How to get your spooky on when there are things that go bump in the night…
We are a tight-knit community here in Prince Edward County, and nothing can get our Halloween spirit down. While Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is recommending alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating, members of our community have banded together to create fun, innovative, and safe activties that we can enjoy together at a distance.
We’ve put together a list of some of the events shared in our community on social media and through word-of-mouth. If you have a safe Halloween event or activity planned, and would like to be included, reach out. The more the scarier!
Everyone has been so smart and cautious during this time, but it never hurts to remind everyone, there are rules in place. We’ve put them all together here. If you are visiting our community this spooky season, please read up on the local how-tos, and consider visiting at another time if you live in a region that is in modified Stage 2.
If you feel safest staying at home this year, here are some fun ways to create memories with your family in the comfort of your own home:
(part of Ghosts of Camp Picton)
Local children’s charity, Raising A Village – Quinte, has created a community wide jack o’ lantern contest in hopes of creating one of the largest displays ever to happen in The County. Carve, paint, or draw on a pumpkin and bring it to Loch Sloy to be judged. The contest is open to all ages and collaborators. There are incredible prizes for kids, families and adults, including entrance to Ghosts of Camp Picton, where the creations will be on display. Visit www.ghostsofcamppicton.com for more information.
- Loch Sloy Holdings Inc – 343 County Road 22, Picton (Camp Picton)
- Daily pumpkin pick up / drop off outside of the Loch Sloy Main Office from 10am – 4pm. Deadline to drop off pumpkins is 5pm October 29th.
Regent Theatre Ghost
Maybe you’d prefer to stay in to haunt an historical building? This year, The Regent Theatre is hopeful to find it’s very own ghost to roam their rafters. With a donation to this fundraising endeavour, you’ll be entered for a chance to be named Ghost of The Regent. The winner will be announced Halloween night. The lucky winner will have their name hung in a place of honour at the theatre, and will receive an official certificate. The prize also includes 10 movie passes to enjoy when the theatre reopens. This fundraiser is Ghostbuster-approved, with an endorsement from Winston Zeddemore himself!
County Moments Ghosts and Gravestones Stories
Send shivers down your spine at home by exploring the County Moments Ghosts and Gravestones website. Take turns telling true County ghost stories including the headstone of Wm Pierce who died on February 31st, the Villeneuve Castle ghosts, and the phantom dog of the South Bay Cemetery. A County with as much history as ours is sure to have its share of creepy tales.
Bubble Bubble, Toil & Trouble
This Halloween, many local businesses are hosting some creative events that focus on you and your bubble. Businesses have been diligently working to keep our community safe. They follow COVID protocols and strictly enforce them. With many events happening over multiple days, it’s easy to spend the day visiting a few locations. We’ve plotted out the events in chronological order to help you make your plans!
Wellington Farmers Market – Halloween Style
The Wellington Farmers Market has extended their season and is open on Halloween morning from 9am to 1pm. Costumes are encouraged for trick or treating your way through the many vendors including farmers, artisans, producers and more.
Stop by the library for games, pumpkin painting and a creepy spider web maze! Costumes are encouraged, drop in event.
- Oct. 31st. 12:30 – 2:30pm
- Picton Branch Library – 208 Main Street, Picton.
Tours at the museum on Halloween will feature a few special stops in their graveyard. Guides will delight visitors with stories of William Pierce, whose gravestone was featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the stones of five siblings that perished in the Smith’s Bay Drowning of 1866.
- Oct. 31st. 10am – 4pm.
- Macaulay Heritage Park – 23 & 35 Church Street, Picton.
Trick or Treat Main Street Picton
Businesses have had to follow strict protocols since being able to re-open. Who better to hand out treats to our little ones?
- The Vic Drive-In Trick or Treat will be handing out treat bags to drive-in ghouls from 5 – 7pm.
- jefferyscott will have goodies for costumed kiddos from 4 – 6pm.
- Kelly’s Shop will be doling out the goods from 10 am – 5pm.
- Zest Kitchen Shop will be using their own tongs to pass out sweets from 10am – 5pm.
- Captain Mitch and his dastardly crew will be giving out candy from 5 – 8pm. The haunted pirate ship will be docked at the Picton Harbour Boat Launch for some socially distanced candy distribution.
- The Regent Theatre will be offering treats from 5-7pm. Walk-up or drive-by. Costumes (and covid-appropriate masks) are required!
Halloween At the Mustang PEC
A night of music, art installations by our favourite Department (of Illumination that is), Triple Movie Features that get scarier as the night progresses & free treats for anyone in a costume! Add a Bermuda Canteen Takeover and you’ve got yourself an event guaranteed to sell out. And it almost has, so act fact! Attendees can enjoy the movies from the comfort of their car and are asked to wear masks when they leave their cars to view the installations or order from the canteen.
- Mustang Drive-In – 1521 County Road 1, Bloomfield
- Oct 30th & 31st. Gates Open at 6PM, Tickets Required.
The biggest event the region will see this year takes place at Canada’s last remaining WW2 gunnery school. The history of this site is a fantastic tour in itself, but for Halloween Weekend, there will be ghoulish additions. The event will keep to a PG-13 rating so that it won’t be too scary and can be enjoyed by families. This drive-thru haunted house will wind through the grounds and take about 25 to 30 minutes to complete. The organizers ask all attendees to stay in their cars for the duration of the event and keep masks with them in case of emergency.
- Loch Sloy Holdings Inc – 343 County Road 22, Picton (Camp Picton)
- Oct 30th & 31st, 6PM – 11PM, Timed Ticket. Tickets Required.
The Waring House is keeping their annual Halloween tradition alive. Explore the terrifyingly decorated rooms of the original inn … ghost? Covid protocols are in place, expect to wear a mask. Donations to the event will be given to the Picton Memorial Hospital Foundation.
- The Waring House – 395 Sandy Hook Road, Picton
- Oct. 23th – 25th , Oct. 30th – Nov 1st. 5 – 7:30pm or by chance.
Halloween at Karlo Estates
Sherry Karlo has pulled out all the stops for this night of spooky sips and Halloween fun for grown-ups and kiddos alike. Check out their event page for full details. Expect some amazing activities, including ghost stories, wizarding workshops, live music and a movie for the kids. The most exciting part: a trick or treat hunt through the vineyard to their famous dry stone bridge.
Haunted Lawns and Displays
Halloween brings out the best in our community. These residents go all out with haunted lawns and displays to raise funds for local causes.
Island of Lost Souls
Follow a winding path through spooky displays. This family-friendly event on a private property has strict covid-19 rules with a maximum of 25 people on site. Admission by donation with proceeds will go to the Picton Hospital.
- Halloween Walk-Thru Yard Haunt – 422 County Rd 28, Ameliasburgh
- Oct 31, 7pm – 10pm
The annual haunted display on Rednersville Road raises funds for the Belleville Hospital Foundation. Lorne and Sheila have offered delightfully creepy displays for years, but shortly after Halloween 2019, Sheila passed away. This year’s display is in Sheila’s memory, and the theme is INVISIBLE.
The display is set up at the roadside for anyone to stop and take pictures. Check the Facebook event for more details about their Halloween-eve plans and for info about RSVPing for a Halloween night walk-though. Covid rules will be enforced with a limit of 25 people on the property at any time.
- 1278-1294 County Rd 3, Rednersville, ON K8N 4Z1. Right down the road from Campbell’s Orchard.