5 Fun New Twists For Halloween 2020

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean that Halloween 2020 scores a big, bad, boo! The fact that October 31st falls on a Saturday this year makes it a perfect day to round up your ghosts and goblins for a Halloween day trip. You’ll be so busy having fun together; they’ll completely forget about knocking on doors for candy! Of course, if you want to stay close to home on the 31st, these trip ideas can work on other fall days too.


Trick or Treat Tradesie #1:
Jacked Up Pumpkin Carving

With time on your side, why not stretch out and savour the fun of creating your family’s Halloween Jack-O-Lantern? Rather than a rushed panic to pick up a pumpkin from the grocery store and get it carved before the sun sets, turn the activity into an all-day adventure. Start with a trip to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. The pumpkin picking is just a fraction of the fun that awaits at Merry Farms in Hamilton. The farm also offers a corn maze, giant slides, farm animals, a spider web to climb, a tire mountain and more. Other great options for pumpkin picking include Brantwood Farms in Brantford, Murphy’s Country Produce in Binbrook and Andrews Scenic Acres in Milton.


Trick or Treat Tradesie #2:
Skip The Streets

Swap traditional trick or treating for a more fun family adventure. Get your family’s input on a new activity they’d like to try. Some kid-friendly favourites include:

After your adventure, surprise everyone with a personalized goody bag stocked with all of their favourite Halloween treats to enjoy at the final stop: Pumpkins After Dark! This 2.5-km guided drive-through trail at Country Heritage Park in Milton has over 150 different pumpkin sculptures that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.


Trick or Treat Tradesies #3:
How’d You Like Them Apples?

While most trick or treaters are less than impressed when a piece of fruit gets dropped in their bag instead of a piece of candy, apples are WAY more fun when you get to pick them yourself. Visit Wheelbarrow Orchards, or Chudleigh’s in Milton, and in addition to picking apples, your crew can enjoy a wagon ride, meet friendly farm animals, swing on ropes while exploring the on-site nature trail, and enjoy a play area with huge slides, a tower and hay bale jumps.


Trick or Treat Tradesie #4:
Create a Dream Goodie Bag

While there’s no debating the fun of other people giving you free candy, the downside is you have no control over what ends up in your trick or treating bag. That means there’s usually a collection of not-so-popular treats left after all the good stuff has been enjoyed. This year, sell kids on the idea of getting to design their dream bag of goodies. Turn the exercise into an all-day adventure by creating a day trip itinerary built around a variety of shops where they can stock up. Great candy store options in Hamilton Halton Brant include:

 


Trick or Treat Tradesie #5:
Plan a Furry Friends Halloween Surprise

Nothing gets kids out of a funk faster than spending time with animals. Plan an outing that introduces them to some furry new friends.

 

 


We Look Forward To Seeing You Safely

As the COVID-19 situation in Ontario continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring hiccup-free fall adventures. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with the places you plan to go to in advance to see if reservations or activity bookings are required. On the day of your trip, do a quick check to verify the places on your agenda are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting. Don’t forget to share pictures of your trick or treat tradesies with us by tagging them with #greatcanadiandaytrip.

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