How to Halloween in Durham Region

Our festivals and attractions here in York Durham Headwaters have certainly risen to the challenge.

WHOOOOOOOOOAH! STAY SAFE STAY LOCAL ALERT!

People are eager to get outside and start exploring all the great things to do in YDH. But don't forget....it's still important to stay safe while you are having fun supporting our local businesses and communities.

If you are lucky enough to live in YDH (we are biased) or you want to come for a visit, we've got some great ideas for you to get active outside, explore your inner artist, learn something new and celebrate this awesome season...virtually or in-person. Please note that many conservation parks and trails are over capacity, so ensure you pre-book your visit or even better...step off the beaten path and find discover a new terrain to enjoy.

Remember safety is a choice you make and we look forward to seeing all visitors again soon.

Please check with all businesses for updated hours of operation, programming, COVID-19 policies, and restrictions.

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are lurking around every corner as we gear up for another Halloween. This year, though, this time-honoured tradition beloved by young and old is going to look quite a bit different. We may be eager for some good, old-fashioned haunted fun, but we still need to be vigilant with health and safety measures and social distancing. Limiting contact with one another to limit the spread of COVID-19 means we have to find alternative ways to enjoy the fun and the frights.

Our festivals and attractions here in York Durham Headwaters have certainly risen to the challenge. They have been hard at work developing safe alternatives that are just as fun and “spooktacular.” If you are looking for Halloween thrills in Durham Region that you can do safely here are some events that are still being held, and which have been modified to adhere to health guidelines for COVID-19.

Pickering Museum Village’s Haunted Ghost Drive-Thru Tour

2365 6th Concession Road, Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0

Pickering Museum Village

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night to October 30th, you and your friends and family are invited to take a guided walking tour of this historic, 27-acre village. You will hear real stories that are based on the spooky experiences and encounters of staff, visitors and volunteers that have occurred on the premises. They are also based on the findings of a paranormal investigator team that came to investigate the premises. So, keep your eyes peeled—you never know where or when the next encounter will be.

Tour times start every 5 minutes beginning at  6 p.m., and registration is required in advance.  Cost per person is $25 including tax. 

For more information, visit the Pickering Museum Village website events page here.


Harvest Festival at Pingle’s Farm Market

1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton, ON L0B 1J0

Pingle’s Pumpkin

You can’t have Halloween without pumpkins… and all of the wonderful things that come with a good fall harvest. Spend the day navigating through Pingle’s Alice in Wonderland Corn Maze, have some farm-tastic fun in the Pingle’s Playland, and take in the farm views and fresh country air on a wagon ride. Other features include pick-your-own apples, pick the biggest pumpkin in the patch, and the farm market which offers delicious food, drinks and baked goods.

To keep guests safe and healthy, Pingle’s has enacted capacity restrictions. Tickets to the Harvest Festival are $15, and it is recommended that they be purchased in advance. For more information, visit Pingle’s Farm Market website here.

You can’t have Halloween without pumpkins… and all of the wonderful things that come with a good fall harvest. Spend the day navigating through Pingle’s Alice in Wonderland Corn Maze, have some farm-tastic fun in the Pingle’s Playland, and take in the farm views and fresh country air on a wagon ride. Other features include pick-your-own apples, pick the biggest pumpkin in the patch, and the farm market which offers delicious food, drinks and baked goods.

To keep guests safe and healthy, Pingle’s has enacted capacity restrictions. Tickets to the Harvest Festival are $15, and it is recommended that they be purchased in advance. For more information, visit Pingle’s Farm Market website here.


Corn Maze at Buzzing Bees Adventure Farm

1070 Concession Rd. 5, Sunderland, ON L0C 1H0     

Corn Maze

The beloved Buzzing Bees Adventure Farm corn maze is back this Halloween, and bigger than ever, with 9 whole acres of wide rows and lots of paths to ensure that guests can observe social distancing. You will need your best detective skills to solve the riddles hidden in the corn maze and break the code. Will you and your family be able to figure your way out?

Check out this and other farm activities at Buzzing Bees’ website here.


WindReach Farm Halloween Drive-Thru

312 Townline Rd., Ashburn, ON L0B 1A0

halloween skull

On October 29th and 31st, the folks at WindReach invite you to dress up in your spookiest costume, pile into your car and head to Ashburn for a Halloween themed adventure! Drive through the farm to see your favourite animals and check out Halloween-themed stations. Maybe, just maybe, there will be some COVID-19-safe trick-or-treating, too. Tickets are $25 each, and must be purchased in advance. To purchase your tickets and for more information, visit WindReach Farm’s website here https://www.windreachfarm.org/events

Story by Katherine Ryalen

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