Halifax is host to a lot of great Halloween events. We've picked out some of our favourite kid-friendly events to get in the spirit of the big day and maximize that adorable costume.
October 25, 4:00-8:00
This free event (request to bring a non-perishable food item for FEED NOVA SCOTIA) is perfect for little ghosts and goblins (and Elsas and Batmans). The lights will be dimmed so bring a flashlight and see the museum in a whole new way! There will be stories and treats for the kiddos too.
October 28, 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."
October 28, 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 28, 11:00 - 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! This year dogs are allowed to come and dress up too so it should be lots of fun.
October 28, 11:00 AM, starting at Ferry Terminal Park
Get the whole family dressed up and be led by trumpeter Mike Cowie on a Halloween parade through town. Prizes and treats are available after the parade is over.
October 28, 12:00-3:00
"The Courtyard and Market will be decorated with spooky touches. We will have a photo booth, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin checkers, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy and of course candy treat bags for kids."
They'll even have a digital photo booth where you can get a family Halloween photo!
If you're looking for inspiration for your Jack-O-Lantern, you can also check out some incredible carved pumpkins by NSCAD and NSCC students from October 19 until Halloween. You can even vote for your favourite until October 22.
October 28, 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.
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.
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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 little kids happening in and around the city? Leave the details in the comments so others can see!