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22 of the best Halloween activities in Canada for kids

From Vancouver Island to the tip of St. John's, you're sure to find an excellent Halloween activity to keep your kids howling with delight in this great country
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Whether you are traveling within Canada or just looking for a great way to entertain the kids this Halloween season, there’s an event in your backyard. From coast to coast here are 22 spooky-themed Halloween activities for your little ones in Canada.

Victoria, B.C.

Vancouver Island Corn Maze

Location: Pendray Farms, 9537 West Saanich Rd.
October 2017
Thursday and Friday: 2 pm to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm
Price: $5 for kids 3 to 12 and $12 for adults

halloween Canada kidsWho doesn’t love the idea of getting lost in 14 acres of a spooky corn maze! Pendray’s Farm is a bit of a Halloween tradition for those on Vancouver Island and a great way to celebrate the Fall season and Halloween spirit. Just remember to bring your own flashlight and wear boots! Also, remember to leave Fido at home as no dogs are allowed in the maze.

Vancouver, B.C.

Halloween Parade

Location: Starts at the intersection of Howe and Drake Streets
Sunday October 15, 2017
Time: 11 am to 12 pm
Tickets: Free

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Every year thousands of people show up in their favourite superhero or character outfit. While there are some ladies in zombie make-up, there are very few, if any, nightmarish outfits, making this an awesome event for the entire family. After the parade, check out that last of the exhibits at the Vancouver Halloween Expo. This three-day festival—that starts on Friday October 13—celebrates cosplay, films, comics, anime and all things superhero and gaming. As a result, this is an ideal opportunity for your family to take in the sights and sounds of Halloween costume creations. (Better still, it’s billed as a family-friendly festival so no gore costumes are allowed.) There is a cosplay performance on Friday October 13 (starts at 5 pm and runs for approximately three hours).

If you’re looking for more festivities in the Vancouver, BC area, consider one of Vancouver’s haunted houses for more ghoulish, family-friendly Halloween entertainment.

Kelowna, B.C.

Halloween Haunt

Location:  295 Hartman Road in Rutland (across from the YMCA)
Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10 – includes free slice of pizza, pop and entrance to all activities (parents and infants get free admission)

Come celebrate Halloween with crafts, activities and goodie bags for the first 100 attendees. This year’s event includes a haunted house, face painting, pedal cars, a zombie race, a “worm” eating contest and even a costume parade and context. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Abbotsford, B.C.

Land of Boo – Party in the Plaza

Location: 3122 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford, BC
October 21 to October 31, 2017
Time: 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10 – includes free slice of pizza, pop and entrance to all activities (parents and infants get free admission)

halloween Canada kidsEnjoy our super family-friendly Halloween Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win an iPad courtesy of London Drugs. You can enter and complete your scavenger hunt anytime between October 21 and October 31, just start in Central Plaza (outside of Cineplex Theatres). On the Podium Level, stop at each Halloween installation and find the five black cats (there are a total of eight black cats and Halloween installations to find). Circle your answers on the ballot provided and enter it in the ballot box inside London Drugs. It’s as simple as that. We can’t wait to see you!

Then, on Halloween night from 5 pm to 7 pm join us at the Plaza for a ton of family fun! There will be a DJ, a photo booth, treats, balloon artists and more. Kamloops, B.C.

Calgary, AB

Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park

Location: 3122 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford, BC
October 21 to October 31, 2017
Time: 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10 – includes free slice of pizza, pop and entrance to all activities (parents and infants get free admission)

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Spend the weekend before Halloween with ghosts and ghouls who want to get down and boogie! During Ghouls’ Night Out, Heritage Park is transformed into a ghost town full of activities for ghosts big and small.

Edmonton, AB

Haunted Pumpkin Festival

Location: Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord, AB
September 30 to October 31, 2017
Fridays: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Tickets: $10 to $15, kids 2 and under are free

Halloween Canada kidsSpend a day at the pumpkin patch and enjoy over 50 family-friendly activities to help you and your little ones enjoy the season. On Fridays, there is a corn maze, a haunted house, train rides along with pumpkin picking and games for kids. On the weekends you can expect live entertainment, puppet shows and special guests!

Regina, SK

Halloween events at the Regina Public Libraries

There are many fun and hands-on Halloween events for the entire month of October at your local branch of the Regina Public Library.  You can register online or by telephoning the branch.

Location: Central Children’s Library
Sunday October 22, 2017
Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

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Create some “spooktacular” Hallowe’en decorations for your home. These frightful activities are designed for children 6 years and older accompanied by an adult.

Location: Sherwood Village Branch
Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 10 am to 10:45 am

Monster Mash Family Dance Party D
This event for families is about showing off your best costume and getting your groove on to some spooky music!

Location: Sherwood Village Branch
Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm

Monster Boxes R
Kids between the ages of 5 and 10 get a chance to make spooky monster creations out of tissue boxes.

Location: Albert Branch
Monday October 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Halloween After Hours Scary Scavenger Hunt D
Kids aged 6 to 12 are encouraged to join for a spooky after-hours scavenger hunt. Small prizes will be awarded for finishing the scavenger hunt. This is a family event.

Saskatoon, SK

Scariest House in Saskatoon!

Location: 1402 5th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK
October 4 to October 31, 2017
Wednesday to Saturday: 6 pm to 9 pm
Tickets: Free

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Halloween is a family affair for the residents at 1402 5th Avenue! Every year this family sets up a haunted house for Halloween. It’s free to attend and past visitors consistently rave at the effort that goes into the decorations! As Jeremy Bacon stated on a Facebook post: “It gets better every year. It’s amazing! People need to stop and appreciate just how much work and dedication it takes to create such an amazing event.” Keep in mind, this is a true haunted house so little kiddies may find the costumes and gory themes a little too much.

Winnipeg, MB

Halloween Fun zone at Shelmerdine‘s

Location: 1402 5th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK
October 2 to October 31, 2017 (not open October 8 & 9)
Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
Sundays: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tickets: $5 per child (proceeds go to local charities)

Kids aged 2 to 10 will enjoy this not-so-scary indoor playground that features a hay maze, tire swings, bouncy castle, zip lines, face painting and more! A great way to get into the Halloween spirit with your little ones!

Thunder Bay, ON

Fort Williams Historical Parks Kids’ Halloween Hoot!

Location: 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay, ON
October 3 to October 31, 2017
Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Tickets: $5 to $10, kids under 5 are free (+ parking is free)

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A great event for kids 12 and under. Come in your costume, enjoy fun and games, trick-or-treating, haunted adventures, a spooky maze, storytelling, a scavenger hunt along with fun and yucky activities. Dress weather appropriate and no pets allowed.

Ottawa, ON

Halloween at Saunders Farm

Location: Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster, ON
September 23 October 31, 2017 (not open October 8 & 9)
Haunting Season times: 10 am to 5 pm
Frightfest only Friday and Saturday: 6 pm to 11 pm
Frightfest Oct. 23 to 31 daily: hours vary
Haunting Season Tickets: $19.50 to $21
Frightfest: $32 to $129

For over 25 years the Saunders Farm has transformed into a spooktacular family event known locally at the Haunting Season. There are over 35 attractions, live shows, a parade, nine hedge mazes, peddle carts, food booth and huge pumpkin patch.

At night, the farm turns into Frightfest with six haunted sights, live original shows, street theatre, ag-arcade games, food booths and a tavern. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Toronto, ON

Ontario Science Centre Monster Dash 2017

Location: Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario
Sunday October 29, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm to 10 pm
Tickets: $0 to $175
All ages

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Run alongside Miles the Monster in this annual Halloween-themed Monster Dash walk/run event held at the Ontario Science Centre and sponsored by Good Times Running. All money raised goes to the Science Centre’s Community Access Program, including the Adopt-a-Class program, which helps deliver science fun to underserved neighbourhoods in Toronto. Go online to register and to obtain donation and tax-receipts.

Check out our Toronto-specific guide for more kid-friendly Halloween activities in Toronto this year.

Kingston, ON

Pumpkininferno

Location: Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, ON
September 29 to October 29, 2017
(Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Open times up until Oct 15:  7 pm to 10 pm
Open times from Oct 19 to Oct 29: 6:30 pm t0 10 pm
Tickets: $8 to $27

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The Great Waterway

While older kids will enjoy the annual Zombie Walk (which has not, yet, announced this year’s date), little ones may find the event a tad-bit scary. Instead, opt to drive 90-minutes from Kingston to check out the fantastic display of thousands of creatively designed handcrafted pumpkin installations at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg. Pumpkinfero is more magical than macabre, and was recognized by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario as the province’s best new event! It’s absolutely worth the extra travel time.

Windsor, ON

T2B Halloween Family Spooktacular

Location: Malden Park, Windsor, ON
October 21, 2017
Doggie Costume Walk: 11 am to 12 pm
Family Event: 12 pm to 5 pm
Tickets: Free (all donations and money raised goes to the Ronald McDonald House Windsor and T2B Paediatric Programs)

This family and pet-friendly event offers loads of ghoulish good fun including a 5K9 Doggie Costume Walk. The event is organized by the T2B Youth Ambassadors and includes games, a costume contest, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating, a BBQ, face painting and treats like cotton candy and popcorn! Better still, Animal Antics Behaviour Centre will be on site with Doggie Day Care to take care of your doggies, while the Windsor Firefighters will help to run the BBQ and will be selling their calendar to support their foundation.

Niagara, ON

Light the Night Festival

Location: 240 Scott Street, Niagara Falls, ON
October 31, 2017
Times:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Tickets: $8 to $27

A not-so-spooky Halloween Party that’s perfect for the little ones! Come enjoy treats, games, contests and a free BBQ!

Guelph, ON

Downtown Trick-or-Treating

Location: The Dragon, 55 Wyndham Street North, Unit T-19B, Guelph, ON
October 28, 2017
Times:  12 pm to 3 pm
Tickets: Free

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Guelph City Hall gets into the spirit of the season with its downtown trick-or-treating event. Back for its second year and WAY BIGGER (there is now twice the number of participating stores) kids can start at the Guelph Public Library on Norfolk. After hearing a spooky story, pick up a map of the participating stores, then visit each to get candy (and maybe some other treats), and get your map stamped. Don’t miss out on visiting City Hall, which is being opened specially for the event! Mayor Cam Guthrie will be on hand, in costume, of course! Finally, end your journey at The Dragon, where you’ll submit your map in exchange for raffle tickets in equal number to the stores you visited. You’ll be able to use those tickets to enter draws for prizes from each of the participating stores!

Montreal, PQ

The Great Pumpkin Ball

Location: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal, Que.
October 6 to October 31, 2017
Times: 9 am t0 9 pm
Tickets: $8 to $15.75 (children 4 are free)

This all ages, bilingual event is hosted by none other than Esmerelda the witch. Enjoy Esmeralda’s company as you peruse through more than 800 squashes and gourds in a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes.

Quebec City, PQ

Halloween on the Plains of Abraham

Location: Parc des Champs-de-Bataille
Borough of La Cité-Limoilou, Downtown
Québec, QC
October 1 to November 11, 2017
Times: 10 am to 9 pm (depending on the event)
Tickets: Free to $16

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Throughout the month of October, ghosts and mysterious characters will be haunting the Plains of Abraham hoping to come across courageous visitors! The National Battlefields Commission invites brave souls of all ages to take part in this feast, which is both amusing with a dash of terrifying. Events include the Haunted Tower (for families), the Bewitching Tour (for ages 4 to 7), Spine-tingling Tales (for ages 8 to 12) and for the adults the Tales of the Bad Old Days (adults) and Ghoulish Walk.

Moncton, NB

Haunted House Tour

Location: 4974 Main Street, Dorchester, NB
October 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, 2017
Times: 7 pm to 9 pm
Tickets: $10 to $40

It’s sooooooo scary! It gets bigger and better every year – find your way out of the dungeon. Don’t miss this popular haunted tour for ghosts and goblins of all ages.Tour the historic Keillor House in a different way. This “spooky” walk is guaranteed to give guests laughs and always a few screams.

(Keep in mind, Bathurst, NB, only recently amended rules that banned anyone 16 and older from trick-or-treating and imposed a curfew past 8 pm.)

Halifax, NS

Downtown Dartmouth Halloween Spooktacular

Location: Ferry Terminal, Dartmouth, NS
Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 11 am
Free

Start this howling great day off with a family costume parade complete with live music and free treats. Everyone will meet at the Ferry Terminal at 11 am and then walk along Portland Street before finally ending up at the corner of Victoria and Portland Streets. There will be prizes and treats for everyone in the family.

Charlottetown, PEI

Haunted Mansion PEI

Location: 81 Victoria Street West, Kensington, PEI
October 14 & 15; 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm
October 20:  6 pm to 9 pm
October 21 & 22; 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm
October 26 & 27:  6 pm to 9 pm
October 28 & 29; 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm
October 30:  6 pm to 9 pm
Tickets: $16 (everyone pays kids price of $10 between 2 pm and 4 pm)

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On a hillside in the town of Kensington, Prince Edward Island, stands a forbidding mansion. Legend tells of a wealthy English gentleman, known to the locals as Dr Jack, who entered the unsuspecting farming community in the early 1890’s and built an enormous Tudor-style mansion. Eventually, Dr Jack opened a small Inn in the mansion, however, many of the guests were reportedly never heard from again. Several notable figures allegedly stayed with the Doctor for an extended period, the most notorious being Lizzy Borden (the infamous axe murderer). Some swear she still walks the halls! During the Halloween season, the mansion is turned into a haunted delight known as the Nights of Fear.

St. John’s, NFLD

Halloween on the Hill: Kids Halloween Party

Location: Johnson GEO Centre, 175 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s, NL
October 21, 2017: 6 pm to 9 pm  (ages 5 to 12, $35/child)
October 28 & 29, 2017: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm  (regular admission price)

Join us for a frightfully fun Halloween party for the whole family! Special activities include a Halloween movie, Monster Mash dance party, crafts and games, a trick or treat station  & more! Costumes are encouraged!

No matter where you are in Canada, these events are sure to add a bit of spook to your October nights.

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