Whether your friends rejected your plans to stay in with a bowl of fun-sized Hershey candy bars, or you’ve had a costume planned out for months – these are the top parties everyone will be talking about until New Years…
1. Hotel Vancouver Halloween
Remember that 20-storey high Drop of Doom ride in the parking lot at the Waldorf Hotel? Yeah, well, those guys are back.
The Arrival Agency is taking over Hotel Vancouver and creating six rooms with different experiences that will combine art, performances, and live music to keep everyone fully engaged all night long.
A Day of the Dead fiesta and comedy show? That’s just a sample of what to expect.
Let’s not forget all the legends that haunt this historic “castle in the city” either. Just make sure you stay away from the 14th floor…
2. JetSet Annual Halloween Party
The crew is back at it with their annual Halloween bash: Yelloween with Veuve Cliquot. And we’ve never been one to say no to a champagne party.
This time around Sutton Place Hotel will be taken over for the October 31st affair – a first for the Burrard Street property – and turned into a haunted hideaway.
With a VIP experience available, DJ Timka flying in from New York, and prizes for best guy, girl, couple, and group costumes… everyone knows any JetSet party is always a good time.
Known as Vancouver’s best adult Halloween celebration, if you’re looking for a fun and chic spot to mingle with other young professionals, this will be the place to do it.
3. The Swan Ball
If something a little more intimate and sophisticated is your thing, the Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel will transform into the Swan Ball come Halloween night.
Hosted by Mark Rasta and Riaz Khan, the night will entertain the 25+ crowd with mandatory formal Halloween attire in effect and R&B tunes all night long.
Of course, with a Russian Standard Ice Luge, innovative drink tasting stations, canapés from the delicious Market by Jean-Georges, and Black Swan girls floating about, we think this first-time party will be leaving quite an impression on YVR.
4. SJS on a Friday
What started as almost an underground nightlife movement created by a few key and connected members of the community, Slow Jam Sundays (SJS) is a night everyone wants in on.
Think of it as a once a month pop-up party that takes over a different club or exclusive space, usually on the Sunday of a long weekend… or sometimes just when they feel like it.
A private rooftop party in Gastown? Ginuwine at a special concert edition?
You never really know exactly what the Slow Jam Sundays family will surprise Vancouver with – or even when, for that matter.
Whatever they have in store for their second SJS Halloween party, it’s sure to be a good time. Tickets haven’t been released yet and the venue hasn’t been announced, but look for news with all the details on Monday October 13th via their Facebook Page.
5. Move Somethin’ Halloween Edition
While the details for Move Somethin’ haven’t been officially released yet, there’s no way Mister Martini, DJ Seko, and Sailor Jerry are shying away from taking their epic ‘last Thursday of the month party’ to another level for Halloween.
Last year’s special edition featured prizes, the best hip-hop (these guys play the songs others aren’t even on to yet – you know, the ones that blow up three months later), and nothing but a good time. We expect the team to go all out for the second time around and make it a great party for the brave and brazen YPs out there.
Looking to avoid the masses on Friday night or just want a weekend warm-up? Head down to No5 Orange the night before Hallow’s Eve – and don’t forget your costume.
No tickets necessary, only $5 for entry, but show up early.
6. Masquerade 3
If the rule of three applies to Halloween parties, the Shangri-La Masquerade Ball returns in partnership with LCU Nightlife for possibly their best party to date.
Masquerade masks will be provided, adding to the allure of the night (or just a no brainer costume, especially for the last minute type) as you enter the Conway Ballroom into one of the busiest Halloween parties in the city.
VIP bars, a photo booth with take-home snaps, the amazing heated solarium, and your usual libation expectations to match all genres of music spinning until 2am should make for one hell of an evening. Oh, and did we mention it’s at the city’s only five diamond hotel…
7. Halloween Costume Ball
By far the biggest gathering in the city, over 1000 people will fill the TELUS World of Science on Halloween night.
For the one who just wants to dance all night long, Twisted Productions will turn the two floors of this massive landmark space into a spook party with two main rooms that feature eight DJs spinning beats.
And all of this set against the picturesque False Creek backdrop.
Expect collections of fairies and vampires against the city landscape to fill your Insta feed the next day.
Cover image from: istock.com/kommaz