Crammed full of arts, films, comics, anime, and games; there’s something for everyone at the Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo. To help you get ready for the four day event, here’s our guide to the top five things to do at this year’s festival.
1. The Grand Halloween Parade
At 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, your favourite superheroes and supernaturals from films, comics, anime, and games will come to life on the streets of Vancouver. The Grand Halloween Parade starts from Howe St (Drake to Smithe), Smithe St (Howe to Granville) and Granville St (Smithe to Davie). See the parade route on VanHalloween.com for more info.
2. Meet the guests
From noon to 9 p.m. on October 17 and 18, come to the PNE Forum building to meet some of the people behind your favourite comics, films and anime.This year’s guests include Tiffany Grant, the voice actress of Asuka in Evangelion alongside Tom Woorduff Jr., the Academy Award-winning special effects supremo who’s worked on films including Spider-man, Predator and the original X-Men franchise.
3. Cosplay contest
The popular Cosplay contest takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. See how the artists create their costumes and vote for your favourites as Cosplayers compete for this year’s crown.
4. The Rock Music Festival
On Saturday and Sunday October 17 and 18, rock out with live bands including Uncle Sid and International Blindfold, who will be on stage at the performance hall inside PNE Forum Building.
5. The CosCafe and Fantastic Food Festival
Let’s eat! The event is surrounded by fantastic food trucks to fuel you up during a busy day at the Expo. But be sure to check out the CosCafe located inside the PNE Forum building, where cosplayers will dress up in maid uniforms and serve their masters from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 17. For schedule and location details visit VanHalloween.com
Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
When: October 15 to 18
Where: Tom Lee Music Hall, PNE, Downtown
For schedule and location details, visit VanHalloween.com.
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