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 “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
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
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
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.
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
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….
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
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.
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.
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!