This past Saturday we spent our evening at VanDusen Botanical Gardens for their first (annual I hope!) Jack O’Lanterns Spooky Stroll. They say they were expecting about 300 people, but got close to 1,400.
From one mother on the ground, I’d say that sounds about right! Everyone seemed to have the same idea as us that night! Luckily despite the numbers, parking was found without too much difficulty. However when we saw the entry line, my husband did a double take, then thanked me for buying our tickets in advance! The line was so looooong. Think plant sale line up, but minus the wheel barrows and add the super hero’s and princesses! Bypassing it was especially gratifying. It seems it pays to be prepared!
Once inside we were greeted by Jack o’ Lanterns, and spooky displays of all sizes. After wandering the paths and checking out the lanterns we caught the end of a Halloween themed story time in the greenhouse near the kitchen herb garden. Story time rocks!We saw all sorts of ghosts and goblins while in the park. A few Ladybugs, Fairies and assorted barnyard animals (little kids are cute!) This year my kids went as Batman, a Queen Bee and Winnie the Pooh respectively.
The kids had a blast playing in the spooky garden. I was so happy to find this event. There is a lack of evening things to do at Halloween when you have little kids. Too young for the PNE and Stanley Park’s Spookfests, my little trick or treaters are still looking for more adventure than the mall events can give. This one was the perfect fit!
All weekend we lucked out, just squeezing all of our fun in before the clouds cracked open, sending the rain down. Mother Nature behaved. It was a fantastic Halloween weekend!