Nova Scotia has a rich, seafaring history and also a strong military history. From shipwrecks and privateers to battles at the Fortress of Louisbourg, there are many stories to tell. So it only makes sense that these would evolve over time into legends and folklore we love at this time of year.This is what makes Nova Scotia such a perfect backdrop for some Halloween fun! Whether you are taking a ghost walk or tour where you are sure to learn some history that is not currently in the books. If you are just up for for some good spooky fun, we have something for you too.! Here are just some of the haunted locations, spooooooooky ghost tours and fun-filled family events going on around the province.
The Five Fishermen - Halifax
This restaurant at 1740 Argyle has an intersting history. Once a Victorian School, the building later became a funeral home - John Snow & Co, which played a part in housing victims of both the Titanic disaster in 1912 and the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Both staff and guests of the Five Fishermen have seen glasses fly off shelves when no one is near, taps turn off and on by themselves, and apparitions of an old man and of a couple in period clothing have also been seen in the restaurant. Of course, a meal here is sure to haunt your tastebuds. Try the restaurant for fine dining and succulent seafood, or visit the grill for more casual fare.
Haunted Tours and Ghost Walks
Exploring haunted locations round the Annapolis Valley - Valley Ghost Walks features a lively cast of characters to show you around.
Upcoming 2014 shows:
Friday, October 17, 9:45pm - Wolfville
Wednesday, October 22, 8pm - Kentville
Thursday, October 23, 8pm - Wolfville
Friday, October 24, 8pm - Windsor (indoor show)
Thursday, October 30, 8pm - Wolfville
Friday, October 31, 8pm - Windsor
Cost $15 per adult, $12 per student
Andy Smith is a seasoned tour guide and professional actor who is guaranteed to entertain with historical tales and some personal accounts.
When: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
Cost $10 per person, group discounts available
Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour - Halifax
Tour Halifax's own historical fort by lantern at your own risk. Apparitions of soldiers have often been reported here.
When: Friday and Saturdays until October 31, 2014. Tours begin at 8:30 pm
Adult (17+): $12
Youth (6-16): $8
Family: $35 (2 Adults/2 Youth)
Please note - cash only.
The Halifax Ghostwalk - Halifax
Founded in 1990, this is the oldest ghost walk in North America. Folklore and ghastly tales will have you squealing.
Upcoming 2014 walks:
October 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30.
Meet at the Old Clock on Citadel Hill at 8:30 pm, no reservation required.
$10 Seniors and Children 9-12 yrs
Children under 9 are free
Haunted Sydney Ghost Tours - Sydney, Cape Breton
This 90 minute tour chills your spine with local tales then warms you up with a cup of tea and some traditional Cape Breton sweets. You'll forget all about Mr.Ghosty unless he follows you for a sweet or two. I mean who can resist?
When: Thursday nights until October 23, 2014
The Fortress of Louisbourg has been the site of many a battle between the french and the english. As a result, there is bound to be a spooky tale or too. Ghostly guides will lead you through the town with tales of Louisbourg's darker side.
When: October 22 at 7:30 pm.
Call 902-733-3548 to register
Cost is $25 per person
Annapolis Royal Ghost Town - Annapolis Valley
Here you'll find a Haunted House at the Sinclair Inn Museum, Hidden Hauntings at the O'Dell House Museum and Ghostly Gardens at the Historic Garden. Why just explore a house when you can tour the whole town? While you are hear take in Alan Melanson's Candelight Graveyard Tour.
When: October 17-31
Check the schedule for times and prices: http://exploreghosttown.wordpress.com/ghost-town-schedule/
Other Spooky Activities
Zombie Hunt - Mount Uniacke
Why play regular paintball when you can hunt Zombies?
When Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights until November 2.
Cost is $20 per person and is limited to ages 10 and up. Children 10-17 must have a signed waiver from parents or guardians.
Riverbreeze Bloodfields - Truro
Very scary - with four haunted house and six haunted corn mazes, you'll be lucky to escape this one! Unless you go to the family side. They have lots of family fun as well.
When: Every Friday and Saturday night until November 1, 2014.
Cost:You can view them all for $25.
Not everyone is up for such ghoulish behavior. Here's where to go for some family fun!
Noggins Farm - Greenwich, Annaopolis Valley
Noggins has both a haunted house and a corn maze. They also have a Barnyard Adventure Area - with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Cost is $10 per visitor.
This kid-friendly maze is surrounded by other activites like a petting zoo and playground. You can also buy a pumpkin here!
Cost is $12 per adult.
The late Howard Dill sure knew how to grow a pumpkin. Take the family to the pumpkin farm to see the biggest pumpkins in Nova Scotia. The farm has set world records with the biggest pumpkin weighing 1,818 lbs!
Have I missed your favourite Halloween activity in Nova Scotia? Leave your recommenation in the comments!