Events and festivals
Celebrate the Halloween in the Outaouais!
Fun for young and old, brave souls and the faint of heart. As you hunt for the perfect costume and dust off your treat bag, take time out to enjoy the activities the Outaouais region has in store for Halloween!
Activities for the kids
Halloween at the farm
On October 25 and 26, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum invites you to its annual Barnyard Halloween Party. Sample tasty pumpkin-based treats in the demonstration kitchen, decorate a pumpkin, and go on a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the barns. Put on your costume and join the parade!
Halloween with Dora and Diego
October 25, kids are invited to celebrate Halloween with Dora and Diego at the Canadian Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of History. Come in costume for some dancing, sugar-skull decorating, mask-making and much more!
Be an artist for a day
After admiring the works of art on display at the National Gallery of Canada, create your very own masterpiece thanks to the gallery’s Artissimo program! On October 25 and 26, families are invited to go on a fun self-guided tour, then make Halloween-themed art inspired by the gallery’s collection.
Critter hunt at the Museum of Nature
From October 21–31, go on a treasure hunt through the galleries of the Canadian Museum of Nature to find the mysterious creatures hiding in the displays. Who knows? If you look carefully, you might see a scorpion or a spider in a very unusual place! Track down all the creatures listed on the activity sheet and you could win a prize!
For the whole family
Halloween in a Château
From October 31 to November 2, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello will be invaded by an army of little monsters! The popular giant maze will be back, and there will be pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, a family movie night and a costume parade.
The best candies in the Outaouais region
Your little trick-or-treaters deserve the best at Halloween, and the best candies come from the Wakefield Confectionery. The moment you step into the shop, you and your little ones will be amazed at the huge selection of home-made sweets piled high on every shelf. It’s definitely worth the trip!
The search for the perfect pumpkin
Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without a pumpkin! Get the gang together and head for the pumpkin patch at the Potager Eardley agritourism farm. Once you’ve found the perfect specimen, take it home, carve and decorate it and set it out on the porch… And for a tasty treat, you can roast the seeds!
Pumpkin scavenger hunt at Camp Explora
From October 11 to November 2, Camp Explora will be adding a special element to its regular ATV adventures. Kids, keep your eyes peeled for the pumpkins hidden along the trail—and there’s a surprise inside each one! Can you find them all?
Halloween magic show
On October 26, put on your best costume and mask and come on out to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for A Magic Halloween Ghastly and Ghoul-y Show. Ghosts and goblins of all ages will be captivated by magician Ian Quick’s amazing wizardry and hilarious antics in a fast-paced, fun-filled performance.
Ripon Pumpkin Ball
Don’t miss the 23rd annual Ripon Pumpkin Ball, October 10–12. Meet local artisans and food producers, decorate a pumpkin, “decorate” the kids at the face painting booth, and enjoy free cooking demonstrations.
Cantley Phantom Village
From October 24 to 26, the Village fantôme de Cantley (Cantley Phantom Village) returns to the Mont Cascades Waterpark, complete with the Main Stage, the Children’s Kingdom, the Valley of Horrors, and the Mini-Horror. Trick-or-treaters of all ages and courage levels are cordially invited to celebrate Halloween in the Village. It’s scary, but it’s perfectly safe!
For teens and adults
Night Trek at Arbraska Laflèche
On Halloween night, October 31, Arbraska Laflèche Cave and Aerial Park invites adventurers age 16 and older to an exciting nocturnal challenge! With only your headlamp and the Pole Star for light, go through the aerial park in the dark, with four hours of courses through the trees. Come experience an original treetop adventure with your friends.
Thrills and chills in Old Aylmer
From October 28 to 30, Old Aylmer guided tour – Maison John Smith is an ideal Halloween activity. During the 60‑minute walk you’ll hear strange and fascinating tales of murder most foul, legends and ghosts… The hair-raising stories of the hanged man, the repentant murderer, the knocking ghost and more. Prepare to be amazed, entertained, and maybe just a little scared!
A wild night at the Canadian Museum of Nature
How would you like to celebrate Halloween in one of Ottawa’s most haunted buildings? On Friday, October 31, the Canadian Museum of Nature invites you to Walk on the Wild Side at a Halloween-themed Nature Nocturne. Slip into your nature-inspired costume, explore the galleries and dance the night away!
Haunted walk at Coulonge Falls Park
On October 18, you can go on a haunted walk around the base of the Coulonge Falls Park! Enjoy live music, a beer tent, a bonfire and lots more as you discover one of the natural wonders of the Pontiac.
Halloween disco party
Celebrate Halloween to a disco beat with the Boogie Wonder Band, October 31 at the Casino du Lac‑Leamy Theatre. They’re back in the Outaouais region with an updated show featuring new costumes and two new vocalists!
Haunted creekside walk
Just in time for Halloween, the City of Gatineau invites you to join a haunted walk along the shores of the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (Brewery Creek), Thursday, October 30 at 8 p.m. By the flickering light of a lantern, your costumed guide will lead you on a spine-tingling nocturnal journey into the past. Discover the many treasures of the Argentina Village heritage sector, with its 19th‑century Victorian and classical style buildings.