Halloween is a fun time of year but, some parts about this festive day can sometimes be too scary and traumatizing for the little ones. I know my sons were always afraid of people in scary masks and costumes or houses that looked spooky while we were out and about or during a night of trick or treating.
With two boys who still don’t really like the scary aspects of Halloween, we often attend the kid-friendly options in and around the area. If you are looking for some fun family events to attend in the next week leading up to Halloween that are more tame than terror-filled , we’ve put together a list of 12 local activities we know are sure to please!
1) Princess & Superhero party – Magna Centre Newmarket
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive)
Details: Come dressed as a princess or superhero for the day and enjoy a variety of games, inflatables, stage shows, tasty treats, meet your favourite characters and more!
Cost: $5 per child. Parents, guardians and children under 1 year of age are free.
Online Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online through the snapd Newmarket website by clicking on the “Get Tix” link below. Upon your arrival, please check in with the Magna Centre Customer Service Kiosk and provide your name and confirmation email.
2) The York-Durham Heritage Railway is all ready for Halloween and wants you to join them.
Kids ages 12 and under in costume ride for only $2.
There will be entertainment, the chance to see the cool train station in Uxbridge, and goodie bags for the kids.
Trips depart both the Uxbridge station and Stouffville GO station.
October 20, 21, 27, 28; see schedule for departure locations and times
York-Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway St., Uxbridge
Stouffville GO Station, 6176 Main St., Whitchurch-Stouffville
$20 per adult, $2 per child in costume
3) Scaryfest 2018 – Markham Museum
Sounds scary but never fear! This family-friendly Halloween event at Markham Museum is suitable for ages 10 and under.
There will be trick-or-treating on the 25-acre museum grounds, get your fortune told, try some superhero science, and dance at the Monster Bash.
October 26, 3–7 pm; October 27 and 28, 1–7 pm
Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Rd. Markham
$8/person, free for ages 0–24 months
4) Halloween in the Village
Come to the annual Halloween trick-or-treat at the Community Safety Village of York Region – an educational miniature village operated by the York Regional Police
They will be opening their gates to the public for a unique trick-or-treating experience among the 30 mini buildings, complete with games, playground, a haunted house, some safety tips from police officers and fire fighters and see emergency vehicles up close and personal.
October 27, 1–5 pm
Community Safety Village of York Region, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, 3291 Stouffville Rd., Whitchurch-Stouffville
$5 per car
5) Halloween at Brooks Farm
The final Saturday at Brooks Farms’ Fall Fun Festival is Halloween-themed, with costume parade (12:15 pm), prizes, and Halloween treats, along with all the regular fall farm fun: farm animals, train rides, corn cob blasters, pig races, fun farmyard playground, corn maze, singing chicken show, and more.
October 27, 9 am–5 pm (last entry at 4 pm)
Brooks Farms, 122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert
$15 per person, under age 2 free
Kids can trick or treat at the historic Whitchurch-Stouffville Musem buildings, decorate a Halloween sugar cookie, and create a spooky craft at this family-friendly event for ages 3–10. Pre-registration is required: call 905-727-8954.
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, 14732 Woodbine Ave., Stouffville
October 28, 10–11:30 am
$10 kids, $5 adults
7) Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21
Saturday, October 27 – Sunday October 28
Calling all costumed kiddies and celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Kids in costume (ages 12 and under).
Kids get FREE* admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission to the Toronto Zoo.
Bring your camera for the ever so popular Halloween Photo Opportunities throughout the grounds.
8) Camp Spooky
Head over to Canada’s Wonderland for the ultimate fall festival – Camp Spooky! Families and kids alike can come for a day at the park and a collection of scare-free Halloween activities including BOO-rific mazes, trick-or-treating, foam pits, and so much more! Plus, all of your favourite rides will be open during the day, including Kidzville and Planet Snoopy Kids’ areas. Best of all, it’s included with your Park Admission to Canada’s Wonderland!
Saturdays & Sundays, Sept 29-Oct 28th
9) Spooky Sunday – Halloween on Main Street Unionville
Little ghosts and goblins will be back on Main Street for this FREE event!
Sunday Oct 27th from 1-3 pm
Dress in costume for trick-or-treating fun! Look for the participating businesses with pumpkins in the windows!
Train rides will be available, as well as face painting, crafts and more!
10) Halloween at Upper Canada Mall
Why not get dressed up in costume and head to the mall?
Visit the Guest Experience desk on the upper level to receive your trick or treat bag and a list of participating retailers and you’re ready for your Halloween fun
Wednesday Oct 31st from 4-8 pm
11) BOO-seum fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum Newmarket
Join us for a howling good time as we turn the museum into a boo-seum! Halloween displays, crafts and try a Halloween hunt! Suitable for ages 4-10. Meet Andrew Hind, author of Canadian Monsters and Mythical Creatures! Andrew will be autographing copies of his book. It sells for $16.95.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
12) Kids Cuckoos Nest – Spooky party
This is a great indoor playground with a ton of Halloween activities planned for your little ones on two separate nights!
Appropriate for toddlers up to 10 years old
Friday Oct 26th and Saturday Oct 27th (Two dates available) from 4 to 8 pm
155 Industrial Pkwy S, Aurora
Call to order tickets for this special event at (905)727-NEST
Tickets: $16.99 plus HST per child (Adults free – one per child) – Ticket includes pizza, juice box
$1.00 with every entry will go to Autism York Region
There is an onsite cafe for snacks, smoothies, coffee and light meals
So there’s OUR top 12, but we have just picked a handful that are tried, tested, and true. There are SO many other events across York Region to check out! It IS possible to have a non-scary Halloween! Please let us know if there are events that you have enjoyed! We’d love to hear of others we may need to add to our list!
Wherever you decide to go this year, remember to keep safe and have fun!