Halloween in Fredericton….Scary and fun for all!

For the young and young at heart, what other time of year do you get to don your favourite costume, where it becomes socially acceptable to take on the personality of someone or something else!

The great thing about Halloween is that it is for EVERYONE! From little pirates and princesses to adult size pirates and princesses, pumpkin carving and haunted houses, Fredericton has so many choices for all ghouls and goblins.

APEGNB Haunted Tours (Medium & High Scare), October 29 – November 1
The historic Charlotte Street Arts Centre is the perfect setting for the annual Haunted Tour.  The Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB) are the creators of this scary event, transforming the old school into a creepy and terrifying experience.  This tour is meant for the very “scare-tolerant!” October 29 – November 1. Check the website for tour times.

APEGNB Haunted Tour

APEGNB Haunted Tour “Low Scare”
(Oct 29, 12-5pm, Oct 31, 12-7pm & Nov 1, 12-5pm)
For kids ages 3 and up, the APEGNB Haunted Tour (Low Scare) offers little ghosts and goblins spooky delights and fascinating sights with the all the intrigue of Science East’s location in the old York County Jail building at 668 Brunswick St. Cost is $8 per child (accompanying adults-FREE!). Proceeds from this tour will support Science East in offering free access to programs at the Exploratory Centre for Early Learning (ExCEL) this year. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for detail

Science East "Low Scare"

Beer & Stein at Gallery 78 (October 30, 7pm)
This event has all kinds of goodies! Get your best costume on and get 1 free Picaroons beer AND can choose from a handcrafted beer stein (to put said beer in) OR a handcrafted stein stuffer! There will be music, photo booth, munchies, costume contest  and more! General tickets are $40, but for NBCC members and NBCCD students with vaild ID, tickets are $35. A limited number of tickets are available at the Picaroons Traditional Ales Brewtique, NB Crafts Council Office, or at Gallery 78. Oct. 30, 7pm

Fredericton Beer & Stein

Rockin’ the Halloween Ball (October 25)
A favourite Halloween event, where all goblins, ghosts and just plain weird creatures come out of the woodwork to rock with ‘80’s cover band “Pretty in Pink” at the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Read’s Newsstand.  Oct. 25, 8:30pm

Pretty in Pink Halloween

Halloween Howler (October 31)
Dance to the beat of Tristan Horncastle and the Downtown Blues Band at the Capital Exhibit Centre, and of course, it is always best to be in costume!! Doors open at 9:30pm, tickets are $20.

Frankenstein – The Man who Became God (October 23 – 25)
Catch TNB’s rendition of this popular figure. See how Frankenstein the monster, actually became an intelligent and soulful being. In addition, for those who want to know how in the heck this monster was created, get the inside scoop on Oct. 16, 7pm at the Fredericton Public Library.  Join Playwright Walter Learning and TNB’s Director, Caleb Marshall for an insiders peek! Then, prior to the Saturday matinee in the Playhouse Lobby (Oct 25) join in the discussion on how science brought about this “creation.” Get your tickets here.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (October 31)
Let’s do the time warp, yeah!!  This is the longest running midnight movie of all time, it’s interactive and just plain fun.  Wear your Rocky Horror picture themed attire and prepare for a great Halloween evening!  Oct. 31, Fredericton Playhouse, 11:59pm. Get your tickets!

Wool-a-Stalk Run…for your Life (October 25)
Running through the woods. At night. Willingly. I’m in!! This sounds like too much fun to miss.  Runners can run either 6.6km or 13kms with just a headlamp while trying to ward off lurking ghouls…what other way to spend a Saturday night?  Bring a non perishable food donation, and meet at the park at 8pm.  Bonfire and snacks will follow (for those that make it back, that is…bwahahahaha…). Click here to register.

Woola-Stalk-Run...For Your Life

The Running Dead Zombie 5K Fun Run (November 1)
Just in case you haven’t had enough of zombies or unknown creatures chasing you through the shadows, this 5K run around Killarney Lake will have you watching out for lurking zombies hiding in the bushes. Runners wear ribbons and are “chased” by a zombie in a “capture the flag” style event.  Zombies are stationed throughout the course in an attempt to get the runner’s ribbon.  Winning the race means crossing the finish line with at least one ribbon.  Good times!  Nov. 1, 10am

The Running Dead

Calithumpians “Haunted Hikes”
You won’t know whether to laugh or scream (maybe both?).  On weekends (Fri & Sat) throughout the month of October until Oct. 25th, with an additional 2 special tours on Oct. 29 & 30 (tours officially start at 7pm, but best to arrive at 6:45pm), take a guided hike through Fredericton’s dark alleys, cemeteries and eerily empty parking lots.  Bwahahahahaha….

Calithumpians Haunted Hike

Mactaquac ScareFair (October 25)
Take a wagon ride through Mactaquac campground, a.k.a.”Booville” – that’s not scary, you say? Well, what was formerly a peaceful, quiet campground has been transformed into zombie walking, chainsaw wielding journey of terror… all you need to gain admittance is a non-perishable food item, oh and dress for the weather as all activities will be outdoors. October 25, 3pm-9pm

Mactaquac ScareFair

Friendly Haunted “HotHouse (October 18 & 19 and 25 & 26)
Head out to Moxon’s Country Pumpkin (911 Route 105 Maugerville) where they’ve transformed the 100 ft tomato hothouse into a family friendly haunted house! Geared to kids, this haunted hothouse is low scare.  Just bring a non perishable food item as a donation.

Moxon's Haunted Hot House

Fredericton Safe Halloween Haunted House (October 27 – 31)
We love our Haunted Houses here in Fredericton, so why not come to the “biggest haunted house in NB!” The Capital exhibit Centre will be transformed into a creepy, fog-ridden maze, full of frightful surprises. This section is high scare and meant for more mature halloweeners! The “runway” part of the centre will cater to the kids. It will be low scare and kids can visit with the friendly ghosts and goblins and collect treats along the way! October 27 – 31, 5pm-8:30pm; children (12 & under) $5, General admission $8

Pumpkin Carving Contest (October 25)
Who’s the most creative carver of pumpkins?  This contest is for the kids’ creations! Bring your masterpiece to the Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market to be judged. Prizes will be awarded by age category. Oct. 25, 9am.

Halloween at the Market

Trick or Treating! (The Safe Way!), October 31
Once again, kids will be able to trick or treat safely and out of the cold by visiting Brookside Mall.  Bring your little goblins to the mall between 4pm-6pm and participating retailers will have treats to hand out.

This should keep many a green eyed monster busy this Halloween in Fredericton! So go ahead, dig out the costume and take part in the many events and activities taking place in the region.  And remember kids, share the treats with the adults, cuz they love them too!

Ahhh…Autumn in Fredericton, Canada

Ahh…Autumn in the Fredericton region.  Quite possibly my most favourite time of year.  Why, you ask?  Well, for one, no humidity!  And who can not love the kaleidoscope of fall colours?  I never tire of seeing the vibrant reds, golds, and oranges that make an appearance for a brief time.  It reminds us to put away our summer clothes, dig out our sweaters, and seek out the places that say “Fall”.  This is the harvest, so we have to check out all things harvest-y (no, not a real word, but for this post, we will make an exception!)…so begins our journey… 

Harvey’s Big Potato (701 Highway 105 in Maugerville) 

Attention all lovers of large roadside things! If ever there was an identifiable icon smack dab in the centre of Maugerville, it is Harvey’s Big Potato.  On a damp Sunday we decided to visit the big guy, as we heard it through the grapevine that there was a corn maze that we just had to see first- hand.   But first we paid homage to the pumpkins (in abundance!) and the weird looking gourds that you see so often this time of year.  Even Toby, our Toller, and quality control sniffer, was intrigued.

Toby checking out the gourds at Harvey's Big Potato

After inspecting all gourds, pumpkins and large statuesque root vegetables, we headed to the corn maze.  Now, for those of you of a certain age that remember the spooky thriller, “Children of the Corn”  - take comfort.  This is completely, and utterly family friendly, without a trace of spookiness.  It is compact enough to complete in a few minutes, and if you really use your imagination, you’d think you were, for a moment, lost in the farmer’s field.  Simply bring a donation to the Fredericton Food Bank and you are on your way!

Corn Maze at the Harvey's Big Potato

Harvey’s Big Potato is located at 701 Hwy. 105, 10 km east of Fredericton.  They are open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.  Contact them at 357-5769 or visit their website.  

Moxon’s Country Pumpkin, 911 Route 105 in Maugerville

And no visit is complete in this part of Sunbury County without visiting Moxon’s Country Pumpkin.  Just a minute or two from Harvey’s Big Potato, you will find a veritable cornucopia (well, it is almost Thanksgiving!) of vegetables, baked goods, and of course at this time of year, pumpkins!!  My kids can never resist visiting the resident llamas and goats – my son, if he asks nicely, will sometimes be given carrot tops to feed the animals.  Today the animals were particularly frisky.  My son wondered how they can get their head through the metal fence…I am thinking, very carefully! 

Feeding the Animals at Moxon's Country Pumpkin

Moxon’s Country Pumpkin is located at 911 Route 105 in Maugerville.  You can contact them at 357-8013.

Everett’s Apple Orchard, 3905 Route 102, Island View (west of Fredericton)

A short drive away is Everett Orchard -  a family owned and operated U-pick located in Island view, just west of Fredericton. This apple farm has been in the Everett family for eight generations, since 1792!  What brings us back every year is not only the apples (which, by the way are delectable, particular the Macs and Honeycrisp varieties), but the stunning view.  Being a self proclaimed scenic view junkie, I’ve taken more than a few pics of the very top of the orchard, overlooking the St John River – goosebumps!

Having a big brother is extremely helpful in getting THE apple at the top of the tree.  Remember to bring your own bags, and if you plan on picking more than a couple of bags, you can usually borrow a wagon to pull to your favourite variety.  This time of year, you can expect to pick beautiful Macs, Honeycrisp and Cortlands. 

Apple Picking at Everett's Orchards in Fredericton

After we picked a few, we decided to head back down and see if the Everett’s had their crock pot on with warm apple cider…we were in luck!  There is nothing better than sipping a cup of warm cider on a wet day.  The Everett’s use cider from Coburn farms, of Keswick Ridge.  It was, as we expected, delicious (even Toby wondered what that great smell was!).  Everetts is open at this time of year Monday – Sunday, 10am-6pm.  You can contact them at 459-7406 or visit their website.

Debbie Perry is a busy Mom of three humans and one canine.  When not working in her day job with Fredericton Tourism,  Debbie plots her next adventure that usually involves taking a path less travelled, with kids and dog in tow.  “One of the best ways to explore is to get lost” says Debbie, who recently did just that when attempting to find a waterfall in the back woods of Nackawic with only her paper GPS in hand! 

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