Howl around at these October fright fests 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

Murder in the Sands – Murder mystery guided hike

Oct 19 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. | Spirit Sands Trailhead, Spruce Woods Provincial Park Help the park interpreters solve the mystery of Stewie the Skink by finding clues along the trail and determine the culprit. Be sure to bring a flashlight and wear hiking shoes for this 3km hike.

Halloween at the Hill

Oct 267:00 to 9:00 p.m.Birds Hill Park Ranch, Birds Hill Provincial Park Calling all ghosts and goblins!  It’s that spooky time of year again when we gather at Birds Hill to hunt for creatures of the night and find out how to stop the evil witch from casting her magic spell. Wear your costume, if you dare, and take in the guided witch’s walk, face painting, campfire, crafts and haunted forest. For more info, call 204-654-6739 or email  Lindsey.Mitton@gov.mb.ca. For a small fee the Birds Hill Park Ranch will be offering hay rides throughout the event.

Halloween Party & Pumpkin/Gourd Decorating Workshop

Oct 27 Oak Hammock Marsh Take part in a Halloween scavenger hunt, costume parade and enjoy gooey goodies for kids. Decorate your own pumpkin or gourd and learn to make fabulous designs without the sticky mess. Pre-registration is required. Workshop fee is $10 plus admission. For more info, visit Oak Hammock Marsh.

Haunted forests, mazes and barns

Six Pines Haunted Attractions

Oct 4 to 31 | Six Pines, 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.

Haunted Forest

Oct 5 to 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 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.

Mysterious museums

Halloween Howl

Oct 26 | Children’s Museum, Winnipeg Trick-or-treat around the Museum’s ghastly galleries, participate in spooktacular activities, try out a few ghoulish crafts, and enjoy fangtastic family entertainment.

Haunted Hangar

Oct 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg The hangar is a perfect setting for a haunted evening of ghost stories about haunted planes, UFOs and other mysteries with spooky music and trick or treating. For more info and to register, call 204-786-0730, email programs@wcam.mb.ca or visit wcam.mb.ca.

Halloween Haunt

Oct 18, 25 | 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.

Fright Night at the Museum

Oct 26 to 29 | New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli Be there if you dare!! The entire New Iceland Heritage Museum is transformed into a haunting adventure where surprises await you around every corner!

Ghostly tours

Fright at the Fort

Oct 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 | Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site Lower Fort Garry has cranked up its annual Halloween program with a brand new, blood-curdling experience called “Fright at the Fort.” See history and horror come to life with a frightfully thrilling tour through the old stone fort, one of the oldest collections of stone buildings in western Canada and a truly spooky location. Along the way, you’ll encounter Lower Fort Garry’s ghostly inhabitants and hear stories from its ghoulish past.

Haunted Winnipeg vigils and tours

Heartland International Travel & Tours, Winnipeg Hop on the haunted bus to see some of Winnipeg’s scariest spots on a Haunted Winnipeg Tour. The tours include visits to the Vaughan Street Jail, Manitoba Museum, the Fort Garry Hotel and other spooky sites. Sign up before it’s too late and join in on the most unique paranormal tours in Canada where you will not only hear of ghost tales but also try your hand at communicating with the dead. Be warned, these tours are not for the faint-hearted.

Howlin’ Halloween Express

Oct 19, 20, 26, 27 | Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg All aboard for a family friendly Howlin' Halloween Express train ride! Keep your eyes peeled for Igor as he makes his way through the coaches choosing his favourite costumes and awarding prizes and goodies. Just a quick turnaround at Grosse Isle for freshly prepared hot dogs and refreshments before heading back to Igor's Haunted Workshop! Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope it's a frightfully fantastic one.