Gather your ghosts and goblins, we’ve got the details you want on all kinds of Halloween activities for kids in the Greater Moncton Area! Please note: This is the 2017 listing. You can find 2018 here; if it’s 2019, check our homepage for the latest posts!
We’ve crafted a list of all the Halloween-inspired family-friendly events we could find happening in the Greater Moncton Area this year (2017). (If you have an event that isn’t listed, let us know & we’ll add it.) As always, double check via the links with the original event postings to make sure details haven’t changed before heading out to enjoy! (FYI: Things are listed in chronological order, not by age, etc.)
Looking to make some fun at home? Check out our post on how to create a wonderful spooktacular party! We also have the best tips for roasting pumpkin seeds, healthy snacks and creepy meals, and even a few crafts you can make with the kids. You can also check out five of the family Halloween costumes we’ve created over the last five years (we’re working on some PJ Mask magic for this year) and our awesome DIY photo booth prop made from an old wooden pallet.
Now, on to the events!
The Green Pig Market is a fantastic place to pick up some pumpkins and more – and to get lost in the corn maze, of course! The final flashlight maze nights are Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. Bring your flashlight and head for the maze; open 7pm to 9pm. There’s a Haunted Maze on October 26, 27, & 28; open 7pm to 10pm, $12 per person. The same venue also hosts Zombie Wars, a paintball experience, on Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t forget – for little ones, the Green Pig’s small mazes are a perfect daytime outing! Three mini-mazes, hay bales to climb, and more, open 10am to 5pm. The pumpkin blaster is available Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5pm.
You can also hunt zombies in Hillsborough, thanks to Atlantica Outdoor Recreation Centre. Their haunted paintball attraction is open October 20, 21, and 27; a basic 200-paintball round package is $25.
There’s a Haunted House in Cap Pele on Friday and Saturday, with a less-scary Saturday afternoon option.
Dorchester’s Keillor House is again hosting their Haunted House Tour (which we’re told can be a little too spooky for the younger kids). You can visit on October 20, 21, 27, or 28. Call 506-379-6633 for more information.
The annual Boo at the Zoo is back! Visit the Magnetic Hill Zoo on October 21, 22, 28, or 29; zoo will be open 9am to 6m, with Halloween activities from 11am to 4pm. There are sections of the Zoo decorated for the under-seven crowd, as well as areas with a little more fright. Admission includes the displays and visiting the animals; additional fees for pony rides, Halloween-themed mini-manicures, face painting, and food. Children three and under are free; rates range from $8.99 to $11.99. Call 506-877-7720 for more information.
Not a fan of scooping out the inside of a pumpkin? Why not try The Clayspace’s Make or Paint Your Own Jack-o-Lantern Day! This is a first come, first serve event; you can expect it to take you more than an hour to complete. Cost is $35 per pumpkin (family discounts are available); you can paint a pre-made pumpkin or create your own. If you create one at the session on Saturday, October 21, you’ll have to come back Saturday, October 28 to paint it if you want it before Halloween!
Bass Pro Shops is holding its Great Pumpkin Celebration October 21 & 22, and 27 to 31. You can stop by the store to enjoy games, crafts, in-store trick-or-treating (only on the 28th and 31st), costume parades (same as trick-or-treating), and a free photo with the Peanuts Gang.
Bring the kids to the Moncton Library on Saturday, October 21 at 10am for storytime with Fredericton’s Paul McAllister, reading his latest story, ‘A New Song for Herman.’ (Herman is an adorably drawn monster.) Stick around for a monster craft! Call 869-6000 to register.
Want to get spookily messy – without the mess to clean up at home? Michaels has a Glow in the Dark Slime activity happening on Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 3pm. The morning Kids Club craft ($2) is friendship bracelets. And if you find yourself short on ideas for costumes, drop by the following Saturday, October 28, for a Last Minute Costume session; buy a t-shirt, they’ll help with the rest. (The Kids Club craft on the 28th is treat bags.)
There’s a Halloween-themed bazaar taking place at the Coverdale Centre on Sunday, October 22, from 11am to 4pm. Vendors will be prepared to hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treating kiddos! There’s a $1 admission, with half of the proceeds going to The Espwa Initiative.
Art Richard is bringing his Spectacle d’Halloween Show back to Shediac this year, with a performance at the LJR High School Common Area on Sunday, October 22 at 11am. This is a free event; non-perishable food items will be collected.
Another fantastically fun family event is The Great Big Boo, happening on October 22 at Cineplex Trinity. At 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30, kids (and parents!) can enjoy a live in-theatre performance where the audience interacts with performers and go trick-or-treating with the characters. Organizers describe this as “musical theatre meets trick-or-treating” – and the video of past events looks like a lot of fun! It is suggested you pre-purchase tickets; the event lasts an hour and costs $22.
The Albert County Museum is inviting people to share stories of local ghosts, paranormal folklore, and unexplainable happenings on October 22 at 6pm.
Wednesday, October 25 there’s an all-ages Haunted Pumpkin painting party at Fairlanes Bowling at 6:30pm, hosted by East Coast Art Party NB. The cost is $30 and spaces are limited, so pre-register online.
The Moncton Library is hosting a Teen Halloween Party on October 25 at 6pm. There will be snacks, games, a photo booth, and a craft. For ages 11 to 18. For the same ages on Thursday afternoon there’s a Glow in the Dark event where teens can turn smartphones into hologram projectors. Call 869-6000 to register.
Thursday, October 26, the train in Hillsborough will be transformed into a spooky adventure. Open 7pm to 8:30pm, this is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Riverview and its satellite site in Hillsborough. Admission is by donation. For more details, phone 387-7070.
Shediac’s Pascal Poirier House will be transformed into a ‘creepy dollhouse’ October 26 – 28; Thursday and Saturday are described as ‘for the older children, more scary,’ while Friday’s event is meant for younger children or those less interested in being scared. Doors are open 6pm to 9pm; admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Tree of Hope.
Northrop Frye School will be transformed on Friday, October 27 from 6pm to 8pm with not one but two gyms ready for a Halloween party! There’s a costume contest, DJ music, games, a gross out station, treats, and more! Cost is $5 per child to a maximum of $10 per family; parents are free. There are $2 treat bags and other goodies for sale, too.
The Monster Trot is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at the Moncton Coliseum. You can take the kids trick-or-treating through themed candy stations and enjoy a Bar-Boo!-Que. The event runs 11am to 3pm. This is a fundraiser for the Atlantic Wellness Community Centre, so there is an admission fee of $10 for each child that is trick-or-treating (BBQ is by donation).
The 2nd annual Halloween Fun Run/Walk takes place October 28 at 10am at the Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge in Hopewell Hill. There are 1km, 5km, and 8km routes. No entry fee, but donations are accepted for the Albert Career Development Centre – and costumes are encouraged! Call 882-2604 for more information.
There’s also Halloween-themed games and activities at the Hillsborough Public Library October 28 from 1pm to 5pm.
Sophie’s Place is holding a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 (11am both days). Kids should come in their costumes; admission is $10, plus $5 per pumpkin (on-site carving & painting).
My Gym Moncton is holding a Halloween Party for members on October 28; members can bring a guest.
Cabela’s is holding a Halloween Pumpkin Pursuit on October 28 & 29; this is an in-store scavenger hunt available during store hours.
Sussex is hosting a Halloween Skate on Sunday, October 29. Dress up and lace up at 2pm!
The Journey Church on Salisbury Road is hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 29. Everyone is welcome but you are asked to pre-register
Moncton’s Early Childhood Family Resource Centre is holding a Halloween Potluck on October 31. Register by calling 384-7874; costumes encouraged! A wonderful way to celebrate with little ones who aren’t quite ready for a late night of going door-to-door.
Cabela’s is inviting families to trick-or-treat within the store on October 31; drop in, in costume, from 11am to 7pm and get a Halloween map to point the way to departments ready for treat hunters.
The Boys & Girls Club of Dieppe is holding its annual Haunted House on Halloween. Stop by from 5:30pm to 8pm for treat bags! This is a free event. Call 857-3807 for more information.
FYI: The recent stories about age limits and time restrictions on trick-or-treating have led many to question what the rules are. We could find only two local communities promoting certain times; Shediac states that door-to-door trick-or-treating will take place between 4pm and 7pm & Dieppe has in the past said door-to-door trick-or-treating was allowed between 4pm and 8pm.
Whatever activities you and the kids attend this year, we hope you have a Happy Halloween!