In September and October, the Ottawa area is filled with beautiful fall colours… as well as ghosts, goblins and treats! This year, popular Halloween festivities are back to haunt you (some have been modified for health and safety). Whether you want to get spooked in the city, the countryside, or at home, you’ll enjoy these Halloween-themed events and activities (in order of start date) in Canada’s capital region.
Note: Advanced ticket purchase or reservation may be required for some activities, and some programming may change. Please confirm details with individual businesses and stay informed on the current COVID-19 situation in Ottawa.
Haunted Walks of Ottawa – Guided tours and virtual experiences
Various locations and dates
The Haunted Walk offers both on-location and at-home spooky fun. Join one of their popular walking tours of downtown Ottawa and follow a cloaked guide to hear about some of the city’s haunted places and historical facts.
If you prefer to stay home, you can conduct paranormal experiments at any time with The Haunting At Home – A Paranormal Adventure. This online interactive audio experience features ghost stories and the chance to communicate with “the other side”.
In addition, you can attend Virtual Haunted Campfires on select evenings, or watch previously held sessions online. During each campfire, top storytellers, haunted tour guides and ghost researchers from around the world share some of their favourite ghost stories and terrifying tales (family-friendly, but best for ages 12 and up due to frightening content).
Proulx Maple & Berry Farm | Sept. 19 – Oct. 31, 2021 (select dates)
Each year, Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, located just 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa, is transformed into a giant Halloween playground during the daytime. Enjoy mazes, wagon rides and other farm fun (weekends and some weekdays).
And at night, the farm becomes Skreamers – A Haunting Experience, a spooky site where there have been reports of blood-curdling screams, a foul stench, unexplained power outages, and inexplicably large crops. Skreamers is not recommended for children under 10.
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, ON | Sept. 24 – Oct. 31, 2021 (select dates)
Stroll through Pumpkinferno, a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of about 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village! Stroll the one-kilometre route and marvel at the eclectic scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more. Make sure to bring a camera! Special accessibility nights allow those with physical limitations to drive through the site.
Acres of Terror
Cannamore Orchard, Crysler, ON | Sept. 24 – Oct. 31, 2021 (select dates)
Cannamore Orchard, about a 40-minute drive outside of Ottawa, presents terrifying and fun programming for all ages including a Spooky Wagon Ride, House of Terror, Spooky Village and Fog Maze – and all of it is wheelchair accessible. Daytime programming is modified to be family-friendly, while the evening experience is for those who are looking for a scare.
Haunting Season and Fright Fest
Saunders Farm | Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, 2021 (select dates)
The 30th Haunting Season at Saunders Farm promises daytime and nighttime fun, including a new zipline over mazes and ponds! Daytime attractions for children include hayrides, mazes, puppet shows, play structures, jumbo pillows and The Coven (a spooky outdoor trail).
The farm’s Fright Fest offers nighttime fun for older kids and adults including the Cemetery, The Haunted Hayride, The Coven and The Shambles. Afterwards, you can visit the patio food and craft beverages and peruse the shop. (Fright Fest is not recommended for children under 10).
Lansdowne | Oct. 8 – 31, 2021 (select dates)
Local Halloween programming experts from Saunders Farm are producing Ottawa’s newest indoor/outdoor haunted attraction: The Sawmill. The event takes you on a tour near the historic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne in the Glebe neighbourhood. You’ll find out about a lost colony of millworkers from Ottawa’s early days discovered under TD Place’s South side stands during renovations in 2008. The experience features the latest in scare technology, over a dozen live actors, and street theater performances. Not recommended for kids under 12 years old.
Deadwood Haunted Drive
Wesley Clover Parks | October 14-31, 2021
Ottawa’s first haunted drive experience returns for a second year at Wesley Clover Parks, west of downtown. At each horror set, live actors and special effects immerse visitors into the horrific story of the Deadwood Massacre. Visitors stay in the comfort (or discomfort) or their vehicle. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Ottawa has a variety of escape room attractions to choose from all year long, and some companies even offer virtual options. Visit one with a group of friends and see if you can find clues and solve puzzles that will help you escape. In the city's downtown core, you’ll find Escape Manor, Room Escape Ottawa and Jigsaw Escape Rooms.
Also, just west of Ottawa’s downtown core in Carp, Ont., you’ll find Escape the Diefenbunker. Escape Manor and the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum have collaborated to host the world’s largest escape room. Can you escape from a four-story underground bunker?