Header photo by Brent Mckean
Happy Spooktober! 👻
Things always tend to get a little eerie at this time of the year, when the fog rolls in over the lake and all sorts of ghouls and ghosts follow in its path. There's no point in trying to run. Instead, join into these 23 Halloween attractions happening this year in Manitoba.
Freaky forests, mazes, barns and houses
Six Pines Haunted Attractions
3 haunted houses, 1 location! Six Pines Haunted Attractions is the place to go this Halloween for a variety of spooky events! During the daylight hours, the attraction is family-friendly with Mother Goose and her petting farm, pony rides and a curtain maze with FRIENDLY clowns (sure, sure). But as the sun lowers below the horizon, enter at your own risk to wander through the Twisted Barn of Boom. NEW this year is the Six Pines High, Camp Whispering Lake and the Carnevil of Souls. After a horrific toxic waste spill from the big corporation Saba Industries, the town of Lilyfield was transformed into a wasteland, with few surviving. Explore the town's camp, highschool and the carnival that was in town during the catastrophe...and be prepared to scream.
A Maze in Corn, St. Adolphe
Get a chill down your spine at the Haunted Forest at A Maze in Corn. While getting lost in a corn maze is already a quintessential fall tradition (and maybe a little thrilling in its own right), this attraction kicks things up a notch with a creepy forest that comes alive at sundown.
Terror on 12
Prepare yourself for an unforgettably hair-raising Terror On 12 experience! It’s time to put your courage to the test with a series of unexpected twists as you attempt to make your way across the haunted estate for an interactive, 40 minute ghostly adventure. To calm your nerves after the experience, treat yourself to hot drinks and food on site.
Between Brandon and Kemnay
Want to visit a Halloween attraction with a cause? Grim Acres is a spooky, haunted attraction that gives 100% of the proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society (there is no fee to enter, but you have the option of donating). Make your way through an abandoned 1400 sq. ft. house and explore three floors and several theme rooms of gruesome terror, screams and nightmares before entering a horrifying barn haunt. If you want to see the attraction without the scares, visit between 6 and 7 pm.
The Forbidden Forest & Haunted Hayride
Deer Meadow Farms
One of the top rated haunted attractions in Manitoba is back and ready to scare! Head to Deer Meadow Farms to take the Haunted Hayride to the entrance of the incredibly eerie Forbidden Forest, where your frightmare begins. Be prepared to see 10+ horrifying sets that include (spoiler alert) The Paths of the Dead, The Wolf's Lair, Pumpkin Scarecrow Lane, The Clown Box, The Castle, The Cemetery, and The Tunnel. Cue lightning strike!
Heebie Jeebies is back for a second year in what might just be the most frightening 20,000 square feet that you'll ever walk through. Try to sneak around the scarecrows in the Corn Stalkers, or try to find your way out of the backstage of a freak carnival at Circus Freakus. If you dare, Meet the Inbreds in a barn of horror and aim to get back to the car ASAP! And if you really haven't had enough yet: venture into the junkyard...you never know what you might find, or WHO might find you.
The Nightmare Factory
Station X Escape Rooms & Amusements, Deloraine
Is Deloraine the spookiest small town in Manitoba? See for yourself! The Nightmare Factory s a fundraising event from October 25 to 27 that will bring to a hidden factory, where the depraved Dr. Crowley has been manufacturing a nightmare narcotic to unleash upon society - the potent effects of which will make one's horrific nightmares a terrifying, waking reality.
Square Peg Tours, Winnipeg
Try to steady your trembling knees as you join Square Peg Tours on a tour of our haunted capital city, Winnipeg. The Broadway Ghost Walk will lead you down the iconic stretch where you will hear stories about ghostly experiences and have the chance to communicate with the spirit realm. On the Exchange District Ghost Tour, be escorted through the dark streets of this historic district by a shady guide and hear about some of Winnipeg's most haunted buildings.
Howlin’ Halloween Express or Igor’s Spooktacular Brunch
Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg
All aboard for a family friendly Howlin’ Halloween Express or Igor’s Spooktacular Lunch 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.
Winnipeg Ghost Tours
Winnipeg Trolley Company
Hop on the haunted trolley and discover the otherworldly spirits that roam the city with stops at the Dalnavert Museum (an eerie 19th century mansion), Seven Oaks House (Winnipeg's oldest and most haunted home) and The Fort Garry Hotel (no explanation needed, stay away from room 202). Along the way, you will learn about the bloody battles and gruesome executions in the early days of the Canadian West.
City of Ghosts Bus Tour / Talking to the Dead Bus Tour
Have you been in an old home or in a dark basement and felt goosebumps on the back of your neck...? The City of Ghosts Bus Tour explains paranormal activity with stops at two locations: the Vaughan Street Jail (not entered) and the haunted Fort Garry Hotel. If you want to take your paranormal investigations to the next level, brave the Talking to the Dead Bus Tour and use basic tools and techniques to capture evidence of spirit activity. Stops include the Manitoba Legislative Building, a mystery location (the suspense is killing us), the Vaughan Street Jail (not entered) and the Fort Garry Hotel.
Fright at the Museum
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie
Head to Fort La Reine to navigate your way through folklore as you meet the bone-chilling Grimm's Fairy Tale characters. You'll be tasked to complete riddles and return fairy tales back to their stores, or you can simply join into the many family-friendly activities available throughout the evening.
Marine Museum of Manitoba, Selkirk
It’s terror on the high seas 30 minutes north of Winnipeg, where the Halloween Haunt gives you a chance to explore the decks of a ghost ship. The M.S. Lady Canadian and the M.S. Joe Simpson are recommended for those who spook easily, while the S.S. Keenora boasts ghoulish beasties around every corner. Don't get sea sick (with fright)!
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
Trick-or-treat and howl to the moon at the Children's Museum Halloween Howl. Bring your kids and participate in spooktacular activities, try out a few ghoulish crafts, and enjoy “fangtastic” family entertainment.
Transcona Museum, Winnipeg
Transcona Museum is the place to be this Halloween, with a fabulously frightening variety of kid-friendly crafts, games and activities throughout the galleries. Oh, and of course treats!
Howling Halloween Family Fest
Owls, birds, bats - oh my! There’s something inherently freaky about forests, don’t you agree? Sure, they tend to be rather peaceful...but you never know what you might encounter. In the case of FortWhyte Alive, it’s probably a squirrel or a deer. This family festival includes lessons on animals that howl and visits to the spooky sod house.
Run 5k or 10k from those that lurk in the shadows of the woods at FortWhye Alive's Frightening Fiver, guided by only a headlamp. If you make it out, you'll be rewarded with smokies and s'mores by the cozy bonfire! Don't forget to wear your most running-friendly costume.
Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh has all you need for some good ol' fashioned Halloween fun. Don a costume and go trick or treating in the marsh, make a halloween craft and decorate your own pumpkin or gourd.
Kid's Halloween Fun Day
Bring your kids and join into ghoulish games at the La Riviere Kid's Halloween Fun Day. The event features food, prizes, a bouncy castle, costume contest, pumpkin decorating and of course a haunted house.
If there's any town that's embracing Halloween, it's Deloraine! Maybe they have a high population of vampires, witches and warlocks? There are several weekend activities to scream about: from a pumpkin walk and children's carnival to a kid's haunt and the first inaugural Deloween After Dark costume social.
Pumpkin Carving Party
Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, Glenlea
BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) or purchase one on site for this Pumpkin Carving Party at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. Costumes are encouraged!
Trick or Treat at the Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Dress up in costume (tigers, polar bears, monkeys and wolves all seem appropriate here) and head to the Zoo for a day of family-friendly trick-or-treating. As a cute bonus, see the animals get some special Halloween treats.
Halloween at the Hill
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to this Halloween event at Birds Hill Provincial Park. Help save Betty the Bat from the White-nose Fun-guy (you know he's evil with a name like that) and enjoy face painting, crafts, a bonfire and a haunted forest.