B.C. Treat Count 2021: Find out the spookiest neighbourhoods this Halloween

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Kids go house to house while trick-or-treating in Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.  (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
Kids go house to house while trick-or-treating in Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

Seasoned trick-or-treaters know there are some neighbourhoods with better decorations, scarier vibes and — most importantly — more candy.

Did your neighbourhood feature as a hub of horrors this fall?

B.C. residents were asked to let the rest of the province know by filling out this form on the spookiest night of the year.

Here's where the action was and where the ghost towns were. The more intense the colour of the marker, the more spooky your neighbourhood was.


CBC British Columbia and the SFU City Program, which promotes citizen participation in civic issues, teamed up again to help track the neighbourhoods with the most visitors on Halloween night.

"Folks would collect a tally and after an evening of ghoulish visits, they come onto the CBC website to report the number of trick-or-treaters they had by listing the general intersection," explained Andy Yan, director of the city program at SFU.

"[In 2020] we had a decline in the number of reports but then we also had some unique innovations. People came in with the candy chutes," he said.

With vaccinations and more knowledge about COVID-19, Yan suspects numbers will increase this year compared to last.

"Trick or treating is conceptually this moment of social trust — a series of masked strangers come to your door asking for a treat."

What to do on Halloween night?

Use this form to report the number of trick-or-treaters who came to your house.

Based on previous counts, Yan said the Hastings Sunrise and Riley Park neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Queen's Park neighbourhood in New Westminster "really get into the spirit of things."

But he notes that things can change year to year, and that there is a natural bias to the map based on who inputs their numbers in the database.

Fill out the survey and watch the map update with the most haunted houses

The map will start updating at 9 p.m. PT Halloween night.

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