Halloween is coming and there’s always a variety of ways to celebrate in spooky fashion, both in family-friendly affairs and testing your courage with some more grown-up scares. The following options are by no means the only activities available to you in Niagara Falls leading up to Halloween, but they’ll give you some appropriate thrills and scares.
• Cemetery Tours: night tours are the bread and butter of creepy nights out, and on October nights leading up to Halloween Niagara Falls Museums is running guided tours of the historic Drummond Hill Cemetery on Lundy’s Lane. Theatrical performances enliven the fare as well as providing a glimpse into the city’s history. Contact Niagara Falls Museums to purchase tickets.
• Pumpkin Festival: The 14th Annual Pumpkin Fest is on at Heartland Forest, off Queen Elizabeth Way, for one day (21 October). It’s not a traditional North American Halloween without a pumpkin and they’re in ample supply here, as well as local artisans, activities and festival rides. While it’s not the spookiest event on the menu, it’s free admission and a great local tradition.
• Rocky Horror: where would modern Halloween performances be without this 1970s cult classic? This will be the 15th annual production of Richard O’Brien’s take on the anarchic musical, playing at the Oh Canada Eh? Theatre from 27 October until 4 November. Take note that this is an adults-only show!
• Halloween Nightmares Style: The Nightmares Fear Factory is located near Clifton Hill, one of the best spots in Niagara Falls to find a group activity. This is more of the thrill-seeker variety than mini golf, though. This haunted house experience boasts having 140,000 notches on its belt of patrons who have ‘chickened out’ during the experience – will you enter the dark and find out if you’re one of them? The best time to go is, of course, on Halloween itself.
• Hunt Manor: Head further out along Lundy’s Lane to the Campark Resort and you’ll find a site dating back to the War of 1812. Haunt Manor is situated on a preserved farm with a variety of haunts to experience, including a corn maze and an unforgettable hayride. A multitude of actors and changing themes mean the show’s always evolving, but the high production means it may be a little too intense for small children. For the bold and the brave, Haunt Manor is open for business from 24 September until 30 October.