Ready to freak out?
On the weekend before the big day (Halloween is Monday) you’ll want to be on top of all the spooky happenings in Hamilton.
Here’s your guide to tours, movies and events you might want to see for young and old.
Halloween Spooktacular — Hamilton’s Gore Park is buzzing with Halloween spirit. On Friday from 5 to 8 pm Find a lot of fun places, including a big hay and fun houses. Park visitors will be entertained by aerial riders, a dance DJ, face painting, photo booths, a merry-go-round and pumpkin patch booths. Children can take their carved pumpkins home. Yes, wearing a costume is encouraged. For more information, visit downtownhamilton.org.
The Playhouse movie theater – Showing “The Shining” in 35 mm on October 29 at 7 pm and October 31 at 6:45 pm and in the usual way, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on October 28 at 10 pm, October 29 at 10:30 pm and October 31 at 10 pm Get tickets online before they sell out. The Gym, 177 Sherman Ave. N. playhousecinema.ca
The Westdale — Make time at Hamilton’s little theater in Westdale, 1014 Kinig St.W. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” plays October 28 and 29 at 7 and 10 p.m., October 30 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Halloween, October 31 at 6 and 9 p.m. in the evening Get your tickets first. thewestdale.ca
All Hallows’ Eve Ghost Tours — Return to Old Fort Erie for this annual Halloween tradition every day through October 29. Ghostly festivities and All Hallows’ Eve. Tour the awe-inspiring landscapes and locations of Canada’s bloodiest arena by torchlight and candlelight. Hear spooky Halloween stories and learn about the fascinating history of some of Halloween’s most beloved traditions. Tickets and full event information are available at niagaraparks.com/ghosttour.
Westfield Pumpkin Party— Registration for Westfield’s Halloween Pumpkin Party is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. game day, crafts, scavenger hunt and more. westfieldheritage.ca
Mountsberg’s Spooktacular – Mountsberg’s Spooktacular Halloween is open on weekends. Enjoy an illuminated Night Walk through the forest, visit the Haunted Barn, meet snakes and owls, and do a Halloween scavenger hunt. Car hire is also available for an additional fee which can be added to the booking. Get tickets at conservationhalton.ca/spooktacular.
DVSA Hallowbaloo — Hallowbaloo Family Art Day is Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Dundas Valley School of Art, 21 Ogilvie St. Get creative at this free family open house. In lieu of makeup, participants are asked to wear their wildest and most daring hairstyles. Try your hand at pottery and paint. dvsa.ca
Love the RBG – The Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., is a great place to explore this time of year and while the Great Pumpkin Trail is sold out, you can visit Hendrie Park and other gardens or trails to soak up the cold weather. . Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4 p.m. Note October 31 is the last day to visit the Laking Garden before it closes for the season. rbg.ca
Kids Halloween Party— Children four to nine can party at the Erland Lee Museum, 552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek, on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. awards and more. Tickets are $8. Call 905-662-2691.
It’s Halloween— Join ICP Pup Brody Dragonshade and Demon Emperor Valencia for “It’s Halloween” at Well Hamilton, 161 Wellington St. N., on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Costume contest, raffle and more.
THE HOLY — By the Adam and Steve Family. Big, sinful and mysterious is all we can say about this Halloween bash in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night from 9 pm to 2 am What announce the location to registered guests a few hours before. Tickets are $43.11.
Hamilton Story in Stone — Does walking through a cemetery scare you? The War of 1812 certainly goes hand in hand with this two-hour walking tour at Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Blvd., Saturday. Join host Robin McKee at 11 a.m. at the door. hamiltonhistory.ca.
Waterdown Zombie Walk, Treat and Pet Zone – Dress up for tricks, pets in costumes, zombie walks and more on Saturday afternoon in downtown Waterdown. Events run from 11am to 2pm Starting with face painting at 11am on The Royal Coachman patio, the Zombie Walk up Main street starts at 12:40pm
Bulldogs Halloween— Dress up for cam uniforms, trick-or-treating in suites, goo-making and more Saturday at FirstOntario Center for the Bulldogs’ home game against the Sarnia Sting. Puck drop at 4pm ticketmaster.ca
Happy Halloween Night Run — Runners, dress up in costume or just pack your gear for an epic ride through Dundas Valley. All tracks are welcome. Meet at Sanctuary Park, 25 Sanctuary Dr., Dundas on Saturday at 7 pm for this eight-kilometer trail ride at night.
Halloween fun run — Join this five-kilometer dress and one-kilometer run for kids at the Leander Boat Club, 50 Leaner Dr., Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
Halloween Party — All dressed up and looking for somewhere to go? Check out the Halloween Party Saturday, October 29 at 7 pm being held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 163, 435 Limeridge Rd. E.
Walking Zombies – The Hamilton Zombie Walk is Monday, 2 pm, on King Street East between James and John Streets.