• By: Kat Walcott

Where to get spooky in Ottawa this Halloween weekend

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This Halloween get out and enjoy some thrills with these spook-tacular local events!

The Sawmill Haunt – Lansdowne Park

What: The Sawmill Haunt
When: Until Oct. 31st, 2021
Where: Lansdowne Park
Price: $10 – $30

If you’re up for a good scare, grab a group of your friends and check out the huge haunted experience The Sawmill Haunt at Lansdowne! Produced by the Saunders’ Farm team, this experience is like a haunted house walk-through and a bigger scale – you’ll walk through a maze set up on the large field of the park where you’ll encounter zombies, ghosts, monsters and more! The site also includes food trucks and bonfires to sit around. There’s only a few nights left and tickets are going fast, so grab them while you still can.

Photo: The Sawmill

Squid Game Halloween Party – Seoul Dog

What: Squid Game Halloween Party
When: Oct. 30th and 31st, 5pm – 2am each night
Where: Seoul Dog (154 O’Connor St.)
Price: Free

If you’re as obsessed with the Netflix K-drama Squid Game as we are, don’t miss out on some show-themed fun at Seoul Dog this weekend! The popular Korean corn dog shop will be open until 2 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday night and there will be a live DJ, drinks, prizes for the best costume, and even a dalgona candy game inspired by the show’s iconic second episode. Free and open to all!

Photo: Seoul Dog

Day of the Dead Festival  ByWard Market

What: Day of the Dead Festival
When: Oct. 29th – Nov. 1st, 2021
Where: ByWard Market
Price: Free

The traditional Mexican holiday Day of the Dead follows right after Halloween on Nov. 1st, so it’s a great excuse to continue your festive spirit even after the weekend. Learn all about the origins of this holiday, munch on delicious Mexican cuisine and admire gorgeous costumes and skull displays right in the heart of the ByWard Market at the city’s biggest Day of the Dead celebration. The fest is totally free and open to all!

Photo: Day of the Dead Festival

Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions  First Baptist Church

What: Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions
When: Now – Until Oct. 31st
Where: First Baptist Church
Price: $30

If you’re into classical and orchestral music, spend your Halloween at the First Baptist Church. The church is serving as a stunning venue for the Listeso String Orchestra’s special Halloween concert series. The concert features orchestral renditions of classic spooky tunes like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and festive songs from hit movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. Don’t miss out!

Photo: Listeso

Escape Manor – multiple locations

What: Escape Manor's Haunted Halloween
When: Oct. 28th – 31st
Where: Visit the website for all locations and times
Price: $27

This weekend all of Escape Manor locations in Ottawa, including the Diefunbunker, will be running in the dark. A spooky experience at any time of the year, expect extra creep and more challenge to escape rooms. The fun starts Thursday and runs through Sunday October 31. A spooktacular environment for Halloween fun, games and immersive entertainment.

Photo: Escape Manor