Do Something Different for Halloween this Year!

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes haunted houses, pumpkin patches and costume contests – as we all know. We love all that, but we were looking to do something different for Halloween this year.

So, we put together a guide of some of the best kid-friendly and unconventional Halloween events that are happening all over Ontario. Happy trick or treating! 

Ontario Parks 

Halloween is a big tradition at Ontario parks! Campers decorate their sites, and you can take your little ones trick or treating around the campsite loop! 


Photo Credit: Ontario Parks

Most parks also host games and contests in celebration of Halloween! There will be traditional activities like pumpkin carving, but there will also be adventures that one can only find out in the wilderness. Anyone up for a spooky night hike with a coyote howl? How about a Campfire Costume Party? To find out more about the events being hosted at Ontario Parks, click HERE

Halloween Hootenanny, Toronto

Take your kids to Black Creek Pioneer Village for the ultimate Halloween. There is nothing like trick or treating through the historic buildings and launching apples with the apple sling-shot. 

You can also explore the haunted maze, watch magic shows with Count Dracula and the Fire Guy, as well as decorate a free pumpkin to take home with you. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Halloween Train Ride, Durham

On weekends in October the York-Durham Heritage Railway offers Halloween train rides. You’ll find live entertainment and Halloween activities on board, plus goodie bags for the kids! 


Photo Credit: YDHR

BONUS: Children (12 and under) wearing a costume ride the train for $1! Click HERE for more information. 

Hallowe’en at Hogwarts, Amherstburg

Upon your arrival at Hogwarts, you will be sorted into your proper house. A traditional English dinner will commence in the Great Hall. Following dinner, a skill testing trivia tournament, will you hail victorious or will you be overtaken by Dementors? 

Rare & Magical items will be up for auction including dragon eggs & flying keys-if you can catch them! Butterbeer will be available for purchase (alcohol will be available in the bar for those 19+ years). Honeydukes candy bar will have treats available for sale-think Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans & Chocolate Frogs! The perfect Hallowe’en treats!

The event is almost sold out! Click HERE for more information. 

Boo at the Zoo, Toronto

Calling all ghosts, goblins, super heroes, witches, princesses and other creative costumed kids. It’s time to put on your Halloween costumes and head out to the Toronto Zoo! All kids are eligible to take part in our two daily “Critters and Costumes” parade and children (12 and under) wearing a costume gain free admission. 


Click HERE for more information. 

A Barnyard Halloween, Ottawa

Stop by the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum for some super special and very spooky activities including a trick or treat scavenger hunt, creepy crafts, a costume contest and pumpkin decorating. 

Click HERE for more information. 

Haunted Hill, Blue Mountain Village

For 3 days Blue Mountain will transform into the Haunted Hill where ghosts and goblins run free through Enchanted Forests, Haunted Putting Courses and Hikes on Haunted Hill. Face your frights in a weekend full of Halloween-themed fun for the whole family, if you dare!


Photo Credit: Blue Mountain Village

Click HERE for event details. 

Haunted History Tour, Orangeville 

Join DCMA staff and volunteers for a haunted tour through the streets of Orangeville. Hear tales of fabled ghost sightings, mysterious occurrences and gruesome misfortunes that are sure to change the way you see the town.

Find out more information HERE.

Movie Night, Midland

#MidlandMovieNight is back for a special Halloween event brought to you by the Downtown Midland BIA and the Town of Midland! Catch a FREE movie under the stars in Downtown Midland on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. We’ll be showing ”Ghostbusters (1984)” on the big screen at the 509 Bay Street Parking Lot (At King St). The movie will start at dusk. Bring your own lawn chair. 

Click HERE for more information. 

Halloween at Science North, Greater Sudbury 


Photo Credit: Science North

Experience family fun, frights and delights like never before at Dynamic Earth this October! Pumpkinferno display with over 5000 carved pumpkins.

Visit the Tunnel of Terror (12+), Canada’s only underground Halloween experience located seven storeys below the Earth’s surface. Enjoy special fall treats and warm-up around the campfire after strolling through the pumpkin patch.

Click HERE for tickets.


Looking for Halloween activities that are a little bit spookier? Click HERE for our list of haunted corn mazes & farms. Have a happy Halloween!

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