October in the Okanagan is a magical time and I can’t get enough of the unique things do in Kelowna in October this year! From the classic Okanagan pumpkin patch to ghost tours and more. Check out this list of places and things I am definitely going to be partaking in this spooky season! All the fall feels are here. Tell me what you are going to be doing this season!
1. Movies Among The Vineyards, Kelowna
In the East Kelowna bench, tucked between vineyards fading from harvest and orchards said to be haunted, Priest Creek Winery offers outdoor movie nights amongst the vines.
You can get popcorn, sweet snacks, wine and delicious food made on site at The Spot Food Truck. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets as you enjoy a popular horror film or kid friendly flick. You can’t pass up outdoor movies with wine in October in the Okanagan.
Kids are $11
2. Movie Night at Bernie’s, Kelowna
Probably the best place for date night, Bernie’s Cinema is offering spooky flicks during the month of October. Classics like The Addam’s Family, Beetlejuice, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Shinning and so many more will be presented. You can order dinner, cinema snacks and drinks to your table during the show. I went to see The Legend of Ron Burgundy and it was a delight to sip a martini in a comfy booth at their cinema. It is one of the best things to do in Kelowna in October and throughout the year.
Showtimes and book here
Tickets $13.50 per person
3. Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches, Various Locations
There are numerous corn mazes and Okanagan pumpkin patch locations that locals love to visit in September and October.
Davison Orchards in Vernon offers tractor rides for a u-pick pumpkin tour to and from a historic Okanagan pumpkin patch for kiddos of all ages. The play area and shopping make for a great annual stop with the kids.
When: October 1st to 30th
Tickets: $10 for ride and 1 pumpkin
O’Keefe Ranch located in Vernon (Spallumcheen) offers an Okanagan corn maze suitable for families.
When: October 7th to 31st
Tickets: By donation
Also at O’Keefe Ranch Field of Screams event offers four different themed mazes with characters that will be chasing you and scaring the #$!@ out of you!
When: Sept 30 + October 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30
Tickets: $10 for one maze, $35 for combo of 2 mazes, $50 for all 4 maze, VIP $75 or Cheap nights $35 all maze pass.
McMillan Farms is a favourite Okanagan pumpkin patch with food trucks, cider, colourful pumpkins and a large tractor ride spanning their property in the Mission Creek area. The gorgeous fall foliage makes for gorgeous photos.
When: September 23rd to October 30th
Tickets: $6.57 to $10.95, buy tickets online
The Kelowna Corn Maze and pumpkin patch in Glenmore is a true corn maze offered during the day or night. If you want a family friendly option go during the day but at night the maze comes alive with animatronics and scary characters following you until you escape. Pumpkins and farms stand also available.
When: October 6th onward
Tickets: Day Maze $10, Eve or Scare Maze $15, Combo maze $20
Don’O Ray farm stand offers a haunted farm and hedge maze suitable for all ages. It is a great Okanagan pumpkin patch without actually heading into the patch.
When: September 30 – October 31, Friday – Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tickets: $8 (under 2 are free)
4. Kelowna Ghost Tours, West Kelowna & Kelowna
Kelowna Ghost Tours are offered throughout the summer and into October with different locations each week. You can explore the Wild West Kelowna, the historic Pandosy mission, the Kelowna city park and the gorgeous historic homes of Bernard Ave. Check for availability on the website.
When: Various dates from Thursday to Sunday in October
Tickets: $20 per person
Caetani Centre is known to be a haunted home in Vernon. The 125+ year old home opens to the public for 3 days to explore it’s haunted past and present. You can also read Little Fortress by Laisha Rosneau and explores the history of the home when the women shut themselves off for 25 years. It is a hidden haunted gem to explore during October in the Okanagan.
When: Select dates October 26, 27 and 28th
Tickets: $30 for adults and $20 for 12-18 youth
6. Spooky Eats at Karat Chocolate, Kelowna
Karat Chocolate + Pastry creates gorgeous pastries as well as spooky confections during the weeks leading up to Halloween. I love popping in to grab a coffee and some of Canada’s best entremets (yup I said it!). Delight in their realistic chocolate brains, poison apples or if that’s too gory, enjoy their seasonal pumpkin pie cheesecake.
When: 2-3 weeks before Halloween
7. Halloween at BNA, Kelowna
Get tickets to the hottest Halloween party in Kelowna! BNA hosts a ticketed event where costumes are expected and the beats jam on until late.
When: October 28th
Tickets: $25 for admission
8. The Fixx Cafe, Kelowna
Looking for a low key options for Halloween? Dinner, drinks and live music will be offered on Halloween at the local’s favourite Fixx Cafe. The tickets include tapas, 3 course dinner with wine pairing and entertainment. It’s sure to be a ghoulishly good time!
When: October 31st
Tickets: $134.46 per person
9. Walk Mission Creek & The Historic Mission, Kelowna
Fall foliage is pure magic as the leaves lining Mission Creek begin to turn golden yellow. The walk can be as long or as short as you like it as it spans from Lakeshore Rd all the way to Scenic Canyon Regional Park. It is 16.1 kms and personally I find it to be the best place for fall colours in the city and one of the top things to do in Kelowna in October or any time of year.
Alternatively, I also recommend visiting the Historic Mission on Benvoulin Rd. It makes for a spooky time of year to visit and the historic sites make the imagination run wild. Choose a sunny day for a picnic and bring a blanket! October in the Okanagan doesn’t get much better than this!
There’s no better time to visit East Kelowna wine bench than during harvest season! Bike or e-bike this area where you’ll run into a mead farm, wineries, distilleries and orchards – one of which is said to be haunted with the sounds of children in between the rustling fruit trees. East Kelowna is truly a hidden gem not far from downtown Kelowna. One of the best areas to explore during October in the Okanagan.