For kids, maintaining composure in the lead-up to Halloween can be just as unbearable as trying not to eat the whole advent calendar on December first. I say “for kids” mainly as a misdirect to hide the fact that, as I’m a grown man, with no kids, I’m finding it hard to maintain my composure in the lead-up to Halloween. Thankfully these spooky, fresh-air activities are like a ghostly balm on my impatience as I wait for the calendar to run down.
A mainstay of the best autumn events in Surrey, the Hazelmere patch returns with a you-pick pumpkin area, a mini corn maze, a playground area and a wagon ride. Oh, and not to be outdone, there’s plenty of opportunity to interact with the friendly locals of the farm (goats, pigs, peacocks). Food trucks will be on the scene, so stay for lunch and make a day of it!
18507 20th Ave. Surrey BC
With thousands visiting yearly to find their perfect gourd, this patch has grown into a community favourite. Kids will adore riding the hay wagon to the nearby duck pond and waterfall, while parents will appreciate the estate winery on site, Country Vines Winery. Hey, picking a pumpkin can be strenuous! All these activities are accompanied by the backwood stylings of the farm band, “The Country Pumpkins.”
12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond BC
Get the full farming experience at Eagle Acres, an operating dairy farm! Meet over 200 animals, including cows, horses and rabbits and show them the fantastic pumpkin you picked from the patch. Stick around for ice cream from the concession, and take in a milking demo from the robot helper, R2D2!
8796 240 Street, (Rawlison Cres.) Langley BC
Less a pumpkin patch, and more of a spooky carving showcase, this Burnaby event is a great way to make use of the crisp evening air of autumn. It’s an award-winning experience that kids will marvel over; 6000+ hand-carved pumpkins will light your way as you take in live carving demonstrations, a selection of fall treats, and all manner of ghoulish fun.
6100 Boundary Rd, Burnaby BC
Instead of simply picking your pumpkin, ride the rails through a decorated forest and get one from your conductor when you return to the station. A great kid-friendly outing during the day, but once the moon rises, this event brings out a few scarier surprises. Recommended for ages 12+ the ride becomes the SCREAM TRAIN after 6:30 pm. Filled with scary actors, the forest becomes the lair of Chainsaw Charlie and his twisted crew. Nothing like a few chills to ring in the season! Be sure to warm up afterwards with hot chocolate and popcorn at the concession.
13750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd. Surrey, BC
A farm in Vancouver proper? If you haven’t visited this gem of the Dunbar area, then this is the perfect time to go! Home to horses and ponies, this old apple orchard is hosting a wonderful autumn experience this month. Once you’ve picked your pumpkin, find a seat around the campfire if you’re up for a ghost story or two.
6767 Balaclava St Vancouver BC
Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch: Take the #531 Willowbrook bus to184 St.
Richmond Country Farms: Take the #620 Tsawwassen Ferry Express to the SB Hwy 99 Onramp stop @ Steveston Hwy
Eagle Acres: Take the #562 Walnut Grove bus via TWU
Pumpkins After Dark: Take the Expo Line Skytrain to Patterson Station
The Pumpkin Train: Take the R1 Newton Exchange bus to 88th Ave.
Southlands Heritage Farms: Take the #49 UBC bus along 49th Ave.