If you’re coming to visit Ottawa during the month of October, you’ll definitely learn that Ottawa doesn’t mess around when it comes to Halloween festivities. Ready to be spooked? Here are a few of the events that will send shivers down your spine:
Saunders Farm | Sept 26 – Nov 1, 2015
Days of fall-tastic family fun and nights of locally grown frights! Younger children will certainly enjoy the Pumpkin Patch Hayride, Wagon Ride, Fairy Gardens, Themed Mazes, Puppet Shows and the Witch Mountain Slide, to name a few, and with so many options the kids are sure to be entertained for hours!
And for the older and more adventurous families, visit the farm at night. After the sun goes down, Saunders turns into a creepy, barren place populated by ghosts, goblins and monsters of all kinds. If you are brave enough, visit the Barn of Terror or go on a Haunted Hayride. These night time attractions are not recommended for guests under 10-years-old.
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg ON | Oct 1 – Nov 1, 2015 (select days)
Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins. These mesmerizing, glowing carvings are sure to delight and entertain any age!
2015 Zombie Run for Humanity
Maple Hill Urban Farm | Oct 3, 2015
This is a fun 5-kilometre obstacle course run! Take on the role of a ‘survivor’ and save yourself in this post-apocalyptic world or succumb to the virus and run around as the undead. No matter what role you choose, you’ll be having a good time and giving back to the community, as all proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region. Registration for this event is available until Oct. 2, 2015.
Haunted Walks of Ottawa
Sparks and Elgin Streets | Oct 9 – 31, 2015
The Haunted Walk’s Halloween season will offer exciting twists on existing tours and showcase special events. On the “Ghosts and the Gallows: Are you Afraid of the Dark?” tour, they will explore the old Carleton County Jail, one of North America’s most haunted buildings, in near darkness. On the “Original Haunted Haunted Walk: Canada’s Scariest Stories” tour, they will venture inside the Bytown Museum, one of the oldest buildings in the city, to hear of its resident ghost and share some of their favourite spine-tingling stories from across the country.
Incident at the Bunker
Diefenbunker Museum, Carp, ON | Oct 10, 17, 24, 25 & 31, 2015
The Haunted Walk of Ottawa and The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum are partnering together again this Halloween to present, “Incident at the Bunker!” Guests will be led on an interactive adventure deep inside the underground labyrinth. What mysterious events took place around the time the bunker was decommissioned? Who or what still lingers in the bunker today? This Halloween experience is a perfect combination of storytelling, interactive challenges and unexpected surprises! Those who make it out alive will have quite the tale to tell!
Paranormal Investigation of The Mill
Watson Mill, Manotick, ON | Oct 17, 2015
Fans of the hit television show “Ghost Hunters” are in for a real treat when they go on a Paranormal Investigation of Watson’s Mill. During this heart-stopping thriller of a tour on October 17, participants can go to the Mill with real ghostbusters as they use infrared cameras, electromagnetic field (EMF) meters and digital thermometers to try to hunt Ottawa’s haunters. Who knows, maybe you’ll see Ann Crosby; the beautiful, tall, blonde-haired woman who is said to haunt the mill. Reservations are required. A children’s Halloween party will also take place at the Mill on October 31!
Handmade Fun: Spooky Halloween Crafts
Canadian Museum of History | Oct 1 – 31, 2015 (Saturdays)
Visit the Canadian Children’s Museum (at the Canadian Museum of History) to learn how to make creepy Halloween decorations out of Popsicle sticks! Make a haunted house, a scary monster or a witch and take your creation home with you. This workshop takes place on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is geared towards children five-years-old and up. The workshop is free with Museum admission.
Nature Nocturne – Giant Bug Invasion!
Canadian Museum of Nature | Oct 30, 2015 (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)
The night before Halloween, dress in a costume inspired by the Canadian Museum of Nature‘s newest exhibit, Bugs: Outside the Box! Get a drink and dance the night away in the Museum’s beautiful Queens’ Lantern. This popular Ottawa event is 19-years-old and over.
Halloween at Rideau Hall
Rideau Hall | Oct 31, 2015 (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Head to the historic Rideau Hall on Halloween night to enjoy Scary Tales, complete with good and evil fairy tale characters. Explore the enchanted Visitor Centre, but watch out for the Wicked Witch and the Big Bad Wolf! Venture onto the grounds, if you dare… This activity is open to children and adults alike. And it’s free!
Giant Pumpkins in the ByWard Market
ByWard Market BIA | Oct 1 – 31, 2015
All month long, walk around the ByWard Market area and see real, giant pumpkins. This is a great fall season photo op. Some of these locally-grown pumpkins are more than a thousand pounds!
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum | Oct 31 – Nov 1, 2015
You are invited to enjoy special activities just right for the occasion. Make some ghoulish treats, create a creepy craft, and take part in Halloween-themed games. Costumed visitors young and old alike can join the costume parade. Children will be able to decorate a pumpkin to bring home ($) and can take on the challenge of a Scavenger Hunt through the barns and exhibitions.
201 Queen Street | Year-round
Located on Queen Street in Ottawa’s downtown core, Escape Manor is one of Ottawa’s newest attractions! Visit Escape Manor with a group of friends and see if you’re quick enough to escape from one of four creepy themed rooms; Prison Break, The Wine Cellar, The Asylum and Escape Manor’s newest room, The Darkness. Find clues to solve puzzles that will lead you to freedom or meet a tragic end. Each themed experience lasts about 45 minutes.