October 15, 2020 Community, News, Recreation

Halloween looks a little different for everyone this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun and stay safe while doing it! The UNA is hosting two events to help us all get in the halloween spirit, a community wide scavenger hunt and a virtual costume contest! We have also highlighted some bonus halloween activities for families and adults that you can do in and around the UNA Community.

The UNA has taken careful considerations following B.C. Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), WorkSafe BC (WCB) and B.C. provincial government guidelines in creating protocols to be able to approach re-opening safely and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.


October 30, 2020  |  4 – 6 p.m.

Join us in a community-wide scavenger hunt on Friday, October 30 from 4-6 p.m.! Ten Golden Tickets will be hidden throughout the UNA Neighbourhoods: Wesbrook, Hawthorn, Hampton, East Campus and Chancellor. Each Golden Ticket can be redeemed for a gift basket filled with sweets at Wesbrook Community Centre. Don’t forget to check back for hints and live updates to be released on October 30! (It is recommended to bring a cell phone for the hunt.)


The HAUNT is now over! All tickets have been found!

Please note there is a limit of one prize per person.

  • Wesbrook Hints
    • #1 – FOUND – Splish-splash
    • #2 – FOUND – Take a rest before a wander into the woods (don’t actually go into the woods)
    • #3 – FOUND – Take a walk over a bridge, where the fishes don’t swim
    • #4 – FOUND – Visit the tallest tree in the park find the root of your problems.
  • Hampton Hints
    • #5 – FOUND – Sometimes, you’ll just need a sign to know where you are.
  • East Campus Hints
    • #6 – FOUND – Take a look in the trees, of which one is no longer alive.
  • Chancellor Hints
    • #7 – FOUND – Admire the castle from the fountain of youth
  • Hawthorn Hints
    • #8 – FOUND – Search for the rainbow throne.
    • #9 – FOUND – Be a good neighbour.
    • #10 – FOUND – Haven’t found a hint yet? Take a seat to rest and you might luck out.

Virtual Costume Contest

Ends on November 3, 2020  |  11:59 p.m.

You could win $25 in credit towards UNA Programs! Show off your Halloween costume in the UNA Virtual Costume Contest! Take a picture of your costume and share it with us on Instagram for a chance to win one of five prizes. This contest closes on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Need costume ideas? There are many COVID-friendly costumes which incorporate the use of masks.

Contest Rules:

  • Share your photo on Instagram
  • Tag @UNAcommunity and us the #SpookyUNA hashtag
  • In the photo description, share the following:
    • Costume name
    • Name of individual (or pet) in costume
    • Age (optional)
  • You may submit one entry per costume
  • By submitting a photo, you consent to the photo being shared by the UNA on social media accounts and through our website
  • If you do not have Instagram, you can email your photo submission and description to programs@myuna.ca

Other Halloween Activities

Family-Friendly Activities

  1. Throw a Halloween theme party for your family and inner circle.
    Choose a fun theme like Harry Potter, Adam’s Family, or good ol’ classic Hallowe’en! Make decorations as a family activity, create themed snacks & drinks, and organize a few fun games. Need ideas? Pinterest is your friend.
  2. Plan a trip to a pumpkin patch or corn maze.
    Pumpkin patches and corn mazes make great family outings in the fall season. There are numerous farms celebrating the autumn harvest in the Lower Mainland. Make sure to check the farms’ websites for more information, as many require reservations due to COVID.
  3. Watch a Halloween Movie
    Snuggle up with your family with popcorn and hot chocolate while watching your favourite Halloween movie! There are many great Halloween classics such as Hocus Pocus, Casper and Ghostbusters. If you have a projector, you can make it even more of a special event by projecting the movie onto your ceiling!
  4. Halloween Crafts for Kids
    Join us for arts and crafts at Wesbrook Community Centre! Make Halloween decorations to take home. Three sessions are available on Wednesday, October 28. Registration is required as space is limited.

Adult-Friendly Activities

  1. Walking Tours
    Walking tours are a great Hallowe’en activity for adults. There are many outdoor walking tours, both ghost walks and historical tours, offered throughout the year in Vancouver. It’s a great way to learn about the dark and spooky side of Vancouver’s past! Forbidden Vancouver is offering walking tours every night in October.
  2. Haunted Houses and Spooky Attractions
    Do you like a good scare and feeling your heart jump into your throat? There are many fantastically frightful haunted houses offered annually in the Lower Mainland. Here is a list of local spooky attractions that are still offered this Hallowe’en. If you’re into a more fantastical, interactive adventure such as hunting down monsters with a bow and arrow, check out The Empty Chest Haunted Adventure.
  3. Hallowe’en Movie Marathon
    Plan a night to watch your favourite scary movies. Don’t forget the cult classics like Rocky Horror Picture Show or Little Shop or Horrors! Miss going to the theatre? The Twilight Drive-In Theatre is showing Hallowe’en movies every weekend in October.
  4. Virtual Murder Mystery
    You’re invited to a 1920s-themed virtual murder mystery! Join us for an evening of sleuthing to figure out whodunnit. What is a murder mystery party? Guests are assigned characters and provided with a character guide with information to share and secrets to hide. To solve the murder mystery, you’ll need to work with other guests to gather important clues. However, keep in mind that one of the guests will be the murderer. It might even be you! Last day to register is October 21.

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