5 Vancouver Halloween Parties Worth Dressing Up For

Slutty Sarah Palins and spooky Teen Wolfs take note.

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Halloween Vancouver parties

Whether donning a monkey costume or going the tried-n-true slutty zombie route, you’ll be glad you dressed up for these Vancouver Halloween events


Halloween is not just about kids getting free candy and carving pumpkins—it’s also a holiday for adults to get drunk and rambunctious, and for girls to dress up like skanks.


So whether you’re Snooki-ing it up this year or wanting a more mellow monster mash, check out our list of Halloween bashes going on around Vancouver…


The Waldorf


Be There or Beware: The Waldorf’s Grand Opening Halloween Party. Saturday, October 30, 2010, 6 p.m.–2 a.m. 1489 East Hastings St. Free.


Ghouls-List: This East Vancouver venue will kill you with culture, offering a deadly mix of music, food and art. Expect to see older souls who long to leave the depths of the Granville ghouls and mingle with a more madly mixed crowd.


Tricks and Treats: Celebrating the launch of the Waldorf’s recent reno, this fete will be FREE and will offer live performances by local bands, including Animal Bodies and Joyce Collingwood, as well as DJs and artists. Also, for those that dare to wear (Halloween costumes, that is), the new Barbarella salon will be providing free hair and make up all night.


Links: Website | Facebook


Commercial Drive


Be There or Beware: The Secret Souls Walk / Parade of Lost Souls. Saturday, October 30, 5–9 p.m. Through the streets and back alleys of the Commercial Drive area. (Find directions outside Britannia Community Centre, Gym B, on October 30.) Free.


Ghouls-List: Souls both young and old can participate in scaring the streets. Just don’t forget to dress up or you’ll look like a freak.


Tricks and Treats: Come dressed in your spookiest attire and join the madness by wandering the streets (and alleys) in a community-wide parade. Participation in the parade is free, and you’ll be able to catch some torch choreography and fireworks as a finale.


Links: Website | Volunteer | Facebook | bcliving




Be There or Beware: Pandora’s Halloween Horror House. Friday, October 29, 9 p.m.–2 a.m. 99 Powell Street. $16.


Ghouls-List: This ultra-trendy lounge attracts classy creatures for a monstrously fun time. Here you’ll find young professionals and grad students getting tipsy off wine and Golden Age hip-hop.


Tricks and Treats: You have to dress up in costume for this affair, and Avatar theme (you know, that little film that made a trillion or something dollars) is highly recommended. The venue is offering $1,000 in cash and prizes for the best Avatar costume. And while you’re rocking out in your best skin-tight blue suit, your (pointed) ears will be treated to some live percussion performances.


Links: Website


W2 Storyeum


Be There or Beware: Dead Sexy Queered. Friday, October 29, starts at 8 p.m. and goes into all hours of the night (no entry after midnight). 151 West Cordova. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.


Ghouls-List: This party is exclusively for “kinky queers”: lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transsexuals… and everything else under the rainbow. No dress code but the sexier the better; leather, kinkiness and open minds are welcomed. 


Tricks and Treats: Freaky frolickers who attend this party will engage in a hauntingly hot time in the “special theme” areas, which include a schoolroom and a dungeon floor motorcycle parking lot. Also, those who are into BDSM are encouraged to trick and treat at this shindig.


Links: Website


Post Modern


Be There or Beware: Mile High Halloween II, Saturday, October 30, 9 p.m.–3 a.m. 7 Alexander St. $18.


Ghouls-List: A young, hip crowd that is brave enough to explore the darkened alleys of haunted Gastown are usually drawn to this Donnelly dwelling.


Trick and Treats: Get prepared for this red eye. Jet set into the night with “audio pilot” DJ Trevor Risk and special guests. Post Modern will transform the space into a retro airplane hangar, swarming with pilots and flight attendants. Take off to house, club and electro music. $1,000 in travel gift cards for the best costume winner. And hey, if you don’t win, maybe you’ll at least finally join that mile-high club instead…


Links: Website | Tickets


Jess McMahon

Originally an island girl hailing from Saltspring, blogger Jess McMahon lives in downtown Vancouver and writes about the random occurrences of everyday life, music and events through her blog, The Van Hag. She also works as a communications coordinator for the Whistler-based video solutions company Epic Mountain Video. Blog | Email