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Get outside this Halloween: your guide to spooky events in the Great Lakes region

Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!’
Dexter Kozen


Looking for something different and exciting to do this Halloween? Look no further. The Great Lakes region has plenty of spooky events for kids and adults, alike. So this year, get outside for Halloween!

Where to go:

Algonquin Provincial Park

An unforgettable Halloween awaits you at Algonquin Park. The park is hosting its annual Haunted Halloween Weekend October 26th-27th and you won’t want to miss it! Set up your camp site and start decorating at Mew Lake Campground. Competitions will be held for spookiest campsite and best costume, so come prepared!

This all-ages event includes pumpkin carving, marshmallow roasting, a late-night wolf howl, and a guided tour through the park’s animal skeleton collection. So, roll up your sleeping bag and pack your witch’s hat!

Black Creek (Toronto)

For a truly spooky halloween, visit Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. This park is hosting a variety of halloween-themed festivities all weekend long. Their all-ages Halloween Hootenanny is running from October 27th-28th and will feature shows with spooky stories, haunted mazes, and trick-or-treating. The weekend will also host other fun activities like apple slingshots and pumpkin bowling.

For the older kids, stop by for one of the Haunted Walks. These guided tours will take you through the supernatural side of the village… in the dark, of course. These walks are running from October 27th-31st.

Black Creek also hosts an Escape Game! A curse has been placed on the village… you must unearth dark secrets and break the curse. These games are being run Wednesdays to Sundays throughout the month of October, as well as Monday the 30th and Tuesday the 31st.

And finally, the spookiest of them all… the True Horror Stories Tour. A guide will take you around the village telling you true stories of a gruesome past from life in the 1860s. This event is running on Saturday, October 28th.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

For a more laid-back Halloween weekend, head to Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Their Camper Halloween event is filled with outdoor fun for the whole family. Decorate your campsite and dress in your best costume for camp-to-camp trick-or-treating! You can also join park guides on special hikes focussing on bats, owls, and coyotes.

Elora Gorge (Elora, Ontario)

Elora is fantastic city to visit this time of year. Situated on the stunning Elora Gorge, this riverside town fully embraces the Halloween spirit. Stop by on October 27th for their Haunted Woods Walk. Trek through the forest and learn about the ghosts and ghouls that live among the trees. All proceeds from this walk are in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

If you are not up for the haunted walk, you can still enjoy a Halloween hike of your own. Start in the impressively decorated town, and make your way down to the Elora Gorge. Walk along the gorge and through the forest for a Halloween that you’ll never forget!

Kortright Centre Conservation Area

Kortright Centre Conservation Area is hosting its annual Kreepy Kortright event from October 26th-29th. Take a spooky tour of a haunted house, and hike through the haunted forest. Finish off your night at the big bonfire, complete with scary stories and live owls!

Mountsberg Conservation Area

A Spooktacular Halloween awaits you at Mountsberg Conservation Area. From October 27th-28th, the park will play host to a haunted barn (complete with mad scientists, skeletons, witches, and singing pumpkins). There will also be wagon rides, face painting, food trucks, and free treats for visitors that dress up in costumes. You can also face your fears at the live snake and bird of prey presentations!

Rouge National Urban Park

On Saturday, October 27th, visit the Rouge National Urban Park for their all-ages halloween event. There will be fun activities for kids, including a haunted house and a campfire (complete with marshmallows for roasting, of course). Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, so make sure you dress up! Free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate will also be served all night long for visitors that bring their own travel mug.

Dundas Valley Conservation Area

On Saturday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 31st, make your way out to Dundas Valley Conservation Area for their Fright in the Forest event! There will be roasting marshmallows, walks through the haunted woods, and plenty of ghost stories.

Walk the jack-o-lantern trail and tour one of the oldest communities in Ontario. Costumes are encouraged, and visitors can finish off the night with an outdoor screening of the original Ghostbusters movie (bring your own chairs and blankets)!

Let us know if you spend your Halloween outside in the Great Lakes region! Post your photos with #greatlakesguide. Have a spooktacular Halloween!
*If you decorate your campsite, please ensure that you remove all of your decorations and litter at the end of your stay. Respect and protect the natural environment!

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