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5 Scary Things To Do This Halloween In Ottawa

Tracy Arnett

Determination and drive come naturally to Tracy...

Determination and drive come naturally to Tracy...

Oct 26 3 minutes read

Get your scare on

If you love a good scare, Halloween is for you and Ottawa has got plenty of things to do, see and take part in to get your adrenalin flowing. Here are five to check out.


No. 1: The Halloween horror flick

Probably one of the most obvious is checking out the anniversary edition of Halloween the movie. It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. In this latest incarnation of the slasher classic, Curtis reprises her role for what is described as her final confrontation with Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree. It’s playing everywhere.


No. 2: Bunker zombies

The story goes that more than 20 years ago a science experiment went horribly wrong at the Diefenbunker in Carp. Now, using the latest in time-travel technology, visitors will journey back and discover the bunker’s most shocking secret. Partnering with The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, the bunker presents Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure. Guests will be led on an interactive adventure with the undead, deep inside the labyrinth that is the Cold War Museum. It’s billed as a perfect combination of storytelling, interactive challenges, unexpected surprises and of course… zombies. Details here. 


No. 3: Other haunted walks

Speaking of The Haunted Walk, there are several you can experience, from the mild-mannered original haunted walk that takes in favourite Ottawa ghost stories and the downtown buildings they’re connected to (three ghosts out of five on the spookiness scale) to tours of the infamous old Carleton County Jail, where you can even spend a night in a cell (five ghosts out of five). Details here. You can even book an Escape Room at the jail!


No. 4: Fright fest

Definitely not for the faint of heart, Fright Fest is meant to, well, frighten. At night, Saunders Farm is transformed into a haunt zone that includes a haunted hayride, barn of terror, shambles, the coven, carnival fear tent, the maze, cemetery scare zone, as well as live shows, street theater, a tavern and more. Details here.


No. 5: Skreamers

Not to be outdone, strange things are happening at the Proulx Farm in Orléans. It’s said that local residents and rival farmers have long suspected that something unnatural has been happening at the farm, with reports of blood-curdling screams, a foul stench, unexplained power outages, and inexplicably lush & large crops. No proof of foul play has ever been found, apparently until now. What will you find out in the woods? Details here.


For more (and possibly less scary) Halloween events, check out Ottawa Tourism's website here.

Go out and have fun this fall in Ottawa!

-Check Out Our Previous Blog Post: 6 Local Activities You Need To Do This Fall Season

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