Happy Halloween season, everyone!
Thanksgiving is over, the leaves are changing, and spooky fun is in the air! This is your one-stop spot for everything Halloween-related in the Greater Moncton Area – costume inspiration, craft & décor ideas, haunted houses, ghost stories, and more! Read all the way to the end for local events & activities!!
Moncton, Riverview, & Dieppe shared a joint message asking that trick-or-treaters be active from 4 & 8pm on October 31 – and they’ve shared a ‘no visitors please’ printable you can use if you’re not going to be handing out treats. You’re also reminded to follow the provincial public health guidelines: https://bit.ly/HalloweenGNB
FUN TREATS TO EAT
Meatloaf shaped like a hand, surrounded by mashed potatoes, is our go-to Halloween meal here at Pickle Planet HQ. Mummy Dogs are a school lunch must! And we love creating yummy treats with some healthy elements to offset all that sugar coming our way. You can find our tips & tricks in this post:
You might also want to check out our toasted pumpkin seed recipes!
MUST READ: HOW TO BOIL & SEASON PUMPKIN SEEDS
SIMPLE DIY DECORATIONS & CRAFTS
We have some tried & true simple & affordable decorating hacks at our house. You can find five of them in this post; we highly recommend trying the cheesecloth tip!
Jenna & Tosh just recorded an episode of their Rogers podcast on this topic, too!
Since 205, April Mullin has been creating & sharing her creations on First Avenue. Check out this incredible profile by CBC News in 2019 – her front yard is transformed to a spooky castle! (Photo from this year!)
The folks at 59 Falcon Drive in Moncton’s North End have been going all out the past few years & we love it. The photo below is only a snippet of what they have on display!
More than 150 homes began their displays as part of Riverview’s Harvest Fest; you can still access the list on the town’s website. We loved the Ghostbuster-themed display at 13 Charyl Court (near the new pump track!), the Harry Potter display at 220 McClelan, and the great display at 158 Hawethorne Drive (also near a fabulous playground to explore). We hear there’s an awesome display on Killarney Road in Riverview, and be sure to check out the mannequin family on Coverdale (across from the Riverfront playground), too. A must-visit spot is 19 Waterfall Drive in Riverview (below). A full skeleton family is having fun & changing up their positions each day! Just next to them, take a pass along Wilson Road for some great displays, including pumpkin T-Rexes and giant spider webs.
In Moncton, the corner of Alexander Avenue & Milner Road is a fun in the day but even more amazing at night! Watch out for the AT-AT! The Garland’s on Edgett Avenue have an incredible display, too. We’re also looking forward to the Carn-evil that’s being planned on Halloween night at 240 Drummond Street, as a fundraiser for Needle Dogs Moncton.
Know another home we should check out? Be sure to add it in the comments! We see that 91.9 The Bend is bringing back their Monster Map again this year; be sure to watch for that, and for a list from Everything Unscripted, too!
If you’re up for a drive, check out the amazing display at Lafiouk Restaurant in Kouchibouguac; their inflatable collection is something else! The New Brunswick Botanical Garden in Edmunston also puts on an annual display, la Grande Grouille d’automne, that is out of this world. Worth planning a visit for the first full weekend in October. (They also have a winter event planned in November.)
Most non-pandemic years, the Keillor House in Dorchester offers a haunted house experience. We hope this will return in the future.
LOCAL GHOST STORIES
Albert County is filled with fabulous tales of ghostly figures. You can hear Albert County Museum’s Janet Clouston talk about sightings of Tom Collins, his apparent murder victim, a court judge, and more at the museum on our #NBHistory Podcast/TV Show.
We’ve also heard some fantastic ghost stories about Gray’s Island Graveyard in Hillsborough, the Capitol Theatre is another well-known location with a sense of something otherworldly, and the legend of Rebecca’s Grave is pretty much the best-known Moncton folktale. You can find a few other New Brunswick must-know ghost stories & haunted places in this article from Huddle & please drop your favourite ones below! We’d love to hear more about the every day encounters with spirits in this area!
HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN & AROUND MONCTON 2021
If you’re looking for ‘official rules’ around Halloween & trick-or-treating, the Province has issued guidelines to encourage safe, socially distanced fun. Folks are encouraged to have packaged treats that can be handed out in a way that minimizes touching, neighbourhoods under circuit breaker rules are asked to go around as single-family bubbles rather than larger groups, you’re encouraged to wear community masks as well as Halloween ones, and as always remember lots of hand washing & staying home if you’re not feeling well or have been advised to do so. Generally, people are asked not to head out trick-or-treating before 4pm or to be knocking on doors past 8pm; check with your local municipality for any particular rules or guidelines.
Boo at the Zoo is back! This annual fundraiser for the Magnetic Hill Zoo is a tradition for many families. Dress up in your costumes, visit the animals, and enjoy the amazing displays created by volunteers. Boo at the Zoo tickets are available online 10 days before the event, which takes place October 23, 24, 30, & 31 from 10am to 4pm. Those ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or exemption; masks (not the Halloween kind!) are required indoors.
Farm to Table NB is hosting a Wicked Halloween Dinner Party at Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse on October 23. It sounds amazing! “Gloomy evening, wicked décor, chilly weather. Long tables decorated with all black, lots of candles, eerie music, and the most stunning drinks. Wrap up the evening with a bonfire, s’mores, warm apple cider & spooky stories around the fire.” You must register in advance, drink pairings are included, cost is $140/person. Email email@example.com for more!
Cineplex in Dieppe is hosting The Great Big Boo on Sunday, October 24, Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31. This is a family-friendly musical experience.
Farmer Brown’s is holding a Boo Bash on Sunday, October 24. Children are $43.50 plus tax; parents are free to attend. Reserve your tickets in advance; 506-878-9285. Enjoy pumpkin painting, bouncy castles, visits from some superheroes & princesses, cookies, & more!
Farmer Brown‘s is also offering several ghostly tour options on their grounds. Enjoy the ‘Too Cute to Spook‘ (recommended for ages six and younger) and ‘The Ghosts of Dawson’ trails (six and over) October 29 (1-4pm), October 30 (noon-6pm), & October 31 (noon – 6pm). Admission is $10/person. Find all the details on their event listing; you can purchase your tickets there, too!
Farmer Brown’s Forbidden Woods & Haunted Greenhouse Tour is open October 27 through 31, 6-10pm. Cost is $15/person.
Salisbury’s Recreation & Wellness Department is hosting a Halloween Pumpkin Walk at Highland Park on October 29. There will be carved pumpkins throughout the park, treats for those in costume, and lots of family-friendly outdoor fun. 6-7pm. If you’re heading out to this event, be sure to also check out the neighbourhood decorations around the village. Peter Street has a home with lots of fun inflatables, and we always love the display near the elementary school.
New Hope Church on the Homestead Road is hosting a Chute for Loot Candy Event on Friday night, starting at 5:30.
Sackville’s Atlantic Wildlife Institute has a spooky walk on Friday night, October 29.
Room Escape Atlantic has some extra spooky escape rooms – with some live in-person scares happening! – available October 29 – 31.
Pickle Planet is thrilled to be partnering with Atlantic Wellness for the 9th annual Monster Trot! This trick-or-treating event takes place Saturday, October 30 at the Moncton Coliseum. Book your time (arrive within a one-hour window), bring your own treat bag, go from awesome decorated booth to awesome decorated booth & enjoy all the treats you gather! Tickets are $10/trick-or-treater. (If you’re not gathering treats, just accompanying a child who is, no need to purchase a ticket, though you are always welcome to make a donation to Atlantic Wellness, which offers free mental health supports to youth in our community.) This is a perfect indoor trick-or-treating experience for little ones & for folks with mobility concerns! Anyone aged 12 and older will be asked to show proof of vaccination & masks are required to be worn inside. Volunteers at the treat stations will have masks, gloves, and follow social distancing guidelines.
Also happening on Saturday, October 30, the Moncton Public Library is planning to celebrate the season with Halloween crafts in the kids’ section from 10am until 4:45pm. Come in your costume & enjoy! (Proof of vaccination/masks are required to enter.)
Highfield Baptist Church in Moncton is holding a Trunk or Treat on Saturday afternoon, 2-4pm. No scary decorations, everyone welcome.
Sunny Brae Baptist Church is holding a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 30 from 5:30-7pm. You’re asked to register in advance, so they can ensure enough treats for this free event.
Bennic is offering a special ‘I Scream’ ice cream for just $2, available October 29 – 31.
The Village of Memramcook is planning a Halloween concert with Art Richard on October 30! Our kiddos love his performances! Cost is $10 (adults) & $5 (students). Wear your costume to get a treat!
The Capitol Theatre is hosting a super cool ‘pay what you can’ screening of the 1931 movie, Frankenstein, with Symphony NB providing the live music on October 30.
Trueman’s Farm in Aulac is hosting a pet costume contest on Saturday, October 30. This is an online, photo-based competition! They’re also holding a Trick-or-Treat Around the Farm event on Oct 31; register in advance, cost is $13, and you’ll have access to all the outdoor activities!
Sackville’s Church by the Lake is holding a Trunk or Treat event on Oct 31, 4-6pm.
Lost & Found Ice Cream (St. George Street in Moncton) is offering free one-scoop cones to any child (12 & under) who shows up in costume on Halloween!
Be sure to check out the Village of Memramcook’s Facebook page on Halloween (October 31) – they’ll be sharing photos that have been submitted of pumpkin creations!
If you’re looking for a scary option & are up for a drive, check at the Freddy Fright Fest in the province’s capitol. Haunted tours happening October 22 – 31! There’s also a Halloween-themed special at the Delta Fredericton, as well as something spooky happening at the Algonquin in Saint Andews! Miramichi has an incredible display with more than 100 carved pumpkins on display, as well as their popular Zombie Walk. New Brunswickers are really getting into the Halloween spirit!
We’ll keep adding to this list if we learn of more events. Please remember to follow public health mandates & safety suggestions & have a wonderful Halloween season!
CORN MAZES & MORE
You can find all our info on pumpkin patches, corn mazes, & apple orchards here. Some highlights for Halloween:
The Green Pig Market in Salisbury has mini corn mazes perfect for toddlers, as well as a larger maze, a pumpkin blaster (open Saturdays & Sundays), and lots of goodies. You can enjoy the Haunted Maze on October 22, 23, 29, & 30 ($15/person – open 7-10pm) & Flashlight Maze nights October 15 & 16 (7-9pm). Follow along on their Facebook page for updates.
Boyle Family Farm is just a few minutes north of Moncton and features a family-friendly petting zoo, corn maze, wagon rides, horseback riding, and more. Open on the weekends, 9am-6pm. Call 875-5450 for more info or check their Facebook page.
In the Sussex area, Hat Creek Farms has a pumpkin patch u-pick & Freddy’s New Frenchy’s Corn Maze has a train-inspired large maze that takes about 30 minutes to complete & a mini maze that takes about 15 minutes.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!