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Take your little monsters out to celebrate the season at family-friendly Halloween events in York and Durham. Find Halloween fun for young kids in Whitby, Oshawa, Ajax, Uxbridge, Vaughan, and Stouffville.

Many of these Halloween parties, haunted houses, mazes, and farm festivals are more fun than scary, but any attractions that may be too much for younger children are clearly indicated. Events are listed in chronological order.

Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland

All the fun with none of the fright! Check out the scare-free mazes, with two to choose from (enchanted garden and hay bale). Then it’s on to the foam pits, trick-or-treating, pumpkin patch and more. Camp Spooky is included with amusement park admission, so you can enjoy all the rides, too.

Weekends September 29–October 28; regular park hours apply
1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr., Vaughan
Regular park admission applies (from $30/person)

Pumpkinville

One of the first Halloween events of the season takes place at Greenwood Conservation Area in Ajax. It’s a fall festival and Halloween event rolled into one, with a pumpkin patch, inflatable rides, haunted house, live entertainment, and kids’ activities.

October 13, 2018, 11 am–5 pm
2290 Greenwood Rd., Ajax
Free

Spirit Walks

Learn chilling details about Bowmanville’s history on guided Halloween walks hosted by the Clarington Museums. This one will probably capture the imagination (and attention spans) of older children best. Advance registration is required; call 905-623-2734.

October 16–20, 23–27, 29–30
Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre, 62 Temperance St., Bowmanville
$12 per ticket

Halloween Spooktacular

WindReach Farm, north of Whitby, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing life-changing programs for people with disabilities and for all people. Its annual Halloween party on the farm is an evening of spooky wagon rides, a petting zoo, crafts, and a haunted sensory trail, followed by a barn dance until 9 pm. Dinner and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring a flashlight!

October 20, 5–9 pm
WindReach Farm, 312 Townline Rd., Ashburn
$25 per car

Family Fright Fiesta

Head to Georgina’s Pioneer Village heritage site for a fun kid-friendly Halloween party, with Dan the Music Man, haunted walks, ghoulish games, “Haunted Canada” storytelling, a spooky photo booth, creepy stilt walkers, Halloween face painting, and more. Pick a pumpkin to take home and enjoy treats and prizes, while supplies last.

October 20, 5–8:30 pm
Georgina Pioneer Village, 26557 Civic Centre Rd., Keswick
$2 adults, $1 kids 

Halloween Trains

It’s a train ride and a Halloween party all in one. The York-Durham Heritage Railway is all ready for Halloween and wants you to join them. Kids ages 12 and under in costume ride for only $2. There will be entertainment, the chance to see the cool train station in Uxbridge, and goodie bags for the kids. Trips depart both the Uxbridge station and Stouffville GO station.

October 20, 21, 27, 28; see schedule for departure locations and times
York-Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway St., Uxbridge
Stouffville GO Station, 6176 Main St., Whitchurch-Stouffville

$20 per adult, $2 per child in costume

Halloween Spooktacular at the Vaughan Public Library

The annual Halloween party at the Vaughan Public Library takes place at multiple branches on different days. Drop in for fun kids’ activities and spooky stories.

October 25–30, see schedule for times and locations
Free

Trafalgar Haunted Castle

A 19th-century gothic castle building on the campus of the Trafalgar Castle School—an all-girls day and boarding school in Whitby—is the perfect setting for a much-anticipated annual haunted castle experience. Take a ghostly tour with scary surprises. Not recommended for kids under age 10. Reservations are a must. Proceeds support Simcoe Hall Settlement House.

October 26, 5:30–7 pm or 7:30–9 pm
Trafalgar Castle School, 401 Reynolds St., Whitby
$10 per ticket

Kreepy Kortright

At Woodbridge’s Kortright Centre for Conservation, do the haunted maze, take part in Halloween activities, gather around the campfire, take a frightening forest walk after dark, and see live owls at this event especially for kids ages 10 and under. Advance tickets required.

October 26, 27, 28, and 29; 6:30–9:30 pm
Kortright Centre for Conservation, Woodbridge
$14.50 adults, $7.50 kids

Scaryfest 2018

Despite the name, this Halloween event at Markham Museum is more fun than frightening and is designed for ages 10 and under. Trick-or-treat on the 25-acre museum grounds, have your fortune told, try some superhero science, and dance at the Monster Bash.

October 26, 3–7 pm; October 27 and 28, 1–7 pm
Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Rd. Markham
$8/person, free for ages 0–24 months

Halloween in the Village

Each year, the Community Safety Village of York Region—an educational miniature village operated by the York Regional Police—opens its gates to the public for a special Halloween event especially for kids ages 12 and under. Trick-or-treat in a safe environment at the 30 scaled-down buildings, play Halloween games, and tour a haunted house—and pick up some safety tips from police officers.

October 27, 1–5 pm
Community Safety Village of York Region, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, 3291 Stouffville Rd., Whitchurch-Stouffville
$5 per car

Halloween at the Farm

The final Saturday at Brooks Farms’ Fall Fun Festival is Halloween-themed, with costume parade (12:15 pm), prizes, and Halloween treats, along with all the regular fall farm fun: farm animals, train rides, corn cob blasters, pig races, fun farmyard playground, corn maze, singing chicken show, and more.

October 27, 9 am–5 pm (last entry at 4 pm)
Brooks Farms, 122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert
$15 per person, under age 2 free

Fright at the Museum

Attend a family-friendly scavenger hunt and haunted village for all ages. The event includes carnival games, a bonfire, treats, and hot drinks. Bring a flashlight!

Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge
October 27 and 28, 6–9 pm
$2 per person (cash only)

Ghoul-icious

Kids can trick or treat at the historic Whitchurch-Stouffville Musem buildings, decorate a Halloween sugar cookie, and create a spooky craft at this family-friendly event for ages 3–10. Pre-registration is required: call 905-727-8954.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, 14732 Woodbine Ave., Stouffville
October 28, 10–11:30 am
$10 kids, $5 adults

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