Top Ten Halloween Happenings in Downtown New West 2022
photo from the New West museum & archives, circa 1944
Downtown New West is the perfect place to spend Halloween! From ghost tours, to live theatre, to parties and events for your kids and dogs too! Here are our top ten picks for what to this Halloween in Downtown New Westminster.
1. Ghost Tours throughout October
New Westminster’s Haunted History is back with Ghosts of New West, a walking tour of Downtown Columbia Street throughout October. Join real life Ghostbusters- Coldspotters Paranormal as they recreate their most spooky stories. Tours run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with extra Halloween dates, but they fill up quickly so get your tickets now.
2. Ghost of Chance October 22nd through 29th
By Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus, Presented by Royal Canadian Theatre Company at the Anvil Theatre. Bethany is bright, strong, independent, beautiful and has zero self esteem. She has brought her fiancée, Floyd, and his mother, Verna, up to her cabin in the woods, the site of the hunting accident that killed Chance… her first husband. Much to her consternation, he or rather, his ghost is still there. Bethany even brings in a delightfully kooky psychic to help deal with the ghost of Chance and hopefully move forward without her late husband haunting her. Find more details and purchase your tickets online now: https://downtownnewwest.ca/Events/Public/Ghost-of-a-Chance
3. Halloween Movie Night at Wonderpup Academy October 30th
This one is for your pup! Get involved in this family and dog-friendly event this spooky season with a kid-friendly Halloween movie "The Dog who saved Halloween", popcorn and dog treats to fill every goblin's tummy, a photo booth to show off your pawsome costumes, and a 50/50 draw! Come and enjoy our Halloween pawty, contact us to signup for a mandatory virtual or in-person Welcome Session and get your free ticket! *space is limited, so it’s a must to RSVP in advance *mandatory welcome session is to encourage the safest protocols are in place to ensure every pawrent and pup is safe. https://www.facebook.com/events/502030095105782
4. Hops Pub Trivia October 26th
Set a reminder now! You won't want to miss out on their Halloween Trivia night! Tons of fun and prizes to be given out, including a special giveaway for best costume!
5. Halloweekend on the River October 29th
What is haunting the Fraser River? Walk through their haunted house to find out which invasive species lurk beneath the surface or take a closer look at what causes your jack-o'-lantern to breakdown. There’ll be lots to do, so grab your costume and head down to the river from 10am - 4pm! More info available at https://fraserriverdiscovery.org/super-saturdays/
6. Fright Night Paddlewheeler Cruise October 29th
Join them for a Frighteningly Spooktacular Halloween Fun Night & Pride Cruise! Dance like crazy and enjoy a fun-filled party atmosphere on the Fraser River! This cruise sells out most years, so book early. Food & Drink specials available for purchase on board. Please Note: This is a 19+ event. https://vancouverpaddlewheeler.com/bc-cruises/fright-night-on-fraser-halloween-cruise/
7. Terminal Pub Halloween Party October 29th
DJ 8 -10pm, photobooth 8-11pm, door prizes plus prizes for best costumes! Food and drink specials too: https://downtownnewwest.ca/Events/Public/Halloween-Party-at-The-Terminal-Pub
8. And of course some of our other local spots will be brewing up some Halloween fun as well, so be sure to follow them for updates:
- Georgie’s Local - Halloween Party October 29th
- Begbie’s Tavern - Freaky Friday Halloween Howler on October 28th
- Kelly O’Bryans - Annual Halloween Party on October 29th
- Paddlewheeler Pub - Halloween trivia on Oct 27th plus a 2 night Halloween party on Oct 28th and 29th
- The Met - Halloween Hootenanny October 29th
- Hops Pub - Halloween specials & prizes October 28th through 31st!
- Daddy Issues & Witchy Sister Rock & Roll Halloween at Bully’s Studio October 29th
This new Front Street art studio hosts paint nights regularly, with some special Fall and Halloween themes in October, see their full schedule and purchase your tickets online here: https://www.arrietaart.ca/paintnight
The Arts Council of New Westminster will present their Last Monday at the Movies on October 31st at Anvil Centre, for Halloween they are screening "Crimes of the Future", buy your tickets online here.
Landmark Cinemas is also a great place to celebrate the spooky season, see "Don’t Worry Darling", "Smile", "Barbarian", "The Invitation" or "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" this month, get your tickets online now.