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Halloween Howls All Month Long

Published: 10/07/2010

It's impossible not to love a holiday that involves mini Oh Henry! chocolate bars. And fit-in-your pocket packs of Twizzlers. And single servings of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. But I digress. The spirit of Halloween has oozed like a blob, growing from a single night of revelry a year into a month-long celebration of all things eerie.

Looking for an excuse to wear that costume more than once? Head to Boo at the Zoo at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The grounds of the zoo get transformed into a playground of ghoulish fun for two weeks of the year. Wind your way through Witches Walk, the Gypsy Village, Indiana Bones and the Swamp Maze. Be sure to visit Captain Jack Scarecrow and his band of merry swashbucklers. There's also more than one place where you'll be, er, um, surprised as the characters come to life. If that's a little too much for your crew, plan to visit on Toddler Tuesdays. If you prefer a little more chilling of the spine, come to Boo at the Zoo on Frightening Fridays and take in The Sideshow, a place where only adults can test their bravery. Need a break from all this eerie entertainment? Stop in at the Animal Tracks CafĂ© for a bite. Just be sure to leave room for mini donuts!

If these walls could talk! The mighty stone walls at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site certainly have tales to tell. Listen closely during The Ghost Tours. The candlelight tours often reveal secrets from the past. Who know who you might bump in to? Afterward, let the bonfire warm your toes while spooky tales chill your spine.

How would you like to spend the day with Grizelda the Ghastly Gourmet, Dracula, the Wolfman and Captain Hook? Every October on a farm just outside Winnipeg, these characters and many more of a ghastly persuasion come to life at Six Pines Ranch for a family-friendly event. And because the doors close before the sun goes down, it's a great outing for family members of all ages. Or do the doors close? Six Pines has added evening hauntings for adults only on Friday and Saturday nights. So if you haven't had enough frights in the daylight, come back for a ride on the Terror Train or a stroll through the Twisted Barn of Doom.

What's that rustling in the drying corn? If the panic of finding your way through a corn maze isn't quiet enough of a fright for you, try doing it with characters that pop up along the way. The hair-raising residents of The Haunted Forest at A Maze In Corn will make you think twice about turning the corner. Afternoon visits are recommended for younger folks while those who are really brave can stay until the 10 p.m. closing time.

They've come up from Davy Jones' locker to rattle the chains and put a fright into landlubbers everywhere. The lost souls of Lake Winnipeg ghost ships are restless in October. Visit the Marine Museum in Selkirk to celebrate the sinister month aboard haunted ships. Only the bravest are invited about the S.S. Keenora where there's evil lurking on every deck. Keep your wee ones off the ship! The M.S. Lady Canadian is for younger sailors to enjoy. There will be no ghosts making contact about this ship. A third ship hosts crafts and games for trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy.

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