UVic Student’s Guide to Halloween in Victoria

Whether you are new to Victoria and this is your first Halloween in town, or you are looking for something a little different this year, this is your complete guide to events and activities that you can do during the Halloween season in Victoria, BC.

 

 

Haunted Houses

What is Halloween without haunted houses? Here are a few happening around town:

Monster Haunted House is located at Ogden Point. Open every day until Halloween, Haunted House is one of the largest in a warehouse on the pier. You are near the breakwater for a nice relaxing walk after, and admission is only $13!

Galey farms is your all-inclusive, one-stop entertainment for Halloween fun! They do the Festival of Fear, CarnEvil, the Crazy Train and the Cornfield of Horror! Located at 4150 Blenkinsop Road, they are close to the University and one of the best attractions around!

Haunted Zipline Tour - Not really a haunted house but close enough? The zipline takes place from October 28th - October 31st and is full of terror and fun! Participants are encouraged to dress up and if you needed an excuse for free candy they have some too!

 

 

On Campus Events

What even happens on campus during Halloween? Other than the disappointing amount of costumes on the day of, there are actually quite a few organizations doing some fantastic Halloween events.

We Scare Hunger Food Drive is an amazing way to give back. Hosted by UVic Me to We and Circle K (event known as Trick or Eat). It’s a food drive meeting in Bob Wright, with proceeds going to the Mustard Seed.

Support the BC Children’s Hospital at Felicita’s Halloween Party! Cover is only $2, and if you aren’t too keen for going off campus this is a great cause and a ton of fun!

 

 

Pumpkin Patches + Mazes

What else gets you into the fall and Halloween spirit than pumpkin patches for the perfect jack-o-lantern and corn mazes. Here are a few in Victoria!

Pumpkin Patch at Michell Bros. Farm - 2451 Island View Road

The number one place for pumpkin picking on this half of the island!

Vancouver Island’s Largest Corn Maze - 9537 West Saanich Rd

With a BC themed maze this year, Vancouver Island Corn Maze has been a hit of an attraction! They are open 1pm - 9pm, Thursday to Sunday. If it is dark out make sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp, and hopefully someone who is good at directions.

 

 

Costumes

Not sure what to dress up as for Halloween? Here are some inspiration, and below are some places to make it happen.

Looking for something a little more intricate and will hopefully last a few years? Victoria Costume Shop in Brentwood bay is there for if you aren’t quite sure of what you want to be, to finding that last piece to complete your Halloween ensemble. 

Located in the downtown core, Halloween Alley has Victoria’s largest selections of costumes. Check out their social media for deals, tips and tricks for the Halloween season.

 

 

Day Time Events

There’s tons of stuff going on Halloween night, but what about during the day? Here are some events to keep you busy all weekend long.

Wicked Victoria is hosted by the Greater Victoria Festival Society and is a pedestrian only event that happens in the downtown core every year! Government street will be pedestrian only and have tons of fun activities on every block!

14th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest is a fundraiser for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and is definitely a unique event to check out! Whether you are up for the challenge or just wanting to observe it will be something special!

 

 

Nightlife

Whether Halloween is a girls night out, or you’re rocking a couples costume, nightlife is where it’s at Halloween Weekend in Victoria.

Yates Street Taphouse is one of Victoria’s most popular bars, and this Halloween weekend they have no cover!

The Purge: Rave is something a little different than the typical bars downtown. They encourage costumes and will be playing a variety of music from trap to rap and EDM.

 

 

Candy

Honestly, it’s important you know where the best Halloween candy is. College is an age where you’re unfortunately too old to trick-or-treat, but you live in an apartment so you don’t have a chance to buy candy to hand out and then eat yourself later when only a few kids show up. These are a few places that you should treat yourself to. It’s only once a year, so basically the perfect excuse.

Roger’s Chocolates - 911 Government Street

The number one place in Victoria to get chocolate. Expertly crafted, and local, Roger’s Chocolate has the chocolate for any season.

Rocky Mountain - 909 Government Street

If you are looking for some frightening fudge, or some crazy caramel apples -- this is the place to go. Their display window is always enough to get me in the store. With an abundance of samples, you are assured to find your perfect Halloween treat.

 

If you aren’t sure what to do Halloween weekend, make sure you check out “What You Should Do Halloween Weekend in Victoria Based on Your Major”! Stay safe and have a happy Halloween!

 

*Her Campus at UVic are not affiliated or partnered with any of these events, attractions or businesses. *