Published on October 16th, 2018 | by Miriam Porter
‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Fun for All Ages.
Halloween in Ontario is always packed full of festive celebrations, some spookier and scarier than others.
But whether you are searching for fun family friendly activities like pumpkin farms and after sunset exhibits, or chilling and creepy haunted tours that are sure to terrify you and your daring friends, there is something for everyone!
So start searching for the perfect costume and get going to one of these Halloween events in Ontario before trick or treating begins October on 31.
Pumpkinferno – Upper Canada Village.
The award-winning Pumpkinferno is an all ages outdoor art exhibit weaving through a path of 7,000 carved jack-o-lanterns twinkling under the night sky. The glowing orange pumpkins are displayed among exclusive art exhibits and friendly Halloween spirits are in full force. The 19th century backdrop is perfect for a ghostly walk on the kilometer long path after sunset. Check the Pumpkinferno website for dates and times. Upper Canada Village is located east of Morrisburg on Country Road 2 and accessible via Toronto from Highway 401 East.
Pumpkin Patch – Albion Orchards.
Halloween fans of all ages will love choosing bright orange pumpkins to take home and help decorate. Albion Orchards in Caledon has an enormous pumpkin patch where you can sort through the hundreds of jack-o-lanterns and kids can pick their favourite. The orchard is currently open to the public and they have gourds in many shapes and sizes. A farm visit is the perfect excuse to stock up on fresh pumpkins for pies, muffins, or baked to perfection for seasonal meals. Don’t forget to save the seeds and roast them up for a healthy treat. There is no admission charge, you just pay for what you pick. Save time to explore their old-fashioned country market and have a delicious cup of hot apple cider before driving home. Albion Orchards was established in 1967 and is about an hour drive north of Toronto.
Fort Fright – Fort Henry.
Pack a warm sweater and jacket for the annual (and terrifying) Fort Fright event at Fort Henry in Historic Kingston. The spooky fun happens when the sun goes down and this haunted experience is not for the faint of heart. The event and focuses on phobias and fears and is of course celebrated in total darkness. Live actors jump out at you in character from around dark hallways and tunnels when you least expect it, so expect to scream! Should you be feeling even more courageous, there are even a coffin rides for extra thrills. Fort Fright runs until October 31. We recommend you arrive early as this event is very popular and gets extremely busy.
Haunted Walk – Ottawa (Old Carleton County Jail).
This year round tour gets an extra spooky boost at Halloween. Haunted Walk of Ottawa provides guests with an eerie yet historical tour of the Old Carleton County Jail on their Ghosts and the Gallows tour. If you have always wondered about the inmates that inhabited this old jail and the prisoners locked up now is your chance to find out, if you dare. Known as one of the most haunted buildings in North America, you can tour the cell blocks and walk right past death row, the last working gallows in Canada. Until November 3, the Halloween version of this tour takes place in almost complete darkness where you can explore the individual cells of the prisoners. The tour starts outside Haunted Walk’s office on Sparks Street in Ottawa and you can book tickets online.
Halloween Nightlife – Black Creek Pioneer Village.
Black Creek Pioneer Village in Vaughan, a working village dating back to life in Ontario between the 1790’s and the 1860’s, offers a special Halloween experience. Halloween Nightlife includes three unique options; Escape Games where guests uncover deep dark secrets to put an end to the village curse; Haunted Walks exploring Toronto’s supernatural history; and a True Horror Stories Tour to learn about some of Ontario’s gruesome past. Check their website for specific tour dates and times of Halloween Nightlife, taking place from October 20 to October 31.
Halloween Haunt – Canada’s Wonderland.
If you want to scream in a realm of darkness this Halloween head to Toronto’s famous Canada’s Wonderful for the fright of your life. That’s right, it’s a nightmare of horrifying haunted mazes and ghostly scare zones at Halloween Haunt. This event is known for spine chilling haunted houses and boasts over 700 ghastly monsters. After all, nothing says Halloween spirit quite like Blood Shed, Blackout, CarnEvil, Devil’s Circus, Ghostly Pines, and a Dixieland Zombie Marching Band – all of which you can find at Wonderland this season. Halloween Haunt is happening on select nights until October 31.
Image of Pumpkinferno, courtesy of Pumpkinferno.
Image of Fort Fright, courtesy of Fort Fright.
Image of Haunted Walk – Ottawa, courtesy of Haunted Walk.
Image of Halloween Nightlife – Black Creek Pioneer Village, courtesy of Black Creek Pioneer Village.
Image of Halloween Haunt – Canada’s Wonderland, courtesy of Canada’s Wonderland.
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