After Hours at the Aquarium - Thursday, October 27
Get spooked with the sharks at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Halloween-themed After Hours event. Come in costume to explore the aquarium and meet creepy sea critters, get hands-on with sea urchins in the Wet Lab and enjoy a drink while listening to Whale Tales.
Collaboration Dinner: Fish Fight! Andrea Carlson vs. Robert Belcham - Tuesday, October 25
Friends Andrea Carlson (executive chef and owner of Burdock & Co) and Robert Belcham (executive chef and owner of Campagnolo) face off for the ultimate seafood showdown: a collaborative, ocean-inspired dinner packed with sustainable eats and handcrafted naturalist wines.
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 604.879.0077, $80 per person; wine pairings cost an additional $45 (+ taxes and gratuity)
Be prepared to get scared at the East Van Showcase’s Halloween special. Dress up and check out horror movies from around the world and four local short films. There will even be a virtual reality section to scare you in a frighteningly realistic way in the Virtual Insanity chamber.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway
$10 at the door, $8 advance tickets
Wouldn’t it be great to live a longer and better life? Vancouver’s first Superhuman Summit brings together an internationally renowned roster of medical and scientific experts in the fields of longevity, human augmentation and heroic accomplishment to share the secrets of living a healthier life.
All day; tickets $219-$245 available online
BMO Theatre Centre 162, West 1st Ave.
Cider Tap Takeover - now until Saturday, October 22
The Cascade Room welcomes six B.C.-based cideries for a special Cider Tap Takeover as part of BC CiderWeek 2016, hosted by the Northwest Cider Association. Taste local ciders from the interior and the Island and chow down on cider-inspired food from Chef Tim Evans.
River District Vancouver Drive-In Movie Series, Halloween Edition - Saturday, October 22 and Friday, October 28
Cuddle up in the car with spooky screenings of Hotel Transylvania 2 (7 p.m.) and Alien (9:30 p.m.) on October 22 and Edward Scissorhands (7 p.m.) and The Blair Witch Project (9:30 p.m.) on October 28. Food trucks and snack bars are onsite to stock up on (tricks) and treats for the movies.
3650 East Kent Ave South (on Boundary Road, a 1/2 block south of Marine Way) Tickets $20 (+ tax) for a carload pass
Celebrate beer and burlesque at the sixth annual pairing of sparkle and froth. Sample some of B.C.’s best craft beers and feast your eyes on unique performances by some of the city’s most talented performers. All proceeds go to Roundhouse Community Programs.
6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; tickets $49 (includes entertainment and 10 beer tasters)
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
MEZZI Sample Sale - Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22
Local fashion start-up turned successful brand MEZZI makes wearable tech for women, with a range of handbags that have built-in phone chargers that play music and notify you when you get a call. For two days, the ecommerce site has a sample sale in the city: head there for discount deals on bags.
89 Smithe Street 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
Eastside Flea - Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23
Held every second weekend in the fall, the Eastside Flea brings together a diverse group of 50 local vendors selling everything from handmade products and local food to vintage pieces and quirky antiques. Friday night is a Halloween-themed Shop and Bop featuring DJs while the weekend includes a special vinyl records sale. Food trucks and pool tables provide a fun break from shopping.
Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street
Shop N Bop: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; Market:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Amy Watkins is a British writer who fell in love with Vancouver when she visited on an assignment and then moved here. She writes about travel for national UK publications and writes BCLiving's weekly events column.