Fright Nights at Playland Opens Tonight

Western Canada’s most anticipated Halloween event, Fright Nights returns to Playland starting today October 6th until October 31st.  This year’s Fright Nights features returning favorites as well as never-seen-before attractions including a new haunted house, scaring up even more spooktacular entertainment for visitors.

For those looking for a paranormal experience, Haunted Mansion is geared to terrify even the bravest souls, and guests can attempt to overcome their fear of clowns in Car-N-Evil haunted house, and face their deepest terrors in Darkness. Favourite haunted houses, The Asylum, Fear, Hollywood Horrors, and Keepers Doll Factory are also back.

Guinness World Record holders for driving over a man on a bed of nails,  Monsters of Schlock, is back to terrify guests with three nightly shows from October 13 to 31. Guests can expect to be horrified with shows that feature meat hooks, and other cringe worthy entertainment. Look out for Playland’s favourite freak, Singe the Clown, who is up to his creepy antics for another year.  With freaky surprises, rides and a park full of gory ghouls, Fright Nights 2017 is spookier than ever and is the perfect event for every Halloween lover.

To maximize your thrills at Fright Nights, guests have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to an expedited line for each Haunted House and The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Atmosfear, and Hellevator. Guests will also be able to save $3 by purchasing tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online.

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed. 

Picks of the Week – October 26, 2016

This week we scare up a graveyard full of Halloween fun in the picks of the week

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Flick closes on Sunday at The Granville Island Stage while Bakersfield Mist continues until November 20th at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Glow: A new edition to the Halloween line-up, VanDusen Glow In The Gardens is a brand new event with spellbinding illuminations, ghoulish entertainment, glowing jack o’lanterns plus, arts & crafts for the family throughout the Gardens until Halloween night.

Rap: Tonight At UBC, Chance the Rapper plays the second of two shows tonight at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena

Rock: At the Commodore Ballroom Young The Giant play the first of back to back shows; tonight and Thursday.

Thrills:  Hold on to your wits as you visit the haunted houses and thrilling rides of Fright Nights at Playland until Oct 31st

Catastrophe: At The Cultch until Nov 6, The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe clowns around with modern circus acts and comedy centred upon a grand piano.

Drag: Friday night at The Junction, Sienna Blaze’s DIVAs Halloween Edition includes drag performances from Kamelle Toe and Valynne Vile

Haunted: Opening October 27 until 30, Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum  with witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters coming to life over the Halloween weekend.

Pucks: If the Halloween haunting doesn’t appeal to you, dress up in your hockey finery to watch Canucks vs Oilers on Friday and Canucks vs Capitals on Saturday at Rogers Arena

Punk: Saturday night, a refreshed Sum 41 rocks out the Commodore Ballroom stage

Trolley:  Stanley Park, Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the city’s spooky spots on you’ll find on the Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour

Cabaret: Start your Saturday evening off with some drag, cabaret and cocktails at Humpkin Pies from Boutique Cabaret at XY YVR

Strange: Stay later for  XY YVR Halloween – Stranger Queens featuring Jane Smokr, Mila Dramatic, and Robyn Graves on Saturday night

Magic: That ol’ Black Magic will have you in its spell at magical, dark and sexy Saturday night at The Odyssey

Gala: Sunday night at The Junction A Haunted Hallows Eve Gala benefits the Huntington Society of Canada with an evening of Cirque Style and Drag Divas


5 Fun Frights for Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves are falling, pumpkins are being carved, candy is being selected for trick or treaters.
Get a chill when you take on these frightening (but family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Until October 31st, the annual fright fest at Playland is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Enroll in Broomelda’s Witch Academy at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Seek out the haunted spots all around the city; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetary,  Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours.
  4. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Experience the thrills and chills of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, plus the Spooky Barn is a haunted indoor space away from the weather.
  5. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: On October 27 – 30,  witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters will come to life over the wicked weekend. Watch what might be around the corner. 

Picks of the Week – October 12, 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now for some fall and Halloween fun in the picks of the week…

Flicks: There’s still a couple days left to catch a film at the 35th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival before it closes Oct 14th.

Basia BulatFolk: Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat brings her folk sounds to The Vogue Theatre tonight

Halloween: The 3rd Annual Vancouver Halloween Expo gets underway, with Performing Arts on at Tom Lee Music Hall on Thursday and Friday, then Saturday and Sunday at Robson Square.

Art: Thursday,  Support Children of the Street Society at Canvas of Change an artistic evening benefiting Youth of BC at the Roundhouse Community Centre

jamesandjamesyDark: For a unique, entertaining performance check out James and Jamesy In The Dark at Waterfront Theatre only until Oct 16th

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season gets underway with a farcical whodunit, Baskerville, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 9th and starting Thursday, The Flick takes to The Granville Island Stage until October 29th.

Frights: Halloween fun comes to PNE/Playland as Fright Nights at Playland gets underway on Friday.

Metal: Swedish heavy metal act, Ghost brings their Popestar Tour to The Vogue Theatre on Thursday.

Puppets: A unique performing arts festival takes over Granville Island as the Vancouver International Puppet Festival is under way Oct 14 – 16 with performances, expo, puppet-con and more

Train: The Annual Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train chugs along with a Day of the Dead theme for 2016 until Halloween

Pigskin: BC Lions regular season is nearing its end but there’s still a change to catch them in action on Friday at BC Place versus Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Revival: Canadian alt-rock act I Mother Earth makes its return to the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Friday night.

Tenth: Friday night celebrate the 10th year of Stereotype Fridays at Celebrities with famed house music DJ MK spinning the decks.

Pucks: The puck drops on the Vancouver Canucks 2016-17 NHL season as they host Calgary Flames on Saturday

HipHop: Saturday at XYYVR join Jane Smoker and DJ Jef Leppard for Playboy, an evening of hip hop.

Parade: Scare up some fun with the 3rd Annual Halloween Parade as it makes it way along Howe, Smithe and Granville Streets in Downtown Vancouver.

Improv: You never what you’re going to come out of the mouths of the Vancouver Theatresports League performers when you laugh along withTrump Card – Winner Takes All the latest VTSL show.



2016 Fright Nights Haunt Playland Oct 7 – 31



Scare up some spooktacular entertainment starting this Friday!

Radiant Heat Fire Troupe

Fright Nights takes over Playland starting Friday October 7th.
Serve up some chilled with 7 haunted houses; Asylum, Darkness, Fear, Car-N-Evil, Haunted Mansion, Hollywood Horrors and Keepers Doll Factory. Live thrills are provided by the returning Monsters of Schlock comedy-stunt show,  Radiant Heat Fire Troupe and 90 monsters roaming the grounds including a quintet of frightening Freaks.  Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills on 15 hair-raising rides including; The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Music Express, Hellevator, Atmosfear, Pirate Ship, Hell’s Gate and more.

Halloween lovers can save $3 by purchasing passes online at or from 7-Eleven stores. All the scares you need are included with the price of admission, starting at just $22 online. Get your thrills faster by purchasing a Rapid Pass, and join the expedited lines for the rides plus haunted houses.  Due to high demand, tickets are limited for each day so purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Fright Nights at Playland will keep you running scared from October 7 – October 31st, 2016.

Be prepared for the scares at Fright Nights by following Playland on Twitter or Instagram at @PNE_Playland or on Facebook

Fright Nights starts next Friday!

It’s the time of year for fear!

Fright Nights takes over Playland starting next Frightday, October 9th.
Scare up some fun in 7 haunted houses, The Monsters of Schlock comedy-stunt show,  Radiant Heat Fire Troupe and 15 hair-raising rides including the extreme pendulum ride The Beast. All the scares you need are included with the price of admission, starting at just $22 online.

Fright Nights at Playland will keep you running scared from October 9 – November 1, 2015.  Save on tickets online at

Sneak up on Fright Nights at the Playland on Twitter or Instagram at @PNE_Playland or on Facebook

To get you in the mood check out the FEAR haunted house trailer


Fright Nights scares up the fun at PNE

Back for another year, Fright Nights at the PNE scares up the fun from October 10 to November 1, 2014.  With a newly added Haunted House, Doll Keepers Factory, to its line up of 7 frightening haunted houses, there is plenty of action to scream about.  Add in 13 scary rides, Monsters of Shock, the Kinisha Fire Performers and many more shows and performances throughout the run of Fright Nights.

Fright Nights begins October 10th. Regular Fright Passes are $25 but purchase tickets online now to save money on admission.

Follow the frights at the PNE on Twitter at @PNE_Playland or Facebook

Check out the preview of the new Haunted House