With only 9 days until Halloween, it is time to get serious about where you are going to take the kids for an evening of trick-or-treating. If you are like us, Halloween is such an exciting time, and a great night for family to get together.
Since this will be our first Halloween with Marlow, as well as our first Halloween with a child in Vancouver we were totally out of the loop of where the best neighbourhoods are to score some candy!
I have asked around to some friends we have in the city, and they all seem to say the neighbourhoods vary greatly, so I was really stumped about where we would go.
We live in a strictly “Condo and Apartment” neighbourhood so I had to do some research about where to get the best candy for the kids was based on past years.
According to CBC and researchers at Simon Fraser University, Trinity Street takes the cake for best neighbourhood for trick-or-treating in Vancouver. The two blocks of Trinity Street between N Slocan and N Renfrew (2400 – 2900) to be exact. These blocks are known for elaborate Christmas displays during the holidays, and spooky Halloween designs.
Past years have noted close to 1000 kids on one trick-or-treating night.
In past years, homes have seen up to 1,200 trick-or-treaters on October 31st. Douglas Park is between Cambie Street, Oak Street and King Edward Avenue. Get there early, as homes are pretty much guaranteed to run out of treats sometimes during the evening.
Although Trinity Street is technically in the neighbourhood of Hastings-Sunrise the whole area needs to be on the list. This neighbourhood is strictly standalone homes, and they are always ready and waiting for trick-or-treaters to knock on their doors. Any street within the borders of Nanaimo Street, Hastings Street, and Renfrew Street will be sure to fill your candy bags!
Renfrew-Collingwood is located in East Vancouver, and is another residential neighbourhood known for fabulous Halloween decorations. Try the streets between Nanaimo and Boundary, or Grandview Highway and Kingsway.
If you are living more to the west, try Kitsilano. To be specific, the streets of West 13th Ave to West 15th Ave between MacDonald and Collingwood.
Mount Pleasant is a very up and coming neighbourhood, and has a history of being a great score on Halloween night. Try between West 13th and West 14th between Ontario Street and Columbia Street
Dunbar is another excellent residential neighbourhood to take the kids out. Anywhere on West 16th Ave along to SW Marine Drive is sure to be a hit.
If the weather isn’t cooperating, or your little ones are a bit younger, you may want to stick to more of an indoor setting or visit the local businesses of Vancouver that do Halloween trick-or-treating for the kids.
Granville Island Kids Market
Granville Island usually hosts an event called Halloweenie. This event takes place on the Sunday before Halloween which is October 28th this year.
Show up between 11:00am – 3:00pm for trick-or-treating at all the shops in the kids market, and a free hot beverage and hot dog for those kids who come in costume.
City Square Shopping Centre
On Saturday October 27th head on over to City Square Shopping Centre on Cambie and West 12th Ave for a full day of Halloween Fun. Their event is called the Halloween Hunt and takes place between 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
Children up to 14 years of age are welcome to join for FREE Halloween activities including:
- Peanut Free trick-or-treating
- Face painting
- Family portraits
- Cookie decoration – $2 donation
- Magic show
This event is expected to be busy, and it is suggested that you show up early if you want to take part in the activities. They are all “while supplies last.”.
Yaletown Business Improvement Association along with Roundhouse Community Centre organizes a trick-or-treat through the inner city neighbourhood. From 3:30pm – 5:30pm on Halloween children can trick-or-treat at local businesses. Pick up maps at the Community Centre beforehand.
After trick-or-treating, families can attend the Halloween Carnival at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Expect to find games, crafts, and more candy here along with a “Ghoulish Graveyard”
If you are looking for somewhere new to explore on Halloween night, and don’t mind a drive, there are a number of neighbourhoods out of the city that claim to have the best candy (full size chocolate bars) and never have a single trick-or-treater ring their bell.
- Fairview Slope in Vancouver
- Joffre Avenue, Burnaby
- Ash Street, New Westminster
- Edgedale, Maple Ridge
Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween!
If you are looking for more Halloween activities: list of local pumpkin patches