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The Halloween House Of Horrors In SE Vancouver

22 Oct

We find it amazing how there are very cool things happening just under our noses. One we learnt about last year is the Halloween House of Horrors that literally happens within walking distance from where ILiveInEastVan is based.  A Vancouver couple, Shawn and Trina Rundgren, married on Halloween in 2016.  They celebrate their anniversary a little different than most folks though. They started celebrating their anniversary with small Halloween themed family celebrations. With their love of Halloween, the event grew over the years to a haunted house decked out with actors and a few other surprises.  Everyone is invited to come share in the celebration.  In lieu of charging for admission, the couple raises funds and food for the Vancouver Food Bank.  If you want to share in the Halloween fun, bring your donation of cash/food to 2270 Skipper Place which is located in SE Vancouver below Marine Drive (between Victoria Drive and Elliott Street).  The Vancouver House of Horrors will be operating on the following days:

Friday, October 24th
Frightful Friday
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Saturday, October 25th
Scary Saturday
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sunday, October 26th
Family Funday Sunday

Thursday, October 31st
Halloween Night

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

As this is a residential neighbourhood with many young families, please be mindful of those that live in the area if driving through the area. There are limited sidewalks.  There is free parking on East Kent Avenue North between Elliott and Portside other than a short hill, it is easy walking distance to the event.  Lastly, please respect the hours they have posted.  And most importantly, have fun!   To learn more, you can check them out on Instagram @VancouverHorrorHouse.

All Souls Night At Mountain View Cemetery October 26 to November 1

21 Oct

AllSoulsNight2019You are invited to the 15th Annual All Souls Night happening Saturday, October 26th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street.  This event is curated by artist Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto and was created to provide opportunities for the public to commemorate their dead with a family-oriented community art event. The Celebration Hall will be open from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for tea and personal memorial making. Artists and community members will come together to create a sanctuary for remembrance and reflection. You are encouraged to bring a lantern and candles as well as photos to create a memorial for a loved one in a gentle atmosphere. The event takes place rain or shine.  To learn more about All Souls Night and events that continue to November 1st visit a Night For All Souls.  We’ve set out a schedule of some of the events below. For more information, visit Night For All Souls.

The departed they visit us in dreams. They glide across
our memories like shadows over streams.
Inscription on a headstone at Mountain View Cemetery.

October 26th
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
All Souls Opening With Music, Tea, Flowers & Candles.

October 27th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tea & Personal Memorials In The Celebration Hall

October 28th and October 30th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Quiet Night. Tea and personal memorials.

October 29th
7:30pm  – 8:30 pm
An Evening Dedicated to Remembering Victims of Hate
with the Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir

October 31st
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
An Evening of Beautiful Music • with harpist, Janelle Nadeau
A quiet refuge from the chaos of Hallowe’en. For all ages.

November 1st
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Closing night procession to the shrines throughout the Cemetery.

All events are free. Donations are welcome.


Parade of Lost Souls Looking For Volunteers For This Iconic Event Happening November 2nd

17 Oct

ParadeOfLostSouls2019If you live in East Van, we assume you must be familiar with this iconic East Van event celebrating The Day Of The Dead.  The Parade of Lost Souls is a favourite event. This an event by the people for the people. It is a grass-roots festival planned, organized and performed by, and for, the community which draws large crowds. With some creative direction from the folks at the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, The Parade of Lost Souls encompasses dance, art, music, installations, acting and much more.

This year the event happens Saturday, November 2nd with a Marine Theme. Think water. Hold your breath, float and glide on the waves of the water.

In order to put on a production of this magnitude, it requires a large number of volunteers.  The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is on the hunt for volunteers. If you wish to see all they are looking for, check out this Call For Volunteers. Below we have set out some what they hope to see for this year’s event. But if you have a talent not listed you wish to share that fits with their theme, drop them a note, they’d love to hear from you. Contact is Kat Single-Dain by email at

  1. Performers: Clown/Busker
  2. Social Media Savvy Publicist
  3. Umbrella Jelly Fish Lead Artist
  4. Runner For The Day of The Parade
  5. Installation Crew
  6. Set Decoration Crew
  7. Makers/Builders
  8. Costume Designer
  9. Parade Ambassadors
  10. Information Booth Attendants
  11. Stage Assistants/Ushers
  12. Hospitality Crew

Want to know more, visit the Parade Of Lost Souls and, of course, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 2nd.

Day Of The Dead Tequila + Mezcal Tasting At Everything Wine October 31st

16 Oct

DayOfTheDeadIf you are looking for something very adult to do this Halloween we’ve got one idea for you. Everything Wine Vancouver, located in the new River District Town Centre in SE Vancouver, is hosting a Day of The Dead Tequila and Mezcal Tasting on Thursday, October 31st.  This is your chance to learn about the history of these two spirits and the process of these iconic spirits and traditions from Mexico. If you didn’t already know mezcal is made from the heart of the agave plant. We hear it’s been pretty much made the same way for the last 200 years.  We expect his to be another fun informative class in a great space in store.  Cost for the tasting class is $35 and it begins at 6:30 pm.  To grab your ticket(s), visit Everything Wine Vancouver.

Story Story Lie: Tales Of Terror At The Rio Theatre October 23

15 Oct

story_lie_octStory Story Lie is back at The Rio Theatre on Wednesday, October 23rd with Tales of Terror. They will be kicking off their 4th season with unreal stories that are likely to give you goosebumps just in time for Halloween. If you aren’t familiar with the premise of Story Story Lie, it’s simple. A group of Vancouver’s best storytellers, comedians, and performers share unique stories that seem too tall to be true. The catch? Only ONE of the SIX stories is a lie. During the show audience members get to question the contestants in an attempt to reveal the liar. The first audience member to guess who the liar is, wins respect, admiration and an amazing prize! The line up of storytellers include:

Graeme Duffy (Theatresports)
Emma Cooper (Rape is Real & Everywhere)
Ed Hill
Alix Born
Masa Kateb
Kevin Kokoska
Host:  Jo Dworschak

For those that have never been, the show WILL certainly contain strong language, somewhat mature and immature subject matter. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. To purchase your advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Show gets under way at 7:00 pm.

What’s On East Van: October 11th Edition

11 Oct


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Advance Voting Days – October 11, 12, 13 & 14

Advance voting starts today October 11th and continues on October 12, 13 and 14 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.  You should have received your Voter Information Card by mail if you are a registered voter.  If you are unsure of who is running in your riding, or where to vote, visit Elections Canada. You only need your postal code.  Vote folks! It’s not a perfect system, but it’s what we got.  Vote!  Federal Election Day is Monday, October 21st.

Linda Ronstadt The Sound Of My Voice – Rio Theatre – October 12 & 14

Linda Ronstadt for those that don’t know her music was a rock queen in the 70s and 80s. She was a pioneer in a male-dominated industry and an early advocate for human rights. You are invited to view a film that follows the trajectory of her career and a few stops on the way.  The movie Sound of My Voice is playing this Saturday at Noon and Monday, at 2:00 pm. For more info, visit the Rio Theatre.

Fright Nights – Playland – This Weekend

Fright Nights is on now almost nightly until October 31st at Playland. If you love being scared out of your wits, this if for you.

What We’re Up Against By Theresa Rebeck – Havana Theatre – October 11 & 12

What We’re Up Against is back at Havana Theatre this Friday and Saturday. The production features local comedian Sara Bynoe alongside Natalie Moon, Seth Ranaweera, Aaron McCallum, and Kalvin Olafson. The show invites you into a highly competitive architecture firm. There is a battle of the sexes that emerges in this dark comedy about a woman who tries to break the glass ceiling. Show happens Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 and available through

Pop Up Shop With Melt Confectionary at les amis du fromage – October 12

Local artisanal small batch chocolate maker, Melt Confectionary, will be doing a pop up at les amis du fromage’s East Van location, 843 E. Hasting St. this Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Stop by and say hello and pick up some melt in your mouth chocolate.

The Wood Market – Salvage Vancouver – October 12 & 13

Salvage Vancouver, 1278 East Hastings Street, hosts The Wood Market this weekend. Stop by between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to see a selection of salvage wood for any projects you might have in mind, but also doors and goods ready made from, of course, salvaged wood.  Dog, kid and family friendly.

Harvestland – PNE Grounds – October 10 – 20, 2019

You are invited to Canada’s largest festival where you get to experience a ride on a tractor, play in the hay with animals, check out a pumpkin patch, explore a woodland labyrinth (think wooden maze) along with a Bavarian Village and all to all that, there will be rides. Admission for adults is $15.74, seniors and children (3 to 12) is $10.49. Family passes are available for $47.24 (2 adults and 2 kids). For tickets, visit

Sukkot Festival – Trout Lake Community Centre – October 13th

You are invited to celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival of Sukkot this Sunday at Trout Lake Community Centre. Build and decorate Sukkah, make crafts and listen to a Sukkot story while sipping apple cider.  Events happens 2:30 to 4:00 pm and is free, but registration is requested.

Mystical Animals – Trout Lake Community Centre – October 14th

It’s a statutory holiday this Monday for Thanksgiving.  If you have young ones with extra energy, Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting an indoor event Mystical Animals with arts and crafts, bouncy castle and a special guest Merlin the Magician along with his pet dragon Smog.  Events happens from 10:00 am to Noon.  This is a free event. Pre-registration is requested.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Best Of The Fringe REPLAY Hits Havana Theatre This October

8 Oct

ReplayDid you miss the Fringe Festival this year?  There were some great shows on offer.  You’re in luck though as Staircase Theatre is bringing you the best of the fringe with REPLAY: A Bunch of Great Plays – Again!   OK so not a very original name, but you get the jist.  Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, plays to host to a variety of productions between October 15th and 19th and October 22nd to 26th.   Shows featured in REPLAY include:

Didn’t Hurt
(written and performed by East Van local Rodney Decroo)

Where the Quiet Queers Are


The Morning After with Pam & Paula, How I Killed My Nan
(a storytelling standup performed by Dion Arnold)

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery
(written and performed by Ryan Gladstone)

Tickets range from $18.25 to $21.50 and are available through Showpass. Showtime 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm Tuesday to Friday and 2:00 on Saturday.  To learn more, visit their Facebook Events page.

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