Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Weekend Haunts

I've been so busy with getting my costume done, I'm only now getting to this. Apologies.

Here's what haunts are open this weekend:
Barclay Monor- Probably not the greatest haunted house, but it's in a creepy old house -Vancouver
Barnyard Phantoms-Almost didn't open this year, but you can't keep a good haunter down. -Surrey
Burbaby Huanted Village - I've never been to this, but it's a neat place. Certainly more kid oriented -Burnaby
Ghost Ridge -I've not heard much about this haunt, or been, please send me your reviews -Maple Ridge
Haunted Power House- A sweet venue, and I know they put a lot of effort into this -Mission
House of Fairy Bad Things - More of an walkthrough of art than a traditional haunted house
Jordan's Haunted House- I'm not sure why this is the first I'm hearing of this, looks like a great home haunt -Richmond
Terror on Tatlow- Cool looking facade and makeup, I'd love to hear more about this home haunt -North Vancouver

See my posting below for other Haunts that have been open for a while already.

Did I miss a haunt? Let me know!

Monday, October 17, 2011

2011 Haunts Open Now

Many Vancouver area haunts will be open the weekend of Halloween, but there are some open already for your screaming pleasure.

Potter's House of Horrors-A Great haunt with a new facade this year.  Plan your night right and hit the Bear Creek Scream Train too which is just a short drive away (Surrey)
Bear Creek Scream Train -We always get some great laughs and hear many screams from this train. Actors can and will touch you. (Surrey)
Fright Nights at Playland. -I've not been back since a bad experience. It might be worth it if you go on a rainy weekday, but I've found that they oversell the attraction and too many people in the haunts, and long lines wreck the fun. (Vancouver)
Dunbar Haunted House Always a wonderfully decorated haunt with some clever scares. Their first year at a new location which should open up some new possibilities. Proceeds to charity. (Vancouver)
Reapers - A great haunt that embraces darkness really well. Great scares. (Chilliwack)

2011 Shopping Guide

Looking for Halloween decorations or costumes? Here are a few places to check out. I am not affiliated or sponsored by these places in any way. Purposly not adding links, but a quick web search should get you there.

Spirit Store: (Burnaby/Vancouver/North Vancouver) A large store with some cool props and lots of costumes. 
The Party Bazaar/Flying Witch: (Vancouver and Langley) Overpriced, but a good selection of costumes.
Party Packagers: (North Vancouver) I've not checked them out, but I got thier flyer in the Mail.
Thomas FX: (North Vancouver) Some things are overpriced, other prices are fair. They have a lot of unique items. Many items year-round. Lots of fun to go and visit.
New York Novelties: (Main and Broadway): Some goofy stuff, some scary stuff.
Dressew: (Downtown Vancouver) Masks, Wigs, costume accessories. Few decorations. Good prices on fabric to make your own costumes. They have lots of stuff year-round too.
Homesense: Lots of reasonably priced decor and kitchen items. Some props and costumes.
Value Village: Mainly costumes and accessories, but they have some decorations.
More Madness Costumes: (Fraser St.): They rent and sell costumes and accessories.
HollyNorth: (Burnaby) Mainly theatrical makeup (bloods). They also rent gear and have great supplies like nicotine spray and snot tape.
Micahel's Crafts: They put their stuff out early, and transform to x-mas before Halloween. Some neat decorations, but nothing unique this year
Carols Costume Corner: (North Vancouver) Mainly sales and renatls of costumes and accessories. 

Any more suggestions? Please post a comment.