Halifax is host to a lot of great Halloween events. Every year we round up the kid-friendly events to get in the spirit of the big day and maximize that adorable costume. More details can be found by clicking the link for each. If we’ve missed an event, be sure to leave it in the comments!
October 13, 6:00-8:00pm
“Join us at Pondside Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and enjoy trick-or-treating* at candy stations, a boo-tiful bouncy castle, ghoulish games, and frightfully fun FIREWORKS at 8pm!”
October 14 11:00-3:30
This annual popular event is not technically a Halifax OR a costume event (though I’m sure no one would mind if the kids dressed up!) but it’s the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit - and pick up your pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern! Also, psst, the Trecothic Creek and Windsor Railway will also be open that day!
October 20, 9:30-1:00 - starting at the Halifax Central Library
Come watch your favourite sci-fi, comic or fantasty characters come to life in this parade - or you and your kids can join in yourself! Dogs on leash are allowed to come and dress up too so it should be lots of fun.
October 20, 11:00-1:00, starting at Ferry Terminal Park
Get the whole family dressed up and be led by the Dartmouth Pipe and Drum band, Mike Cowie and Friends, and performers from Atlantic Cirque on a Halloween parade through town. “The party takes place in the parking lot at the corner of Portland Street and Victoria Road. We'll continue with live entertainment including a Michael Jackson impersonator along with bouncy castle, games, cake while supplies last and treat bags.”
October 20, 12:00-3:00
“Join us for a Monster Mash Fun Fair in support of the IWK! Lots of fun & activities for the whole family! We'll have a hay maze, bouncy castles, slides, petting zoo, face painting, games, prizes, treats & much more!” Activity tickets are $1 each, proceeds to the IWK.
October 27, 10:30-1:30
"Come to the park for tricks and treats, where the animals can see your Halloween costumes. Surprise our wildlife with your outfits and we will have some surprises for you." Regular park admission fees applies.
October 27, 11:00-1:00
Wear your costume and trick or treat in the mall, as well as a chance win prizes! Bring a donation for FEED NS.
October 27, 10:00-4:00
This is a new one to me this year but it’s listed as family friendly. Read the description and, as always, make a judgement call for your kiddos: “The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that pays tribute to friends and family members who have passed away. The holiday incorporates celebrations, altars, special foods, music and dates back hundreds off years to an ancient Aztec festival. Families are invited to join us at the Museum to learn more about Día de los Muertos and celebrate with us through hands-on activities, food and screening of Disney Pixar's Coco.”
October 27, 12:00-3:00
"The Courtyard and Market will be decorated with spooky touches, and there will be a photo booth, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin checkers, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy and of course candy treat bags for kids.."
October 27, 10:00-5:00
"With family friendly experiments, eye-popping demos, costume competitions and Halloween crafts all included with the price of admission it’s sure to a bone chillingly good time. For an additional $2 add on a seat in one of our special immersive dome theatre shows to marvel at the more gruesome legends of the night’s sky."
This show is a huge cat show, and for this event they have a special Black Cat competition, as well as a cat costume show on the main stage Saturday at 1:00. Bring a cat food donation for the feral Cat drop Inn to be entered in a surprise draw.
October 28, 1:00-4:00
This free event is perfect for little ghosts and goblins (and Elsas and Batmans). There will be puppet shows, bug cooking (!), a bat walk, a creepy nature lab and “spooky” stories.
Various dates in October
The Halifax Public Library has a series of Halloween themed events for the littles including Halloween puppet shows, family drop-ins, "spooky" sing-a-longs, and costume parties with crafts. I've been to many of these events and they're great for all-ages. They start a little over a week before Halloween so go to the library website, click Programs, and choose the appropriate age group and location to see what's happening in your community.
A COUPLE TIPS...
Many small communities within the HRM host their own Halloween party in a common area that is free to residents. Join community groups on social media and find the ones near you. Our community hosts a great party in a nearby green area with costumes, cookie decorating, games, and even a chili lunch. It's a great way to get your know your neighbours before you knock on their door asking for candy.
You could also throw your own family-friendly house party. Hit up the dollar store for decorations and invite your friends, family, neighbours, and that cool looking mom and her baby you've been chatting up at play group. Call it a pot luck and encourage your guests to bring a spooky treat - you'll likely be amazed at your friends' creativity. Hide some treats around the house for a Halloween trick or treat hunt, make a themed craft (need ideas? Pinterest is your pal!), and have a costume parade, complete with musical instruments.
Know of some more great events for families happening in and around the city? Leave the details in the comments so others can see!