UNTIL SUNDAY OCTOBER 22
Camping at Bronte Creek
Bronte Creek Provincial Park offers 144 electrical sites, each with a fire pit and picnic table. Four group camping sites and three yurts also available. Access is off Bronte Road. Call 905-827-6911 or visit OntarioParks.com to book.
150 Years through the eyes of the Farmer Family
Until December 30
1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Saturday
Many generations of the Farmer family lived and worked in Ancaster. Explore Fieldcote Museum to see how their world changed between 1957 to the present day and discover key points in history throughout the decades.
Canada 150 Celebrations of Lucy Maud Montgomery
A variety of events are planned around building a legacy of the famous Canadian author who lived in the village of Norval from 1926 until 1935. The L.M. Montgomery Heritage Society has purchased the manse where she and her husband lived and has plans to preserve this piece of history and keep it for all time growing it into a museum.
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for a free drop-in open studio art workshop for children and parents. For more information visit artgalleryofburlington.com.
Centro Garden’s Farmer’s Market
9 a.m.: Located at the back of Centro in the parking lot off John Street, this market focuses on creating community in downtown Burlington. More information at market.centrogarden.com.
Saturdays Until October 28
Oakville Farmer’s Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shop for Ontario produce and products in downtown Oakville on George Street between Church Street and Lakeshore Road. More information at farmfreshmarkets.ca/oakville-farmers-market-2/.
Until October 29
Canadian Craft Biennial
The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is organizing the first Canadian Craft Biennial, which will include a national master craft exhibition, an emerging craft maker exhibition, as well as a two-day conference. For more information visit www.artgalleryofburlington.com.
Until October 31
Pumpkins to Pastry Trail
Experience the local flavours of Halton with this 51-stop self-guided tour that lets you connect with local food experiences throughout the region. Map and details available at www.halton.ca.
Until October 31
Chudleigh’s Farm Apple Picking
Bring the family to Chudleigh’s to hand pick your own apples, shop in the market, enjoy the children’s area and meet the farm animals. A great way to spend an afternoon. Visit www.chudleighs.com for more information.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays until October 28
Burlington Mall Lions Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.: Shop for a selection of locally grown fresh produce, baking, meats, cheese, eggs and more at this market, held in the parking lot of the Burlington Mall. Details at Burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com.
Until October 31
Fall at Crawford Lake
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays: Enjoy the spectacular fall colours of the Niagara Escarpment at Crawford Lake. More information is available at conservationhalton.ca.
Fall at Mountsberg
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays: See the Mountsberg Bison herd up close and personal as you’re taken via wagon ride to their enclosure for an educational experience. Visit conservationhalton.ca.
Saturdays until November
Civitan Club of Oakville Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Dorval Crossing East plays host to Oakville’s longest-running farmers’ market in support of community charities. Visit Oakvillecivitan.ca.
Until December 31
The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail
10 a.m.: Explore RBG and learn about local indigenous people and plants. For more information visit www.rbg.ca.
Until October 25
Kelso Cyclocross Race Series
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: A weekly cyclocross race series featuring incredible terrain with multiple distances and categories. Visit www.conservationhalton.ca for more information.
until October 29
Springridge Farm’s Harvest Festival
10a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bring the family and enjoy professional puppet shows, wagon rides, the spooky barn and spider web climber, farm animals, straw bale jumping and much more. Stop for lunch and to shop at the Springridge market. Visit www.springridgefarm.com for more information.
WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Mountsberg play barn undergoes a ghoulish transformation during this event. Visit www.conservationhalton.ca.
Tuesdays and Fridays in October and November
Alphabet Play Drop-in
11 a.m. Tuesdays; 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Visit the Milton Public Library’s Beaty Branch Tuesdays and Main Library Fridays for stories, songs, crafts and a different letter each week. Ages 2 to 5. Details at www.mpl.on.ca.
Thursdays and Fridays in October and November
Lego Family Drop-in
4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays: Visit Milton Public Library’s Beaty Branch Thursdays and Main Library Fridays and use your imagination to create things with Lego, which is provided. Details at www.mpl.on.ca.
Friday October 13
The Wiggles – Big Show!
4 and 6:30 p.m.: The world’s most popular children’s band sing and dance to all of your favourite nursery rhymes at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at www.burlingtonpac.ca.
Saturday October 14
Halton Forest Festival Public Day
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Experience the fun activites and presentations at Rattlesnake Point. More information at www.conservationhalton.ca.
Sunday October 15
Celebrating Stories a Family Festival
1 to 5 p.m.: Visit the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton for this family literary festival celebrating Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers. Details at www.celebratingstoreis.ca.
Lego Club – Pirates
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Make your own pirate hats and eye patches, build chests, and set sail in your own Lego pirate ships at Ireland House Museum in Burlington for this supervised drop-off program. $10 per child aged 5 to 12. Register online at museumsofburlington.ca.
Our Kids Halton-Peel Private School Expo
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Find the best school for your child at this expo, held at 300 River Oaks Blvd. in Oakville. Details at www.ourkids.net.
Courtcliffe Park Volunteer Tree Planting
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Spend the morning with your family planting trees near the banks of Mountberg Creek. Courtcliffe Park located at 159 Carlisle Rd., Carlisle. www.conservationhalton.ca.
Sunday October 15 to Sunday October 28
Guided Ghost Walks
Celebrate Halloween by joining Oakville Historical Society volunteers for a guided walk around the oldest part of the town. Suitable for children. Details at www.oakvillehistory.org.
Monday October 16
Circle of Security Parenting
1 p.m.: Free eight-session workshop for parents of children 12-36 months. Learn approaches to enhance parent-child relationship and improve child behaviour. Snacks, prizes, transportation assistance and limited free childcare at Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, 45 Ellis Ave. Hamilton. Register at www.mchcommunityed.ca.
Thursday October 19
Toddler Days – Brown Bear, Brown Bear
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Find out what Brown Bear sees as you listen to the story, practice moving like animals and sort the characters at Ireland House Museum in Burlington. Ages 2 to 4. $5 per child. Preregistration recommended at www.museumsofburlington.ca or call 905-332-9888.
Thursday and Friday October 19, 20
The Great Pumpkin Trail
Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along the Royal Botanical Garden trails. Enjoy live entertainment; face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games. Pre-register at rbg.ca.
Saturday October 21
Right From the Start
10 a.m.: Free eight-session parenting workshop for parents of babies under 24 months. Learn how to read baby’s cues and foster infant attachment security. Snacks, prizes, transportation assistance and limited free childcare available at Beasley Community Centre-145 Wilson St. Hamilton. Register at mchcommunityed.ca.
Halloween Howl at Fifty Point Conservation Area
12 to 4 p.m.: Visit Fifty Point Conservation Area for an afternoon of Halloween family fun. Details at www.conservationhamilton.ca.
Saturday and Sunday October 21, 22
212th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar Celebration
1 to 4 p.m.: Hot cider and victory rum cake will be served at Oakville’s Sovereign House by the Bronte Historical Society. Presentations and children’s activities. Free event, donations welcome. Details at www.brontehistoricalsociety.ca .
October 21, 27 and 28
All Hallows’ Eve at Old Fort Erie
7:30, 7:45 and 8 p.m. tours: Experience Halloween during the War of 1812 era, as Old Fort Erie is brought to life by ghost stories of the fallen soldiers who may or may not remain on Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Led by the lantern light of your spooky tour guide, explore the old stone walls and dark corners of these historic and hallowed grounds. Be prepared for a fun and frightening evening, ending with refreshments and the annual burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy at 8:30 p.m. This event is suitable for all ages. More information at www.niagaraparks.com/events.
Halloween Movie Nights at Old Fort Erie
9 p.m.: Following the ghost tours and the burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy, there will be Halloween-themed films shown within the Visitor Centre theatre at Old Fort Erie. Films will include the hilarious zombie parody, Shaun of the Dead, on Friday, October 21, followed by two family-friendly favourites on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. Drinks, popcorn and light snacks will be available for purchase. Movie details at www.niagaraparks.com/events.
Sunday October 22
Pumpkin Sunday at Westfield Heritage Village
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Fun for the whole family, especially the little ones, this event features pumpkin-themed games, demonstrations, crafts and activities. Details at www.westfieldheritage.ca.
Pinocchio (Tout à Trac)
2 p.m.: Tout à Trac presents a lavish, extravagant retelling of the classic tale at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Arrive an hour early for pre-show activites in the lobby. Suitable for children 6 and up. Tickets at www.burlingtonpac.ca.
Wednesday October 25
Wednesday Wigglers – Halloween Fun
9:30 to 11 a.m.: Drop-in program at Hamilton Children’s Museum provides preschool aged children 2 to 4 an opportunity to explore the environment through a balance of adult facilitated and child directed activities including story time, songs, discovery and creation centres. www.hamilton.ca.
Thursday October 26
Toddler Days – Halloween
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Make Frankenworms, racing spiders, and feed a friendly monster at Ireland House Museum in Burlington. Children aged 2 to 4. $5 per child. Preregister at www.museumsofburlington.ca or call 905-332-9888.
Third Annual Pumpkin Walk at Fieldcote Museum
6 to 8 p.m.: Walk a slightly spooky trail through the grounds of Fieldcote Museum, illuminated by hand carved pumpkins both comical and creepy. Details at www.hamilton.ca.
Friday October 27
Halloween Spooktacular Sideshow
5 to 9 p.m.: Gore Park will come alive with lots of free fun & spooky things to see and do. Hay maze, face painting, cookie decorating, reptile show, magician, mummy exhibit & more! Visit www.downtownhamilton.org/downtown-updates/ to find out details.
Friday and Saturday October 27, 28
Haunted Halloween At Westfield Heritage Village
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Something curious is happening at Westfield Heritage Village. Find out what as you explore by lantern, pumpkins and moonlight. Visit www.westfieldheritage.ca.
Pajama Night Creatures of the Night – Mountsberg
7 to 9 p.m.: Listen to the sounds of the night and learn about owls, coyotes and other creatures. Wear a costume and enjoy with s’mores around the fire. Details at www.conservationhalton.ca.
Saturday October 28
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: To celebrate Halloween, the Woodshed at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology has been transformed into a school for young wizards and witches. www.hamilton.ca.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Fallfest takes overConcession Street in Hamilton. www.hamilton.ca.
Oakville’s First Annual Family History Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate Family History Month at Queen Elizabeth Park Community, Cultural Centre. Details at www.opl.ca.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Children up to the age of 12 are invited to visit the Milton Mall in costume for pumpkin carving, crafts and DIY treat bags. Parade at 11 a.m. Details at www.miltonmall.com.
Treats in our Streets
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Walk Burlington’s downtown core for this costumed trick-or treating event with local businesses. Details at burlingtondowntown.ca.
Fright in the Forest
5 p.m.: Enjoy an evening of outdoor Halloween family fun in the Dundas Valley. Frightfully fun activities include: Jack-O-Lantern trail, roasting marshmallows over the bonfire, Night Quest Hike, spooky creatures in the Education centre, screening of Ghostbusters and treats at the spooky old train station. More information at conservationhamilton.ca.
Saturday and Sunday October 28, 29
Milton Haunted House
The Milton Haunted House takes over new Milton Mall. Face painting, silent auction and more. Funds to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. Details at www.miltonhauntedhouse.com.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29
City Parent Family Show
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: This show has everything for families. Entertainment, exhibitors and information at Royal Botanical Gardens. Follow Twitter@ cityparentmag and Facebook/cityparent.
Classical Family 1: Spooktacular
2:30 p.m.: Spooktacular is a Halloween-themed musical extravaganza presented at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines by Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Wear a costume and get in on the fun. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.
3 p.m.: The Milton Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off a new season with this fun family concert First Ontario Arts Centre Milton. Suitable for all ages. Kids can meet and get treats from the musicians after the show. Tickets $15 at www.firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.
Monday October 30
Hairy, Scary Halloween Craft Hour
2 to 3 p.m.: Visit the Oakville Public Library’s Glen Abbey Branch for a memorable afternoon filled with not-so-scary stories, spooky music and crafted memories. Ages 2 to 4. Details at www.opl.ca.
Tuesday October 31
Tick or Treat @ the Library
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Costumed children can visit the Milton Public Library Main Library to trick-or-treat. Details at www.mpl.on.ca.
Tiny Tots on Parade
Visit downtown Oakville’s Towne Square and show off your costume, meet characters and visit with the Fire Department before hitting the town to gather treats. www.oakvilledowntown.com.