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Ghoulish fun: Burnaby is getting its very own Halloween Festival

Burnaby has announced plans for Halloween and it’s going full out this year. From family-friendly events like exploring a transformed Burnaby Village Museum, a spooky film festival, or even an immersive haunted adventure with archery, here’s a look at everything included in the Burnaby Halloween Festival 2022!

From Oct. 14-16 you can experience one of the largest Halloween and horror film festivals in Western Canada. HEX After Dark Film Festival will take place at Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis and will show independent horror, sci-fi, animation, and thrillers. You can buy a weekend pass for $25 or individual tickets for $7. Stay tuned for an announcement within the next couple of days about which films are playing!

Address: Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis, 4700 Kingsway

Dress up as a zombie and walk (or limp) along with your peers for Burnaby’s first zombie walk on Oct. 13! Costumes are encouraged since “Zombies have an appetite for one thing and one thing only, the brains of the living.” Tourism Burnaby does “not recommend that non-zombies (i.e. non-costumed, healthy, living humans) attend as we cannot be responsible for the actions of a zombie horde!” Tickets to attend cost $25 and include a $5 donation to charity post-event entry to Pumpkins After Dark, a display with over 6,000 carved pumpkins. There will also be prizes for best group costumes and best individual costumes. You can find out more details online and tickets should be available on Eventbrite soon.

Address: Patterson SkyTrain station (SkyTrain), 4101 Beresford St.

CircutWest Sideshow Spooktacular is a kid-friendly “haunted circus side show experience” that “welcomes children of all ages to witness the circus tricks and treats of our eccentric circus freaks, crazy clowns, zombies, ghosts and ghouls” You’ll follow the “Zombie Ringmaster as he tries to keep the ‘Circus of Lost Souls’ open for one final performance of juggling, acrobatics, magic, aerials and circus mischief.” This show takes place from Oct. 22-31 at 5pm, and booking information will be available online soon.

Address: The Amazing Brentwood, 4567 Lougheed Hwy.

Burnaby Village Museum will transform itself into a Halloween paradise from Oct. 20-30 from 5:30-10:30pm. There will be new displays, costumed staff, live performances, and surprises hidden in the shadows. This will be a self-guided tour of the museum and is suitable for all ages. You’re also encouraged to attend in your Halloween costumes. Food trucks like Green Coast Coffee, Reel Mac and Cheese, and Cravings Kettle Corn will be on site. Tickets for Eerie Illusions go on sale on Sept. 20

The Haunted Halloween Adventure invites participants to solve the mystery of missing villagers while having to fight off a terrifying barrage of orcs. You can also enjoy a variety of other spooky games and visit the village tavern for some good food, drinks, and merriment. The quest will involve archery, axe throwing, and many more exciting elements that will keep participants on their toes. The event will take place from Oct. 21 to 31, and more info and tickets can be found here. This is a 19+ event but organizers said that if older children are interested, their parents or guardians should reach out to see if exceptions can be made.

Address: Warner Loat Park, 4252 Piper Ave.

Pumpkins After Dark brings over 6,000 different pumpkins to Burnaby and will be the Halloween event of the year. You’ll be able to walk down magical pathways of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, all with music, sounds, and special effects. There will also be classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs, dragons, movies, and pop culture icons making this an event with something for everyone! This event starts on Sept. 22 and is on until Oct. 31.

Address: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial St.

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The Burnaby Art Gallery will display some of the darker works in the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. “Featured are works from Francisco Goya’s series Los Caprichos, where the famed Spanish romantic painter and printmaker satirized late 18th century Spanish society through the depiction of follies, superstitions, and failures. Such historical works are set alongside contemporary works that add colour to the foreboding they portray. Canadian artist Betty Goodwin delicately examines the fragility of human life and the states it traverses in work from her series Le Memoire du Corps.” There will be over 30 different artists showcased at this exhibit. Entry is by donation with $5 being the recommended amount. This exhibit is on from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1.

Address: Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave.