Halloween in Fredericton….A Top 15 List!
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 ghosts and goblins. We’ve compiled a list of 15 things you should check out during this ghoulish season!
APEGNB Haunted Tours (Medium & High Scare)
Oct 28 – 31, 6-10pm | Charlotte Street Arts Centre | $10 per person (ages 9 and up)
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!”
APEGNB Haunted Tour “Low Scare”
Oct 30, 3-7pm, Oct 31, 9am-5pm | Science East | 457-2340 $5 per person
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Calithumpians “Haunted Hikes”
Fridays & Saturdays until Oct 30, 7pm | 796A Queen Street | $14 adult, $9 child
You won’t know whether to laugh or scream (maybe both?). On weekends (Fri & Sat) throughout the month of October until Oct. 30th (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….
October 24, 3-9pm | Mactaquac Provincial Park | FREE (with a food bank donation)
Take a wagon ride (available 5-9pm) 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.
Kingswood Entertainment Centre Halloween House
October 9 -31 |Kingswood Entertainment Centre, 1700 Kingswood Way, Hanwell | $2 for kids haunted house, $5 for Adult Haunted House with a food bank donation
New this year, Kingswood Entertainment Centre will be transformed into a creepy Haunted House! For the little ones, a Kids’ Haunted House will operate during regular hours, the adult Haunted House (16+) will be open Friday and Saturdays from 6-10pm. Check it out!
Nightmare on George Street
October 31, 9pm | Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market |Tickets $20 avail at Read’s Newstand
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.
Beer ‘N Stein
October 30, 7pm | Marilyn Mazerolle Gallery, 384 Queen St. | Tickets
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! (scarves, jewellery etc). Plus an evening of music, a spooky handmade photobooth, delicious finger food, film screenings, handmade masks and props by Hammerthreads, and an exciting costume contest! General tickets are $40 or $35 for NBCC members and NBCCD students with vaild ID.
October 30, 8pm | Capital Exhibit Centre |Tickets $20 at the NBex office
Dance to the beat of Tristin Horncastle, Downtown Blues Band and Mad Mary! The fun and great music takes place at Capital Exhibit Centre, and of course, it is always best to be in costume as there is prizes for best one!! Doors open at 8pm.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 31, 11:59pm | Fredericton Playhouse |Tickets
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!
Wool-a-Stalk Run…for your Life
October 30, 8pm | Woolastook Park |Register
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, pay a $5 runners fee. Bonfire and snacks will follow (for those that make it back, that is…bwahahahaha…).
The Running Dead Zombie 5K Fun Run
November 7, 10am | Killarney Lake | Register
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!
Junior Halloween Movie Night
October 24 | Abony Family Tennis Centre | 4:30-8pm | $16
A great way for the kids to get some spooky Halloween fun in, the Junior Halloween Movie Night includes activities like tennis, 2 Halloween movies, a haunted house, food, prizes and more! Limited spots available – call (506) 457-2382 or visit the Welcome Desk at the Abone Family Tennis Centre to book your spot!
Friendly Haunted “HotHouse”
October 17 & 18 and 24 & 25 | Moxon’s Country Pumpkin |10am-7pm
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.
Fredericton Safe Halloween Haunted House
October 28 – 31, 5pm-8:30pm | Capital Exhibit Centre | Children (12 & under) $5, General Admission $8
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!
Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 24, 9am | Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market
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 (4-6/7-9/10-12). Pumpkins will then be auctioned off!
Trick or Treating! (The Safe Way!)
October 31, 3-5pm | Brookside Mall
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 3-5pm 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!