It’s bound to be a noisy week in Manitoba. First will be the howls and screeches from our various haunted attractions, followed by the sound of cheers at sports games happening throughout the province. And this, all while audiences have a good ol’ laugh at comedic shows rolling into town. Ready to join into the fun? Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

All aboard The Howlin’ Halloween Express


October 22
Inkster Junction Station

Don your costume and climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central for a ride of fright and brunch. It may be early, but Igor is loose on the train and he’s sure to give you a scare if you don’t see him coming. Chris Without the Hat will entertain with amazing juggling and caricatures will be offered to all on board.

Celebrate the migration at Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of migrating birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend Astronomy Night: Migration on October 19 and get to know some of the brightest constellations in the dark autumn sky that help birds navigate. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky. On October 22, say goodbye to the birds with classical music performed by musicians from the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Howl with the wolves

Wolf & Carnivore Conference in Thompson

October 18 to 19

The 2nd international International Wolf & Carnivore Conference is kicking off in Thompson on October 18 and 19, with world class wolf and polar bear experts gathering from around the world. An air charter to see polar bears in Churchill will be available.

Examine the joys, foibles, and tragedies of Canada

Canada, It's Complicated

October 18 and 19
Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie

With a cast of 7 multi-talented comedic performers, Canada, It’s Complicated will have you roaring in your seat to sketches and satirical songs that look at all of Canada as it is today, and in the future. Check out the show in Winnipeg at the West End Cultural Centre on October 18 and in Portage la Prairie at the William Glesby Centre on October 19.

Have a spooky weekend at the zoo

October 21 and 22
Assiniboine Park Zoo

Head to the zoo for a spooky experience every weekend in the month of October! The very scary Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit will be specially decorated for the season, while extra activities include face painting, ghost story time and creepy animal keeper talks. October 21 and 22 features special keeper talks on snow leopards.

Feel the terror on 12


October 20 to 22

Come one, come all to one of the spookiest attractions that Manitoba has to offer. Terror on 12 comes to life in October with a hair-raising, terrifying experience in a haunted estate. It’s freakishly frightening, and perfect for those who love a good thrill around Halloween. Hot drinks and food on site.

Get a scare at Six Pines

Six Pines Haunted Attractions

Oct 13-15, 19-22

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.  By day, the haunted attraction is family-friendly with Mother Goose and her petting farm, pony rides and a curtain maze with FRIENDLY clowns. By night, scare yourself silly with a visit to the Twisted Barn of Doom: “Hillbilly Manor”, the Voodoo Train and carnEvil – Fear the clowns. (Ugh, scary clowns. As if IT wasn’t enough this year.)

Witness the resurgence

On until April 8, 2018
Winnipeg Art Gallery

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is one show you simply can’t miss. The exhibit brings together 29 emerging-to-established Indigenous artists who are pushing boundaries with their work. Expressing political insurgency and cultural resurgence, the mixed media exhibit depicts the need to shift the Canadian paradigm. Curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Naga. Please note that the Winnipeg Art Gallery is closed for maintenance October 17 to 19.

Dare to discover Dracula

Various dates
Dalnavert Museum

How much do you know about Dracula? On October 15, 22 and 29 the Dalnavert Museum is offering an in-depth look at the novel by Bram Stoker with a talk by Professor Vanessa Warne, who teaches Victorian Studies at the University of Manitoba. For a more intimate (and scary) experience, dare to explore the mansion with a flashlight to uncover clues at DRACULA UNEARTHED, happening on various dates between October 19 and 31.

Walk with haunting spirits

Fort la Reine Ghost Walk

October 21 and 28
Fort la Reine Museum

Haunting spirits, creeping zombies and cawing ravens will keep you company as you trick or treat on a Ghost Walk through the candlelit Museum Village. You’re invited to dress up in ghostly garb, walk through the Living Dead Forbidden Forest and gather around the cauldron to meet the spooky villagers, all while enjoying free hot chocolate.

Fall in love with Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Love at Manitoba Theatre Company

October 19 to November 11
John Hirsch Mainstage

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love will have audiences swooning over a budding Shakespeare, in his days of writing Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Facing a bout of writer’s block, Shakespeare is in search of inspiration – and that’s where Viola de Lesseps comes in. Fall in love with this tale of forbidden romance at the John Hirsch Mainstage.

Sail into terror

October 20 to 22
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 bona fide ghost ship. The M.S. Lady Canadian is recommended for those who spook easily, while the S.S. Keenora boasts ghoulish beasties around every corner. (It looks horrifically frightening.)

Learn, watch and network at the Manitoba Showcase

Manitoba Showcase in Russell

October 19 to 22

It’s that time of the year again! The Manitoba Arts Network has invited some of the best Canadian talent to showcase their work for arts organizations across the province. Attendees can watch 15 incredible performances, attend professional development workshops, admire visual art and network with other arts professionals. All shows are open to the public.

Catch a circus act

Circus Incognitus

October 20 to 29
Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Jamie Adkins likes to do things the hard way – which is why you know his show is definitely not going to go well. Enjoy a laugh with the family as Adkins wrangles an animated chair, tussles with a pesky hat and catches lemons with a fork. It’s a crazy, one-man marvel show!

Get the (craft) show on the road


Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year.  That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.

October 21

Winnipeg: Fort Garry United Church All-Handmade Craft Sale, Fort Garry United Church 800 Point Road

MorrisFall into Christmas EXPO, Morris Multiplex

BrandonBrandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre

October 22

BrandonBrandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre

RestonChristmas in the Country Trade Show 2014, Reston Curling Rink

Take an autumn road trip to Holland

There’s nothing like quite an autumnal road trip. Set your sights on the small town of Holland to see the windmill roadside attraction and to take a stroll through this quaint community. The Tiger Hills Art Gallery holds a small shop with local products, while this month’s exhibit is a mixed media showcase of Canadian pride.  Don’t leave without a visit to the Our Lady of Prairies Trappist Monastery, which sells homemade oka cheese between 2pm – 5pm, Monday – Saturday

Cheer on those feisty Jets


October 17 and 20
MTS Centre

The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 17 and the Minnesota Wild on October 20. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at the MTS Centre’s surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries.

Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon


October 20 and 21
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Will drive for hockey? Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Vancouver Giants on October 20 and the Victoria Royals on October 21.

Learn to improvise


October 17 to 21
The Gas Station Arts Centre

There will be no shortage of laughs this weekend at the Winnipeg If…Improv Festival. What if you had to make up a theatrical play right on the spot? Could you do it? The Winnipeg If Festival celebrates just that. Watch some of the best improv performers from Manitoba and beyond as they collaborate live on stage to create dialogue, story and characters without use of a written script. Get ready for a standing ovation!

Head to Lower Fort Garry for a haunted circus


October 20 and 21
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada, St. Andrews

Get ready for the fright of your life at Lower Fort GarryFright Night at the Fort returns with an invitation from the governor to a haunted circus, where everything that can go awry does.

Hear stories of the mysterious sky


October (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm)
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Museums house the histories of our past, but every artifact holds stories hidden from the public eye. The life of a pilot in the age of aerial exploration was filled with adventure, but also rife with mystery and danger. From flying saucers to unfortunate final flights, discover the secrets behind some of Canada’s most unique aircraft. Guided tours launch at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays. Climb aboard!

Get your fill at a fall supper


Various dates and locations

Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long-standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.

October 20Minnedosa United Church Fall Supper

October 21Charleswood United Church Fall Supper, Great Falls Annual Fall SupperFraternal Order of Eagles # 3870 Fall Supper, Fraserwood Fall Supper & DanceRoland Fall SupperPlum Coulee Fall SupperPiney Fall SupperSt James Anglican Church Fall Supper

October 22Benito United Church Fall Supper, Anola Fall SupperRoseau River Bible Camp Fall SupperProject New Hope Fall SupperMary, Mother of the Church Fall SupperKillarney United Church Fall SupperSt Eugene Roman Catholic Church Fall SupperUnited Church in Meadowood Fall SupperWest St. Paul Lion’s Club Fall Supper

Hit the FLASH fest


Flash Photographic Fest Facebook page

October 10 to 12
Various venues, Winnipeg

The FLASH Photographic Festival is on now at various venues throughout the city. For the month of October, Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and of all genres will have their works featured. For details of venues, click here.

Get to know Gracie


On until October 29
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

The Prairie Theatre Exchange is back for another phenomenal season. Gracie tells the story of a girl who grows up in a polygamous community. Gracie lives a full and irrepressible life surrounded by family and faith. By age 15, however, marriage is on the table and with increasing pressure on her, Gracie must decide whether to step outside the world she is used to, or conform.