Gruesome thrills and ghastly chills around Manitoba There’s a chill in the air, the evenings are getting shorter, and the leaves covering the lawns have changed from gold to bleary brown. Coupled with the sudden influx of flyers for costume shops and candy discounts, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner! Here is our eerie itinerary of twisted traditions and freaky fun.

Spooky parks

Boo at the Zoo

Oct 18 to 28 | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg  Kids of all ages love Boo at the Zoo’s interactive displays and living tableaux. Tour the winding pathways alongside witches, werewolves and other oogie-boogies, then get your fun-fix on the midway rides or test your mettle in the haunted house. Just remember to give yourself lots of time — last year’s installment drew record attendance numbers, so there are likely to be lineups.

Oak Hammock Marsh Halloween Party

Oct 28 | Oak Hammock Marsh Take part in costume parades, scavenger hunts, and gourd-decorating workshops at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Go back to nature via creature-features packed with fascinating facts about bats, spiders and owls.

Haunted forests, mazes and barns

Haunted Forest

Thu to Sun until Oct 28 | A Maze in Corn, St. Adolphe Getting lost in a corn maze is already a can’t fail fall tradition, but A Maze in Corn kicks things up a notch with their Haunted Forest. Those brave enough to venture into the woods at night will want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs — we’re told the forest comes alive with macabre monsters that can’t wait to feast on your screams. And even if you’re there for a daytime visit, you can still enjoy the nearby pumpkin patch, petting zoo and zip-line tours.

Murray’s Halloween Maze

Fri to Sun until Oct 28 | Boonstra Farms, Stonewall More maze-related fun — this time just north of Winnipeg, where Murray’s football-themed labyrinth includes visits to the Tower of Terror, the Hearse of Horror, the Headless Horseman, and a gruesome guillotine. During the day, there’s also a petting zoo, hayrides, and a bale pyramid — not to mention a rather ominous sounding Black Hole.

Six Pines Haunted Attractions

Until Oct 31 | Winnipeg Get your fear on at Six Pines Haunted Attractions! This annual haunt has grown for years into an interactive experience for families offering trick-or-treat fun with a variety of spook-tacular events for boys and ghouls of all ages.

Macabre music and dance

The Princess and the Goblin

Oct 17 to 21 | Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg The RWB presents the Canadian premiere of dance iconoclast Twylla Tharp’s latest work. This fleet-footed fairy tale is adapted from Victorian writer George MacDonald’s 1872 novel, about a princess who goes toe-to-toe with goblins who keep kidnapping her village’s children.

Family Halloween Social

Oct 26 | The German Club, Winnipeg The German Society of Winnipeg is holding a dry, family friendly Halloween social to fund raise for the Heidschnucken Dancers. There will be door prizes, prizes for best, scariest and most original costumes, games and much more! Admission is $5 (kids 11 and under are free). Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 204.589.7724 for tickets.

Halloween Hoopla: Concerts for Kids

Oct 28 | Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Richard Lee scare up an afternoon of silly chills and spills — with help from Bald Mountain’s newest broom wrangler, Bob Berky the clown. Bring the kids (in their costumes!) an hour early so they can take part in crafts and music demos, sharpen their baton skills at the Conductor Station or play the field at the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Mysterious museums

Halloween Haunt

Oct 19 to 21; 26 to 28 | Marine Museum of Manitoba, Selkirk  It’s terror on the high seas 30 minutes north from Winnipeg at Selkirk’s Marine Museum of Manitoba, where the annual Halloween Haunt gives guests a chance to explore the decks of a bona fide ghost ship. There are two ships to choose from — the M.S. Lady Canadian is recommended for those who spook easily, while the S.S. Keenora boasts ghoulish beasties around every corner.

Haunted Hangar

Oct 26 |  Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg The hangar is a perfect setting for a haunted evening of airplane ghost stories, spooky music and trick or treating, and a graveyard too.

Halloween Howl

Oct 26 | Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin The kids will have a screaming blast at the museum’s Halloween Howl. The entire family can enjoy crafts, games, mini trick-or-treating, and haunted house tours.

Halloween Howl

Oct 27 | Children’s Museum, Winnipeg Go trick-or-treating through the Museum’s ghastly galleries, take part in creepy craft demonstrations and learn how to make your own slippery slime. Highlights include a live reptile display, spooky science experiments, a monster-assisted musical jam and even a visit from some real life owls.

Ghouls, Zombies and Witches

Oct 28 to 29 | New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli  The museum is being transformed into an eerie place complete with ghouls, zombies, a witch or two and a spider named Hairy. Join us from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a fun and frightening time at the museum!

Ghostly tours

Ghost tours at Lower Fort Garry

Oct 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 | Lower Fort Garry With nearly two centuries of fur trade history on-site, Lower Fort Garry has more than its share of the dark and mysterious. Sign up for a Ghost Tour at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and get ready to sample the spooky side of this historical location.

Historical Haunted Winnipeg Tour

Tue and Fri | Winnipeg Hop on the haunted bus to see some of Winnipeg’s scariest spots in this tour. This family friendly tour includes a visit to the Vaughan Street Jail, Manitoba Museum, the Fort Garry Hotel and other spooky sites.

Howlin’ Halloween Express

Oct 20, 21, 27, 28 | Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg All aboard for a family friendly train ride from Winnipeg’s Inkster Junction to nearby Grosse Isle, where kids can compete in a costume contest, enjoy a hot dog lunch, and pay a visit to Igor’s haunted workshop.

Haunted Winnipeg vigils and tours

Oct 26 to 31 | Various locations, Winnipeg Catch up with some old ghosts while touring a haunted historic site, or make contact with the other side during a séance led by a paranormal medium. There’s a vigil scheduled for Oct 26 (at the Marlborough Hotel), tours on Oct 27 (Pantages Playhouse) and Oct 29 (St. Boniface Museum), and on Halloween, you can take a Haunted Bus Tour to a host of spooky spots. Whew! That's a whole lot of scary! What's on your Halloween "must do" list? Do you like getting the bejesus scared out of you?  Have you visited one of these events/places yet? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope it's a frightfully fantastic one.