5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Whistler

October 23, 2014

Here in Whistler, we know how to celebrate.

We celebrate skiing and snowboarding at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. We celebrate food and wine at Cornucopia. We celebrate mountain biking at Crankworx.

Naturally, we know how to put on a good show to celebrate Halloween.

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, meaning Halloween in Whistler is going to be bigger and better than ever. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities or a killer costume party, you’ll definitely be able to find something fun to do this October 31st. Here is what you need to know about some of the best events in town.

Trick or Treating

If you have kids, you know that Halloween simply wouldn’t be the same without trick or treating.

Many of Whistler’s residential neighbourhoods are occupied by a mix of full-time, part-time, and seasonal residents – meaning that on Halloween night, a good number of houses are sitting empty. In other words, not every neighbourhood is prime trick or treating territory.

Luckily, all the kids (and grown ups!) in town are invited to celebrate Halloween in the Tapley’s Farm area. Families here go all out with treats and decorations, and the evening caps off with a spectacular fireworks display.

halloween whistler

Heavy Hitting HorrorFest

You’ve never seen a film festival quite like the Heavy Hitting HorrorFest. This homegrown film fest features some of the goriest films you can imagine, some produced by local talent, others submitted from around the globe.

Dressing up is half the fun, so be sure to don your weirdest, wildest Halloween costume. Trust us—you’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you don’t. This year’s Fest takes place on October 30 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. You can find out more details HERE.

Haunted House

How do you build the ultimate haunted house? You start with a house that’s (supposedly) already haunted. Spooky stuff!

Whistler’s own unofficial haunted house is located in Brio, and it takes the hosts months to plan and prep for the tours that take place the week before Halloween.

Head down earlier in the night for a family-friendly tour. Later in the evening, tours become decidedly creepier – perfect for scaring the bejeezus out of yourself! We recommend watching some super scary movies before heading out to get in the right mood.

whistler haunted house

Hit the Town

Whistler’s bar, pub, and club scene is already known for throwing some wicked parties, so you just know that the Halloween celebrations are going to be top-notch. Don your craziest costume and head to your favourite joint – most parties offer prizes for best costumes, so don’t hold back!

If you’re having trouble picking where to spend the night, check out Whistler Club Crawl’s Halloween Crawl. You’ll hit up five bars in a single night, skipping lines and cover.

Take a Spooky Hike

It just wouldn’t be Halloween in Whistler without an outdoor adventure option.

Halloween is the perfect time of year to check out the hike to Parkhurst, an old ghost town on the other side of Green Lake. Hidden in the woods, it’s an easy hike to get to this abandoned logging town. There are old buildings to explore and abandoned cars to play around in. It’s equal parts awesome and eerie. Check out details on how to access it HERE.

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