(The Brown family Halloween yard haunt aka the Twisted Circus is decorated with evil clowns and located at 311 Isack Dr., in Windsor, Ont. Photo above courtesy of Victoria Rose.)
How do you do Halloween during a pandemic? Despite COVID-19, Halloween enthusiasts have poured even more energy into 2020 events and displays to keep spirits high and give children (and adults) something to look forward to.
Halloween Neighbourhood Yard Displays and Haunts
The haunted yard displays aren’t just enriching the neighbourhoods and entertaining everyone, some even benefit the community at-large by collecting donations for local charities. Here are some yard haunts that are not to be missed — including those that you’ll want to bring donations to.
Forest Glade & Riverside: Visit the Lost Souls Cemetery at 10310 Caledon Ct and stuff the casket with socks for the Downtown Mission. Then check out the amazing Twisted Circus display at 311 Isack, or walk through the haunted experience at 1015 St. Mary’s Blvd.
Of the busy Riverside haunt on Isack, Krista Brown says, “My husband, Brad, builds all of our props by hand! It is a hobby that keeps him busy year-round. We absolutely love Halloween and the fact that our Twisted Circus brings so much joy to our neighborhood!”
East Windsor: Bring your spare hats and mittens for Coats for Kids when you stop at 2478 Buckingham Drive. You can also check out 3298 Wachna Dr for more Halloween fun and donate cans for the Downtown Mission. Top off your tour with stops at 837 Ford Blvd and the 1500 block of Hickory Road.
Central Windsor: There’s lots of creativity on display at 3231 Turner Rd and 1550 Ypres Ave is just a short drive away.
Haunted House Attractions & Fall Events
Looking to fill the day (or night) with fun? Haunted houses are still popular this year, along with many fall activities… all running with physical distancing and other safety protocols in place. Here are a few to try out.
Frank Brewing Co Pumpkin Painting (12000 Tecumseh Rd E, Tecumseh) – Little ghouls and goblins are invited to the Biergarten for pumpkin painting every Saturday and Sunday in October from 12pm-5pm (weather permitting). $5pp gets gets you a pumpkin, paint set, and activity colouring sheet.
Ghost Mansion Haunted Attraction (2418 Central Ave, Windsor) – The ghosts of Halloween come to life on 2 massive floors of live theatre, dance, and music entertainment, along with Trick or Treating for all ages on October 23, 24, 25, 29 & 30 ($15pp). The fun is presented by RockStar Music Hall, Platinum Room, and Border City Dance Company.
Optimist Club Pumpkin Giveaway (1286 Lauzon Road, Windsor) FREE – The Optimist Club of Riverside is still hosting their annual pumpkin giveaway but with a slight twist. Visit the Average Joe’s parking lot 10am on Saturday, October 24, to drive through for pumpkins and treats.
Scarehouse Windsor (1441 McDougal Ave, Windsor) $20pp – This indoor experience includes Scared Evil, Haunted Darkness, and a Zombie Maze.
Tillbilly Halloween Adventure Farm (17825 Tecumseh Road, Tilbury) – Visit a working farm for fresh produce and fall activities ($7pp), or enter the haunted barn when the sun goes down ($10pp).
Build A Dream Halloween Contests & Treat Bag Giveaways
Finally, with everything changing for children this year, Build a Dream wanted to make sure that kids still had something to look forward to. The local charity is offering two contests for students with great prizes, and will be giving away 2,000 treat bags!
Elementary School Students – What do you #DreamtoBe? Students are encouraged to think about their careers and dress as their future self. Upload your photo to any social media platform and tag Build a Dream using the hashtag #dreamtobe for a chance to win a drone or Bluetooth speaker.
Secondary School Students – Students have until October 31 to join the #DreamtoBuild campaign by designing a way to deliver candy to trick-or-treaters while following social distancing. Share the creation on social media by tagging Build a Dream on Facebook or Instagram and using #dreamtobuild for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods or a FitBit.
Treat Bags – Bags will be given out at selected food banks and on Saturday, October 31, the rest will be distributed at the “Trick-or-Treating” Drive Thru at Scarehouse Windsor (1441 McDougall St, Windsor) from 12-3pm.
What are you doing to celebrate Halloween? What yard haunts do you recommend? Leave us some feedback below in the comments.
Article by Victoria Rose
Victoria is a community advocate and marketing contractor in Windsor, Ontario. She spends her days herding cats.