Seven Ways to Celebrate Halloween This October

October in Ottawa, Halloween, Spooky Season

October hits and suddenly it feels like we are in the thick of autumn. Pumpkin patches, fall rhapsody and Halloween costumes are on our minds. Social media is full of posts capturing the changing of the colours and all things pumpkin spice. Hello spooky season!
This year has led to a lot of different experiences, time at home and virtual events. Unfortunately, some events we look forward to annually have been cancelled due to Covid-19 related concerns. Lucky for us, some events have added precautions and guidelines to provide us with fun seasonal experiences.



Acres of Terror

Where: Cannamore Orchard | Crysler, ON

Get spooked at this local Halloween attraction. Open on weekend evenings as of September 25 & 26, 2020, at 6:30pm – 10pm. Open some days for families in October from 12pm-4pm, including Halloween day. The event includes four main components; the Spooky Wagon Ride, House of Terror, Spooky Village and Fog Maze. You can also pick apples and pumpkins here!

For the 2020 season, tickets must all be pre-booked for a designated time slot. You will be guided on specific route by a witch or warlock. Canteen is cash only!


Fright Fest

Where: Saunder’s Farm | Munster, ON

Their famous Haunting Season is full of spooky events, including multiple haunted experiences, a market shop and pond side patio for pub style eats. Open on weekend evenings as of September 25, including Halloweek, 6:30 pm – 10:30pm. This year’s will be a slightly smaller event, operating at under 10% normal capacity. Admission includes The Coven, The Haunted Hayride and The Shambles, on a set route.

Daytime attraction includes hedge mazes, pumpkins for sale, play structures, the Coven and a hayride. You can also book outdoor fall campfires at the farm. The 2 hour campfires include firewood and different snacks depending on your selected package.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are date and time specific.


The Haunted Walk

Where: Downtown Ottawa, ON

Ghost tours and haunted stories all year long, daily! Currently hosting their Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa and the Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour. Follow your guide and hear some eerie stories of the area, likely a history you have not learned.

Book a Bubble Ghost Tour! Extra Covid related precautions include a maximum of 12 participants from no more than 3 bubbles, per tour. Regular cleaning and social distancing in effect. You can enjoy the Haunted Talks podcast at home.

Check out The Save Halloween Project, funding the creation of an online Haunted Campfire series, featuring storytellers around the world.


Pumpkin Inferno

Where: Upper Canada Village | Morrisburg, ON

Experience an award-winning pumpkin installation, nightly from September 25 to October 31. Tour a kilometre-long pathway, lined with over 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit up against a historic backdrop. The full experience runs about 40 minutes long, completely outdoors. Food is available at the Harvest Barn (reservations start at 6:30pm) or Beavertails.

Open 7 days a week this year! Popular nights often sell out – buy your tickets online ahead of time. No walk-ins accepted this year.


Fall Colours Chairlift Rides

Where: Calabogie Peaks Resort

Experience the full colours and beauty of fall rhapsody at an elevation of almost 800 feet! You can ride the chair back down after enjoying the view, or hike your way back down. October 4 rides were postponed due to the rain. The following dates are also available; October 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18th– from 10am - 3pm.

Purchase tickets on site at the hotel front desk or Adventure Centre in the ski lodge. The Canthooks restaurant will be open at noon each day of the chairlift rides. One chair holds up to four people within the same ‘bubble’.

Looking for hiking details and more to do in the area? CLICK HERE.

Pumpkin Farm

Where: Across the Ottawa Region

Browse a farm grown selection of pumpkins and choose the perfect one for your seasonal décor. Many local farms have a backdrop area for that instagrammable photo, as well as other produce for sale and activities for kids.

CLICK HERE for the recent blog post ‘The Best Pumpkin Patches Near Ottawa’, featuring 7+ pumpkin farms around Ottawa.  


Deadwood Haunted Drive

Where: Wesley Clover Parks 

Ottawa’s latest haunted experience and only haunted drive! ‘Crack your windows and lock your doors’ from October 15 – 31, 2020. Six different horror sets, dictating the tale of the Deadwood Massacre. Live actors, special effects and coordinated lighting all enjoyed from your vehicle.

Tickets are on sale online. Select your date and time slot, to arrive within the hour. The haunting lasts about 15 minutes. Time slots are between 7pm and 11pm. Book now, some weekend timeslots already booking fast!




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