Inexpensive Halloween Drive-In Nights Presented by Fresh Air Cinema this October 2017

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Halloween is a holiday that brings lots of fun and spooky events around Metro Vancouver.  This year, Fresh Air Cinema is bringing ten great Halloween movies to three different cities for a Halloween drive-in theatre series for less.

For five nights, you can catch one of ten great Halloween movies from the comfort of your car.  One movie costs $20 plus taxes and fees for yourself and one carload of up to seven people (depending on how many belted seats you have in your vehicle of course) and $30 plus taxes and fees if you’d like to see a double feature.  If you can get seven other people in your vehicle, that’s less than $3 per movie.

The Friday night movies on October 20 & 27 will be held at Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds in Surrey.  The four movies that will be playing are Beetlejuice, The Silence of the Lambs, Hocus Pocus, and Halloween.

The Saturday night movie nights take place at River District in Vancouver on October 21 & 28.  The four movies that will be playing at this location will include E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Friday the 13th Part 3 3D, Casper, and The Shinning.

The last drive-in movie night will be held on Monday, October 30 at Semiahmoo Park in White Rock.  The two movies that will play that night will be The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ghostbusters.

You will need to purchase your tickets beforehand, online, as you won’t be able to buy tickets at the gate.  Also, be sure to have your FM radio working as this event requires you to tune in to hear the audio for the movie.  You’ll also want to arrive early to get the best parking spot possible.

To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the Fresh Air Cinema Halloween Drive-In website.

Below is the Halloween drive-in movie schedule for October 2017:

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

Location: 17798 62 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada at Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds

Friday, October 20 at

7:00pm – Beetlejuice

9:30pm – The Silence of the Lambs

Friday, October 27 at

7:00pm – Hocus Pocus

9:30pm – Halloween

River District

Location: East Kent Avenue North at Boundary Road, Vancouver, BC, Canada at River District Drive-In

Saturday, October 21 at

7:00pm – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

9:30pm – Friday the 13th Part 3 3D

Saturday, October 28 at

7:00pm – Casper

9:30pm – The Shinning

Semiahmoo Park

Location: 15782 Marine Drive, White Rock, BC, Canada at Semiahmoo Park – Parking Lot

Monday, October 30 at

6:00pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas

8:00pm – Ghostbusters

For more information, visit the Fresh Air Cinema Halloween Drive-In website.  Before you go though, please let us know in the comments below about your experience at a drive-in movie theatre!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the Penny Lavish blog by email, RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all of the latest deals!

 

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Free & Cheap Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Vancouver this October 2017

 pumpkins at a pumpkin patch

Vancouver has many inexpensive and free Halloween attractions this year.  I’ve found and created a list of free and inexpensive events that are family-friendly around Metro Vancouver.  There’s everything from haunted houses to grave tales to a haunted forest train.  There’s everything from train rides to fireworks to trick or treating and more.  

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply in addition to admission price and some attractions may only take cash, debit or credit, as well as, you may have to purchase tickets or register ahead of time.  Some haunted houses may not allow children under a certain age or may require children to be accompanied by an adult.  Schedule may vary due to weather or other circumstances.  Be sure to visit the official sites for complete information and details about each attraction.

Below is a list of the 2017 free & cheap family-friendly Halloween events in Vancouver:

Funland

What: A Fall/Halloween themed adventure area for kids.  Free activities include a jungle gym, sand excavator, tire swing, basketball and a zipline.
Where: 1300 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam, BC at Art Knapp.
Admission: Some Free activities for kids; Tickets for rides are $1 each and rides take 3 – 6 tickets per person.
When: September 15 – October 31; Wednesday – Sunday

Halloween Pumpkin Express

What: A train ride through a decorated forest.  There are also crafts and activities for children.
Where: 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, BC at Bear Creek Park.
Admission: $11 Adults or Child and incl. a treat and child size pumpkin for child
When: October 7 – 31; daily

The Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train Alien Invasion

What: A 14 minute train ride experience exploring an Alien Invasion theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.  Also includes a haunted maze, arts & crafts, and a pumpkin patch.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, BC at Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Admission: Matinee train: $6; Evening prices: $12 Adult, $9 Senior (65+) & Youth (3-18 years), $8 Child (3 -12 years), Free for children 2 years & under.
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

Creatures of the Night

What: Running in conjunction with the Stanley Park Ghost Train.  A theatrical experience with hands-on activities, taxidermy and displays to learn more about nocturnal creatures.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, via the West Georgia Street park entrance at the Stanley Park Ghost Train plaza.
Admission: Free
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

Once Upon a Pumpkin

What: Learn about Halloween’s origin in nature in this unique and seasonal offering.  All ages event.
Where: 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC at Richmond Nature Park
Admission: Free
When: October 15 – October 31; 9 am-5 pm

Halloween Family Dance

What: An evening of Halloween entertainment including, music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for best costume. Register with code # 4548955
Where:
6220 184 St., Surrey, BC at Don Christian Recreation Centre
Admission:
$3.50 per person; children 2 & under are free
When:
October 20 from 6 pm-9 pm

Coquitlam Halloween House

What: A family-friendly haunted house that raises money for Variety the Children’s Charity.
Where:
443 Draycott St., Coquitlam, BC
Admission:
By donation
When:
October 20 – 21 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Spooktacular Newton

What: Ride a haunted train, and take part in crafts and games. There will also be trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and more.
Where:
13730 72 Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission:
Free
When:
October 21 from 12 pm-4 pm

Wild Things

What: A Halloween inspired event with spooky fun, face painting, storytelling and pumpkin carnival game.  All ages event, but an adult must accompany a child.
Where: 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC at Richmond Nature Park
Admission: $3 child, $5 adult; children 2 & under are free
When: October 21 – October 22; 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Glow in the Garden

What: Discover curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Follow the white rabbit on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy tasty treats, crafts and much more.
Where: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Admission: $10 Adults; $8.10 for VanDusen members, seniors (65+) and youth (13-18 years); $6.20 for children (3-12 years); free for children 2 & under
When: October 24 – 31; nightly

Halloween Family Dance

What: An evening of Halloween entertainment including, music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for best costume. Dinner included.  Register with code # 4553384
Where:
15996 84 Ave., Surrey, BC at Fleetwood Community Centre
Admission:
$5
When:
October 27 from 6 pm-8:30 pm

Haunted Village

What: This haunted village includes trick-or-treating for the children, entertainment and carousel rides for all.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Burnaby Village Museum.
Admission: $14 – Adult, youth & seniors; $9 – Children (2-12 years); members are free
When: October 27 – 30; see website for more details

Pumpkin Power

What: Design your own take-home Jack O’ Lantern, go on a spooky scavenger hunt, compete for best costume, and more.
Where: 17710 56a Ave., Surrey, BC at Surrey Museum
Admission: By donation
When: October 28 from 1 pm-4:00 pm

Trick-Or-Treat

What: Trick-Or-Treat for toddlers at Dunbar Village.
Where:
Dunbar Village, Vancouver, BC
Admission: Free
When: October 28 from 3 pm-5 pm

Halloween in the Forest

What: Carve a pumpkin, learn about bats, owls and spiders, check out the pumpkin path scavenger hunt, and more.
Where:
14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC at Surrey Nature Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 28 from 10 am-2 pm

Haunted Farm Family Day

What: Play Halloween themed games, go on a scavenger hunt, sip hot chocolate, have your fortune read, and more.
Where:
13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey, BC at Historic Stewart Farm
Admission:
Free
When:
October 28 from 12 pm-3 pm

Trick or Treat on Britannia Shipyards Boardwalk

What: Make a paper Halloween basket and then visit the historic houses for a non-edible treat. Costumes are encouraged.
Where:
5180 Westwater Dr., Richmond, BC at Britannia Shipyards
Admission:
Free
When:
October 28 from 1 pm-4 pm

Halloween at the Cannery

What: A haunted house with ghoulish cannery characters along the way.
Where:
12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond, BC
Admission:
By donation ($4 suggested)
When:
October 28 – 29 from 11 am-4 pm

Halloween Family Fun

What: Family fun afternoon with haunted crafts, spooky treats, a monster mash dance party, costume parade and more.  Register with code # 4549747
Where:
14601 20 Ave., Surrey, BC at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
Admission:
$3.50 per person
When:
October 29 from 1 pm-3 pm

Hallowe’en

What: Visit the Haney House where there will be a fall themed tour, cookie decorating and crafts for children.
Where:
14601 20 Ave., Surrey, BC at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
Admission:
$5 per child; adults are free
When:
October 29 from 11 am-3 pm

Boozabuzza Island

What: An annual Halloween pirate-themed yard display that raises money for St. Stephen Children’s Centre.
Where:
5970 Portland St., Burnaby, BC
Admission:
By donation
When:
October 31 from 5 pm-8 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Hamilton

What: A fantastic 15 minute firework display with trick or treats and activities.
Where:
22500 McLean Ave., Richmond, BC at McLean Neighbourhood Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – South Arm

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
8880 Williams Rd., Richmond, BC at South Arm Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – West Richmond

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
9180 No. 1 Rd., Richmond, BC at West Richmond Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Minoru Park

What: There will be live music, dance demonstrations, a magician, roving entertainers, children’s activities, an inflatable corn maze, trick-or-treating, fire juggling, and fireworks.
Where:
7191 Granville Ave., Richmond, BC at Minoru Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

Halloween Movie Night – Double Feature

What: “Hotel Transylvania 2” will begin at 6:30 pm and “Ghostbusters” will begin at 8:15 pm.  Free treat and popcorn available.  This is an all ages event.
Where:
5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, BC at City Centre Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31; movie starts at 6:30 pm

If you’re looking for other Halloween events, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s post on free and inexpensive pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, and Halloween attractions.

Did we miss a family-friendly Halloween event?  Let us know by commenting below.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Free Movies at Cineplex Community Day on October 14, 2017

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Movie lovers rejoice!  Free movies are coming to a theatre near you this week.  Cineplex will be hosting a Community Day event with free movies at select theatre locations across Canada.  This event will support the WE Charity, a movement that empowers you to create positive change, with 100% of the Proceeds from donations and select concession items going to the charity.

On the morning of Saturday, October 14th, you can catch a free movie at 9:30 am at select Cineplex locations.  Cineplex will host five different movies on Saturday morning, including Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.  With doors opening at 9 am, you’ll want to arrive early, because seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.  

As an added bonus to this event, they will be selling a number of concession items for $2.50, including popcorn, select drinks and candy!  Cineplex will also offer 100 bonus SCENE points for concession purchases made of $10 or more before taxes on October 14th before 11 am.

If you’d like to donate to the WE Charity, you can do so by donating $2, which gives you one of five change bracelets in a variety of colours sporting different positive messages. 

The movies playing for the Cineplex Community Day include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Trolls
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Don’t forget to find out where your favourite movie will be playing on Community Day in Metro Vancouver.  Comment below to tell us what movie you’ll be seeing on Community Day.
For more information on Cineplex Community Day, please visit Cineplex’s official website.
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Where: Select Cineplex Theatres

Admission: Free

When: October 14 from 9:00 am-11 am

Free & Cheap Halloween Attractions in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley this October 2017

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Halloween is near and that’s reason enough to celebrate with some great events.  Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have many Halloween attractions this year that aren’t so spooky.  I’ve found many inexpensive Halloween events that are under $15 a person, with some even being free.  If you love Halloween and Fall, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s post on free and frugal pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted attractions in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.  

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply in addition to admission price and some attractions may only take cash, debit or credit.  Ticket prices may vary on dates and times.  Schedule may vary due to weather or other circumstances.  Some of the attractions have age restrictions.  Be sure to visit the official sites for more information and details about each attraction.

Below are the 2017 free & cheap Halloween Attractions in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off

What: BC’s annual giant pumpkin weigh-off event with family festivities and events at the farm.
Where: 6179 248th St., Langley, BC at Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.
Admission: Free to be a spectator
When: October 7 

Halloween Pumpkin Express

What: A train ride through a decorated forest.  There are also crafts and activities for children.
Where: 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, BC at Bear Creek Park.
Admission: $11 Adults or Child and incl. a treat and child size pumpkin for child
When: October 7 – 31; daily

The Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train Alien Invasion

What: A 14 minute train ride experience exploring an Alien Invasion theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.  Also includes a haunted maze, arts & crafts, and a pumpkin patch.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, BC at Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Admission: Matinee train: $6; Evening prices: $12 Adult, $9 Senior (65+) & Youth (3-18 years), $8 Child (3 -12 years), Free for children 2 years & under.
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

Creatures of the Night

What: Running in conjunction with the Stanley Park Ghost Train.  A theatrical experience with hands-on activities, taxidermy and displays to learn more about nocturnal creatures.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, via the West Georgia Street park entrance at the Stanley Park Ghost Train plaza.
Admission: Free
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

The 4th Annual Vancouver Halloween Expo

What: The Expo includes some free activities/events and some paid activities/events.  Some of the free activities/events are music performances, arts exhibition, video game music show, dance performances, and puppet show.
Where: 800 Robson St., Vancouver, BC at UBC Robson Square
Admission:
Free for some activities and events, so be sure to check ahead of time as some are paid
When: October 13 – 15

Nightmare Before Christmas Market

What: There’s something for everyone, including activities for kids at this market.  Costumes are encouraged.  
Where: 514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster, BC
Admission:
$3, free for kids 13 & under

When: October 14

Vancouver Halloween Parade

What: Marching bands, music, dances, floats and performances, the superheroes and supernaturals from films, comics, anime, games, sci-fi and myths all come alive. 
Where: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Admission:
Free
When: October 15 at 11 am

Glow in the Garden

What: Discover curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Follow the white rabbit on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy tasty treats, crafts and much more.
Where: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Admission: $10 Adults; $8.10 for VanDusen members, seniors (65+) and youth (13-18 years); $6.20 for children (3-12 years); free for children 2 & under
When: October 24 – 31; nightly

Thrill the World Surrey 2017

What: An annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller that raises funds for The Surrey Food Bank.  Dress up like a zombie and learn the dance beforehand online or at the by donation/free workshops.
Where: 6188 176th St., Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Youth Park.
Admission: By donation
When: October 28; registration at 1 pm, global thrill time at 3 pm

Haunted Village

What: There’s trick-or-treating for the kids, entertainment and carousels for all.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Burnaby Village Museum.
Admission: $14 – Adult, youth & seniors; $9 Children (2-12 years).
When: October 27 – 30; see website for more details

Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition

What: Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder.  Ages 10+.  Register beforehand.
Where:
100 Richmond St., New Westminster, BC at Fraser Cemetery
Admission:
$13.50
When:
October 31 from 5 pm-7 pm

Halloween Movie Night – Double Feature

What: “Hotel Transylvania 2” will begin at 6:30 pm and “Ghostbusters” will begin at 8:15 pm.  Free treat and popcorn available.  This is an all ages event.
Where:
5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, BC at City Centre Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31; movie starts at 6:30 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Hamilton

What: A fantastic 15 minute firework display with trick or treats and activities.
Where:
22500 McLean Ave., Richmond, BC at McLean Neighbourhood Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – South Arm

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
8880 Williams Rd., Richmond, BC at South Arm Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – West Richmond

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
9180 No. 1 Rd., Richmond, BC at West Richmond Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Minoru Park

What: There will be live music, dance demonstrations, a magician, roving entertainers, children’s activities, an inflatable corn maze, trick-or-treating, fire juggling, and fireworks.
Where:
7191 Granville Ave., Richmond, BC at Minoru Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

Halloween on the Drive 2017

What: Enjoy a firework show with spooky Halloween music.  They’ll also have other events happening throughout the day on Commercial Drive.  Before the firework show, they’ll have a kids fun zone with fun activities.  Be sure to check the website for complete details on event times, locations and more.
Where:
1657 Charles St., Vancouver, BC at Grandview Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 7:30 pm-8 pm

Make sure to comment below with your favourite Halloween event!  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Metro Vancouver’s Free & Cheap Events for Thanksgiving Long Weekend 2017

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Thanksgiving weekend is finally here for us Canadians.  With the long weekend, I’m sure you’re looking for some fun frugal and free activities to do this weekend with your friends, family and loved ones.  Well you’re in luck, because I’ve found lots of free and frugal events this weekend around the Lower Mainland.  If the events listed below aren’t enough, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s posts about free & inexpensive pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted attractions around the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.  And as an extra bonus, if you love shopping, Tsawwassen Mills is having Thanksgiving specials on all weekend long.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Below is a list of the Thanksgiving long weekend events for 2017 around the Lower Mainland:

Friday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Downtown & Waterfront Free Walking Tours

What: A 90 minute walking tour that combines history, street art, architecture and more.  Visit the Tour Guys website for more information.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Howe St.

Admission: Free

When: Friday at 11am

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

2017 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: The Four Arts

What: A festival that focuses on the four arts of Chinese scholars: calligraphy, painting, music, and weiqi.  There will be live performances, fun activities, and delicious food.  Visit the event site for more information.

Where: 578 Carrall St., Vancouver, BC at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Admission: $11.71 general admission; Free for members

When: October 6

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Saturday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Granville Street and Gastown Free Walking Tours

What: A 2.25 hour walking tour that explores the founding of the city of Vancouver.  Visit the Tour Guys website for more information.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Howe St.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday at 11am

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

Cineplex Family Favourites

What: Family movies for less with a part of the portion proceeds going towards supporting Free The Children.  Visit the Cineplex website for more information.

Where: Select locations around Metro Vancouver

Admission: $2.99

When: Saturday at 11am

Fort Langley’s 22nd Annual Cranberry Festival

What: Celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry in Fort Langley.  There will be unique vendors, free entertainment, family activities, a pancake breakfast, and cranberries.  There is a free shuttle from Trinity Western University and Walnut Grove Secondary, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Visit the Fort Langley Facebook page for more information.

Where: Glover Rd. between Francis Ave. & Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free; some activities may be at cost

When: October 7 from 10 am-4 pm

Harvest of Love Wedding Show

What: The Fraser Valley’s newest wedding venue with top local bridal vendors. Door prizes, hors d’oueres, and wine sampling.  Visit the event site for more information.

Where: 18119 83 Ave., Surrey, BC

Admission: Free for brides who have registered; $10 for guests

When: October 7 from 12 pm-4 pm

Wild Salmon Caravan

What: A celebration of the spirit of salmon.  There will be a parade, performances, drumming, singing and more.  Visit the City of Vancouver website for more information.

Where: Parade starts at 1607 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC; Parade destination, feast, and festival is at Trout Lake Park, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free 

When: October 7 from 9 am-4 pm

Wonderful Wetlands Tour

What: Enjoy a guided walk through West Creek Wetlands – an ecological reserve normally off limits to the public and home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife.  Registration required.  Ages 14+.

Where: Glen Valley Regional Park in Langley

Admission: Free 

When: October 7 from 9:30 am-11 am

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Sunday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

Chinatown Free Walking Tours

What: A 2.25 hour walking tour that explores the multicultural heritage of the city of Vancouver.  Visit the Tour Guys website more information.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Howe St.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday at 11am

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Monday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

Thanksgiving Toonie Skate

What: Enjoy activities and ice skating for a toonie.  This family-friendly event includes skate and helmet rental.  Visit the City of Burnaby website for more information.

Where: 6159 Curtis St., Burnaby, BC at Kensington Recreation Complex.

Admission: $2

When: October 9 from 11:30 am-3 pm

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

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Free & Cheap Haunted Houses & Haunted Attractions in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley 2017

 House in a Foggy Forest

Halloween is a spooktacular time to enjoy spine-chilling attractions.  With the holiday quickly approaching, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have haunted attractions beginning soon that are happening from Chilliwack to North Vancouver.  I’ve found and created a list of the least expensive haunted attractions that will cost you less than $15 a person.  There’s everything from haunted houses to grave tales to a haunted forest train.  These haunted attractions are sure to give anyone and everyone a scare!  But for those who are looking for less scary events, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s post on free and inexpensive pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and Halloween attractions.

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply in addition to admission price and some attractions may only take cash, debit or credit, as well as, you may have to purchase tickets ahead of time.  Some haunted houses may not allow children under a certain age or may require children to be accompanied by an adult.  Ticket prices may vary on dates.  Schedule may vary and may not be open due to weather or other circumstances.  Be sure to visit the official sites for complete information and details about each attraction.

Below is a list of the 2017 free & cheap haunted houses and haunted attractions in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Reapers Haunted Attraction

What: A haunted house and a haunted maze.
Where: 9423 Gibson Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Admission: $11 – haunted house or $11 – The Maze of Terror or $20 for both; Save a $1 by bringing a non-perishable food item
When: September 30 – October 31; see website for more details

Potter’s House of Horrors

What: There are two haunted houses plus a li’l haunters house for kids.  They also offer a family hour where there are no live actors.  Half price admission will be on opening weekend.
Where: 12530 72 Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: Admission prices vary depending on night, hour, age and how many haunted houses you want to see.  Visit the Potter’s House of Horrors website for more information on admission prices.
When: October  6 – 8 & 10 – 31; see website for more details

Brinkworth Dungeon Presents Mansion of Monsters

What: A 3500 sq ft haunted walkthrough that features everything scary from the Exorcist to Gremlins to Chucky. They are accepting non-perishable food items for the Langley Food Bank and also collecting donations for JRFM’s “Basics for Babies”.
Where: 22260 48th Ave., Langley, BC.
Admission: $10 Adult, $5 Kids ages 6 – 12, Kids 5 & under are free.
When: October 13 – 28, see website for complete details

Tribute to The Walking Dead Haunted Attraction

What: A haunted attraction inspired by The Walking Dead.  
Where: 32670 Dyke Rd., Mission, BC at Mission Raceway Park.
Admission: $10
When: October 13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 31; see website for more details

Grave Tales

What: Join experienced storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night.
Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC
Admission: Admission begins at $9.30 for adult 19+
When: October 13 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 – 30; see website for complete details, if you’re under 19, there are different dates for the event

Haunted Forest Scream Train

What: The forest becomes alive with ghosts and ghouls intent on scaring you amidst creepy sounds and special effects.
Where: 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, BC at Bear Creek Park.
Admission: $12
When: October 13 – 31; see website for more details

Dream Horror Live Haunted House

What: A scary haunted house that has been running for 18 years now.  This is the last year for the haunted house.  All proceeds go to youth playing soccer in East Vancouver.
Where: 3532 Commercial St., Vancouver, BC 
Admission: $10 at the door
When: October 13 – 31; see website for more details

The Haunt of Edgemont

What: This haunt is sure to scare with live actors, creepy crawlies, and terrifying sounds.  Proceeds donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
Where: 3414 Emerald Dr., North Vancouver, BC
Admission: By donation
When: October 13 – 31; see website for complete details

The Valley Haunt: Contained

What: This year’s haunted walk-through has new themes and spine-tingling scares enclosed in shipping containers.  Donation proceeds go to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
Where: 1311 Appin Road, North Vancouver, BC
Admission: Minimum $5 donation
When: October 20 – 31; see website for more details

Haunted House at Barclay Manor

What: Barclay Manor will be converted into a spooky scary house that takes approximately 5 minutes to walk through.
Where: 1447 Barclay St., Vancouver, BC
Admission: $3 per person or $10 for a family of 4
When: October 27 – 28; see website for more details

Anmore Manor – Haunted House

What: A haunted manor open to those who dare to enter.  Donation proceeds go to the Share Society.
Where: 1151 Robin Way, Anmore, BC
Admission:
By donation (cash and canned)
When:
October 27 – 31; see website for more details

Haunted Village

What: This haunted village includes trick-or-treating for the children, entertainment and carousel rides for all.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Burnaby Village Museum.
Admission: $14 – Adult, youth & seniors; $9 – Children (2-12 years); members are free
When: October 27 – 30; see website for more details

Did we miss an inexpensive haunted house?  Let us know by commenting below.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Free & Cheap Pumpkin Patches in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley 2017

pumpkin patch

Autumn is officially here, which means pumpkin season is in full force.  Luckily for us, local farms open their doors to visitors for their annual pumpkin patches, every year, starting in late September/early October.  Hands down, I’d say this is the best way to get a pumpkin and has to be my favourite fall activity.  So, I did some research and found pumpkin patches around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that will cost less than $15 per person, with some that even offer free admission.  So get ready to bundle up, bring a camera and have some fun!  If you loved this post, you might also enjoy reading Penny Lavish’s posts on free and inexpensive corn mazes, haunted attractions, and Halloween attractions.

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply, as well as, pumpkins and additional activities may be at an additional cost. See pumpkin patch websites for full details on schedule as schedule may change due to weather or for other circumstances.

Below are the free & cheap 2017 pumpkin patches in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Aldor Acres Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

What: 15 different varieties of pumpkins.  There is also animal displays, petting zoo, and pig races at the farm.
Where: 24990 84th Ave., Langley, BC
Admission: $8 (pumpkins not incl., range from $1 – $20)
When: September 23 – October 31; daily

Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch, as well as, other activities at the farm for an extra cost.
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Free for the Pumpkin Patch only (pumpkin not incl.); other activities at extra cost
When: Now – October 31; see website for complete details

Willow View Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: A pumpkin patch, petting zoo, playground, and hay rides.
Where: 288 McCallum Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Free; $2.50 hay rides on weekends; Pumpkins at cost.
When: Now – October 31; daily

Chilliwack Pumpkin Farm

What: 15 different varities of pumpkins to pick from.  There is also a corn maze, pedal carts, giant jumping pillow, spiders web and more for an extra cost.
Where: 41905 Yale Rd. West, Chilliwack, BC.
Admission: Free to walk out and pick out your pumpkin (pumpkin at cost); Other activities at cost ($9)
When: Now – October 31; see website for complete details

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a wagon ride, petting zoo, mini corn maze and play area included with admission.
Where: 18507 20th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: $5 (pumpkin not included)
When: September 30 – October 29; every weekend

Bose Pumpkin Patch

What: Take a hay wagon ride to the Bose Pumpkin Patch.
Where: 64th Ave. and 156th St., Surrey, BC
Admission: Free with the purchase of a pumpkin
When: October 1 – 29; Saturday’s and Sunday’s

Port Kells Nurseries

What: A pumpkin patch with a haunted house, hay rides, chicken coop, a corn & hay maze, sudan grass maze, a goat palace, and more.
Where: 18730 88th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: Free; $5 for hay rides, which can be used towards pumpkins, concession treats or nursery products
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Laity Pumpkin Patch – North

What: Recommended for ages 6 & under.  There is a pumpkin patch, a maze, tractor-wagon ride, farm animals and more.
Where: 21145 128th Ave., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older); free for children 2 & under; pumpkins extra
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Laity Pumpkin Patch – South

What: Recommended for ages 6 and older.  There is a pumpkin patch, a maze, farm animals, tractor ride and more.
Where: 12725 Laity St., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older), free for children 2 & under; pumpkins extra
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Petey’s Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch, fun maze, family fun zone, and more.
Where: 9423 Gibson Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Admission: $8; pumpkins range from $2 – $25
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: Ticket includes professional entertainment, live band, a wagon ride, a pumpkin (child size only) with a carrying bag, a visit to the animal farm, and a Spartan apple.
Where: 12900 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, BC
Admission: $10 on weekdays; $13 on weekends & holidays
When: October 7 – 31; daily

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Free & Cheap Corn Maze’s & Maze’s in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley

Corn Maze

Hints of fall are all around us now.  Stores are filled with fall and Halloween decorations, the leaves are changing colours, mornings are beginning to be very cool and best of all, pumpkin flavoured drinks are out.  Fall is one of my favourite seasons, and it brings some of the best outdoor activities.  Here in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, we are lucky to have so many great activities, and one of those includes maze’s, including corn maze’s, flashlight maze’s and scary mazes.  I’ve found some great maze’s at a great price for this year and some of them have even begun.  Corn maze’s are for all ages, depending on the type, so be sure to get out and enjoy one this season!

Please note: Maze’s usually operate on specific days during the week, so be sure to check each maze’s website for complete schedule hours and operating days, including weather permitting.  Service fees and taxes may apply at an additional cost.  Some corn maze’s may also have a pumpkin patch running at some point during the corn maze schedule.  Some maze’s may only take cash or credit for admission payment.  See official site of each maze for more details. 

Below are the 2017 mazes around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Maan Farms Corn Maze

What: Maan Farms biggest corn maze yet is over 10 acres.  If you want to be quick, they offer an express version of the maze.  There are other activities included with admission and a hay ride at additional cost.
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: $10.50 general admission, $8.50 parent, free for children 2 & under, see website for additional pricing
When: See website for complete details

Chilliwack Corn Maze

What: Admission includes corn maze, hay bale maze, animal displays, pedal carts, corn sandbox, kiddy play area, giant jumping pillow, spiders web and picnic area.
Where: 41905 Yale Rd. West, Chilliwack, BC.
Admission: $11 plus tax (cash/debit only). $10 (plus tax) online.  Children 2 & under are free.
When: September 7 – October 31; see website for complete details 

Taves Family Farm

What: Admission includes corn quest maze, jumping pillow and pumpkin pillow, petting barn and bunny town, tractor trail, slides and zipline, hayride, playground and much more.  Some other activities at extra cost.
Where: 333 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: $9.75 ages 3 – 17, $6.75 Adults, $5 Seniors (65+).  Children 2 & under are free.  Visit tickets specials for deals.
When: August 18 – October 31; see website for complete details

Bose Corn Maze

What: This years corn maze design celebrates Canada 150 years.  The maze has trivia questions on numbered posts to help you get through the entire maze.
Where: 64th Ave. and 156th St., Surrey, BC at Bose Corn Maze.
Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Children (5 – 18 yrs), $5 Seniors 60+, and Children 4 and under are free.
When: August 26 – October 9; see website for complete details

Night Corn Maze at Bose and Sons Family Farm

What: This years corn maze design celebrates Canada 150 years and the night corn maze allows you to go in at night where you can explore with your flashlight.  There is also a fire pit at the end of the maze with free marshmallows to roast.
Where: 64th Ave. and 156th St., Surrey, BC at Bose Corn Maze.
Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Children (5 – 18 yrs), $5 Seniors 65+, and Children 4 and under are free.
When: August 26 – October 9; see website for complete details

Reapers – The Maze of Terror

What: A 22,000 sq. feet black out maze with little or no light filled with everything that goes bump in the night!
Where: 9423 Gibson Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Admission: $11 plus tax, $1 off with a non-perishable food item
When: September 30 – October 31; see website for complete details

Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze

What: A haunted corn maze with shipping containers boasting a deadly scare around each corner.  Follow their Instagram and Facebook to buy tickets at a discount.
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Starting at $15 plus tax and service fees
When: October 6-8, 13-15, 19-22, 25-31; see website for complete details

Maan Farms Flashlight Corn Maze

What: A flashlight corn maze.
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: $12 plus tax
When: October 6-8, 13-15, 19-22, 25-31; see website for complete details

Port Kells Nurseries

What: Visit this pumpkin patch that offers an indoor hay maze and an outdoor corn maze with other activities including a haunted house, hay rides, a goat palace, and more.
Where: 18730 88th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: Free for all activities except $5 for hay rides for 3 years & older; $5 admission can go towards your pumpkin, concession treat or nursery products
When: October 1 – 31; see website for complete details

Laity Pumpkin Patch – North

What: This pumpkin patch/corn maze is perfect for families with kids 6 & under.  Admission includes family play centre, hay wagon ride, explore the woods exhibit, cornstone family corn maze, farm animals, a pumpkin patch and much more.
Where: 21145 128th Ave., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older); Children 2 & under are free
When: October 1 – 31; see website for complete details

 

Laity Pumpkin Patch – South

What: This pumpkin patch/corn maze is perfect for families with kids 6 & up.  Admission includes three mazes, a pumpkin patch, tractor ride, farm animals and much more.
Where: 12725 Laity St., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older); Children 2 & under are free
When: October 7 – 31; see website for complete details

What’s your favourite maze in Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley?  Let us know by commenting below.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Free & Cheap Outdoor Movies in Langley this July and August Summer 2017

Film Projector

Movies under the stars are a hot summer activity in Metro Vancouver.  This summer, there are even more outdoor movie events in and around Metro Vancouver.  We’ve found a list of the outdoor movies happening in Langley that are all free or very inexpensive to attend.  Just be sure to visit the event page for specific details.

Below is the movie schedule for summer 2017 in Langley:

Friday, July 7 at dusk at Douglas Park – La La Land

Saturday, July 22 at dusk at Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery – Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Friday, August 11 at dusk at Willoughby Community Park – Movie to be Announced

Friday, August 18 at dusk at Douglas Park – Moana

Saturday, August 12 at dusk at Al Anderson Memorial Pool – Jaws (Drive-In Movie Theatre)

Saturday, August 19 at dusk at Aldergrove Athletic Field – The Lego Batman Movie

For more information, please visit the links for the event.

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Free Concert Series at Lynn Valley Village in North Vancouver this Summer 2017 from July 7 – August 25

Guitar Playing Outside

Live and local concerts are not only a popular event in Metro Vancouver, but are a popular event in North Vancouver.  Another free concert series is happening at Lynn Valley Village every Friday in July and August.

From Friday, July 7 until Friday, August 25, free concerts will be happening every Friday night from 6 pm-8 pm.  The concert series will run over eight weeks and will be held at Lynn Valley Village.  The Lynn Valley Concerts will feature eight different bands that range in a variety of music genres from Disco Funk to Latin Dance to Motown and much more!

It is recommended that you arrive early to get a great seat.  Make sure to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.  If you come early, you can enjoy some of the local shops and restaurants nearby.  This is sure to be a great event that will get you moving!

Below is the summer 2017 Lynn Valley Concerts Schedule:

Friday, July 7 – Mazacote (Latin Dance)

Friday, July 14 – Smith and Jones (CCR/Classic Rock)

Friday, July 21Terminal Station (Blues/Rock)

Friday, July 28 Platform Soul (Disco Funk)

Friday, August 4 – VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir (Motown)

Friday, August 11 – Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars (New Orleans Roots and Blues)

Friday, August 18 – Adam Woodall Band (Folk Rock)

Friday, August 25 West of Memphis (Country Rock)

If you’d like more information, visit the Vancouver’s North Shore website or follow them on Facebook for any schedule changes due to rain.

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What: Lynn Valley Concerts
Where:
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC at Lynn Valley Village
Admission: Free
When: July 7 – August 25; Fridays from 6 pm-8 pm