Top 10 Halloween events in Canada

posted October 29, 2018


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: 5-31 October

 

2. Haunt Manor, 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 every weekend plus Halloween through September, October & November

 

3. Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens, Alberta

 

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 31 October

 

4. Montreal Ghosts, Quebec

 

The historic city of Montreal in Quebec province will take on a spooky side when you tour with Montreal Ghosts! A spine-chilling ghost walk unveils Old Montréal’s sinister past and the gloomy stories of spirits that haunt the historic district. A professional actor will take you with them on an immersive storytelling adventure to discover unexplained phenomena. You’ll visit outdoor locations where disturbing and significant events have taken place… Goosebumps guaranteed!

Date of event: Available year-round

 

5. Galey Farms, British Columbia

 

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: October 12-13th, 18th – 21st & 25th to 31st – 6-10 pm

 

6. PumpkinFest at Downey’s Farm Market, Ontario

 

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 28 October

 

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

 

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: October 20, 21, 27 and 28

 

8. Train of Terror, Mossleigh, Alberta

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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 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. Haunted Night Ziplining, Victoria, British Columbia

 

If ziplining alone isn’t scary enough for you, why not upgrade to a haunted nighttime ride instead? Adrenaline Ziplining Tours on Vancouver Island provide zipline tours full of terror and fun! There are strange creatures running amok and spooky tales to be told. Ghosts, monsters and tall tales are all a part of this very interactive experience, available only around Hallowe’en.

Date of event: 26, 27, 28 October

 

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