It’s hard to believe that Halloween is nearly here, and it won’t be long before the stores are in full-on Christmas mode.
This year I have really enjoyed the fall season with my family. We’ve made Halloween cookies, painted pumpkins, explored a pumpkin patch, and had fun choosing costumes (and wearing them all month!)
Halloween used to be all about trick-or-treating. It was a one-day event that didn’t require much effort and brought communities together in the name of candy and nightmarish decor.
Now there are plenty of options beyond trick-or-treating for those that prefer to stay out of the cold, may have allergies or food sensitivities, or want to add some additional fun.
Below I have curated a list of seven nearby events to celebrate Halloween in the upcoming days.
Halloween Boo Bash: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Bulldog Fitness from 10 to 11 a.m.
Guelph Moms and Co is hosting a morning of fun for toddlers and preschoolers, with treats, games and face painting. Find out more about the event here.
Pumpkin Patch Express: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Stone Road Mall from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ride the “Pumpkin Patch Express”, operating all day at the mall, and receive a free treat. From 6 to 8 p.m. go trick-or-treating at participating stores, while quantities last. Find out more about the event here.
Virtually Haunted at Ctrl V: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at CTRL V from 7 p.m. to midnight
This event is for those that are 18+ (or parental supervision is required). A spooky event where you can enjoy some scary virtual reality. Find out more about the event here.
Halloween Murder Mystery: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at The Boardroom - Guelph’s Game Cafe from 6 to 10 p.m.
A unique Halloween experience for those that enjoy a bit of murder mystery. Tickets are $25 and include a meal. Tickets are limited and on sale until Sunday! Find out more here.
Pumpkin Promenade: Friday, Nov. 3 at Tytler Public School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group is hosting a spooky walk lit by hundreds of spooky jack-o-lanterns. Find out more about the event here.
The Nightmare Before Christmas Experience: Nightly until Halloween night from 7 to 9 p.m. at 20 Fox Run Drive
A unique Halloween experience that pays tribute to the 1993 Tim Burton Film The Nightmare Before Christmas. To see a recent GuelphToday article on this spectacle click here. This event is free and meant for all ages to enjoy.
Trunk or Treat at Forward Church: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kitchener and Cambridge Forward Church Locations
A fun event for the family to dress-up and fill their bags with goodies and play fun carnival-style games. No RSVP required and all are welcome. Find out more here.
I hope your family enjoys Halloween this year! Have a safe and fun night, whatever you decide to do.