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OCTOBER 20, 2020

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Where to get Spooked This Halloween in Ontario

Though Halloween season may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of spooktacular excursions and activities to do all over Ontario! We’ve got you covered on your fright nights, socially distant tours, and other themed activities that will keep you and your whole family in the Halloween spirit! Please check all local websites for health and safety measures and pre-booking online to comply with COVID-19 measures.


article1oct202020.jpgExplore the spookier side of Ottawa in a socially distant group tour of the Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa and Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour. You’ll hear ghost stories and be led by lantern light to famed haunted spots like the Bytown Museum and Fairmont Château Laurier. For an at-home version, enjoy an interactive online audio experience where you’ll conduct a guided series of six paranormal experiments in the Haunting at Home. It’s Frightfest at Saunders Farm every weekend and during Halloweek! Enjoy a tour of The Coven, the Haunted Hayride and The Shambles in this modified one-hour experience! Saunders Farm is also presenting a new experience called The Sawmill at Landsdowne Park, where you’ll explore the debris from a 2008 demolition of TD’s Southside Stands and what remains. The whole family will love solving a Monster Mystery at the Museum outside of The Billings Estate National Historic Site on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 10 am to 4 pm (Reserve in advance). Older kids might want to get in touch with the supernatural for an hour at the Historic Cemetery Tours. For a more complicated challenge, book a small group for an escape room tour in the underground bunker at The Diefenbunker, the world’s largest escape room at  Canada’s Cold War Museum!


article2oct202020.jpgThere are a variety of ways to enjoy Halloween festivities this year without the traditional trick-or-treat or haunted castle. At Black Creek Pioneer Village enjoy a physically-distanced séance, a grim fairy tale puppet show, and the ultimate Halloween hunt! Bundle up for outdoor Halloween fun at Kortright Centre’s Kreepy Kortright from October 24-30. Go for a frightening forest walk, discover a haunted house, and look for the live owls. Not as frightening but illuminating, transport yourself into the future at Terra Lumina on an enchanted walk punctuated with multimedia effects and light projects throughout the Toronto Zoo. Support the St. John Ambulance in the York Region Zombie Hunt, a daily challenge from Oct 1-31 to win prizes! Explore haunted Toronto on foot via a small bubble ghost tour of up to 12 people with The Haunted Walk. Choose your own adventure: Spirits of the Distillery District Ghost Tour, Campus Secrets & Spectres, Original Haunted Walk of Toronto, and Ghosts of Black Creek Pioneer Village. Debunk fact vs fiction on a free ghost tour of Toronto with the Tour Guys, while getting to see some iconic sights of the Six.


article3oct202020.jpgGet the family geared up for a Halloween getaway at the Haunted Harvest Village at Drysdale Farm! Take a hike on a haunted trail, be amazed by the magician, pick your perfect pumpkin, and stay for the bonfire! At Grimm Grounds wander a haunted maze--day or night-- in a dark, creepy forest then stay for the Halloween thriller movie night featuring family-friendly classics. For less spooky affairs, celebrate autumn at the Fall Festival at Chappell Farms. During your two hour visit, the family can pick their own pumpkins, feed the animals, explore the hay bale run and corn maze and more!


article4oct202020.jpgExpanded outdoor areas and five different scary haunts will have you screaming your head off at Bingemans Screampark. Packages include a Boston Pizza package and a Drive In package. Marvel at 150+ pumpkin creations in a 2.5 km guided drive-through experience with audio in Pumpkins After Dark. Discover the scarier side of Niagara Falls at the famous Haunt Manor, where you can get spooked at 5 different mazes. This year, the haunted hayride will be a hayride trail walk in the backwoods. Stay for live music after!


Featured Events

Acres of Terror

Nights (6:30-10pm): Oct. 23-25, 28-31 – open on Halloween night.
Days: (12-4pm): Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31st (Halloween day). Cannamore Orchard (Ottawa)

featuredevent1soct202020.jpgDare yourself to explore the Acres of Terror for the Halloween season at the transformed Cannamore Orchard. A real witch or warlock narrates a spooky wagon ride; prepare yourself for fear at the orchard’s House of Terror featuring live actors; explore seven different houses in the unique Spooky Village; or get lost in the fog maze featuring a heart thumping soundtrack. Daytime slots on Saturday + Sunday are dedicated to families for a less scary experience.

Halloween Nights of Lights

October 1 – November 1, 2020 Thurdays - Sundays
Improve Canada, ​7250 Keele St (GTA)

featuredevent2soct202020.jpgA unique one of a kind event, marvel at over 700,000 LED lights in this drive through experience that is coordinated to your favourite Halloween soundtrack. A super fun and safe way to get into the Halloween spirit!

Inferno 6077: Born Out of Fire

October 2-31, 2020
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre (Northern Ontario)

featuredevent3soct202020.jpgGet terrified at this full-scale theatrical production, presented to you from the comfort of your own car, drive-in style. The story is about a character named Wild Bill (a volunteer firefighter and arsonist) whose community seeks revenge on his bullies.

Featured : ONroute

featuredoct202020.jpgONroute is the ultimate pit stop on your road trip with 23 plazas located along Highways 400 and 401. In addition to its gas stations, you’ll find popular restaurant brands for food and beverage options, a 24/7 market with ATMs, clean bathrooms, free Wifi, and great customer service! Ensuring that it’s safe, clean, and convenient, ONroute truly is a one stop shop for all your travel needs enroute to discover the beautiful province of Ontario!



onlyinontoct202020.jpg Wheelers Pancake House, Sugar Camp & Heritage Museum
Did you know that founder, Vernon Wheeler, holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s 'largest collection of maple syrup production artifacts'? You can browse his collection at the Wheelers Maple Heritage Museum. There’s plenty more to do here too: stop by the pancake house, pick up some of the famed maple syrup, and explore the adjacent hiking trails. This makes for a fantastic day trip with friends or family!

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