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Scary immersive experience coming to Coquitlam's biggest mall

Vancouver Horror Nights is back with more frightening attractions, including mazes and escape rooms, and this time activities will be indoors at Coquitlam Centre

Be afraid.

Be very afraid.

Coquitlam Centre will be the scene of Vancouver Horror Nights (VHN), a giant nightmare attraction that was previously held at Giggle Dam Theatre in Port Coquitlam.

This time, Mark Friebe and his crew will be bringing 100,000 sq. ft of fear and hijinks to the mall, taking over two floors of the former Sears store.

According to VHN's Facebook page, it will feature four new attractions, including a newly expanded Zombie Bar & Cafe with seating, a new midway with tons of games to play and a SAW-themed escape room.

VHN will be open from Oct. 6 to Nov. 5, 2022, at Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam), with tickets for the spooky attraction available online now.

"It's 15 times the size of the previous Vancouver Horror Nights in Port Coquitlam," said AJ Thompson, operations manager.

Depending on your scare threshold, "there is something for all ages and all scare levels," he said. "We're across from Lincoln SkyTrain. It's going to be a massive event."

Built over the last several weeks while Giggle Dam has been closed for renovations, the site is ready; however, some of the animatronics have yet to arrive.

"We still have 45 shipments to go," said Thompson, who said crowds of curious onlookers have showed up to witness delivery of some of the props.

Here's what what you can expect:

Scary maze attractions

If you’re brave enough, you can visit the House of Fear, with more scares, jumps and special effects than previous mazes, or get blindfolded through the Sacrifice sensory deprivation experience and take a “death drop” at the end. It runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on select nights.

Escape rooms

There are four escape rooms in the Wesgrave Asylum experience you can choose, ranging from easy to difficult, including the challenging Nurse Rachet Escape Room (from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest fame). These experiences runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on select nights.

Escape game

You find your arm inside a guillotine and have 15 minutes to solve a puzzle with your free hand. Runs from 5 p.m to midnight on select nights.

Boogieman bash for kids

During the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can enjoy a haunted house that's an inflatable maze; there will also be face painting, games and family photo opportunities. For the older kids, they can go through the House of Fear without the actors, but can witness the animatronics and special effects.

Zombie Cafe 

Chow down on some scary treats from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., at the Zombie Cafe, featuring hot food, such as burgers, the Zombie barbecue pork poutine, mini doughnuts and mini pizzas, as well as "glowing" drinks.

Midway games

Join your friends for carnival games with a haunted house theme, play games for prizes. Games cost $5 each.

In addition to tickets for Vancouver Horror Nights, you can purchase a The Super-Mega-Ultra-Psycho-Combo-Scare-Pass offered in partnership with Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors.