Looking for something to do in Ottawa for Halloween? Here are some events taking place in the capital:
Wine and Food Show
Join the Ottawa Wine and Food Show (OWFF) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary. This yearly staple will be taking place at the Shaw Centre from October 30th to November 1st. Sample the latest trends in food, wine, beer, and spirits. The festival has almost 200 exhibitors with over 1400 sample offerings. Dress to impress as you arrive in style on the red carpet to take you into the event. Each pass includes: a tasting glass, in the mix, host for the holidays, Anna Olson Baking and an LCBO pop-up store. Arrive in costume (no face masks) at their ‘Arrive After 5 Session’ starting October 31st and 5:30pm. Walk by their celebrity judges between 6:30pm to 7:30pm for your chance to win a $7500 trip for two to the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival. It’s always a great time at the show getting to explore all the different vendors and trying some new drinks. Don’t miss out on this great event, purchase your tickets on the official website of OWFF.
Every October, Saunders Farm transforms into a Halloween wonderland. Head there for their haunted hayrides, Barn of Terror, live performances and parades. It’s open now until November 1st. Head there during the day for haunting season open Saturdays from 10:00am-6:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am-5:00pm. Head there at night for fright fest open October 23rd, October 24th, October 30th and October 31st from 6:00pm – 11:00pm. The week of Halloween, they are open every night from 6:00pm-9:00 pm. You’re sure to have a great time with so much to do. The haunted hayride is my most memorable experience from Saunders Farm, probably because of the man with the chainsaw. Don’t worry, its fake! You’ll run into all sorts of creepy characters, sure to make it an authentic Halloween experience.
Join the Haunted Walk during their favourite season for some special Halloween Tours. During the walk they’ll share some scary ghost stories as well as actual facts from the past. The Original Haunted Walk includes stops at the Bytown Museum, one of Ottawa’s most haunted buildings, where they will share some scary ghost stories from around Canada. Their Ghosts and the Gallows Walk is an eerie walk that recounts the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee and takes you through the old Carleton County Jail in total darkness by lantern.The meeting spot is at 46 ½ Sparks Street (beside D’Arcy McGees). You can see their tour schedule on their official website.
Trick or Treat with the Mayor
Join the Mayor at City Hall on October 24th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm for some Halloween fun. Trick or treat with the Mayor at Jean Pigott Place, visit the witches’ den in Andrew S. Haydon Hall, and decorate your own mini pumpkin and take photos at the photo booth outside on Marion Dewar Plaza. Admission is a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Supply Cupboard. Find out more from the City of Ottawa’s website.
The Great Pumpkin Charity Ball
The 9th annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball is taking place October 31st from 8pm to 2am at St. Brigid’s Haunted Castle at 310 St. Patrick St. . Join 750 people in costume and enjoy Dj’s, a live band, and more. This event supports the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Ottawa Food Bank.
SCREAM at EY Centre
Into EDM? You have to check out SCREAM at EY Centre on October 31st. This year features Blasterjaxx with support from Klingande. Head there in your costume because there are over $6000 in prizes to be won. The categories are most popular costume (vote by DNA), best team costume (chosen by Blasterjaxx), most creative costume (chosen by the promotions team). Find more information from the event’s website.
Head to Upper Canada Village for Pumpkin Inferno. You’ll see a hauntingly beautiful display of almost 6000 hand-carved pumpkins glowing in the night. These pumpkins have been carefully carved by young artists and are sure to catch your eye and amaze. Stop by October 22nd to 31st from 6:30 pm – 10 pm and November 1st from 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Find out more information and see some pictures of the stunning pumpkins from the official website of Upper Canada Village.
Before Halloween head out to a pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving! I recently went to Log Cabin Apple Orchard where you will find a great selection of ripe pumpkins. Whether you’re looking to make a Jack-O-Lantern or pumpkin pie, it’s a fun activity to do with your friends or family. Head there on the weekend for hay rides and baked goods. You’ll also spot some cute farm animals. They are open every day from 9:00am – 6:00pm until November 1st and admission is free. Check out the official website of Log Cabin Orchard.
Enjoy a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the barns at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. You can also expect fun games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, wagon rides and a costume parade around the grounds. Stop by on October 31st or November 1st between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm to join in on the fun. Visit the official website of Canada Agriculture and Food Museum for more information.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Fabian Corrado