Halloween in Ottawa

Happy Halloween

It is the season of ghosts, goblins, witches and Avengers! Halloween is fast approaching and the Ottawa area is full of fun for both young and old. There are events for the entire family, from fall festivals and trick-or-treating for the youngsters, to haunted houses and costume parties for the young at heart. Fall Festivals are very popular in communities across the Ottawa area. Halloween developed out of a 3 day ancient Celt festival ending in Samhain on October 31st. The Celts would dress up, try to communicate with the dead and children would actually “beg” for treats. Over the centuries, this has developed into today’s Halloween celebrations with jack-o-lanterns, costumes and haunted houses.

There are many different Halloween events in the Ottawa area. These events focus on the scary or on family fun. For a great display of lit pumpkins, head to the Upper Canada Village for Pumpkin Inferno. Thousands of hand carved pumpkins are lit up and displayed in a variety of historical and fantasy scenes including mythical characters to forest animals. It is quite the site to see!

Families can visit many local farms for fall festivities during the day including hayrides, apple picking, corn mazes and pumpkin picking. By day these farms are for the families, but by night they turn into haunted houses. Saunders Farm  has been doing their Haunting Season for many years and it is quite the fun experience! There are haunted hayrides at various farms throughout the area including Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch  and Cannamore Orchard. Funhaven is hosting Chills for CHEO  this year, where proceeds for the haunted house go to CHEO. If your family likes the traditional trick-or-treating, why not stop by the Prime Minister’s house at 24 Sussex Drive starting at 6:30pm on Halloween. The Prime Minister hands out candy to the children that stop by. Mayor Jim Watson also hands out candy to trick-or-treaters on October 27th from 5-7:30pm at Ottawa City Hall.

If you are looking to go to historical places to experience a real “haunting”, don’t miss out on the Ottawa Haunted Walks . These walks, which are available in Ottawa and Kingston, take the participant into the darker side of Canada’s capitol. They have increased amounts of walks during the month of October.

There is so much to do for Halloween in the Ottawa area. Get out and have some fun. Dymon wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

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