Halloween is a chance to both be spooked and to party. The number of happenings within our city of Hamilton is more than enough to allow everyone to celebrate in their own way. Trick-or-treating events, festivals and pumpkin patches are full of Halloween fun for the whole family. But then there are the events that are ‘adult only’. When busy with work and parenting little ones, these are events that often get forgotten. Take the time this October to hire a babysitter and get into the spooky spirit for yourself. Don’t leave the fun to the kids and enjoy a true Halloween experience with one or more of these events.
Septemer 21 to October 31
Mizener’s Antiques &
Flea Market, Hamilton
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Located at Mizner’s Market, a property with a history of gangs, death, hauntings, and creatures of all kinds, this is a haunt that is all things scary and gory. Fear is an important factor in completing the Halloween season, and this haunt is the perfect way to test your bravery. Buy your tickets online at $10 and plan to wait in line for at least an hour before heading into the haunt.
Septemer 22 to November 1
You don’t have to travel far to discover a truly haunted city when it turns out to be the very place you live. There are a number of tours to view the haunted areas of Hamilton, including a full Downtown Tour, an indoor tour of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, stories from past soldiers at the Hamilton Armouries, a forest walk at the Hermitage Ruins, a Dark Trolley Tour at the Harbourfront, and more. Buy your tickets for each tour online from $10-$25.
Gore Park, Hamilton | 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
This is a zombie walk with a mission. Get yourself dressed up at the Zombification Station before you take a walk as a zombie group collecting food donations for the less fortunate across the streets of Hamilton. Enjoy a free after party with costume contests and prizes.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Zoetic, Hamilton
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 11:00 pm – 1:00 am
For ages 19 and up only, this movie will test your bravery. Come dressed up in costume and enjoy a prop bag and cocktails while you watch. Grab your tickets online before they sell out, tickets range from $18 – $25.
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Hamilton
7:30 pm – 1:00 am
Enjoy a true ballroom experience at this yearly Halloween party. Expect the real Hamilton Ghost stories told as you enter the party, with a LED / Hula Hoop show to follow, a full video dance party, a cold buffet, and costume prizes (values of as much as $500!). Buy your tickets online for $45 each.
Boos and Cruise Halloween Party
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
A different type of ‘booze cruise,’ this one is all about goblins, jackals, and ghouls. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a spooky party on a boat with no escape? Adults only. Tickets are available online for $35.
Halloween Lock-In Event
Lazer Mania, Hamilton
10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Lazer tag isn’t just for the kids, especially at this lock-in event. During the lock-in you can compete with different game modes, including Zombie Infection or Stealth Mode. For $40 per person you have unlimited playing time with complimentary pizza and pop provided. Prefer a private party? Book in advance with a minimum of 25 players.
71 Elmore Dr., Hamilton
Leave the kids at home after they complete their trick-or-treating for this free haunted house tour that includes seven rooms of horror, a cornstalk maze and more.
by Esther Vandersluis