Events and activities a-plenty this weekend in resort areas north of Toronto including several very popular Halloween events. Halloween, celebrated on October 31 is a kids favorite holiday that parents can get into too. We recommend parents looks at the event details closely and judge whether or not they are age appropriate. While many events have activities for all age groups, it is up to parents to make sure their children will sleep without nightmares after the holiday! Halloween events below have orange text for easy spotting.
Prepare for the invasion! Costumed Kids and Candy!
And while it might be bad news for some, there has already been a few flurries ‘up north’, in areas around Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Muskoka. No use fighting it, winter IS coming! Now is a good time to plan ahead with ski swaps, buying season passes and all that ski and snowboard fun stuff. Looking even further ahead, we’ve updated as much as we can the Santa Claus Parades & Tree Lightings, the Holiday Bazaars & Craft Shows and Lights and Tree Festivals pages.
This weekend’s ‘PLAY LIST’…
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA:
These events are within 1-3 hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be within proximity or close to many of Ontario’s ‘cottage country’.
This is the fifth annual Halloween Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Council. Attend in your Halloween-costumed best and enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth-all with a great cup of coffee! Activities include our very popular button-maker, Halloween-inspired crafts and much more. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for the best ghoul and gal!
SKI SWAP & OPEN HOUSE
The largest cross country ski equipment swap in Ontario. Buy or sell skis, boots, poles, bindings, roller skis at great prices. New and used equipment available in the swap and in the retail store. Saturday October 26th, at 12:30 Ski Swap Scramble for kids between ages 5-13. A variety of activities to get the kids excited about the up coming ski season. Activities include Low-Ropes, obstacle challenges and a scavenger hunt.
FAMILY ART WORKSHOP
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren. Regional artist Annie Aspden and guest artists will lead creative projects that families can complete together. Sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.
HORSESHOE RESORT & ADVENTURE PARK
Fun for the family with the Zip Lining and Treetop Trekking course; build your golf skills and challenge the family to a round of Mini Putt, or explore the Copeland Forest on Segway. Families can also have fun mountain biking on forest trails.
HARDWOOD SKI & BIKE
Hit the day trails or play disc golf. Rent a bike or bring your own. Great trials for all ages and skill levels. Go now and take advantage of their ski sales!
MACLAREN ART CENTRE
Enrich your childrens’ days with art. Every child has the potential and needs the inspiration! Kids are never too young to learn art appreciation and be inspired themselves.
FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHT NIGHT
Have some spooky fun celebrating Halloween at the Downtown library when it’s closed! The Fright Night will feature “The Amazing Frank Clarkson” magic show at 7 p.m., crafts and other spooky activities! Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes. No registration required. Recommended for ages 6 years and up, parents must accompany any children 9 years and younger to the event.
Browse BARRIE HOTELS
~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
VILLAGE ACTIVITIES AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
Scavenger hunts and other kids and family fun happening daily in Blue Mountain Village.
FALL COLOURS TOURING
It’s country road and river touring time. Enjoy local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking and unique Apple Pie Trail adventures.Not all events are kid friendly but you can pick and choose your own adventure with this one so both parents and kids can enjoy.
SUMMER ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Take the exciting Ridge Runner ride or visit the now-open summer attraction park that includes fun activities like Mountaintop Segway touring, Open-air gondola rides, Mini-putt, Climbing wall and more!
EXPLORE SCENIC CAVES
Nature, history and adventures for the whole family. Self-guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario’s longest Suspension Footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and surrounding countryside. Gemstone Mining, train ride, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop.
The tradition of Halloween and the Black Harvest Festival continues in historically chilling Downtown Collingwood this October, with Witches (and Warlocks) of the ‘Wood taking over the town. Face painting, children’s activity centres, children’s costume contest and treats for all the little goblins. Fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS
It’s PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm filled adventures. Everyone gets a free pumpkin! Event runs on weekends only starting September 28 – October 27 (open Thanksgiving Monday).
SIR SAM’S SKI & BIKE
Take out the bikes and have some outdoor adventure. Ride the chair lift and see the fall colours forrest.
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
Discovery Harbour hosts its fourth annual “Haunted Harbour” event evenings October 24, 25, 26, promising a fun and spooky evening for the entire family.
The Wye Marsh is hosting a variety of spooktacular events. All Guys and Ghouls welcome and activities include: Haunted House, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, pumpkin bowling and more. If you are up for the challenge, stick around Saturday evening for the Marsh Monster Mystery, who will help us solve it this year.
GUIDED CANOE OR KAYAK TOURS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times.
HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.
STREETS ALIVE LETTERS OF ORILLIA OUTDOOR ART CELEBRATION
City streets are alive with 6 foot high metal letter sculptures, transformed into exciting works of art by area artists! This is a great free exhibit for kids. Bring a camera and take their picture by their name letter!
HALLOWEEN HOWL FUN RUN/WALK
A spooky run/walk full of ghostly encounters & Halloween surprises! 5km run or walk, 10 km run or 10 km team relay! Prizes for best costume & fastest times in various age divisions! Presented by City of Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture, with proceeds to Special Olympics Orillia, 10:00 am, Tudhope Park.
KEEPSAKES CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
This year more Exhibitors! Cambrian College, 1400 Barrydownroad in Sudbury, …and don’t forget –FREE PARKING!
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Have a fun and safe (and scary if you’re going to Halloween events) weekend.