Apart from giving us an excuse to don a silly costume and eat lots of candy, Halloween presents an opportunity to revel in the spookier side of life. If you’re a sucker for all things scary, check out these fright-tastic local attractions before the month is through:
Halloween Haunted Historic Jail
If the 180-year-old Cornwall Jail isn’t creepy enough as it is, picture it transformed into the torture dungeon of maniacal villain Jigsaw from the Saw horror movie series. That’s what you’ll see if you take the Halloween Haunted Historic Jail Tour this year. It’s one of the most delightfully scary Halloween experiences you can have in Cornwall, and even if you’re not inclined to enjoy being scared stiff, it’s a great opportunity to tour a significant local heritage site. 3 levels of “scariness” are available depending on how tough (or young) you are:
Level 1: October 27 – 11am - 1pm
Level 2: October 27, 28, 29 & 30 – 6pm – 9pm
Level 3: October 25 & 26 – 6pm – 9pm
Admission is $5. Cornwall Jail is located at 11 Water St. W. and you can reach them with any questions at 613-938-4748.
Spooky Wagon Ride
Now in its 21st year, the Spooky Wagon Ride at Cannmore Orchard is a local Halloween tradition. Tour the orchard and surrounding woods, which are populated for this event by all manner ghastly characters acting out ghoulish scenes. Your narrator is the notorious Cannamore Witch, who will regale passengers with scary stories. Your admission to the wagon ride ($20 per person) also includes admission to the orchards’ House of Terror, Kid’s Spooky House, Spooky Fog Maze and Spooky Village. Al in all, it’s one of Eastern Ontario most extensive and immersive Halloween experiences. Times and dates are as follows:
Thursday, Oct 24: 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Friday, Oct 25: 6:30pm. - 9:30pm
Saturday, Oct 26: 12pm - 9:30pm
Sunday, Oct 27: 12pm - 5pm
Monday, Oct 28: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday, Oct 29: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday, Oct 30: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cannamore Orchard is located around 45 minutes northwest of Cornwall at 1480 County Road 32 in Chrysler, Ontario. They can be reached at 613-448-3633.
If you’re heading into the United Counties area this Halloween season, look for clean, modern accommodations at the Ramada Cornwall Hotel, centrally located and proudly ghost free!