Haunting season spooks its way into Ottawa this October
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 27 – Nov 2, 2014
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!
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg ON | Oct 3 – Nov 1, 2014 (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!
MacDonald Gardens Park | Oct 5, 2014
If you have an undeniable craving for BRAINS you may want to join in the Zombie Walk fun! For walk route and details visit the event Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1a110oK
Oct 10 – Nov 1, 2014
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.
Diefenbunker Museum | Oct 10 – Nov 1, 2014 (Saturdays)
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: A Zombie Adventure!” Guests will be led on an interactive adventure with the undead, 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, unexpected surprises, and of course…zombies, a whole lot of zombies. Those who make it out alive will have quite the tale to tell!
Billings Estate | Oct 16, 17 & 18, 2014
Autumn, 1914: war in Europe has broken out, and Canada has been pulled into the fight. But the razzle dazzle socialites at Chatsworth House are more concerned with their hidden gold reserves, secret trysts, and defending their reputations from scathing gossip - until a murder rattles the biggest event of the year. Join the Ottawa StoryTellers for an entertaining evening of mystery and intrigue while touring the Estate. Cost: $15/person. Advance purchase recommended.
Watson Mill, Manotik, ON | Oct 23 - 25, 2014
Have you ever been to Watson’s Mill at night and felt a cool breeze run through you, heard unexplained footstep in the distance, or witnessed objects move without provocation? If you haven’t, it won’t take long for the hair on the back of your neck to stick straight up when you come to the Haunt Nights at Watson’s Mill. For three frightful nights in October, we will thrill you with ghostly scenes and macabre movements as you make your way through a maze of witches, zombies, skeletons, spiders and executioners. Hear the sound of screams only to realize they are coming from you!
Billings Estate | Oct 24, 25 & 26, 2014
Your senses will be in overdrive during these popular events as you look, listen, and feel for changes in the environment that signal a presence from the beyond. Psychic Connie Adams leads a size-restricted group of participants through a traditional séance in one of Ottawa’s oldest wood-framed houses. Sign up soon as our séances are super popular and sell out fast! Cost: $30/person. Registration required. Adults only, please.
Children’s Museum / Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) | Oct 25, 2014
Have a muy fabuloso time celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead with costumed Dora and Diego look-alikes. Come in costume for some dancing, sugar-skull decorating, mask-making and more!
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum | Oct 25 - 26, 2014
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum presents its annual Barnyard Halloween Party! The whole family can enjoy a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the barns, fun games, and a costume parade around the Museum grounds. Make caramel apples and pumpkin treats in the demonstration kitchen. Decorate your own pumpkin to take home with you this Halloween ($).
Valleyview Little Animal Farm | Oct 25, 26 & 31, 2014
In addition to regular activities like the Little Animal Barn and Old Farm Museum, pumpkins are available or purchase and painting!
Billings Estate | Oct 26, 2014
Child-sized scale models of some of Ottawa’s most iconic landmarks - like Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall - set the scene for some truly epic trick-or-treating! But the fun doesn’t end there. Wear your costume and create your own legendary monster using our large-scale mix -’n’-match book and then use a Nerf gun to capture some of these fiends for further investigation! Have your face painted and be the star of our costume parade! Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family.
Watson Mill, Manotik, ON | Oct 31, 2014
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 31, 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. Reservations Required.