Muskoka and Haliburton County may be best known as summer destinations, but Ontario’s cottage country is also a happening spot in the fall, especially for Halloween. In the days leading up to October 31st, spooky decorations start popping up and costume planning is in full force.

If you’re in the area around Halloween, these are some fun Halloween festivities in Muskoka and Haliburton County for all ages.


Where: Haliburton Forest Wildlife Preserve
When: October 29 - 30

Celebrate Halloween with a live wolf pack at the Haliburton Forest Wildlife Preserve’s annual Howl-o-ween event. The night starts with a visit to the Wolf Centre to view the wolf pack in their enclosure and an educational talk to learn all about their habits. Afterwards you can hunt for treats, take a haunted hike through the spooky forest, and have a howl-off to see if the wolves reply.

Halloween Pumpkin Pop-up

Where: Huntsville, Muskoka
When: October 30

Dress in your spookiest, funnest, and most creative costumes and head to downtown Huntsville for the Halloween Pumpkin Pop-up where you can see an array of creatively carved pumpkins handcrafted by local businesses. Little ones will love picking out their favorite pumpkin designs and picking up treats at the local shops and restaurants. 

Little Pit Drive-In Halloween Edition

Where: Abbey Gardens, Algonquin Highlands
When: Select Saturday nights in October 

Watch spooky movies under the stars in the comfort of your car at Abbey Gardens’ Little Pit Drive-in. On select Saturdays throughout October, the drive-in will show Halloween themed movies including Casper, Silent Hill, and Hocus Pocus. The parking lot opens at 6pm and the movies start to roll at sunset or approximately 7pm.

Halloween Family Getaway

Where: Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
When: October 29 - 31

Escape for the weekend on a fun Halloween Family Getaway at Deerhurst Resort. The resort has tons of ‘fang-tastic’ events planned including trick or treating, a Halloween coloring contest, and a craft beer hike with extra treats for the kids. Additional activities include zombie paintball and escape cabin mystery games.

Self-guided Ghost Tours

If you’re brave enough to set off on your own and seek out some of Ontario’s spookiest spots, Haliburton County and Muskoka have a number of ghost towns and haunted buildings that you can explore. Grab your camera and hit up these creepy sites to see if you can catch any supernatural activity. These are just a few allegedly haunted spots in Muskoka and Haliburton County:

  • Reid House at the Haliburton Highlands Museum
  • Abandoned TTC streetcar of Kenneway Road in Haliburton
  • Dilapidated log homes in the ghost town of Newfoundout
  • Academy Theatre, Lindsay
  • Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst
  • Abandoned ghost town of Germania
  • Old mill at Falkenburg
  • Inn at the Falls in Bracebridge

Just a Short Drive Away from Muskoka & Haliburton County

Stalking Dead

Where: Otonabee
When: October 1 - 31

Otonabee may be a little south of Muskoka, but it’s worth the drive to take part in the Stalking Dead experience. Gather your crew to fight off corn farmer zombies and save the town from a total takeover. This escape maze game is designed for four to 10 players and features twists, turns, and plenty of jump scares. 

Scream Shack Escape

The Scream Shack has teamed up with Escape Challenge North to present a diabolical escape room challenge just in time for Halloween. The Scream Shack Escape features intricate puzzles and problem solving challenges. You and your group will have to race against the clock to figure a way out of the shack.

Halloween Haunt at the Farm

Where: Valentia Equestrian Centre, Kawartha Lakes
When: October 30

Valentia Equestrian Centre has a full day of spooky activities planned the day before Halloween. Little ones can go trick or treating in the field, escape from the haunted maze and visit the farm animals. Teenagers can watch the paranormal movie Lantern Lady and walk through the haunted forest. All proceeds go towards caring for the centre’s rescue horses.

If you're interested in learning more about the vibrant communities that make up Muskoka & Haliburton County, please contact RE/MAX Professionals North online or call 705-788-1444 today!

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