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New VanDusen Glow in the Garden set to entertain this Halloween

October 24 2016

"This brand new event includes spellbinding lights, ghoulish music, and glowing pumpkin characters. We hope it will become a beloved Halloween family tradition,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

VanDusen Glow

Join us for a spell at VanDusen Garden this Halloween!

During the first-ever VanDusen Glow in the Garden, up to 1,000 pumpkins will be illuminated and displayed throughout the week in the shadowy pathways of the woodland gardens.

"This brand new event includes spellbinding lights, ghoulish music, and glowing pumpkin characters. We hope it will become a beloved Halloween family tradition,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

The Garden, which is jointly-operated by the Park Board and VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, gets into the Halloween spirit every evening between October 24 and 31.

Pumpkin carver in action

The glowing pumpkin characters are created by award-winning carvers Clive Cooper and Bruce Waugh.

“There are numerous varieties of pumpkins such as Atlantic Giants, which have a deeper flesh and are the perfect canvas for obtaining 3D type effects,” said Cooper.

It can take him up to six hours to carve intricately designed pumpkins. Cooper will offer carving demos October 24, 27, and 30.

During VanDusen Glow, children can create Halloween crafts and parents can pick up pumpkins and hot apple cider at the Taves Family Farms pop-up shop on the plaza.

Wear a costume to VanDusen and share photos with #VanDusenGlow for a chance to win a one-year family membership to VanDusen Garden, an afternoon of tea for two at Truffles Café, and a $50 gift certificate to Shaughnessy Restaurant.

Ghost Train

This week, don’t forget to check out the Park Board’s long-running Ghost Train in Stanley Park October 8 to 31. Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by La Llorona, La Catrina and other mischievous souls in celebration of the Day of the Dead! Be serenaded by a mariachi band, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and join us in a graveyard where friendly souls return to dance.

Halloween activites at community centres

Community centres are also getting into the Halloween spirit. The West End Community Centre is running the annual Haunted House at Barclay Manor External website at 1447 Barclay Street, October 30 and 31. Contact community centres or visit vancouver.ca/parkboardevents for details about other Halloween activities.

Learn more about VanDusen Glow