Here’s our comprehensive guide to all things Halloween in Ottawa. From Events and Activities to finding where to get pumpkins and costumes, we’ve got you covered!
Halloween Events & Activities for Young Kids in Ottawa
Trick or Treating – this is a favourite activity for a lot of young kids. You can go trick or treating in and around your neighbourhood or someone else’s. For safety sake, take a moment to read the Ottawa Police website on Halloween Safety Tips.
Parties – a lot of families are choosing to bring their kids to Halloween parties in Ottawa nowadays. They think it is safer and knowing the weather in Ottawa, some years, it is a really good idea. Make sure to check out your local papers and schools to find out about the parties that are being organized in your area. Or, alternatively, why not plan one at your house?
Museums – many of the museums around Ottawa hold Halloween events that are geared towards a younger crowd. Please see our complete listing below.
Halloween in Ottawa – Events & Activities for Various Ages
Oct 28-29, 2017
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Trick or treat scavenger hunt, costume parade etc.
Great Pumpkin Charity Ball
Oct 28, 2017 – 8pm to 2am
St. Brigid’s Haunted Castle – 310 St. Patrick Street in the Byward Market
DJ, Live Band, 2 floors of “Haunting Fun”
The Haunted Walk’s Halloween Season
Offering a variety of unique historical walking tours in Ottawa. Best known are their tours of local ghost stories and darker history, presented in the evening when the lights are low and the atmosphere just right for a good ghost story. Tours are offered year round, but especially relevant around Halloween! Check out their website for a list of tours. Kids 10 and under are free!
Halloween at Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch
Oct 14-29, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun only)
2139 Greenwood Road – Pembroke
Haunted House of Terror, scary wagon ride, 6 acre Creepy Corn Maze, Halloween magic shows at night
For hours and prices, visit their website.
Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure
Oct 14, 27, 28, and Nov 4, 2017
An incident at the Diefenbunker that was never disclosed to the public has left it full of zombies! Terrifying tours of 60-75 minutes are available for a limited time each Halloween season. More details can be found on their website.
Ottawa Zombie Walk
Cool zombie walk and then an after party – As of Sept 5 we’re still waiting for this year’s date, but a recent Facebook post suggests it’s still on and will be in October.
Open Thursday through Sunday (plus Thanksgiving Monday) beginning Sept 29, 2017 with the last date of October 29 Upper Canada Village
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit their webpage Upper Canada Village website
Sept 23 – Oct 31, 2017
7893 Bleek Road in Munster
Award winning mazes, wagon rides, tree forts and much more! Dates listed above are for their Halloween specials, but they’re all summer!
Acres of Terror – Previously the “Spooky Wagon Ride”
1480 County Road 32, Crysler
The Spooky Wagon Ride™, The Spooky Village, Kid’s Spooky House, The Fog Maze, The House of Terror
613-448-3633 – Website
Billings Estate National Historic Site
Child-sized scale models of some of Ottawa’s most iconic landmarks – like Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall – set the scene for some truly epic trick-or-treating! But the fun doesn’t end there. Wear your costume and create your own legendary monster using our large-scale mix ‘n’ match book and then use a Nerf gun to capture some of these fiends for further investigation! Have your face painted and be the star of our costume parade!
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Looking for a safe location to trick-or-treat but want a more authentic neighbourhood feeling than a mall can provide? Our Halloween Hijinks lets your family enjoy all the fun of going door to door to pick up treats and learn a thing or two along the way from our historic costumed characters like Little Orphan Annie, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and the all-time classic characters from the Wizard of Oz. Play a game to match our characters to their history and make a 1930s tabletop lantern to take home in your goodie bag!
Cost: Regular admission
Halloween at Horaceville
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
Family-friendly ghost stories, turnip and pumpkin carving, making a miniature birch bark canoe, playing fortune-telling games, and crafting traditional Halloween greeting cards make Halloween at Horaceville a great choice for an October weekend. You and your family will be treated to 19th century snacks cooked over an open fire using historic recipes, too!
Looking for a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate Halloween? We’re pulling out all the spooky stops with a costume parade (make sure to don your Halloween best!), fortune-telling games, bobbing for apples, face painting, and pumpkin decorating. The museum is definitely the place to be for Halloween fun!
Funhaven Presents: Fury of the Fallen – in support of CHEO
Unfortunately this event has been discontinued. See the website for Fury of the Fallen for their statement on the matter.
Halloween Costumes in Ottawa
Call in advance to make sure location has not changed!
Assuming you want to dress up for Halloween, there are plenty of places to rent or buy Halloween costumes in Ottawa. Most big box department stores carry them for all ages. There are also quite a few costume stores here that have some excellent choices (some also carry some fantastic decorations):
- Halloween Alley **closed for 2017, but may reopen for 2018**
1508 Merivale Rd (Nepean)
- Audrey’s Costume Castle & Dancewear
1475 Startop Rd, Unit 6 (Gloucester)
1610 Merivale Road (Nepean)
- Monster Halloween
2940 Baseline Road
110 Place d’Orléans Dr (Orléans)
- Party City
1872 Merivale Road – (613) 225-6086
1021 Cyrville Rd (Gloucester) – (613) 746-8705
2085 Tenth Line Road (Orleans) – (613) 590-9872
- Spirit Halloween Store
1695 Merivale Rd.
- Value Village
Check out your nearest store for a great deal!
Make sure to go early as the best costumes always go fast!
Have a fantastic Halloween in Ottawa! BOO!