8 #outaouaisfun ways to celebrate Halloween

Published on October 20 2017

Slice of Life:

I’ll never forget Halloween 1989 or ’90. Tim Burton’s Batman had just come out, so it must have been around then, and I wanted to dress up as the Joker. Young as I was, I already had an overdeveloped sense of quality control. Put it this way: I could have been Jack Nicholson himself, with a team of professional makeup artists dancing attendance, and I still would have found fault with the costume. My mother, a wizard at whipping outfits together out of bits and pieces, had made me a pretty nifty costume, but no, “I DON’T LOOK LIKE THE REAL JOKERRRRRR!” Hey, listen, Halloween is serious business!

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Halloween is still my favourite holiday. I no longer go trick-or-treating (by the way, can someone please explain the origin of “Halloween apple!”? I’ve never used it, because it never made sense to me … Thanks in advance for enlightening me!), but I go all out for Halloween. And with all the local activities on offer, there’s no reason to be bored on Halloween!

Take a look!



For the past few years, the Champboisé retreat centre has organized a family Halloween event featuring live entertainment and trick-or-treating at the many cottages on the property. But beware: to get to the treats, you have to walk past a haunted graveyard!

WHERE: Champboisé, L’Ange-Gardien

WHEN: Tuesday, October 31 starting at 4:30 p.m. (last departure at 7 p.m.)

ADMISSION: Free (but please bring a contribution for the candy cauldron)

GOOD TO KNOW: $10 parking on site. Space is limited, so reserve your parking spot in advance! Or take the free shuttle to Champboisé from the Ange-Gardien business park.


There’s fun for the whole family at Altitude Gym! Entertainment, a costume contest, lots of treats, and a solid climbing session to burn off all that sugar.

WHERE: Altitude Gym, 35 St-Raymond Blvd., Hull

WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: From $14.95


There are thrills and chills aplenty on Camp Fortune’s Haunted Chairlift Rides. Look down if you dare! Snacks, hot chocolate, sweet treats and (for older riders) Beau’s brew will be for sale at the base.

WHERE: Camp Fortune, Skyline chairlift

WHEN: October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 6 to 10 p.m.

ADMISSION: $10 per person

GOOD TO KNOW: Things get spookier as the night goes on, so if you’re bringing the family, you might want to come earlier rather than later!


The Haunted Walk of Ottawa is a classic local attraction. Choose from several tours, all led by a guide in a black cape and carrying a lantern. Discover the darker side of Ottawa’s history and the stories and legends that haunt its oldest buildings. Warning: May cause goosebumps and the urge to grab hold of the person next to you …

WHERE: Departure from the Haunted Walk ticket office at 46½ Sparks Street, Ottawa

WHEN: Year round

ADMISSION: Varies depending on the tour

GOOD TO KNOW: You’ll be doing a fair bit of walking, mostly outdoors, so it’s a good idea to wear an extra layer and stout shoes. Oh, and by the way, some of the stories are pretty macabre—keep that in mind if you’re planning to bring the kids!


Halloween in the Village and the Zombie Walk return to the Buckingham sector! Starting at 2 p.m., the zombies will stagger down Church Street, ending up under the Brady Bridge around 3:30. Then it’s party time until 9 p.m.!

WHERE: Maclaren Park, Buckingham

WHEN: Saturday, October 21

ADMISSION: Free (but please bring a contribution for the candy cauldron)

GOOD TO KNOW: There will be a BBQ and hot drinks, along with games, a costume contest and entertainment, including local group La Grande Messe, dressed up for the occasion as Les Cowboys Fringants!



Acclaimed pianist Pierrette Froment-Savoie performs Plaisirs et frissons, a concert of spooky music in the spirit of Halloween. The program includes Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, Liszt’s Mephisto, Prokofiev’s Suggestion diabolique, and other spine-tingling classics.

WHERE: Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, 430 Alexandre-Taché Blvd., Gatineau

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: Adults $20, students $10

GOOD TO KNOW: The performer will wear various costumes during the recital. The audience is encouraged to dress up as well!


It’s Halloween at L’Imagier! Activities include a ghostly photo workshop, a photo exhibition, and a screening of the classic vampire film Nosferatu, released in 1922!

WHERE: Centre d’exposition l’Imagier, 9 Front Street, Aylmer

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. to midnight

ADMISSION: $10 (includes a welcome cocktail) Reserve now

GOOD TO KNOW: L’Imagier gallery is located in an old building on a wooded property by the river. The setting couldn’t be more perfect!


It’s become a tradition for local businesses to join forces to put on the biggest and best Halloween party in town. This year, you’re invited to a Masked Ball! All the Beautiful People will be there!

WHERE: Café Aux 4 jeudis, Où Quoi Urban Lounge, Le Troquet, Le Minotaure, Pêle-Mêle

WHEN: Saturday, October 28 from 9 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free if you’re in costume, $10 if you’re not (per establishment)

GOOD TO KNOW: All the businesses are on board with the “Masked Ball” theme, but each one interprets it in its own way! Come check out the action: costume contests, entertainment, surprises, and lots of music and dancing!


And there you have it! So? How are you going to celebrate Halloween? Post your photos in the comments—we’d love to see them!

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