Inconnu Presents Frankenstein (Oct 2-13)

Ian Case directs David Elendune's adaptation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, winner of the 2017 Classical Theatre Company’s Playwrighting Competition. Staying true to the essence of the original classic by Mary Shelley, David explores the humanity of the characters, and how this is tested through the moral dilemmas they face during the course of the action. Tuesday October 2nd is Pay-What-You-Wish admission.

Cirque Du Soleil Corteo (Oct 4-7)

This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, has amazed 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents. Corteo is a joyous procession, a festive funeral parade imagined by a clown. The show plunges the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

Classics at Craigdarroch Movie Series (Oct 4-27)

Craigdarroch Castle will be featuring a set of Halloween movie series with cash bar and raffle tickets for brewery and castle swag prizes, and a free soft pretzel with every ticket. No assigned seating means first come first serve.

Dracula (1931): The dashing, mysterious Count Dracula, after hypnotizing a British soldier, Renfield, into his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to wreak havoc, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires.

Frankenstein (1931): This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc.

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954): Remnants of a mysterious animal have come to light in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists intends to determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish their goal, the scientists must brave the most perilous pieces of land South America has to offer.

Nosferatu (1922): In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok falls in love with his wife, Ellen. After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger!

House On Haunted Hill (1959): Rich oddball Frederick Loren has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: Show up, survive a night filled with scares and receive $10,000 each. The guest of honor is Loren's estranged wife, Annabelle, who with her secret lover, Dr. Trent, has concocted her own scheme to scare Loren's associate, Nora Manning, into shooting the potentially crazy millionaire.

Bride Of Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein is forced to tempt fate once again by creating a suitable mate for his monster!

Shock Therapy: Short Canadian Horror Films (Oct 13)

In its premiere year, Shock Therapy will be illuminating the best of Canadian short horror films, with a focus on the creative, satirical, and psychological. Shock Therapy will have two screenings: “Laugh Yourself to Death” which is full of lighter/comedic horror shorts, and “Can’t Look Away” which will be full of scarier shorts and is intended for a more mature audience. There will also be a costume contest during the intermission, so come dressed up!

Ballet Victoria's "Frankenstein" (Oct 26-28)

Shelley's original gothic novel meets Coralli and Perrot's timeless ballet Giselle in an alchemy only Destrooper dares bring to the stage. Horror, romance and science fiction galvanised into a new ballet driven by a score boasting Verdi, Shostakovich, Dukas, Catalani and Adam. Think Corpse Bride meets Frankenstein.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct 26, 27 & 31)

It’s the time of year to put on your fishnets, wig, and little gold shorts: Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to The Vic! There'll be a fantastic host, a costume contest, and all of the rice-tossing, newsprint-hoisting, interactive madness you can dream of. Limited amount of prop bags available for $5 cash. This is the film, not a live show.

MediEVIL Times at Upstairs Cabaret (Oct 27)

MediEVIL Times: A haunted journey through the past. Explore their VIRTUAL ROOM, brought to you by Wax Candy and DJ Shrew. The whole room will be decked out in an amazing digital experience. Standard Halloween party decorations need not apply. This is going to be an absolute must see event.

2. Zombie Walk (Oct 7)

On Sunday October 7 from 3:00-5:00 PM, break out your best zombie make up and get out the blood! The march of shambling undead starts in Centennial Square and finishes on the lawn of BC's Legislature Buildings. Great photo ops to be had.

3. Drinks & Dancing

Halloween Boat Party (All Month)

For the entire month of October, you can celebrate Halloween in style on the water with a fully themed party cruise on the Fantasea! With room for groups of up to 20, you can invite the whole gang and enjoy a licensed bar and hostess, heated and covered cabins, fantastic sound system, and spooky holiday catering from Truffles and Cakes Etc. Pair your cruise with any of the other events listed here for a whole day of wicked fun — boat parties can be reserved for any time, so whether it's a harvest lunch buffet to warm you up before a graveyard tour, or a midnight bash after a nighttime horror movie screening, it can fit right in with your schedule.

Seasonal Victoria Brewery Tour (Oct 5 & 6)

Canadian Craft Tours may feature Category 12 and Moon Under Water, Phillips, or Twa Dogs Brewing. This tour is similar to their Victoria Public Brewery Tour except it includes seasonal beers you can only get in the fall, such as a Raspberry Kolsch or Pumpkin Pearzon. Private tours are available for groups of 8 or more with the option for custom start times. A 10% discount is available for groups of 6 or more joining the public tours. Use promo code BEERSEASON to receive $5 off.

Halloween Themed 80s Night (Oct 12)

If you love the 80s and hanging out, come out and bring your friends! Dress up! Ghostbusters, anyone? Thriller? Teen Wolf? Drop by for the bar, video games (Atari flashback, NES, SNES, SNES classic, N64), over 30 boardgames, foosball, ping pong, and of course the 80s dance party.

Brew Master's Dinner at Oak Bay Beach Hotel (Oct 13)

Kick off the harvest season in October with a Brew Master’s Dinner to celebrate Oktoberfest in Victoria. Served in the transformed Grand Lobby Lounge with a view of the Salish Sea, each dinner will include a multi-course family-style dinner, created by Executive Chef Kreg Graham. To book call 1.800.668.7758.

Art Of The Cocktail (Oct 13)

Art of The Cocktail is the biggest cocktail party on Vancouver Island. With over 900 attendees, 40 exhibitors & over 60 spirits being served, they bring the party to the heart of Victoria for an unforgettable festival of tasting, master classes & fun. Guided tastings and hands-on opportunities to learn the tricks of making the best cocktails at home. A great experience to be had with some of BC’s best bartenders. Tickets include all food and drink.

Victoria's Oktoberfest: Stein & Dine (Oct 20)

Join Victoria's 4th Annual Stein & Dine Oktoberfest celebration hosted by Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop in the Victoria Public Market. Live entertainment, games, accordion playing, Oktoberfest dancers, lederhosen contest, beard and braid contest, beer pong, giant Roast jenga, prize wheel & more. Germanic inspired dishes provided by Roast and a fantastic selection of BC craft beer, cider and wine to whet your appetite. 10% of the ticket sales are given to MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC.

Crush - A Fine Wine Affair (Oct 21)

Enjoy tastings from some of BC’s best wineries and craft cideries. Sommelier Pamela Sanderson of Hire a Somm will guide guests through a fun and friendly-but-competitive blind tasting. Chef Craig Stoneman will delight your palate with exquisite cuisine to complement the fine wines, accompanied by live jazz entertainment from the Joey Smith Trio. The Crush silent auction features wine gift baskets and packages, dining, travel, and other unique experiences in every price bracket. All proceeds benefit Victoria’s leading professional theatre company and its beautiful heritage venue in the heart of Fernwood.

Night Shift: After Life (Oct 27)

From here to the hereafter. For one night only, BC Royal Museum will be waiting for you in the next realm to explore death rituals, make offerings to the spirits and learn about the science behind consciousness. An evening filled with costumes, live music, presentations, and adventures awaits in the afterlife. Get decked out in your eerie finery and summon your friends for a night like no other at Victoria’s most anticipated Halloween party.

4. Ghost Hunts & Tours

Ross Bay Cemetery Tours (Oct Sundays)

Ross Bay Cemetery tours gather at Oregano's in Fairfield Plaza every Sunday at 2:00PM for only $5. No reservations needed.

Oct 7: Murder Most Foul. Michael Halleran takes you to graves of murderers and their victims, and tells the grisly tales he's found in coroners’ files, old newspapers, and through interviews with family members.

Oct 14: Gold Rush Women. Beginning with the Fraser River in 1858, gold rushes shaped BC economically, socially and physically. While most gold rush prospectors, miners and business people were men, many women were also drawn to BC during these lively times—and not just in ways you might think. Yvonne Van Ruskenveld focuses her annual women’s history tour on women in gold rush BC.

Oct 21: Psychic Tour. Clairvoyant medium Dawn Kirkham and members of her paranormal investigating team Beyond Belief Paranormal Events will lead a walk through the cemetery and share information they receive from the location or the spirits they encounter. They will also explain what clairvoyance is and demonstrate some basic techniques they use.

Oct. 28: Annual Ghost Tour. One of the most popular annual tours based on ghost stories linked to people buried at RBC. On some of the graves the occupants might even seem to come to life and tell their tales.

Ghostly Walks (All Month)

Ghostly Walks are 90 minute walking tours conducted every night until October 31. Expect to hear great storytelling as you're guided through the streets and alleys of Victoria, uncovering the sordid truth behind many of the city’s most gruesome crimes and tragic accidents. Tickets can be purchased directly from the guides starting 15 minutes before each tour, and tours take place rain or shine.

Parliament Buildings & Pendray Inn: Starts at the Visitor Info Centre, then heads behind the massive stone Parliament Buildings. The ghost of architect Francis Rattenbury stalks its corridors and statues of many famous people who have come back as ghosts line its outside walls. It finishes at the Gatsby Mansion, the haunted former home of the Pendray family whose paint factory stood on the Indian burial ground at nearby Laurel Point.

Old Town & Bastion Square: Starts at the Visitor Info Centre with stories of disturbed native burial grounds along the shore of Victoria Harbour, passes the Empress Hotel with a stop on Kanaka Row for a story about a nasty Hawaiian ghost, includes stories about Roger’s Chocolates and a paranormal pub. Travels through the infamous Helmcken Alley before finishing in a haunted room in Bastion Square for tales of Victoria’s public hangings.

Royal Theatre & St Andrew’s Cathedral: Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads East along old Kanaka Row. We will tell of tunnels at the old Union Club and spirits at the Strathcona Hotel, before reaching the famously haunted Royal Theatre. From the Royal we head along Blanshard St, stopping by St. Andrew’s Cathedral for tales of a ghostly Bishop and an assassination on the steps. Finishes on View St. with an intriguing Titanic connection.

James Bay & Bent Mast: Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and goes behind the Royal BC Museum to the site of the haunted cherry tree, past the old house haunted by Sir James Douglas’s youngest daughter, then into Victoria’s oldest heritage residential neighbourhood. Included on the route are stories about an exorcism on Heather Street, the James Bay Inn where famous artist Emily Carr died, a fortune teller and her crystal ball. Finishes at The Bent Mast, one of Victoria’s most haunted pubs.

Trounce Alley and Broad Street: Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads North for a grisly explanation of why the elevator at the Yarrows building is haunted. Into Trounce Alley for a little-known Victoria connection to the gruesome Joe Nuana case. Continues along Broad St. for the tale of a murdered madam and her ghost.  We will point out the site of Victoria’s first Cemetery and tell a tale or two about the old Plaza Hotel before finishing near Centennial Square.

Red Light & Chinatown: Starts at the Visitor Information Centre with tales of native spirits along the shore of Victoria Harbour, passes behind the spooky old Customs House and along the Wharf Street docks. Visit Bastion Square, then head up to Johnson Street, the heart of Victoria’s old red light district which has plenty of ghost stories, including the famous Belle Adams and Charlie Kincaid. Finishes with the story of Chung, the Chinese boy who cut off the head of his girlfriend.

St. Ann’s Academy & Beacon Hill Park: Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads to the grounds of the Fairmont Empress for the sad tale of Lizzie McGrath. After the story of the haunted pocket watch at the Royal BC Museum, head past Dr. Helmcken’s old house – one of the most paranormally active buildings in the city. Into the gardens at St. Anne’s Academy, Victoria’s haunted convent for tales of ghostly nuns. Finishes just inside Beacon Hill Park with a well-known doppelganger.

Parrot House & Old Burying Ground: Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads along Humboldt Street, narrowly avoiding the vengeful ghost of Kanaka Joe. Passes the Chateau Victoria Hotel, once the site of an old house owned by Victoria Jane and her pet parrot. Up Church Hill to the steps of Christ Church Cathedral for a ghostly duellist. Finishes in the Old Burying Ground which was re-landscaped by the City many years ago and dubbed “Pioneer Square” – only they did not remove the bodies…

Halloween Tour: For Halloween 2018 in Victoria, a special tour starts from the archway entrance to Market Square, 560 Johnson Street. On this tour, you’ll hear the stories of the ghost of Belle Adams who slit her boyfriend’s throat, a Jack-the Ripper-style murder, the ghost of the star-crossed Chinese lover, the ghost in the Broad Street bordello, a famous doppelgänger, the mysterious ghost in Trounce Alley, hauntings in Helmcken Alley and classic tales from Bastion Square. The tour starts and ends inside haunted buildings.

Paranormal Investigation at Point Ellice House (Oct 20 & 26)

Join the Beyond Belief Paranormal Team as they investigate the paranormal occurrences that staff, volunteers, and visitors have experienced at the Point Ellice House. Reports of activity in and around the 1861 home include full body apparitions, voices, footsteps, and lights turning on by themselves. Over the course of the evening you will have the opportunity to participate in seances, vigils, EVP sessions, glass moving, and table tipping as well as use some of the ghost hunting equipment the team will be bringing.

Ghost Bus-Tours (Oct 20-28)

Discover why Victoria is BC’s most haunted city on a coach excursion past some of Greater Victoria’s ghostly sites. Reservations are required and can be made only online through the above website. The starting location will be provided when you book your ticket, but will be somewhere in the haunted depths of Oak Bay. Tours last 2 hours and are conducted in the comfort of a charter coach, with two stops along the way for on-site ghost hunting and storytelling. John Adams, well-known historian and ghost storyteller, conducts the Ghost Bus Tours on behalf of the Old Cemeteries Society as a fundraiser for the society.

Victoria Haunted Horsedrawn Tours (Oct 27-29)

Take a ride back in time on a haunted horse-drawn trolley down the dark streets of Victoria, and hear about the scary occurrences in the most haunted neighbourhoods on the west coast. This 45 minute tour is fully narrated by a ghostly guide, and every story told is true! For reservations call 250-475-7600.

5. Haunted Houses

Horror Escape Rooms (All Month)

Uncover a mystery inside immersive, thrilling, detailed escape rooms. Find clues to solve puzzles, unlocking your way into multiple rooms. With 3 different escape rooms to choose from, there's plenty of fun to be had this Halloween season at Horror Escape.

Fear On The Pier (Oct 11-31)

Greater Victoria's #1 "Big Kid" haunted house. Over 5000 square feet of terror at Ogden Point! Cash only, $1 off with donation of non-perishable food item. Monday October 15 is 2-for-1 Admission Night, and Monday October 22 is Free Pumpkin Night!

Galey Farms Festival Of Fear & Carnevil (Oct 12-31)

Galey Farms' Festival Of Fear has four main venues:

  • The Cornfield of Horror is fully animated and features The Haunted Mansion, Pirates Island, The Addams Graveyard and many more fabulous displays. Fun for all ages during the day, but gets much spookier after 6 PM.

  • The Crazy Train has over a mile of animated seasonal displays and great seasonal fun for all ages.

  • Madame Isabella's Seance is a theater room where everything comes to life and tells a ghost story of years past - it is a little scarier.

  • Carnevil is Victoria's most amazing 6000 square foot haunted house of terror and has even more new features this year. Now with 3 chicken exits for the faint of heart. Enter if you dare.

Groups of more than 20 people are asked to use the online booking form to reserve a date, arrange express ticketing, and be eligible for custom ticket pricing.

Heritage Haunted House (Oct 31)

Drop by 3808 Heritage Lane off Burnside Road for charity fundraiser Heritage Haunted House, renowned for its elaborate scares.

6. Pumpkin Spotting

Pumpkin Art on the Avenue (Oct 26-31)

Pumpkin Art on the Avenue features hundreds of pumpkin carvings set up behind the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, with themes featuring Canadian Idols, cartoon characters, prime ministers, presidents, TV shows, the royal family, sixties icons, CBC history and more! Admission is by donation. Businesses in Oak Bay Village will also be holding the 5th annual merchant carving contest. Donations this year support Oak Bay Sea Rescue, an organization of volunteer first responders dedicated to saving lives on the water.

Downtown Pumpkin Pursuit (Oct 29-31)

From October 29-31, pick up your map from any participating downtown business and vote for your favourite pumpkin, and you could win a Downtown Victoria prize pack! No purchase is necessary and you can vote for more than one pumpkin. Last year a lucky winner won an amazing downtown prize pack including 2 return flights with Harbour Air, cosmetics from Elate, two 3 hour Ocean River Sports kayak rentals, and gift certificates to BeaverTails, Dutch Bakery, Vista 18, Strathcona Hotel, Famoso Pizzeria, La Roux Patisserie, designHouse Salon, Oscar & Libby's, and Milestones, among others!

7. Bonfires (Oct 31)

Colwood

Don't miss the annual Community Halloween Bonfire hosted by the Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Association at the Colwood Fire Hall on Metchosin Road. There'll be free hot dogs, hot chocolate, treats, and music. The event starts at 6:30 PM and wraps up between 8:30 and 9:00 PM.

Esquimalt

Hosted by the Esquimalt Lions at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, this event is a great way to wind down the festivities for all ages. From 6:00 - 9:00 PM, enjoy the warmth from the flames of a huge bonfire while enjoying a nice warm cup of hot chocolate – reusable cups encouraged. All food and drink sales are by donation with the proceeds going to community programs.

Fernwood

The ­Fernwood Community Centre at 1240 Gladstone Avenue will be ­selling hot apple cider to keep you warm, with games and treats in the Community Centre gym. A bonfire will be ­burning at Stevenson Park all evening.

Oak Bay

Community trick or treat on Halloween night is followed by a bonfire in Fireman's Park, 1703 Monterey (next to the fire hall) at 6:00 PM.

Saanich

The annual bonfire and fireworks display put on by the Central Saanich Volunteer Fire Department will start at 7:30 PM, with the fireworks display at 8:00 PM. The Central Saanich Lions Club will be there selling hot dogs, coffee, and hot chocolate by donation.

The North Saanich Fire Department at Wain Road Hall will hold their own annual bonfire and fireworks starting at 6:30 PM, with fireworks at 7:45 PM. Donations for Muscular Dystrophy will be gratefully accepted.

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