Show off your Halloween Costume in YDH

Fill your October calendar with these hair-raising events.

It’s a frighteningly fun-packed time of year here in York Durham Headwaters. Kids are gearing up for trick or treating and adults are choosing from a wealth of spooky seasonal activities. Looking for the best ways and places to show off your perfectly-chosen costume? We have plenty of ideas below.

Step 1: Pick the Perfect Costume

Young mother painting daughters face for Halloween party. Halloween or carnival family lifestyle background. Face painting and dressing up.Before you choose your outings, it’s time to pick out what you’ll wear. Our tips for costumes:

  1. Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase a Halloween costume, especially if you’re ordering online. Also, know exactly what costume pieces and accessories you’re getting before buying. There may be a picture of a vampire on the packaging, but that doesn’t mean all the accessories are included.
  2. Choose face paint over masks whenever possible. Masks can impede your vision and can be a pain to carry around if you get tired of wearing them. YouTube is full of face paint tutorials to get your look just right.
  3. Plan weather-appropriate variants of your costume. Layers are always a great choice. This allows you to be dressed comfortably even if the temperature changes.
  4. Switch up your accessories. If you are going to several nights’ worth of Halloween events, you can add a hat one day and a fun cape another to keep your costume fresh and fun.
  5. Take the costume out of the bag and try it on well before October 31, just in case it doesn’t fit. Treat a Halloween costume like an outfit for a special event, and steam or iron it before wearing it. It will give your look the extra polish it needs to bring home that “best costume” prize!

Still looking for a costume idea?

As an extra special Halloween treat we’ve created a couple DIY costume idea ‘How-To’s’.

Download ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ How To


Not into cats!? How about Greta Thunberg?!

Greta Thunberg


Download ‘Greta Thunberg’ How To

Step 2: Choose a Halloween Haunt

With your costume ready to go, it’s time to fill your October calendar with fun events for kids of all ages.

Party at the Pumpkinfest

Child running into the Corn Maze

Downey’s Farm Market is hosting a month long festival to celebrate the season. Get to know the lay of the land on unlimited wagon rides with entry fee. Comedy, music and magic acts can keep you entertained.

Get lost in the A-MAZE-ING 8-acre corn maze with three corny challenges. Enjoy chills in the spooky Boo Barn, plus tons more, all while surrounded by thousands of orange pumpkins.

Check out the Downey’s Farm Market website for hours or operation

Halloween Night Life at Black Creek Pioneer Village

halloween skull

Add extra chills and thrills to your Halloween experience with Black Creek Nightlife! That’s right! Especially for the grown ups, Black Creek has put together a wide range of night-time scream-inducing thrills this  Halloween season.

“Where Dark Things Dwell” Escape Game – Do you like solving puzzles? How about solving puzzles on a spooky night, in a historic village,  with up to 60 other ghouls? Each team must work together to uncover dark secrets and break the curse on the village. If you dare…

Haunted Walks – You will find some of the oldest buildings in the GTA at Black Creek Pioneer Village. This makes it the perfect creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories.  Explore the supernatural side of Toronto’s historic pioneer village on a guided tour, in the dark!

The Haunting at Black Creek – New for 2019, a brand-new kind of paranormal adventure that will retrace the steps of an ill-fated investigation that previously occurred at the notoriously haunted Half Way House, and went terribly wrong.  Due to the frightening nature of this experience, all participants must be 18+.

Visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village website for more information.

Howling Hootenanny

Little children trick or treating on Halloween

Always a family fun “must see”, the Howling Hootenanny at Black Creek Pioneer Village welcomes you to get dressed up and come out to the village to decorate pumpkins, fire the apple sling-shot, brave the haunted maze, and even trick or treat the village.

It is the perfect weekend adventure for the family, filled filled with spooky stories and amazing shows.

Visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village website for more information.

Chills and Thrills at the Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt

Through to October 31st, Canada’s Wonderland hosts the area’s largest Halloween event. Over 700 monsters wait with scares while you make your way through 20 terrifying shows and attractions. Because of the intensity of this event, it is not recommended for children under 13.

For tickets and information visit the Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt website.

Elnaz and Emily Adventures in YDH: Halloween Haunt!


1919 Prohibition Halloween Dinner Theatre

Saturday, October 26, 6 pm. Your host for this evening is Ms. Eleanor Crumpacker (a.k.a. the incredible Mag Ruffman), whose attempts to recruit you for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and away from the temptation of alcohol will no doubt be compromised by the lovely intoxicants provided by Goodlot Farm + Farmstead Brewing Co. The evening’s musical feature, the Tipsy Temperance Trio, will hopefully help distract Mrs. Crumpacker, all while guests partake in dinner catered by Lavender Blue. Early 1900s costumes suggested. Prizes for best costumes. Tickets: $ 80 per person
Book your tickets by calling 519-941-1114. Check out the Museum of Dufferin website for more information

Ages 19 and up.

Take a Ride on the Halloween Train

Your kids’ costumes are their ticket! Children under 12 dressed for Halloween can get on board the one-hour York-Durham Heritage Railway train ride for just $3.99. Your round trip journey involves Halloween-themed activities and entertainment, as well as a goodie bag for the kids.

Book your tickets online at the York-Durham Heritage Railway website.


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