With Halloween on the horizon, farms throughout Ontario are transforming into frightful destinations full of thrills, including haunted corn mazes, hay rides, and more. Below are just a few of the farms in the province that are worth checking out this month.
Snyder’s Family Farm
Self-proclaimed as Kitchener’s greatest fear, the Fear Farm has Halloween activities for kids and adults alike. The Dr. Doom Hayride will take you on a creepy excursion through the woods and the four-acre Condemned Cornfield is sure to get your hair standing on end. Adults and older kids in your group also won’t want to miss their new 2500-square-foot haunted house that’s “not for the faint of heart.”
When: Open from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October.
Where: 936685 Blenheim Rd., Bright, Ontario.
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Saunders Farm is transformed into a spooky place every October, complete with a Barn of Terror, a Haunted Hayride, a walking tour of Camp Slaughter, and even a Ghost Town Stage Show. This place doesn’t hold back for Halloween so make sure your kids are ready for a fright.
When: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. On October 28, 29, 30, and 31, it’s open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Where: 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster, Ontario.
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Norwich Optimist Corn Maze
Every year from early September until just before Halloween, this farm opens ten acres of corn maze to the public. On the evenings of October 19 and the 26, the maze becomes haunted and anyone who dares to enter will get scared witless. This maze is not suited for small children, but the trick-or-treat day and costume contest, both held on October 26, definitely are.
When: Saturdays from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Where: Hwy 59 just two miles north of Norwich, Ontario.
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Hanes Corn Maze
Carved into 20 acres of 10-foot corn stalks, the giant puzzle on this farm has checkpoints to help you solve it. A haunted maze is held every day in October, and while it’s suited for all ages, be sure to bring a flashlight. Once you find your way out of the maze, this location is also a great place to pick out your own pumpkin.
When: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Where: #1001 Hwy #5, Dundas, Ontario.
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The Phantom Farm
With a bunch of scary attractions aimed at teenagers, this is the perfect place to spend an evening with the older kids. Equipped with a graveyard, a 4000-square-foot haunted barn, and a forbidden forest, this place will scare the bejesus out of just about anyone.
When: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. starting on October 11.
Where: North of Port Hope on Hwy #28 to Hamilton Township 5th Line.
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Located just outside of Thunder Bay, the Gammondale Farm turns into a frightful place every year. Their haunted cornfield and Boo Barn are “high startle, no gore,” so they’re suitable for the whole family. Despite this, kids who are under 18 and ready to jump with fright must be accompanied by an adult over 21. If getting scared spurs your appetite, be sure to visit the Road Kill Café for some grub afterward.
When: Open October 18, 19, 25, 26, and 27 from dusk until 10 p.m.
Where: 426 McClusky Drive, Slate River, Ontario.
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