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Mom of the house: Halloween is more than just trick-or-treating

Seven hauntingly fun Halloween activities
2017-10-24 Mom of the House Halloween
Penny and Georgia dressed as Batgirls for Halloween. Photo provided by Brianna Bell

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.