There was free "Pumpkin Painting" at Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery north of Bradford, on October 15. Kids could choose a pumpkin, and decorate it with paint, pipe cleaners and googly eyes, surrounded by the flowers in the greenhouse. Here, Mom Carolina gives Mason, 4, a hand in decorating his pumpkin. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network
Halloween Costume Party
The 4th Annual Halloween Costume Party, in honour of Sandra DiFolca, will be taking place Saturday, October 22 at Kenzington Burger, 4 Holland St. West in Bradford. It's an evening of fun and fundraising for the SickKids Foundation, that will include live entertainment by the Cara Lea Band, a photo booth courtesy of Lucia Faria and Re/MAX Barrie, door prize, and prizes for Best Costumes. Tickets are $25 in advance, available from Paula at 416-333-8010 or Angela, 705-826-6554. Tickets $35 at the door for this 19 and up event; doors open at 8 p.m.
Evening of Halloween
An Evening of Halloween returns to the Simcoe County Museum, October 25-27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. Drop by the museum for Halloween games, activities and ghastly treats – and don't forget to wear your costume and bring a bag to trick-or-treat. Play Boo Bingo, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, be dazzled by magician Gary Austin, and if you are brave enough, follow the Terror Trail! Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $4 for children. Groups of 10 or more are asked to pre-register; see museum.simcoe.ca or call 705-728-3721. The Museum is located at 1151 Hwy. 26, north of Barrie.
Stroud Dental Health Care, 8000 Yonge St. in Stroud, Innisfil, is holding its annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Drop by, wearing your best costume, for free food and fun.
Free family Saturday at the BWG Public Library & Cultural Centre, 425 Simcoe Rd. on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free Halloween games, crafts and activities, geared for kids ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult. Don't forget to wear your costume!
The Town of Innisfil, local Chambers of Commerce and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library are getting into the Halloween spirit, with two special events scheduled for Saturday, October 29. The Downtown Spooktacular takes place at the Lakeshore Branch of the ideaLAB & Library, 967 Innisfil Beach Rd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - and kids and their parents/caregivers will be encouraged to visit local Innisfil Beach Rd. businesses, trick-or-treating and learning more about what is available locally. Participating businesses will be identified by a Downtown Spooktacular poster in the front window.
In Cookstown, it's “Boo-nanza” - again, inviting kids and their parents to visit participating businesses between 11 and 2 p.m., to enjoy Halloween treats treats. At both events, kids can participate in themed activities, learn about Halloween safety and make Halloween crafts to take home, at the Lakeshore and Cookstown branches of the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library. Don't forget to wear your costume! Participating businesses will be listed at www.innisfil.ca. Any business on Innisfil Beach Rd. between 20 and 25 Sideroad, or in the Cookstown Downtown that would like to participate, is asked to contact Brennan Kenny, 705-436-3740 ext. 1514 or email@example.com.
The Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. South in Newmarket, hosts its annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to come in costume, for games, crafts, a costume parade and Halloween story. Admission is $5.50 per child; children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregister at 905-953-5314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penetanguishene Centennial Museum, 13 Burke St. in Penetang, hosts a Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. Crafts, games, scavenger hunt for a trick or treat, and balloon art, at the spookily-decorated museum, $3 per child.