Welcome to this ~spooky~ Halloween blog post! Nanaimo has a ton of Halloween fun planned for this spooky, candy filled holiday. If you’re looking for haunted houses, lantern tours, or places to trick or treat – we’ve got you covered!
If you haven’t visited McMab’s corn maze yet this season, time is running out to do so! This 7 (!) acre corn maze, located south of Nanaimo along Yellow Point Road, is fun for all ages. Put on your boots, grab your punch card, and prepare to get lost (and muddy!).
Catch a hayride, past the farm animals, to the maze after you’ve purchased your punch-ticket. The object of the maze is to find all four stations to fill up your punch card. After you find all of the stations, head over to the pumpkin patch where you can find almost any kind of pumpkin you can imagine! Small ones, bumpy ones, long, skinny ones, classic Cinderella pumpkin carriage ones… pretty much any pumpkin you can image, you can find it in McNab’s pumpkin patch.
The maze is open 10am til dusk, but on Halloween McNab’s offers a night maze – spooky! The last entry for the night maze is 7pm, so be sure to get there on time!
The DNBIA’s annual Downtown Halloween Howl will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 12-4pm. Families can head downtown for a variety of fun including trick or treating, Woofles pet parade, extreme pumpkin carving contest display, zombie/Thriller dance, and mini monsters story time! McNab’s will also be bringing a truckload of pumpkins to create a pumpkin patch in Dianna Krall Plaza. PLUS the Nanaimo Museum is decorating their award-winning display depicting Nanaimo’s coal mine history by turning it into the “Haunted Coal Mine”! Fun!
For a complete list of activities, and for full details, head to the DNBIA website here.
Hurry! Your last chance to partake in Nanaimo Museum’s Lantern Tour is October 29th! Held from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, the lantern tour features stories of the grisly axe-murder 145 years ago, hangings, and ghost sightings. Spooky! You must pre-register to be able to participate in this annual tour. Call the museum at 250-753-1821 for more information.
Trick or Treating
If you’re looking for fun family activities for youngins, why not take them trick or treating? There are many spots in Nanaimo to take your kids for what is probably the epitome of Halloween (at least for kids and candy-lovers). Country Club Centre and its participating stores will be handing out candy to trick or treater’s from 4-5pm on Halloween. Nanaimo North Town Centre will also be handing out candy to kids dressed in their best costumes from 4-5pm on the 31st!
Halloween would not be complete without a haunted house. House on Harewood Hill, put on by the Haunted Harewood Group, will open its (haunted) doors on October 31st. If you’re looking for a fright, head to the haunted house between 8-10pm. Looking for a child friendly option? Visit the House on Harewood Hill from 6-8pm on Halloween for a more kid-friendly experience!
Can’t make it to the house in-person? Don’t fret! The event will be live-streamed! For more info, visit the website here.
If one haunted house isn’t enough for you, check out Island Haunt’s “Hillbilly Revenge”! In its 12th year, Island Haunt’s haunted house is always good for a fright! Held at Beban Park, this year’s “Hillbilly Revenge” will be open on October 24th and 25th, and from the 27th to the 31st! Hours are from 7-11pm and tickets are $9 at the door.
Beban Social Centre is hosting a Halloween Dance for teens, ages 13-18, from 7-11pm! Grab your friends, grab your scariest (or funniest!) costume and get ready for a night of fun and dance! Tickets can be purchased at Beban Park, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, or Oliver Woods Community Centre.
Join the Serauxmen Service Club of Nanaimo for their annual Halloween Ball! Taking place at Cavalotti Lodge this year, the Halloween Ball will be held at 8pm on Friday the 31st. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased ahead of time – tickets can be purchased from any Serauxmen Club member, Laird Wheaton GM, Newcastle Nissan, Gold’s Automotive, Tim’s Automotive, and The Sign Zone.
Looking for a fun event where you can dress up a la Grease? Nanaimo’s branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is putting on a 1950’s classic sock hop featuring live music from Chevy Ray and the Fins. Dress up in your best poodle skirts, style your hair in the biggest pompadour, and enjoy a night of dancing, singing, and grooving to classic 50s and 60s hit tunes. Tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, dancing starts at 8pm, and the kitchen is open 6-10pm.
Head to The Well this Halloween for a great performance from the Donal Patrick Band. If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween with friends, brews and live music, this is the place to be!
Have a fun, spooky (and safe!) Halloween everyone!