It’s the time of year when spectres roam the earth, and they seem to be doing a lot of prowling in South Muskoka this Halloween season.
With over a century of history within its walls, the Muskoka Foundry on Entrance Drive in Bracebridge is the ideal setting for a frightening Halloween experience. Just how frightening the experience will be depends on the date you attend – as the Foundry’s Halloween Haunted Haunt runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
“It’s definitely geared for children of all ages,” says Audrey van Petegem, the Chief Marketing Officer at the Foundry.
Friday from 3 until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 until 4 pm are more for younger kids, says van Petegem.
“For the older kids or kids who want to be spooked a little, Saturday from 4 to 6 would be fun,” she says. “Halloween night is really not for the faint of heart but will be a blast for anyone who dares go through it.”
Volunteers from Monck Public School will play live characters on Friday, students from BMLSS will take part Saturday and Sunday, and adults will provide the big scares on Halloween night. Van Petegem says they’re still looking for volunteers and anyone interested can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry is by donation, with all proceeds going to Muskoka Foundry’s charitable organization Giving Locals a Smile. The charity helps those in need of dental procedures, such as implants and related cosmetic dental care, that is not covered by insurance.
The Bracebridge Sportsplex will also be hosting a Halloween Social throughout the day on Oct. 31 – tricks and treats aplenty.
In Gravenhurst, there’s a pumpkin carving contest set for Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Gravenhurst Public Library.
The event runs from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and everyone is invited to bring their own pumpkin for the family challenge.
The little trick or treaters are invited out to the sixth annual Let the Spirits Rise event on Oct. 29.
The event takes over the downtown area and trick or treaters can go door-to-door at businesses sporting black and orange balloons to collect a sweet haul. The trick or treating runs between 10 am and 1 pm.
The family fun continues inside the Gravenhurst Opera House, where there will be face painting by Painted Faces, an Interactive Toy Display by My Special Toolbox, children’s crafts courtesy of Children’s Place and spooky tunes by Muskoka Music Source.
The Opera House is also hosting a pumpkin display courtesy of the BIA. You can vote for your favourite and the winners will be announced at noon.
The streets of Gravenhurst will be crawling with the undead when a downtown zombie walk kicks off at 11 am. The walk runs from the Steadmans parking lot to the Opera House. Everyone’s welcome and encouraged to wear their best zombie costume, as there will be prizes handed out afterwards.
“I think the fact that the trick or treating takes place during daylight hours allows families to enjoy some Halloween fun without having to go out at night,” says Lindsay Fetterley-Cole, the administrator for the Gravenhurst BIA, which organizes Let the Spirits Rise. “The response has been fantastic. Last year businesses had over 250 kids through their doors. It’s a great family-friendly, community event that brings people into the downtown core.”
The chills keep coming on Sunday at the haunted walkway and old fashioned Halloween fundraiser at the Bethune Co-operative, located at 220 Winewood Ave in Gravenhurst.
Guests can come in costume and get their photo taken with “Halloween favourties,” and there will also be games and frights for the brave.
The cost is $2 for kids 10 and under and $5 for 11 and older.
This event’s being hosted by the Bethune Co-operative Fundraising Committee. A significant percentage of the Bethune Co-operative community have some form of disability, and all funds raised will be going to making the common areas more convenient and functional for the disabled members of Co-operative community.