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Top 10 Halloween events in Canada

posted October 10, 2016

Top Halloween events in Canada

From Halloween parades and parties to haunted houses, ghost trains and horrifying clowns, Canada certainly knows how to celebrate Halloween!

If you want to attend the spookiest activities during your upcoming Canadian holiday, check out our ultimate spooktacular list of the best Halloween events in Canada.

1. Fright Nights at the PNE, Vancouver


Fright Nights Playland at the Pacific National Exhibition is one of the most popular Halloween events in Canada.

Dubbed Western Canada’s scariest haunt, Fright Nights has seven haunted houses, fifteen rides and two thrilling live shows.

Two attractions certain to spook you silly are the Keepers Doll Factory and the Monsters of Schlock. At the abandoned Keepers Doll Factory cloaked men lurk in the shadows waiting for human sacrifices to harvest limbs from. As for the Monsters of Schlock, two comedians perform amazing and frightening stunts – in the past they have been burned, bloodied and blistered!

Date of event: 7-31 October

2. Haunt Manor, Niagara Falls

Haunt Manor in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls has lots of terrifying attractions to scare you witless, such as the Nightmares Fear Factory. But one of the best is Haunt Manor.

Haunt Manor has been named Canada’s scariest haunted attraction and the number one Halloween attraction in the country.

Haunt Manor is located just west of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, where the bloodiest battle in history took place, and many people report sightings of ghosts.

The attraction has a theatrical hayride, corn maze and seven themed haunted houses. Each year the themes for the haunted houses change, artfully carried out by the 100 plus actors, staff and design crews who are specially trained to entertain and frighten visitors. So find out if you can survive this year!

Date of event: Open until 30 October

3. Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens, Alberta

3. Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens attracts visitors from across Canada to Edmonton’s countryside every autumn.

This month-long Halloween festival is an annual tradition and has attracted one million people to the farm since 1956. Those brave enough to make the trip can enjoy over 50 activities.

Families will love hands-on attractions such as a scarecrow-making workshop, duck races and ghost trains. Scarier haunted houses will keep adults on their toes.

Foodies will also enjoy the Homemade Grandma’s Fudge festivity that is taking place this year.

Date of event: Every weekend until 30 October

4. Village Fantôme de Cantley, Quebec


Quebec’s largest Halloween event, Village Fantôme de Cantley, is now in its 24th year. And as always, visitors can enjoy a fantastic foray into their world of imagination and sweet thrills.

Regarded as one of the best Halloween events in Canada, this year’s event will boast themed booths, haunted houses, games and lots of Halloween sweets and treats.

This year’s magical world will be filled with a range of crazy characters. Captivating ghost stories will be told by seasoned actors, so be prepared to be drawn into an incredible journey.

Date of event: 29-30 October

5. Galey Farms, British Columbia

creepy cornfield

Galey Farms really comes alive in the autumn as this working family farm plays host to its annual festival of fear.

The hair-raising highlight of the event is its Cornfield of Horror. The attraction is fully animated and includes a scary haunted mansion, pirate’s island and Addams graveyard. For the brave, the much scarier 6,000 square foot Carnevil Haunted House (PG13) boasts even more frightening features, but the faint hearted can use the “chicken exits” if it gets too much!

The event also has a crazy train that has over a mile of animated seasonal displays. And in Madame Isabella’s Séance everything comes alive as ghost stories from the past are told.

Galey Farms’ Pumpkinfest, which is open every weekend in October, is a must-visit for families. There is face painting, kids’ games, live entertainment, train rides, playgrounds and lots more.

Date of event: 13-31 October

6. PumpkinFest at Downey’s Farm Market, Ontario

halloween pumpkins

Just under an hour from Toronto is Downey’s Farm Market, which hosts a month-long Halloween celebration. Perfect if you are staying in the city and have hired a car in Canada.

PumpkinFest, as it is known, is famed for having thousands of pumpkins on show. There are also plenty more attractions for families to enjoy.

Kids will shriek at the entertaining shows, bloodcurdling face painting activities and the terrifying boo barn. Get into the spirit by making your own scarecrows. And don’t miss the pumpkin typhoon attraction!

The kids will also love petting the farm animals and seeing the puppet shows.

Date of event: until 31 October

7. Boo at the zoo, Magnetic Hill Zoo, New Brunswick

Boo at the zoo

Put on your costumes and get ready to be scared!

This Halloween event has fear factors that range from the mildly spooky to incredibly scary! So there is something for people of all ages and all levels of bravery.

Check out the face painting and the zoo’s playground, which is the tallest in Atlantic Canada. Scaredy-Cats 3 is a venue that has spooky music, fog machines, gory displays and frightening, fully-costumed actors.

Visitors can also see all the animals that live at the zoo, including black bears, golden eagles and jaguars to name a few.

The Boo at the zoo event also raises money to help improve the enclosures of the animals at Magnetic Hill Zoo.

Date of event: 22, 23, 29 & 30 October

8. Train of Terror, Calgary, Alberta

Train of Terror at Calgary

The Train of Terror at Aspen Crossing offers visitors a truly unique Halloween train experience. But beware – it really isn’t for the faint hearted!

It is the scariest train haunt in Canada, taking visitors on a spine-tingling interactive train ride that will ultimately leave you thrilled, electrified and terrified.

Train riders must manoeuvre their way through two haunted rail cars while the train moves down the track. As you would expect, they face lots of horrifying surprises on the way!

If you’re staying in Calgary, this is a unique and unmissable way to celebrate Halloween.

Date of event: Until 30 October

9. Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto, Ontario

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland transforms to offer terrifying nights for visitors in October. This year it will be bigger, better and even more petrifying than ever before.

Visitors must brave their way through 20 haunted attractions. Avoid the zombies on a 4D interactive dark ride, escape the horrifying maze before time runs out and watch out for 700 monsters that will be prowling the park!

Date of event: Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout October

10. Montreal Zombie Walk, Quebec

Zombie walk in Montreal

The Montreal Zombie Walk started as a simple, grass-roots flash mob dressed as zombies, but now it is one of the biggest and best Halloween events in Canada.

If you fancy being a zombie for a day, join in on the public walk for free as it is open to everyone.

Participants really go the extra mile with the zombie make-up! But if you’ve left your kit at home, you can be zombified at the Place des Festival, which is where the walk begins.

The zombie walk isn’t just for Halloween, it is also a great way to see this beautiful city as the walkers wander through the streets of downtown Montreal.

Date of event: 29 October


Image Credit: Rouse House, Broo_am (Andy B), Dan Bergstrom, Catherine Hois,

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