Halloween in Ottawa: Where to celebrate the spookiest day of the year
Ready to get spooked this Halloween? Throughout the city of Ottawa, visitors who travel to Canada for the scariest day of the year have a number of events to choose from, whether they're bringing the kids to haunted rides or want to mingle with locals over a pint of pumpkin ale.
Here are some ways to jump out of your skin this Halloween:
Cannamore Orchard Spooky Wagon Ride
Kids are more than welcome to the 19th annual Spooky Wagon Ride, during which families will surely shriek and scream as gruesome and creepy ghouls pop out of every corner. Each wagon will be pulled through the orchard and surrounding woods - well after dark to make things extra spooky - and passengers will be taken to a world where witches, monsters and zombies rule the night. Ideal for kids over the age of 10, this ride is not for the faint of heart - even adults have been prone to calling out to their moms!
Students from St. Francis Xavier High School will also put on a series of haunted houses, complete with vampires, werewolves and cobweb-ridden coffins. After getting sufficiently spooked, attendees can feast on icky, but delicious, snacks like gummy worms and Jell-O brains.
Ottawa has a number of ghost stories that will leave some visitors looking over their shoulder during a walking tour through the notorious alleyways and buildings of the city. Both locals and visitors are fascinated by the capital's darker history, and during the Halloween season, curious travellers can get their fill of the best ghost stories. With more than half a dozen tours to choose from, visitors can start their history lesson at the gallows and death row of the Old Carleton County Jail, which may be the most haunted building in the city.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Beer
After spending the day being sufficiently frightened, adult travellers may want to unwind with a refreshing pint of ale, and during the month of October, Beau's Brewery will be offering the limited edition Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde beers, which feature awesome collector's item bottles with ink drawings. Once a bottle is cracked open, Halloween lovers can calm their nerves with the sweet and refreshing taste of hops.