Halloween is creeping up on us quickly, and there’s no better place to get your spook on than Ontario. If you’re looking for some over-the-top, scary thrills to celebrate this chilling season, visit one of these spine-tingling haunts, trains, or trails.
Aurora Haunted Forest
On October 29th, Aurora celebrates its 10th anniversary of their annual Haunted Forest. They transform Sheppard’s Bush into a ghastly, grim forest with ghoulish delights. For little goblins, there is a less scary trail to walk, however, if you are a fright night seeker, explore the ominous path. There are also children’s crafts and games and a charitable BBQ hosted by the Optimist Club of Aurora.
Considered one of the top 100 Ontario Festivals, the Haunted Forest costs $5 per person and runs from 6 to 9 pm. Limited parking is available at Sheppard’s Bush. Additional parking is available at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex with complimentary shuttle service to the Haunted Forest.
Get more information about the Aurora Haunted Forest
Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland
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If you’re looking for fright-free Halloween fun, Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan is the perfect place for you and your family. This year they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with a special showing at the Action Theatre, as well as Spooky Tales with Snoopy, Lucy Van Pelt’s Costume Contest, and Charlie Brown’s Trick-or-Treat Show.
Make sure to bring the kids in costume so they can trick or treat at multiple locations in Camp Spooky, enjoy the rides, and take in a show at the Playhouse Theatre. New attractions this year include live entertainment from Thomas & Friends, My Little Pony, and Barney.
Camp Spooky events at Canada’s Wonderland run on select Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10am to 5pm.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland
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For some serious scares, consider Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt in Vaughan. Their 9 mazes, 29 rides, 6 scare zones, and 3 shows make for a screaming good time. Walk (or run) through the haunted mazes where you will meet vampires looking for victims, zig-zagging zombies stalking the streets, scarecrows creeping through the cornfields, and deranged demons who torture their house guests.
Take a ride on your favourite roller coaster and, if you are feeling brave, try out Wonder Mountain’s Zombie 4D interactive ride. Live shows run throughout the evening at varying times and feature performances by master mentalists, acrobats, and fire-breathers, as well as feats of balance and athleticism.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland runs on select nights through October 31, from 7pm to Midnight.
Halloween-Themed Train Trips
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Taking a haunted train ride aboard the York-Durham Heritage Railway is fun for the whole family. Halloween activities abound during the ride, and the train cars are dressed up with ghosts and ghouls. Children up to 12 years old and dressed in costume travel for $1 (maximum 2 children per adult) and receive a loot bag when departing the train.
Halloween trains depart from Uxbridge and Stouffville Stations on October 22, 23, 29, and 30.
Get your train tickets online at York Durham Heritage Railway.
Cannington Haunted Trail
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A frightfully fun haunted forest awaits you this Halloween season at the Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze in MacLeod Park. This year Cannington is going to make you scream with new scenes and scares. If you’re brave enough to take a walk through the woods, you may discover why the locals still talk about the spirits that haunt the forest. And, remember, once you enter there is no turning back!
You can also wind your way through dark rooms and narrow hallways of the mad, manic maze and discover what drove Charlie, the town’s old cemetery caretaker, into madness. Make sure to end your night at the Museum where kids under 17 can collect a treat.
The trail and maze are not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
The trail is open on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
Whether you are looking for a super scary experience such as the Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland or a family friendly Halloween Themed Train Trip, there are plenty of places to get your spook on this October.