The spookiest time of the year is upon us and the Niagara region has a wide variety of ways to celebrate it. For anyone who can’t get enough of Halloween — or, alternatively, anyone who may just want to see a new film or pick up some handmade wares — there’s a lot of Halloween excitement to look forward to over the next few weeks.
On October 27 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., Handmade Halloween is taking place at Warehouse Concert Hall. This market event features over 20 local handmade and vintage vendors, as well as drinks, tarot readings and live music from local artist, Lux. The event is pay what you can, with all proceeds going to Grey’s Haven Farm Sanctuary.
For moviegoers, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Film House is showing four Halloween classics over the course of the week. On Oct. 25, French horror film High Tension will be shown at 9:00 p.m. Oct. 26 will see a late night showing of Phantasm, taking place at 11:30 p.m. For those who would prefer an earlier showing, the Hitchcock classic Rear Window will be shown on Oct. 27 at 4:00 p.m. The screenings will culminate in the showing of Brian De Palma’s iconic Carrie at 9:30 p.m.
Prior to this, the week is littered with screenings of zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, beginning on Oct. 22 as part of the Brock University Film Society (BUFS) screenings, with the official BUFS screening taking place at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 right before Carrie.
Horror fans can also look forward to Frightmare in the Falls, a horror convention taking place Oct. 26 and 27 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. This convention is described as one of the most interactive and intimate conventions of its kind held in North America and features a number of panels, attractions, vendors and even guests from horror history, such as actors from old school features like Friday the 13th to current hits like The Walking Dead and Supernatural. On top of this, guests can be treated to screenings, question and answer periods and workshops.
From Oct. 24 to 26, the St. Catharines Downtown Association is hosting their annual late October Ghost Walks. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. every night, these guided tours are led by a guide who regales guests with the most haunting stories St. Catharines has to offer as well as historical commentary about the city. The walks are around 60 to 75 minutes and tickets to attend cost $10.
This is one guided tour of many St. Catharines has to offer in honour of Halloween. Halloween Ghost Tours also take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake on varying days from Oct. 25 to 31, investigating the haunted Fort George. For a more historical take on the spookier parts of the region, Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours are nighttime visits to one of Canada’s most historic cemeteries, featuring a costumed guide and theatrical performances that speak to the depths of St. Catharines’ history. The remaining Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours take place from Oct. 25 to 27 and cost $12.
Of course, we also can’t forget the annual appearance of Haunt Manor in Niagara Falls. With a hayride, corn maze and seven themed haunted houses for visitors to explore — all of which are littered with a team of over 100 actors all bent on terrifying you — there’s plenty to do at Haunt Manor. Examples of attractions this year include the Redrun Holiday Nightmare Haunted Trail and Horror Night at the Asylum — it’s like immersing yourself within the world of a horror movie. The attraction is on through the end of October with ticket prices varying.
These are only a few of the Halloween gems hidden around the Niagara region within the upcoming weeks. Even for anyone who might feel a little too old to pull out a costume this year, there’s something worth checking out to maintain the Halloween spirit.