For Halloween loving families, the costumes have likely already been chosen, and decorations went up almost immediately after the Thanksgiving turkey was out of the oven. However, one thing remains: many parents in the Ottawa area just aren’t sure what Halloween day will actually look like.
Even if we can’t take the kids out for a night trick-or-treating we’ve rounded up some local activities taking place over the next couple of weeks for you and your family to enjoy. Our recommendation is to watch event pages and websites closely because we all know how quickly things change. Also, many events require advance tickets or registration because of limited capacity so it’s worth planning your Halloween festivities now!
Note that for some events, even outdoors, masks may be required.
Pumpkin Patches and Farm Fun
Being outside gives pumpkin patches and farm locations an inherent advantage at this time of year. You can still enjoy your usual pumpkin patch outings with a side of Halloween fright (or family-friendly haunts) at various outdoor pumpkin patches and farms as they follow social distance practices this year.
At Saunders Farm, their annual daytime Halloween activities continue this year, although the barns are closed. There is still the opportunity to enter their famous mazes, jump on the bouncy pillows, go down the slides and play on the structures. Tickets are required for your two-hour entry time.
At Proulx Farm, kids can run through the mazes, enjoy a wagon ride, see the animals, play on the structures and more. Pumpkin picking from the patch is also available. Tickets are available each weekday and weekend but are limited and can be purchased in advance. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.
Cannamore Orchard is within an hour’s drive of Ottawa and worth it for their fall fun festivities. Take a ride on the cow train, tour the mazes, walk through the orchard, play in the family area and pick a pumpkin!
The Log Farm is ready to welcome autumn loving visitors to see their animals and participate in their fall activities outdoors. The kids will love the play structures or the family walk in the woods! They are also hosting a special outdoor Halloween costume party on October 30 and 31. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Purchase your pumpkins after your visit too!
Halloween not-so-scary movie at the drive-in
The Drive-In Experience at Wesley Clover Park has become a new popular destination during this pandemic and they are stepping up to show a Halloween-themed movie for families on Sunday, October 18. Fans of Disney’s Halloween classic Hocus Pocus won’t want to miss this!
The Diefenbunker is welcoming families with children under the age of 5 back for their Toddler Halloween event. This annual tradition returns with some modifications for safety including a limited number of participants, staggered entries and distancing. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for a very unique trick or treat experience. Timed tickets are available online. The event is happening from October 26 to 30th and is by donation.