Are your kids getting too old for your yearly visits to the pumpkin patch? If you’re looking for some spooky fun to get your family in the Halloween mood, here are our suggestions for scary Halloween events and attractions that tweens and teens will love.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON
A visit to Canada’s Wonderland during their annual Halloween Haunt event includes much more than theme park rides. With 4 creepy scare zones in the park, 10 haunted mazes, over 700 monsters roaming the park and a new Zombies 4D ride, there’s lots of scares to be had. Recommended for ages 13 and up, but you can see some of the spooky displays if you visit Canada’s Wonderland during the day on the weekend of October 24 and 25.
Halloween Haunt runs from 7pm until midnight on select nights in October. Remaining nights for Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland are Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26 and Friday, October 31.
Haunted Halloween Weekend in Algonquin Park, ON
Mew Lake Campground in Algonquin Park is the site of Halloween Haunted Weekend activities for the whole family. Activities include a creepy campfire with spider weiners and ghostly marshmallows, an owl prowl guided evening walk, spookiest campsite and best costume contests and a wolf howl.
Events take place during the evening of Friday, October 24 and all day on Saturday, October 25.
Kreepy Kortright in Woodbridge, ON
Visit Kortright Centre for Conservation for their Kreepy Kortright event. Enjoy a haunted maze, a frightening forest walk, scary stories around the campfire, Halloween activities and live owls. Suitable for kids 12 and under, must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Takes place Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 from 6pm-9m.
Haunted High Park in Toronto, ON
Explore Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night for a Haunted High Park event and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park. Period refreshments included.
A family-friendly version takes place on Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 to 7:30 pm and 8 to 9 pm. Other dates are available for ages 18 and up only.
Fort York After Dark Lantern Tours in Toronto, ON
During the Fork York After Dark Lantern Tours, you will tour the fort’s grounds at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it, including stories about the haunted lighthouse and the bloody Battle of York. The tour also includes a visit to two military cemeteries near the Fort. Not recommended for kids under 8.
Tours take place Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Fort Fright at Fort Henry in Kingston, ON
Prepare to be scared as you wander through the haunted hallways and dark ditches of Fort Henry during their Fort Fright nights. A “safe pass” is available to purchase for kids so they can enjoy the event without becoming too scared. (No word on the availability of the safe pass for nervous adults though!)
Event runs nightly from Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, November 1, from 7pm to 10pm.
Haunting Season at Saunders Farm in Ottawa, ON
During the day, there’s lots of kid-friendly fun and mild scares at Saunders Farm including mazes to explore, a haunted hayride and the Barn of Terror (recommended of ages 10 and up). The fear factor increases significantly at night during the Fright Fest Scream Park events – most of these activities are more suited to teens and adults.
Saunders Farm is open weekends through to November 2. Fright Fest is open on Fridays and Saturdays in October from 6pm to 10pm and evenings during Halloween week from 6pm to 9pm.
Halloween at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, QC
Visit the Plains of Abraham for a variety of family-friendly Halloween activities, including a Haunted Tower, Ghoulish Walk guided lantern walk, a Bewitching family tour and scary decor in the Joan of Arc Garden.
Tour the Joan of Arc garden for free during the day or evening until November 1. Dates for other events take place afternoons or evenings from October 24 to 26, October 30 and 31 and November 1 and 2.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum in Burnaby, BC
Burnaby Village Museum is holding a family-friendly Haunted Village event based on a theme of crows and Victorian steam punk. The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be adorned in a ghoulish and spooky yet fun way.
This event runs nightly from 6pm to 9pm from Thursday, October 23 to Sunday, October 26.
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train in Vancouver, BC
The Stanley Park Ghost Train takes riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, themed by Halloween and other creepy tales. This year’s theme is Mother Goose’s Ghostly Garden. Other activities include a lantern-lit nature walk, pumpkin carving and a Halloween costume contest.
The Ghost Train operates daily in the evenings until Saturday, November 1, 2014. There are also daytime rides on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm, but without the live performances.
And, here’s a bonus idea for really brave thrill seekers…
Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, ON
For the ultimate scary adventure, if you have a VERY brave tween or teen (who is not prone to nightmares) you might want to consider a visit to Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls. Open year round, the minimum age for this scary attraction is 8, but I’m guessing you’ll want to wait until your kids are older than that – perhaps teenagers when they’re old enough to go without you (?!)
Check out the video below for an idea of what’s in store at Nightmares Fear Factory – I have no idea what those people are looking at, but some of them look pretty terrified!
Note: Pre-registration or advance tickets are required for many of these events – be sure to check the websites for further details to avoid disappointment!
Which of these Halloween events and attractions would you like to visit this year? Do you have any other tween-friendly Halloween haunts to recommend?
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)