Victoria at night makes for a great backdrop for Halloween festivities. Maybe it’s all the restless spirits known to be roaming around from the city’s turbulent past, maybe it’s the achitecture and aesthetic firm grip in the past? But whatever makes the holiday brighter, you can find a lot more than costumes and candies.
If you are a tourist or feel like being one for an evening, there is a couple of haunted tours to take. One being a 45 minute trolley tour around the Inner Harbour while listening to a narration of scariness provided by local historian John Adams. The tours start oct. 25 and go on until Oct. 30th. And if you want to go deeper into the abyss of ghostliness, then go for the Haunted Ghost Bus-Tour, also by John Adams.
This tour will be about 2 hours and is new and different each year, so nobody really knows the details until you are actually on the bus. It is geared for adults, but older kids might enjoy it as well. Tours run from Oct. 19-30th at 6:30, with exception to Oct. 26 which starts at 9:00.
Family Friendly Halloween Events for All Ages
A perfect event for all family members is going to be held at the Saanich Historical Artifact Society for 2 weekends starting Oct.18-19 from 5-9 and 20th from 12-5. ‘Enchanted Halloween’ will also run on Oct. 25-26, from 5-9 and 27th from 12-5. There will be crafts to make, face painting, live music to enjoy, and creepy (in a good way) characters wandering around with tales to share. Guests are invited to dress up, as long as your costume doesn’t traumatize young children!
And aren’t we all sick of the obligatory hot dog cart and soggy fries? Yes, I believe so….and I’m not the only one, because Enchanted Halloween has some better ideas like the Hungry Rooster and Deadbeetz food trucks, food from Peurto Vallarta Amigos, and many other sumptious fare and drinks from other local eateries.
Tickets are available through the Children’s Health Foundation and proceeds go to help local kids and youth in need with medical supplies and services. The event will be held in rain or shine and there will be a free shuttle from the free parking area to get you to Heritage Acres.
Explore Victoria’s Creepy History at Craigdarroch Castle and the Douglas Hotel
And if going more highbrow is what you are into, check out a hauntingly beautiful play at Craigdarroch Castle. An adaptation of Dracula entitled ‘Blood is the Life’ will be playing Oct.23-31st. Prices range from 23-26$, and more info can be found at www.thecastle.ca
Top it all off with a night at a haunted hotel…The Douglas Hotel has had residual activity from the former morgue in the basement. Maybe that is the source of the mysterious knocking that the staff hears at all hours of the night? Or try out a room at the James Bay Inn, you might have a brush with Emily Carr. The artist passed away here when the Inn was run as a priory where Emily was receiving medical care at the time.
The Halloween season is here, and Victoria has a few fun and festive events going on. From haunted tours to a family friendly bash, you won’t have any trouble finding a venue to get into the spirit of it all.
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