October 24–30: #Outaouaisfun Halloween ideas
Parents, if you haven’t yet picked out the kids’ Halloween costumes, it’s time to get cracking, because they’ll have several opportunities to wear them in the Outaouais this week. But Halloween in the Outaouais is for adults too, so don’t forget to get an outfit for yourself—there are lots of fun activities for grownups!
On Saturday and Sunday, national museums in the National Capital Region will be pulling out all the stops to allow kids to celebrate Halloween in various ways and at different times. Here’s the scoop:
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?
Bat hunt at the Canadian Children’s Museum
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.
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.
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.
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!
Party with the grownups
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.
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.).
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!
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!
Click here to read our list of 31 Halloween ideas!