Halloween Fun

Mom and dad have gone out.
The babysitter has fallen asleep.
The phone is d-e-a-d …
* gasp *
Whatever you do, be very afraid … because Halloween season in Ottawa is coming to get you.  And there’s no end of opportunities to scare yourself silly. (Or is theeeere?) Whether you’re a hardcore horror movie fan and a zombie buff on the lookout for a night waaay out there or you’re planning a fun, seasonal family outing, this region is putting on the cobwebs and raising the pretend dead for Halloween Unlucky #2013.

He he he…. “It’s ALIVE!”

Fury of the Fallen: Rebirth of Chills for CHEO

The nightmare begins at Funhaven’s Fury of the Fallen: Rebirth of Chills for CHEO. This full-on horror experience for chill-seekers aged 14 and up is described as “disturbing, intense, graphic, and intended to inspire terror in anyone who enters.” (Gotcha!…) The infamous haunted house (run entirely by volunteers) at Funhaven, 1050 Baxter Road, is a fundraiser for CHEO and 50 percent of all ticket sales are donated directly. *Note: Although Fury of the Fallen is not intended for children, Funhaven will also be offering fun Halloween activities for youngsters daily on the weekend before Halloween.

Fury of the Fallen is offered from 6 to10 p.m. for 14 days. The schedule runs Saturday, October 12, Thursday to Sunday, October 17 to 20, and Thursday to Friday, October 24 to November 1. Tickets can be purchased at Funhaven or online for $10 each, or skip the line with a VIP ticket for $20. See www.Furyofthefallen.com.



The Haunted Walk’s Halloween Season

For dark-side adventures, it’s hard to beat the eerie offerings of Ottawa’s The Haunted Walk. There are four different “outings” from which to choose, including the Ghosts and the Gallows “Are You Afraid of the Dark” tour and the Original Haunted Walk “Canada’s Scariest Stories ” tour.  For something disturbingly different, you can try Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure!

(YES. … er … OH NO!) That’s the Diefenbuker, FYI, one of the coolest and most unnerving spots in Ottawa.

The ultimate haunted walk, though, is A Night in the Slammer. Yup. You can spend the night—if you dare—in a haunted jail! (Flannel jammies, stuffies and your blankie might come in handy at this sleepover…)   For details, see www.hauntedwalk.com/ottawahalloween.php

Nights at Saunders Farm

Bwahahaha … Horror and Fear and the pesky undead are having a grand old time at Saunders Farm¾and they’re waiting for you. Juicy. Succulent. You. Stumble your way around the Barn of Terror. Hike … okay, tiptoe … around Camp Slaughter. Climb aboard the Haunted Hayride and disappear into the woods. If you ever come back, you can see the Ghost Town Stage Show and the Gathering of Ghouls. Zombie paintball, an arghhcade and “the last ride” are also part of the scary shenanigans at this popular annual spooksite.  Kids of all ages love it! See www.saundersfarm.com for details.

The Spooky Wagon Ride™

The Spooky Wagon Ride™ at Cannamore Orchard in Crysler is an annual thrill for all ages. Offered through October 30, this fright fest includes The Spooky Village, Kids’ Spooky House, The Fog Maze and The House of Terror as well as the wagon ride. Witches? Coffin makers? Gypsies? Fortune tellers? Vampires? Yup. They’re all here. Main stage events, featuring Ottawa Valley talent, and locally produced crafts are also highlights of the popular event.  For details, check www.spookywagonride.com.

Pine Lodge Haunting

For an extra special spookathon, head to the Pine Lodge Haunting Saturday, October 26, in Bristol, Quebec. (The lodge is located about 45 minutes outside Ottawa at 6 Pine Lodge Road.) You can choose from daytime or evening festivities—or do both. During the day there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, two haunted houses, a trick or treat scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating contests, costume contests and a pumpkin bake off competition. A $5 admission fee covers all the fun. At night there will be two haunted walks through the 100-year-old building and grounds, as well as an amazing masquerade ball, complete with costume contest. Pine Lodge Haunting is a fundraiser for the local fire department and soup kitchen.
For details, see www.pine-lodge.ca.

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