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Top 13 Reasons To Visit Victoria, B.C. This Halloween

As the Haunted Capital of Canada, Victoria, B.C. knows how to do Halloween.

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1. You Can Stay in a Themed Hotel Room

Inn at Laurel Point

Stay for the night, we dare you! Several of Victoria's hotels have created hair-raising Halloween packages to get you in to the spirit, including a spooky Hitchcock-themed The Birds room at the Inn at Laurel Point.

Check out fang-tastic hotel packages to see what's available and book your stay.

2. You Can Literally Be a Zombie

Victoria Zombie Walk

On October 15, you can get creative with gruesome makeup and monstrous costumes for Victoria's annual Zombie Walk. Beginning at Centennial Square and ending at the BC Parliament Building, this walk is guaranteed to turn a few heads as zombie fans walk and/or drag themselves along the route showing off impressive grisly make up and extraordinary costumes.

3. You Can Meet Local Ghosts

Doug Clement

From the spirits at St. Ann's Academy to the ghosts at Ross Bay Cemetery and Bastion Square's eternal inmates, Victoria is home to several local ghosts and Halloween is the best time to get acquainted with them. Check out the full list of haunted locations and then take yourself on a self-guided tour.

4. You Can Get Lost in the Corn Maze

Vancouver Island Corn Maze

The Second Annual Pendray Farm Corn Maze will truly a-maze you (we couldn't resist!) with over 14 acres and 10 km of walking trails. Get involved in the treasure hunt game for kids of all ages, or join themed events such as zombie dress-up nights. This year's event will see a new watchtower at the centre of the maze where you can snap a shot to prove you did it.

5. You'll Get Spooktacular Photos

Doug Clement

One of the best parts about Halloween is taking awesome photos of costumes, décor and more. Head to Market Scare (formerly Market Square) and take a picture on one of the Bat Benches or visit The Bat Centre (formerly known as The Bay Centre) to check out the mystical fountain.

Make sure to tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #VictoriaBOO for a chance to be featured on Tourism Victoria's channels! The city's transformation runs from October 1 to October 31.

6. You Can Go Back in Time to Arkenham Abbey

Craigdarroch Castle

Theatre lovers, head to Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum this October and travel back in time to the Post-Edwardian era for a dark night at Arkenham Abbey. This psychological horror comedy is a blend of Dark Detective and Downton Abbey, with an early 20th century English backdrop with many of the great Batman stories woven in.

7. You'll Hear Real Ghost Stories

Discover the Past Tours

From October 14 to 31, take a Ghostly Walk with Discover the Past tours and be mesmerized by Victoria's most famous ghost stories.

Your ghoulish guide will take you on a walk through Chinatown, Market Scare, the Inner Harbour and Bastion Square telling ghastly tales from Victoria's notorious gold rush featuring a beheading, a Jack the Ripper-style killing, a bloody murder in a brothel and how Victoria came to have the West Coast's only ghost ship.

8. You Can Scare Yourself

Horror Escape Victoria

If you like getting scared or are just super competitive, Victoria's escape rooms are a fantastic choice, especially around Halloween. Grab some friends or coworkers and visit Epic Escape Victoria, Horror Escape Victoria, or Victoria Escape Games. You'll be locked in a room and given a finite amount of time to figure out how to break free.

For those who really want to get scared, we suggest taking part in a Gruesome Tales of Bastion Square tour. Let us stress that this is not a ghost tour; you will hear true stories about the public hangings and other ghastly events that took place in and around Bastion Square, one of Victoria's heritage landmarks.

9. You Can Party Like A Local

Heather Dubya

Halloween shouldn't be scary all the time, so if you feel ready to relax and have fun, head over to Phillips Brewing & Malting Company on October 28 for an outdoor film screening in the famous Phillips Backyard during a special Halloween edition of Movie Under the Maltworks: Shaun of the Dead.

This 19+ event is BYOLC (bring-your-own-lawn-chair) and the ticket price includes a pint of fresh Phillips beer and a surprise treat to enjoy during the film.

10. You'll Partake in Some Serious Trick Or Treating

Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa

From October 24 to 31, pick up a map and explore downtown Victoria's businesses and search for your favourite Jack-O-Lantern in the Pumpkin Pursuit. The map will highlight downtown Trick or Treat locations as well as downtown's spooktacular Halloween decorations.

11. You Can Carve A Pumpkin Underwater

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Saxe Point Victoria

We're not kidding. This Halloween, you can literally dive into Halloween by taking part in the 14th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving on October 30. Even if you don't dive, you can still take part on land where there will be food, prizes and of course, lots of pumpkins.

12. You Can Take a Haunted Whale and Wildlife Tour

Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours

No, there are no zombie whales and we can't guarantee that they will be in costume. That said, if you dress in costume on October 30, you can partake in a special Haunted Whale and Wildlife Tour with Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, complete with prizes for best costume and lots of candy on board the boat. It'll be the cherry on top of an already incredible wildlife viewing experience.

Tip: Kids twelve and under ride free and adults in costume will receive a 25% discount!

13. You'll Immerse Yourself in the Magic of Fall

The Butchart Gardens

With all of these Halloween events happening around town, you might not notice that the city itself is transitioning into full-on fall. Beacon Hill Park, The Butchart Gardens and Hatley Castle National Historic Site are all fantastic places to experience the haunting beauty of fall in Victoria this October.

If you're still looking for fun things to do in Victoria on your next visit, check out Tourism Victoria's trip planning tips and online event calendar to make sure you know what's happening while you're in town.

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