Entrance to a haunted maze with a large skull arch and skeletons hanging on the side

Halloween Haunts, Houses And Heritage

October 29, 2020

This year has offered us more tricks, than treats, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Halloween in style. Halloween is the one time of year where we get to celebrate being scary, wear extravagant costumes, and treat our sweet tooth. We have put together a collection of things to do at home and around your community this spooky season.

Pumpkins After Dark Drive-in

If you’re in Milton, celebrate Halloween by exploring a creative take on the traditional activity. Pumpkins After Dark will bring you through a scenic  2.5km drive at the Country Heritage Park (external site) in Milton, where you will be able to see over 150 glowing pumpkin sculptures like you have never seen before. While there you can also tune into their spooky radio track. The event runs until Nov 1.  Learn more here. 

York Region Collection of Crafts, Costumes, Games and Treats

The kids might not have a chance to go door to door collecting treats this year but there is still lots to do. York Region has put together a Pinterest collection (external site) of decorations, games, crafts, snacks, costumes, activities, and more for a spooktacular Halloween at home.

Casa Loma Haunted House Tour

What says Halloween more than spooky castles with ghostly residence? Casa Loma has been a fan favourite haunted house destination for years! This year they are hosting a self-guided tour where you will be able to experience the spectacular and scary sets scattered throughout the castle’s grounds and tunnels. The castle’s Gothic Revival style mansion and garden provides the ultimate ambiance of foreboding and horror, designed to give visitors a fright. Book your ticket here.

Haunted Tales of Oakville

In daylight, the Town of Oakville is a great place to explore their colourful art and culture scene. However, when night falls you might get the chance to meet some of their ghostly residents floating about, before dissipating in the blink of an eye.

 For Ontario Culture Days the Oakville Society Museum (external site) released its online digital recording recounting the Tales of Haunted Oakville. You can still listen in and learn about the previous residences here.

October Beasts Art Tutorial

The Museum London (external site) and Jacqueline Demendeev have come together to show you how to create creatures that go bump in the night, through their October Beasts Art Tutorial. Using black paper and white paint Jacqueline will show you how to make an October Beast inspired by her recent exhibition “Great Beasts of the Dark Forest (external site).” Tune in here.

Richmond Hills Public Library Spooky Stories

The Richmond Hill Public Library has put together a collection of stories that you can explore this Halloween season.  Spend a cozy night learning about ghouls, ghosts and gremlins, while watching out for the boogeyman that might be lurking under your bed. Click here to check out their collection.

Halloween Drive-in Theatre

Enjoy some classic Halloween flicks under the stars. On Oct 31, the Mustang Drive-in theatre in Bloomfield, ON (external site) will be hosting a series of films including Beetlejuice, The Conjuring, The Shining, and more. Take a look at their selections here.

Feature Image: courtesy of Casa Loma