Burnaby is the Halloween city!


It’s October! Burnaby is gearing up for a busy Halloween month!
Giant Pumpkins 2023 at Metropolis at Metrotown!

But that’s not all – introducing the spine-tingling newcomers for 2023:

Burnaby’s First-Ever Monster Dash 5K: On Sunday, October 29th, brave souls and daring spirits are invited to join Burnaby’s most thrilling Halloween-themed race. Costumes aren’t just welcome; they’re highly encouraged. Lace-up your running shoes and prepare for a race through the heart of Burnaby, where the air is charged with the adrenaline-fueled energy of the season.

Candlelit Crime a Murder Mystery Dinner: Step into a world of suspense, elegance, and camaraderie at this immersive Murder Mystery Fundraiser in support of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. Enjoy a delectable three-course meal while engaging in live entertainment, silent auctions, and interactive challenges. Your detective skills will be put to the test, all while making a positive impact on your local community.

Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival: Prepare for spine-tingling thrills and blood-curdling chills at ‘VHS: The Burnaby Edition.’ It’s the ultimate Horror Film Festival, where fear takes center stage, and the most terrifying tales come to life on the silver screen.

Central Spark: On Friday, October 27th, Central Park will come alive with the spookiest and most sparkly event of the season. Families are invited to join us for an unforgettable Halloween-themed night filled with fun activities, games, delectable food trucks, mesmerizing fireworks, and more.

Haunted Village – Legends, Tales and Other Stories: From October 19th to 29th, Burnaby Village Museum opens its doors to families and people of all ages for a family-friendly Halloween experience like no other. Immerse yourself in thrilling tales and legends that will transport you to another world,

In Praise of Nightmares: On Friday, October 27th, at the Shadbolt Centre, join us for a night of 1920s classic horror cinema that will send shivers down your spine. This unique event features two silent short films expertly paired with live music, intensifying every spine-tingling moment.

Monster Dash 5K

Dare to Dash: Burnaby’s First-Ever Monster Dash 5K

Calling all brave souls and daring spirits! Prepare to be spooked and amazed at Burnaby’s most thrilling Halloween-themed race: the Monster Dash 5KM! On Sunday, October 29th, join us in the heart of Burnaby, BC, as we summon the adrenaline-fueled energy of the season. Costumes are highly encouraged, so bring your most hauntingly creative attire and let your imagination run wild!

Whether you’re a seasoned runner seeking a new challenge or simply looking to embrace the Halloween spirit, the Monster Dash is the perfect event for you. Lace up your running shoes and brace yourself for a frightfully good time like no other.

October, 29th 9.00am Central Park

Course Map Coming Soon

Race Kit

Registration includes:

  • Stay category icon Custom souvenirs for all registered participants
  • Stay category icon Medal
  • Stay category icon Race bib with chip timing
  • Stay category icon Results
  • Stay category icon Pre and post-event refreshments

Early Bird $3500 Now registering Jun. 1 – Jul. 16

Regular Registration $4500 Jul. 17 – Sep. 29

Late Registration 5500 Sep. 30 – Oct. 26

Closed Oct. 27




14 (Saturday) 10:00 am – 31 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm

The Halloween Hunt

Treats, creatures and frightful features that have taken over The City of Lougheed! Visit Guest Services desk and ask for a Halloween Boo-k to start a frightfully fun adventure. Once you complete all the tricks in your book, return to Guest Services for a sticker and a special treat.

The Halloween Boo-k is available to Guests age 12 and under.

Halloween Photo Backdrops

Bring your costumes and spookiest smiles to the scary scenes throughout the centre.


Whether you’re a master carver, love pumpkins just because, or want to WOW your family and friends, attending Pumpkins After Dark is likely one of the most impressive visual feasts you will experience all year. Or perhaps in your life.

With over 10,000 carved pumpkins on display at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium/Central Park, even the not-so-easily-impressed will be gobsmacked at the creative artistry and sheer magnitude of this award-winning event.

Best of all is that it is a family-friendly event! Literally, anyone can go. The sizeable displays include superheroes and Disney characters. There are a few displays of classic horror monsters and zombies, but your kiddos definitely won’t see any blood or gore and nothing will jump out at them or be even remotely scary.

The event invites a leisurely stroll through the extensive display, so when you do come, bundle up the kids and leave plenty of time to explore.

This is truly a “take-your-time, let-your-spirit-guide-you” kind of event. Just follow the pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays. Your journey will be accompanied by music, sounds and special effects, all in Halloween-esque theme. You’ll encounter Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, as well as movie and pop culture icons.

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