Article written by Becky Dumais
Halton Railway Museum
Not many of us ride trolleys anymore – unless you commute in Toronto. When was the last time you hopped on an old-fashioned trolley for a ride? The Halton County Radial Railway lets visitors ride on many of its exhibits through the forest on a 2 km scenic track. You can hop off and explore the gardens, then get back on again and return to the station to buy treats and souvenirs. The HCRR, which opened in 1972, is Ontario’s first and largest electric railway museum. Today, it displays and operates a variety of historic streetcars, radial cars, work cars, and other historic materials. The oldest rail car in the collection dates from the late 1800s!
Witches, ghosts and goblins will be making their annual visit to the HRCC in October for the Halloween Spooktacular. In fact, everyone’s invited to walk through the haunted car barn and take a trip on the old, creaky streetcars along the main line. Refuel with hot apple cider and scary snacks. Wear your costume! Tickets are sold at the door. The event runs Saturday, October 19 & Saturday, October 26, from 6:30pm-10pm.
13629 Guelph Line, Milton
Tiny Tots Parade
Downtown Oakville’s annual Tiny Tots Parade is a fun, safe way for kids to trick or treat for Halloween – and a nice opportunity for mom or dad to browse too, even if it’s just window shopping. On Thursday, October 31 from 10 am to 12 noon, families are invited down to Towne Square to enjoy treats and entertainment. All of the giddy ghosts, goblins and other spooks will be lead on a hallowing parade through downtown to enjoy some of the treats and cider given out by the local merchants. This family friendly event is organized by the businesses of Downtown Oakville as a way for the community to come together to enjoy the beauty, shops and dining of the downtown core.
Springridge Harvest Festival
If you’re looking to harvest up some family fun this fall, head to Springridge Farm’s Harvest Festival. Visitors can enjoy: a weekend BBQ, “The Great Pumpkin Mix-up”, professional puppet shows, wagon rides to the 5-acre corn trail, tours through the Spooky Boo Barn, playing on the Spider Web Climber and Farm Yard Pipe Slide, access to the Farm Animal Barn, the Escarpment Educational Lookout, a Giant Sandbox, the Plywood Milking Cow, the Witches Mouth Corn Trail, the Tricky Trails Corn Maze, the Straw Bale Jumping & Pyramids and last but not least the Singing Chicken Show. Pony rides are also offered for an additional $3 per child.
The festival runs weekends from September 21 – October 27 & Thanksgiving Monday from 10am – 4pm. Admission: $11.00 per person, ages 2-92.
7256 Bell School Line, Milton
Burlington Ghost Walks
Experience the spookier side of Burlington at night during a two-hour walking tour. Explore downtown Burlington’s history, folklore and legendary ghosts. Your “hosts”, Patrick Cross and Michelle Deroshers provide informative, detailed accounts of the settlers and soldiers dating back to the 1800’s, including: Chief Joseph Brant, Laura Secord, Emma Byrens (the namesake of Emma’s Back Porch), Captain William Kerr, Elizabeth Brant, James Gage and Robert Bateman.
Burlington’s spiritually-active spots along the walk include: Emma’s Back Porch, Burlington Ontario War Memorial near City Hall, and St. Luke’s Anglican Church Cemetery (the oldest church in Burlington) to name a few.
Go a-ghosting and a-walking from June to November, Saturdays from 9–11 pm. The tour begins at Emma’s Back Porch and then explores 25 haunted locales in the downtown core.