One North Vancouver homeowner is going the extra mile this spooky season with a Halloween display set to leave nightmares.
Over at 1336 15th St. West, between Pemberton and Phillip Avenues in North Vancouver's Norgate neighbourhood, one house sits out from the rest. In its front yard, a group of variously sized skeletons are lumbering across the grass in the fog, while others scale the fence in a bid to escape out onto the streets. It is an alluring welcome for those looking for a fright, the marking of a large walk-through scare zone that has all the spooky bells and whistles.
"Live actors, jump scares, creepy things, and special effects to tingle almost all of the senses will be utilized this year," said owner and avid decorator Christopher Smith.
The large display out the front leads to a covered haunted walk-through that travels the perimeter of the house and back to the driveway, where plenty of jump scares and photo opportunities await. (No flash or flashlight, Smith asks.)
Smith is no stranger to elaborate Halloween displays – for the previous two years, his noteworthy creations have been the talk of the town. In both 2020 and 2021, he harnessed the fear of real-life events by transforming an address into a quarantine tent. This year, Smith promises, the decorations will be "considerably bigger and much more immersive."
The haunt will run on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m, with sweet treats available for the bravest trick-or-treaters on the night of the 31st.
With the hopes of raising $5,000 for the BCSPCA, Smith and his team of haunters will be collecting donations at the end of the walk-through. The link to their official fundraising account can be found here.
Across the North Shore, haunted houses are vying for the spotlight, with homes everywhere from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove getting in on the spooky action.
The lights will be off at one notable scare-fest this year, though. There will be no Edgemont Haunt, at the corner of Emerald Drive and Edgemont Boulevard, due to an illness in the family, say its creators Trevor Watson and Jodie Blank in a social media post.
Events continue throughout the region too, with scare-fest Canyon Frights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge providing scavenger hunts and themed games, the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre hosting spooky and educational family-friendly events and pumpkin decorating sessions being held at local supermarkets.
Use the interactive map below to check out some of the best-decorated gardens and homes in North and West Vancouver. Each house is pinpointed with a black ghost, and includes a photo of its display.