If thrills and chills are right up your alley, give yourself a scare this Halloween with one of Manitoba's many macabre events that test the limits of all things creepy. From zombies and ghouls to vampires and clowns, there's something (...or someone) to truly terrify everyone - just be sure to check the dates and times before proceeding. Here's how to catch a fright this October in Manitoba...
Haunted forests, mazes, barns and houses
Six Pines Haunted Attractions
Like scaring yourself silly? Six Pines Haunted Attractions is the place to go this Halloween for a variety of spook-tacular 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. But as the sun lowers below the horizon, enter at your own risk to wander through the Twisted Barn of Boom and new this year: the Slaughterhouse, containment SECTOR T6 and the Forgotten carnEVIL.
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 tried-and-true fall tradition, 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 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.
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.
The Forbidden Forest & Haunted Hayride
Deer Meadow Farms, 21 155 Springfield Rd
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 The Paths of the Dead, The Wolf's Lair and Pumpkin Scarecrow Lane.
New this year, Heebie Jeebies might just be the most frightening 20,000 square feet that you'll ever walk through. Catch a glimpse at a variety of horrifying creatures (who literally FEAST on your screams) in the Field of Screams, or try to find your way out of the backstage of a freak carnival at Circus Freakus. Finally, if you dare, Meet the Inbreds in a barn of horror and aim to get back to the car ASAP!
Winnipeg’s most terrifying October event is back for another year, this time with FOUR different horrifying experiences. Make no mistake, FEAR4 is not your average Halloween Haunted House - this truly immersive experience is full-contact and NOT for the faint of heart. At the Zombie Chase, put yourself in the centre of a zombie horror film as you try to escape the warehouse without awakening flesh-eating zombies. Climb, crawl, run - but DON’T SCREAM. If you dare to try the Coffin Escape, druids will lock you away in coffins where you must work together with your partner in another coffin to solve riddles to escape the horrifying, tight confines. Next, the Saw Escape Room will test your limits and fears, you must work as a team to unlock the secrets of the room you are held captive in. CREEPY. Finally, the Murder Mystery, you must discover who killed Mr. Munroe with the help of trusted butler, Reginald Jeeves.
This small town Haunted House is divided into two time slots: from 5:30 to 7:30, the kids and easily spooked can enjoy a non-scare walkthrough, while after 7:30 the Haunted House kicks into fear mode.
The Nightmare Factory
Deloraine's large, 100+ year stone building sets the spooky scene for "The Nightmare Factory" - a fundraising event on October 26 to 28 that will bring you through a series of exhibits and scens from classic horror movies, brought to life by actors, lights and sounds.
Haunted Winnipeg vigils and tours
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
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.
Fright at the Museum
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie
Head to Fort La Reine to delve into the dark history of the 18th century in North American and experience what it was like inside a fortified settlement when a smallpox outbreak has settlers blaming witchcraft. As you follow the story line, it's up to you to discover the real cause of the disease and prove the witch innocent. A new in-house exhibit will enhance the event by providing historic accounts of how witchcraft was understood and perceived in the 1700's.
DRACULA UNEARTHED (REVAMPED) + Family Friendly Vampire Hunt
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
Bring the kids and set out on a Halloween tour of the Dalnavert Museum as it is decorated for the season. The family-friendly vampire hunt includes and activity and a treat! For an older audience, be immersed in Bram Stoker's Dracula and act as a story archivist as you uncover journals, conversations, articles and artifacts scattered throughout the Victorian mansion. This revamped version of DRACULA UNEARTHED includes more rooms, more interaction and more spooky encounters.
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). And if you fancy yourself a caramel apple or treat, head to the M.S. Joe Simpson!
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.
Halloween in the Forest
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. You can also stop by FortWhyte Alive earlier in the month to hear the dreadful tale of Hansel and Gretel.
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!
Double Double Toil and Trouble
Centre culturel franco-manitobain
This children's Halloween party features a magic show, haunted zone, reptile exhibit, face paintings, arts, crafts and more! Don't forget to dress up.
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.
Haunted Park After Dark
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Discover Spruce Woods Provincial Park by moonlight and have some spooky, family-friendly fun. The evening includes a guided night hike, stargazing, crafts and a haunted museum.