By AMY ALLEN & NICOLINA LEONE
Overwhelmed with the amount of ghoulish activity leading up to Halloween, we just had to curate a list. We will update it with any new events we hear of, and please share any scares we may have missed!
Cannamore Orchard Spooky Wagon Ride
Oct. 9 to 31. Witches, ghouls, and body snatchers come out to play on this terrifying wagon ride through the woods. Other attractions include a haunted house, a fog maze, and a spooky village. Candy apples and other seasonal treats are available at the village store. Ages 10 and older. $20.
1480 County Rd. 32, Cannamore, 613-448-3633, spookywagonride.com
Halloween at Watson’s Mill
Oct. 17: Paranormal Investigation. This historic mill in Manotick is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of Ann Crosby Currier, who was killed on the premises when her skirt became caught in machinery. With the assistance of Haunted Ottawa and the Paranormal Society, participants use ghost-hunting tools to search for evidence of her spirit. 7pm to 11pm. Ages 10 and older. $25.
Oct. 22 to 24: Haunted Mill. The mill is transformed into a house of horrors where actors dressed as creatures of the night attempt to terrify visitors. $5.
5525 Dickinson St., Manotick, 613-692-6455, watsonsmill.com
The Haunted Walk
Oct. 9 to 31. Experienced guides tell spine-tingling tales from the city’s past during an extended version of the Haunted Walk’s permanent tours. Ready for the real fright? Try Incident at the Bunker, an interactive zombie adventure at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. See website for schedule and prices.
461/2 Sparks St., 613-232-0344, hauntedwalk.com
Halloween at Rideau Hall
Oct. 31. The visitors’ centre at the residence of Canada’s governor general is transformed, for the evening, into a haunted house. The governor general himself will be handing out goodies to visitors of all ages. Free.
1 Sussex Dr., 613-991-4422, gg.ca
Until Nov. 1. Thousands of beautifully carved pumpkins glow in an outdoor display at Upper Canada Village, a historic site in southeastern Ontario. Images carved into the pumpkins include historic scenes, woodland animals, mythical heroes, comic book characters — even a massive, fiery dragon! Food, drinks, and snacks available for purchase. $14; $12 for seniors; $10 for youth (ages six to 12); free under five years.
13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, 613-543-4328, uppercanadavillage.com
Saunders Farm Haunting Season
Sept. 26 to Nov. 1. By day, the farm is an idyllic retreat where families navigate mazes, visit a petting zoo, and take in puppet shows. By night, it turns into a festival of frights that includes a walk through the Barn of Terror and a trip through the woods on the Haunted Hayride. See website for hours and ticket info.
7893 Bleeks Rd., Munster, 613-838-5440, saundersfarm.com
Trick or Treat with the Mayor
Oct. 24 Trick or treat with the Mayor and your favourite costumed characters in Jean Pigott Place. Visit the spooky witches’ den in Andrew S. Haydon Hall and decorate your own miniature pumpkin outside at Marion Dewar Plaza. Take photos in the fall-themed photo booth and ride the Giant Tiger train. In support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Supply Cupboard, which helps parents in need by providing items in high demand such as formula, baby food and diapers. Bring a non-perishable as your admission.
City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., ottawa.ca
Oct. 18 to Oct. 25 The word “séance” comes from the French word for “seat”, “session” or “sitting”, from the Old French seoir, “to sit”. Innocent enough beginnings, but now the word instills a shiver in many, as a means to communicate with the other side. Now you have the opportunity to participate in one at Billings Estate with a psychic medium. Following the experience, participants will be treated to hot cider and Halloween candy, and can learn all about the mysterious side of history. $30.
2100 Cabot St., 613-247-4830, ottawamuseumnetwork.com
Nature Nocturne: Giant Bug Invasion!
Oct. 30. Dress up in a costume inspired by the Canadian Museum of Nature’s newest exhibition, Bugs: Outside the Box, and dance the night away to music provided by Spins and Needles. Admission includes one food ticket and access to the museum’s galleries. $25.
Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4700, nature.ca
Great Pumpkin Charity Ball
Oct. 31. Get dressed up in your most devilish costume, and prepare to dance the night away at this fundraiser for cancer research. Groove to music provided by live bands and DJs, treat your taste buds to delicious food by Algonquin College culinary students, and vie for best-costume prizes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $40.
St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick St., greatpumpkinball.com
Oct. 31 Ottawa has a very shady history and many (rumoured) haunted homes, including Billings Estate. Visit it for family-friendly explorations of Ottawa’s haunted past. Little ones can trick-or-treat at the custom, child-sized haunted houses, built to replicate Ottawa’s best-known landmarks. Each house will offer an activity (including a monster shooting gallery) that visitors may participate in before receiving a treat! $6/person $10/pair $16/family.
2100 Cabot St., 613-247-4830, ottawamuseumnetwork.com.