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Halloween In Vancouver: Your Guide To Spooky Events

10/26/2013 11:11 EDT | Updated 10/26/2013 11:13 EDT

Halloween fever is set to take over Metro Vancouver this weekend as the region plays host to a veritable treasure chest of spook-tacular events that go well beyond trick-or-treating.

The Parade of Lost Souls takes place tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Britannia Secondary School's football field and culminates in a dance party at The Hanger, at 577 Great Northern Way.

Inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), attendees make their way through a series of art installations and performance pieces.

The Public Dreams Society is producing its final parade this year, with co-organizer Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret taking it over solo going forward.

A series of Halloween parties are scheduled for tonight in Vancouver, expected to draw hordes of revelers in garish and ghoulish costumes.

Over 1,000 guests are expected for Halloween Social at The Burrard, the first party produced by The X Social Series.

The budding event company has rented out all four floors of the Burrard Hotel, to create 24 interactive, themed rooms as well as a basement stage that can be seen from every level.

The only tickets left are hotel packages with a private hotel room, two all-access passes and a complimentary bottle of booze for $550 plus taxes.

Science World is hosting the seventh annual Halloween Costume Ball, a party that has sold out for the last three years straight.

The event will have two rooms of music on separate floors, eight DJ's, five fully-licensed bars and, like Halloween Social, is expected to draw over 1,000 people.

Regular tickets cost $70 while VIP tickets cost $85. For $1,050, you can have six VIP entries, a private seating area and a free bottle of Grey Goose vodka. Prices do not include taxes.

Those craving live performance should try Dooms Night at the Pacific Coliseum, playing Saturday and Sunday, featuring Tiesto, Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten. Tickets are $120 for one night and $150 for a two-day pass.

Vancouver's Halloween fun will continue past the weekend, as numerous events are set to carry through to the night itself and beyond.

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Halloween in Vancouver

Fright Nights at Playland (until Nov. 2) boasts attractions such as Asylum, in which visitors watch doctors perform creepy experiments on insane patients, as well as Fear, which taps into phobias such as germs, animals, even the dentist.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is hosting Judge Dee's Chinatown Haunted House, an attraction inspired by a Tang Dynasty-era detective who was known as China's Sherlock Holmes.

Participants will navigate a frightening setting with over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians as they try to solve a murder mystery before it's too late. This event is not recommended for children and it runs up to and including, Halloween night.

The Dunbar Haunted House will scare up its last storm on Halloween night in a warehouse at 8934 Shaughnessy Street. Brave souls are invited to walk through startling sets that recreate an Egyptian death chamber, the Spanish Inquisition and a post-apocalyptic zombie nightmare.

Speaking of the undead, White Rock's Zombie Combat Zone is inviting paintballers to go head-to-head with the walking dead until Nov. 2.

Meanwhile, North Shore Paintball is hosting the Zombie Survival Zone, in which participants shoot the undead in a wooded area in North Vancouver (until Nov. 9).

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours is hosting The Lost Souls of Gastown, a journey through 19th century Vancouver, when the city was a violent frontier town.

Participants will learn about a massive fire that swept through the neighbourhood; a Gold Rush-era woman who had her heart broken by a theatre magnate; and the mysterious death of John Bray, a gold prospector whose ghost is said to haunt Gastown to this day (until Nov. 9).

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours take riders on similarly spooky sojourns through Stanley Park, Shaughnessy and the autopsy room of the Vancouver Police Museum. The tours run until Halloween night.

The City of Vancouver is hosting a series of All Souls events at the Mountain View Cemetery, where people are invited to gather and remember their loved ones.

The Threshold Choir will perform at the first event on Oct. 27 and subsequent gatherings will feature art, demonstrations and memorial-making workshops (until Nov. 1).

Theatre-lovers should check out The Virtual Stage's "The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island," an interactive experience in which spectators try to stop a mad scientist from releasing a legion of zombies (until Nov. 3).

They may also enjoy the Ninja Pirates Theatre Society production of "Frankenstein" (Oct. 31 to Nov. 3) at the Waterfront Theatre. The show sets Mary Shelley's classic tale in a non-specific time and place and tries to bring a sense of realism that producers say has been lost in a series of motion picture productions.

Finally, for families, there's the Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park, which takes riders through sets inspired by classic monster movies. The last train leaves the station on Nov. 2.

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