Spooktacular Things to Do this Halloween

Spooktacular Things to Do this Halloween

As the leaves fall to the ground and pumpkins can be found around every corner, a chill has entered the air that’s more than just the changing of the weather. Witches walk through the village, spirits come out to play and there are tasty treats for all to enjoy.

If you are still deciding how to spend your Halloween this year, we’ve rounded up some spooktacular activities happening around Orillia & Lake Country.

Witches Month in the Village of Coldwater

on until October 31

You’re invited to fly your broom around town & have your passport stamped as you shop & dine! Remember to climb into your witchiest clothes all promos are for in costume witches. “Witches Shop Here” is posted on each store that is participating which is also where you can pick up passports and keep an eye out for the Witches Shop Photo Opp!

Spooky Stroll with the Orillia Museum of Art & History

Friday October 29, 2021, Tours start at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30

Fun for all ages

Cost: $10 per person ($5 for members, children under 12, and seniors)

This October join your OMAH guide as they lead you around Orillia’s hair-raising, historical downtown.  Your guide will take you on a journey back in time to explore Orillia’s eerie past, including OMAH’s own jail cells.  And who knows? We may even meet some ghostly visitors!  This event is fun for all ages.  Tours are 1-hour in length.  Sign up for a time slot.  

Monsterfy Yourself with the Orillia Museum of Art & History

Saturday October 30th, from 9:00am-12:00 or 1:00pm-4:00pm

For ages 5 – 11

OMAH presents “Monsterfy Yourself!” a half-day Halloween-themed program for kids ages 5-11.  Join Cassy McKendry, a veteran prop-maker who specializes in monster props, as she guides the class through creating their very own monstrous disguise.  Students will spend the class creating a Halloween mask, decorating a trick or treat bag, and practicing for the big night by trick or treating around the museum, all of which will culminate in a spooky photoshoot.  You will not want to miss out on this ghoulishly good workshop! Costumes are encouraged.  All materials will be provided.

Register your spot

Trick or Treat at Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers Market

Saturday, October 30th from 8:00am to 1:00pm

Fun for the whole family Saturday, October 30th at the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers Market! The first 100 kids to enter the market in costume will receive a free bag to go trick or treating around the market’s vendors!

Witches on the Water SUP Party with Sunrise Yoga Studio

Saturday, October 30th at 1pm

Swap your broomstick for a paddle! Celebrate Halloween with something different and join Sunrise Yoga on the water for a fun witchy time on SUP boards!

Bayview Wildwood’s Boathouse of Terror

Sunday, October 31st Open House, 1-3pm

Families are invited to join us at Bayview Wildwood Resort for some Halloween Fun.  Drop in any time between 1 and 3 pm and we will be collecting donations to support our local food bank. Our Haunted Boathouse is open for ages 6+ if you dare!  Explore the Resort and our BW Market is open to purchase treats,  Hot Chocolate, wine and spirits and Kawartha Dairy Scooped Ice Cream. Relax around our lakeside bonfires and enjoy a complimentary s’mores.

Virtual Costume Contest with Downtown Orillia

Contest runs until October 31st

Calling all kids! The Halloween Costume Contest will run online again this year! Get all dressed up in your awesome costumes and submit a photo to our office for your chance to win some tasty treats and some Downtown Dollars. Photo submissions can be sent to office@downtownorillia.ca. The top five winners will be posted to Downtown Orillia social media accounts.
Please submit your costume photos no later than 11:59pm on October 31st, 2021. The winners will be contacted on Monday, November 1st to come pick up their prizes!

Spooktacular Houses

Self-guided tours

Drive around Orillia and safely enjoy the spooktacular house displays! From Ghostbusters to Beetlejuice and every creepy thing in between, tour through neighbourhoods from the warmth of your car.

Check out this list of locations and start planning your self-guided tour!

Fall Flavours of Lake Country

Maybe Halloween isn’t your thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to something special this weekend! Fall Flavours of Lake Country is on now, featuring chef-inspired 2-3 course menus at 13 participating restaurants. Check out the prix fixe menus and enjoy an evening of locally sourced ingredients without the trick-or-treat sugar crash.  See menu options


Plan ahead! Before heading out, check out the latest updates and guidelines from businesses and call ahead to book your next adventure. Orillia & Lake Country is home to many great shops, restaurants & recreational activities, please be responsible and respect the guidelines of our health officials. To learn more about these guidelines and to educate yourselves please visit: SimcoeMuskokaHealth https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19 .