It’s the most terrifying time of the year, and ghastly characters are out and about in Manitoba. From clowns at the legendary Six Pines Haunted Attraction, to ghosts at the historic Fort la Reine, there’s just no escaping the fact that Halloween is here. If the thought alone gets your heart racing, can we recommend exposure therapy? Don your favourite costume and brave one of these horrifying Halloween attractions…
Haunted forests, mazes, barns and houses
Six Pines Haunted Attractions
Night time: Oct 13-15, 19-22 & 26-31 | Day time: Oct 14, 21, 22, 28 & 29 | Six Pines, Winnipeg
Thursday to Sunday in October | 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 who 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
Friday, Saturdays and Sundays starting October 14 | Boonstra Farms, Stonewall
More maze-related fun — this time just north of Winnipeg — where Murray’s labyrinth includes visits to the Tower of Terror. During the day, there’s also a petting zoo and hayrides — not to mention a rather ominous-sounding Black Hole and Hearse of Horror.
Terror on 12
October 13-15, 20-22 & 27-29| Anola
Prepare yourself for an unforgettably hair-raising Terror On 12 experience! It’s time to put your courage to the test with new and unexpected twists and freakishly frightening features as you attempt to make your way across the haunted estate for an interactive ghostly adventure. Should you succeed, treat yourself to hot drinks and food on site.
October 28 to 30 | Between Brandon and Kemnay
With the goal of “scaring away cancer”, Grim Acres is a spooky, haunted attraction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. 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.
October 26 to 31 | Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
Tip-toe through the bowels of this historic theatre and encounter ghosts of performances past and ethereal souls with shattered dreams. This immersive experience puts a theatrical twist on a traditional haunted house.
Haunted Winnipeg vigils and tours
Various dates, Square Peg Tours, Winnipeg
Hop on the haunted bus to see some of Winnipeg’s scariest spots on a Haunted Winnipeg Tour. These tours include visits to the Dalnavert Museum, the Manitoba Legislative Building, 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 get the chance to try communicating with the dead. Be warned, these tours are not for the faint of heart.
Howlin’ Halloween Express or Igor’s Spooktacular Brunch
October 21, 22, 28, 29 | Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg
All aboard for a family friendly Howlin’ Halloween Express or Igor’s Spooktacular Brunch 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.
October 21 and 28 | Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie
Haunting spirits, creeping zombies and cawing ravens will keep you company as you trick or treat on a Ghost Walk through the candlelit Sleepy Hollow Museum Village. At this two-day event, you’re invited to dress up in ghostly garb, walk through the Living Dead Forbidden Forest, gather around the cauldron, or meet the spooky villagers.
DRACULA SPEAKS and DRACULA UNEARTHED
Various dates between October 15 and 31 | Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
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.
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 | 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).
October 28 | Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
Trick-or-treat around the Museum’s ghastly galleries, participate in spooktacular activities, try out a few ghoulish craft, and enjoy “fangtastic” family entertainment.
Mysterious Skies and Museum Secrets
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in October| Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Join the Museum Secrets tour and see haunted airplanes, unidentified flying objects and the unfortunate final flights made by some of the aircraft in their collection.
Halloween in the Forest
Oct 29 | FortWhyte Alive
There’s something inherently freaky about forests, don’t you agree? Sure, they tend to be quiet and peaceful – but you never know what’s lurking behind the next tree. In the case of FortWhyte Alive, it’s probably a squirrel or a deer. Join in some Halloween fun and take part in a forest scavenger hunt or stop by the spooky Sod House.
Oct 29 | Oak Hammock Marsh
Got a doorstep but no pumpkin? Decorate your own pumpkin or gourd at Oak Hammock Marsh and learn to make fabulous designs without the sticky mess. All supplies are provided!
Fear the Waking Dead
Oct 13-15, 20-22 & 27-31| Adrenaline Adventures
Since the zombie outbreak a few years ago at Fun Mountain, the military has managed to herd the last of the undead to Adrenaline Adventures and is seeking daring volunteers to test the limits of the terrifying environment. Select groups of thrill seekers will test how zombies react to humans, and of course, how humans react to the different types of zombies. In the end, it’s up to each individual to make it out alive. Will you accept the challenge?
Oct 31 | Centennial Concert Hall
The Centennial Concert Hall will be completely transformed into a haunted house, with a spectacular fashion show set against the backdrop of haunting music from H.K. Gruber’s Frankenstein, performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Hope you have a frightfully fantastic one!