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Halloween For Adults in Victoria

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October is a spook-tacular time in Victoria, with plenty of decorations around the city, events like the Zombie Walk and Wicked Victoria, and a ton of fun in the #VictoriaBOO (and #SidneyBOO!) hashtag.

There's no shortage of activities for kids, but sometimes adults want to get their ghoul on as well. And what better way than a night on the town?

Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but festivities are running all month. Here's a guide to having a terror-riffic October with your adult friends.

October 7-8

Start Saturday October 7th at 3:00pm by joining the Victoria Zombie Walk in Centennial Square. The event is free, and you can jump in as one of the shambling undead or a simple bystander. Take a break for dinner, then at 7:30pm head over to the Visitors Info Centre on Wharf St. to take a Ghostly Walk tour of St. Ann's Academy and Beacon Hill Park. Finally, cap the night off with a rockin' party cruise where you can share chilling ghost stories over holiday-themed drinks.

On Sunday October 8th, begin the day at 11am or 12pm with a group of your best buds or coworkers, and take on one of the challenges at Horror Escape Victoria or Epic Escape Victoria. Can you work together to solve the mystery before you meet your doom? Find out! Then at 2pm, head over to Ross Bay Cemetary for their Murder Most Foul tour, where Michael Halleran will show you the graves of real murderers and their victims and tell you their stories. If that doesn't put you off your lunch, it's time for a Halloween dinner party cruise, complete with licensed bar and catering!

October 14-15

Ready for some real scares? On Saturday October 14th hit up the Monsters Haunted House: Fear On The Pier at Pier A on Dallas Rd. Doors open as early as 6:30pm, and you can brave one attraction or two: The Darkness Maze and Dead City! Once you've had your fun getting the willies spooked out of you, head over to the Inner Harbour to wind down with some drinks, good food, and great music on a sunset Halloween cruise.

If Fear On The Pier is too much for you (or isn't enough), on Sunday October 15th you could check out the array of festivities at Galey Farms' Festival Of Fear including the Cornfield of Horror, Madame Isabella's Seances, and the massive Carnevil Haunted House. Throw a Halloween costume party for dinner beforehand, or gather up your courage and take a night party cruise after dark.

October 21-22

Things are getting revved up now! By Saturday October 21st, set yourself up with a Halloween cruise for lunch or dinner, then make your way over to the Oak Bay Marina at 6:30pm for a Ghost Bus-Tour to see some of the most haunted spots in Victoria, plus participate in some on-site ghost investigations. Or if bubblegum-pop horror is more your thing, visit Craigdarroch Castle for their 7pm or 9pm showtimes of RED DEATH, a mashup of "Edgar Allan Poe and the narcotic fume of 1970’s disco culture", "playing with apocalyptic themes such as viruses and zombie-like epidemics."

Or on Sunday October 22nd, spend an afternoon in Ross Bay Cemetary at 2pm for their Psychic Ghost Walk, lead by clairvoyant medium Dawn Kirkham and her paranormal investigating team. Top it off by inviting your new ghostly friends (and living buddies) to an evening party for wining and dining.

October 28-29

The day of pumpkins has almost arrived! By this weekend Victoria is busy with events of all kinds. Get Saturday October 28th off to a great start with a festive costume party in the afternoon to get everyone excited, then hop on a Horse Drawn Ghost Tour downtown as the sun starts to set. Then it's time for the arts! High-brow? Go for Royal & McPherson's 7:30pm ballet performance of Dracula. Cult classic fanatic? Check out The Vic Theatre's showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7 or 9:30pm.

If you like festivities and shopping, then Sunday October 29th will be your day, starting with Government Street at noon for WICKED VICTORIA, where vendors and stores up and down the street will be offering tricks, treats, and deals. Make sure to take part in the DVBA's downtown Pumpkin Pursuit while you're at it, to get entered into the draw for dozens of prizes. Then swing by Ross Bay Cemetary at 2pm for their Annual Ghost Tour, full of ghost stories linked to the very people buried in the cemetary. Finally, gather your costumed friends together for a spooky dinner of drinks and dancing.

Halloween (Tuesday October 31)

Have some free time on All Hallow's Eve itself? There'll be plenty going on! Pop in at any of the several district bonfires at dusk for costume contests and a snack, or see if you can brave the Heritage Haunted House. Once the dark has set in in earnest, you can admire the hundreds of lit pumpkins at the Pumpkin Art in Oak Bay Village display, carved with everything from musicians to cartoon characters. And of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a wickedly wild party with costumes, music, drinks, treats, and more!

Remember to be safe, and have a Happy Halloween!

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