Spooky things to do in Hamilton this Halloween Weekend
There are still ways to get your spook on this year, despite the pandemic
This weekend brings the scary, spooky and spine-tingling holiday of Halloween — but it likely won't be the same as years prior. The jack-o-lanterns will still sit outside, but most people will be staying indoors.
But that doesn't mean there aren't ways to celebrate the ghoulish day. CBC Hamilton has rounded up a collection of events and happenings to help you get your spook on — and stay safe while doing so.
Remember to stay home if you're feeling unwell, or if you've been sick recently.
The city is encouraging people to stay home this year and celebrate Halloween at home. But if you're planning to go trick-or-treating, the city recommends following public health measures to stay safe. This includes:
- wearing a non-medical mask or face covering that fully covers your nose, mouth and chin
- trick-or-treat only with those who you live with
- wash your hands before and after going out and bring hand sanitizer with you
- stay two metres away from other trick-or-treaters
- avoid touching doorbells or railings, knock instead of using doorbells
If you plan on handing out treats to those scavenging for candy:
- wear a non-medical mask when handing out candy and socially distance
- set up a trick or treating station outside, using a table to place treats on to maintain distancing
- portion treats out ahead of time to prevent contact and use tongs to hand them out
- wash or sanitize hands frequently
Public health experts are recommending any activities this year be held outside, since COVID-19 is less likely to spread in outdoor weather conditions. That means no entering haunted houses.
However, the folks over at Active Parents have created an interactive map that lays out some of the best-decorated houses in the Hamilton area.
Take a drive to check out some of the creepiest, most ghoulish decorations on display.
You can view the map here.
Hanes Corn Maze
Another classic outdoor activity can be found at the Hanes Corn Maze, which is the largest corn maze in Canada.
This year, there's an all new maze to explore. It takes about one to two hours to complete, and there are prizes to be won.
There are also farm animals to visit and feed. And there's food for people as well. The on-site bakery sells fall treats including mini pumpkin pies.
No walk-ins are being accepted this year. You can book a time slot online here.
Upside Down Halloween
The organizers of the Annual Kate Andrus Pumpkin Prowl are flipping Halloween on its head this year.
Instead of traditional trick-or-treating, Upside Down Halloween will be delivering sanitized candy treat bags to the homes of kids who can't make it out this year.
They're also running a four-hour online "extravaganza" that families can tune into from home — featuring an array of musicians, storytellers, children's performers and special guests.
You can find out more about the inverted holiday here.
For those of you who are on the fence about trick-or-treating, the Celebration Church in Brantford has a safe alternative.
It's just like regular trick-or-treating, but from the convenience of your own vehicle. Drive through to receive treats, and stop at the end for a Halloween photo-op.
The best part? No extra warm layers necessary if you've got the heat turned up.
If you don't mind spending time outside in the chillier weather, be sure to check out some of the haunted walks happening around Hamilton this weekend.
The Hermitage Ruins: Haunted Woods at Night walk will guide you to the ruins of a haunted mansion and another spot with a very ghostly history.
This tour is promised to be creepy, with an appearance by Ancaster's "infamous legend." Tickets are $15 for kids under 13-years-old and $18 for adults.
Night at the Museum
If you're set on doing something indoors, look no further than the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
They're hosting a Halloween Haunt night and will be giving out costume awards for kids and adults. Kids can also trick-or-treat and receive candy from different airplanes.
Face masks are mandatory for this event. For further information, email email@example.com or call 905-679-4183 ext. 222.
The Great Outdoors
Finally, there are always lots of free options outside.
Bayfront Park and Gage Park are both great options to soak up some greenery before the ground is covered in snow. The Gage Park Greenhouse also has lots of foliage and is a bit warmer than the previous options.
And don't forget the Hamilton waterfalls. These are good places to get outside, get some exercise and see a slice of nature. The Devil's Punchbowl, Albion Falls and Sherman Falls are all great spots for a Halloween hike.