Although Halloween falls on the 31st of October each year, there are spooktacular celebrations and fright-filled festivities happening all month long around the city. From haunted walks to charity balls, there is something for the kid in all of us to enjoy.
A haunting outdoor exhibit of about 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins displayed in cenes from exotic places and historic ages, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village.
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg ON
Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2016 (select days)
HAUNTED WALKS OF OTTAWA
Creepy twists on existing tours and showcases. Explore the old Carleton County Jail, one of North America’s most haunted buildings, in near darkness or enjoy the Original Haunted Walk experience with added interactive, problem-solving elements.
Sparks and Elgin Streets
Oct. 1 – 31, 2016
INCIDENT AT THE BUNKER: A ZOMBIE ADVENTURE
Go on an interactive adventure deep inside the underground labyrinth of the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum featuring storytelling, interactive challenges and unexpected surprises. This experience lasts 60 to 75 minutes.
Diefenbunker Museum, Carp, ON
Oct. 29, 30 & Nov. 5, 2016
OTTAWA’S GREAT PUMPKIN CHARITY BALL
Enjoy live music, a DJ, door prizes, psychic reading booths, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and more at this benefit for the Canadian Cancer Society with the theme ‘Poison: Descent into Darkness.’
St. Brigid’s Haunted Castle, 310 St. Patrick St.
Oct. 29, 2016 (8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
HALLOWEEN AT RIDEAU HALL
Rideau Hall’s Visitor Centre will be transformed into a haunted dollhouse where toys will gather to take their revenge. Walk through this eerie dollhouse where you might cross paths with your old jack-in-the-box, a forgotten toy soldier or an angry wind-up doll. Rideau Hall staff will be on hand to distribute goodies to trick-or-treaters of all ages.
Oct. 31, 2016 (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
THE HINTONBURG SÉANCE
Meet at an undisclosed location in Hintonburg to participate in an authentic Victorian séance in which you will attempt to raise the dead. This extremely frightening 90-minute interactive experience is presented in collaboration with Ottawa mentalist James White. This event is 18+ and it is not recommended for people with heart conditions.