31 #Outaouaisfun Halloween ideas
Halloween rally at Champboisé
On October 31 starting at 5 p.m., you’re invited to Champboisé for a Halloween rally. Trick-or-treaters young and old can stroll from cottage to cottage collecting free candy, accompanied by live music by local artists.
Escape games at Maitre du jeu
Recently opened in Gatineau, Maitre du jeu offers two escape game scenarios for you and your friends to solve: New York Crime or Galleon Buccaneers. Whichever you choose, prepare to be challenged!
25th annual Buckingham en fête municipal festival
From October 20 to 22, Buckingham en fête celebrates its 25th birthday with a Halloween-themed event in a gigantic heated tent. Live entertainment includes performances by Stéphanie St‑Jean and Kevin Bazinet, winners of the latest rounds of the popular reality talent show La Voix (The Voice). A haunted house, a Ferris wheel, inflatable structures and more—there’s fun for the whole family!
Awesome Camouflage at the Canadian War Museum
On October 30, as part of its Awesome Sundays activity series, the Canadian War Museum invites you to Awesome Camouflage in honour of Halloween. Come to the Museum wearing your costume or your favourite camouflage print. How does your camouflage stack up against the cold-blooded masters of disguise of Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo?
Happy Halloween with Kids’ CBC
On Saturday, October 29, you’re invited to a frighteningly fun Halloween party! The Canadian Children’s Museum is teaming up with Kids’ CBC to throw a spooky shindig full of surprises, games and music. Families with children under 7 will enjoy traditional Halloween activities, along with surprise visits by characters from your favourite shows on Kids’ CBC. From October 17 to 31 at the Canadian Children’s Museum, keep your eyes peeled for bats: it’s time for the annual bat hunt! Find them all and win a special Halloween treat.
Halloween menu at Huile d’Olive
On Saturday, October 29, L’Huile d’Olive restaurant at the Village Majopial holiday village will serve a special Halloween prix-fixe dinner. Dust off your costumes and enjoy a fine meal in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. To view the menu, click here.
Nature Nocturne, Halloween version
On October 28, the Canadian Museum of Nature presents its monthly Nature Nocturne evening on a Halloween theme, Scales and Tails, in honour of the new special exhibition Reptiles. Nervous types beware: a few live creepy-crawlies will be attending the event! Your Nature Nocturne ticket includes admission to Reptiles.
Aerial night trek
On Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29, Arbraska Laflèche invites you to explore the aerial park in the dark. The night trek is four hours of courses through the trees with only a headlamp and the Pole Star for light. It’s the last night trek of the year, so sign up now!
Ripon Pumpkin Ball
Don’t miss the 25th annual Ripon Pumpkin Ball, October 7–9 at the Coopérative de la place du marché in Ripon. Pumpkin decorating, face painting for the kids, an arts and crafts show, a mini-farm with pony rides, strolling entertainers and more—and best of all, it’s free!
Haunted walks in Ottawa
From October 1 to 31, besides its regular guided tour, the Haunted Walk of Ottawa is offering an especially spine-tingling tour: Ghosts and the Gallows – Are You Afraid of the Dark? Follow your guide through the streets of Ottawa on a spooky 90‑minute adventure.
Sample a “Scie Trouillarde” at Les Brasseurs du Temps
Pick your own pumpkin
Pick-your-own-pumpkin season is in full swing at Potager Eardley farm and orchard. Every weekend in October, plus Friday, October 7 and Monday, October 10, you can take a wagon ride into the fields to pick out that perfect pumpkin. There’s also face painting for the kids, hot soup and a corn roast.
Haunted Nights at Club Aléa
Halloween at the Bar 7
On the Halloween weekend (October 28 and 29), the Casino du Lac-Leamy will be invaded by Western zombies! Look for them at the main entrance and in the gaming area. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, and Halloween candy. Meanwhile, Bar 7 presents Rewind (October 28 and 29, 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) and DJ Pat (October 30 and 31, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.).
A barnyard Halloween
On October 29 and 30, families are invited to a barnyard Halloween celebration at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Young visitors can show off their Halloween “look” in the costume parade, take part in special pumpkin-themed activities and demonstrations, and of course visit all the animals.
Halloween at the Château
From Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello presents a full weekend of Halloween-themed fun. Kids 12 and under are invited to enjoy trick or treating, cookie decorating, movie nights, a scavenger hunt, and a play room. Reserve your Halloween package now!
Halloween crafts at the Gallery
On October 22, 23, 29 and 30, the theme of the Artissimo craft workshop at the National Gallery of Canada will be Halloween lanterns. With the help of Gallery staff, children can create their own masterpiece!
Halloween at Rideau Hall
On October 31, the visitors’ centre at Rideau Hall will be transformed into a haunted Halloween house. Volunteers will give out candy to trick-or-treaters, and who knows? You may even spot the Governor General himself—in costume, of course!
Construction site party in Old Hull
To celebrate Halloween, on Saturday, October 29, Old Hull will be transformed into a construction site, with staff dressed up as construction workers in honour of the massive repair job currently going on in the downtown core. Put on your best costume and join the party!
Family magic show
On October 30, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum proudly presents Sky-High Magic: The Adventures of Mystéric. In this family show, magician Éric Leclerc takes on the role of the bizarre Professor Mystéric, who uses his magical powers to give kids an educational experience that is both fun and interactive. Presenting his lessons in an exciting way, the Professor creates a stimulating and entertaining learning environment.
Murder mystery at Bryson’s Bistro du Bûcheron
On Saturday, October 15, Bryson’s Bistro du Bûcheron presents a murder mystery dinner, Murder at the Deadwood Saloon. Characters will be assigned to some of the guests in advance of the party, so reserve early to have time to get into character!
Haunted walks in the Pontiac
On October 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 6 to 11 p.m., Ranch RS is organizing haunted walks. You won’t know exactly what to expect until you get there, but there will be thrills and chills aplenty!
New concept for the Village fantôme de Cantley
Back by popular demand, on October 29 and 30 the Village fantôme de Cantley (Cantley Phantom Village) returns with a brand new guided-tour format! Trick-or-treaters of all ages and courage levels are cordially invited to come on a fantastic journey of the imagination, where you’ll encounter some intriguing characters and scary surprises (but not too scary). Avoid the lineups—book your start time now!
Just in time for Halloween, the Wakefield Confectionery has prepared a big batch of lollipops shaped like pumpkins and witches. Needless to say, they’re the best Halloween candies, because they’re homemade. Drop by the shop on Halloween night for some free treats!
Pumpkin seed oil massage
Did you know that you can get a massage featuring pumpkin products? Studio 157 is offering a special fall massage using virgin cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil. High in vitamin E and plant sterols, this oil is great for your skin. Take time to pamper yourself this fall!
Party at Altitude Gym
On Thursday, October 27, Altitude Gym climbing centre invites you to join “high” society at their traditional Halloween party. Here’s your chance to try out the new blocks and the new traverse climbing wall!
Reptiles and insects at the Canadian Museum of Nature
It’s not about ghosts and goblins this Halloween weekend; we’re talking reptiles and insects! On October 29 and 30, join the fun at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Act like a reptile and snack on some spooky yet savoury insects. If you don’t want to eat an insect, you can dress up like one and participate in the Pollinator Challenge. Last but not least, in the museum’s “Nature Live” area, you can hold a live insect in your hand.
Pumpkin spiced chai is back on the menu at Cha Yi
Blended exclusively in the fall, pumpkin spiced chai tastes a bit like pumpkin pie. Visit the Cha Yi Tea House to sample this bold blend, which combines Assam black tea with the rich flavour of roasted maté, a hint of vanilla and freshly ground spices. Enjoy it straight or with a hint of milk!
Free movie night at the Notre-Dame Market
On Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m., families are invited to come in costume to a free Halloween movie night hosted by Propulsion Scène at the Notre-Dame Market. The film is the animated horror comedy L’étrange pouvoir de Norman (the French version of ParaNorman). Don’t forget to bring some candy to eat while you watch!
Haunted chairlift ride at Camp Fortune
Fridays and Saturdays October 21, 22, 28 and 29, Camp Fortune offers a nice novelty for Halloween: haunted chairlift rides. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., if the weather permits, go to Chelsea for a family night filled with surprises and thrills.