Gather your ghosts and goblins and get out to these fabulous Halloween activities in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, Shediac, and more!
Halloween is such a fun time for families! There are so many great outings, simple crafts, and fun treats that you can tailor to any age. (By the way, do you boil your pumpkin seeds before toasting them? It was a game-changer for us! Check out our recipe for details.) Check out our healthy treats, our ideas for a toddler-friendly party, and of course our round up of local corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards! We’ve also shared photos of our family of five costumes over the years; so far, the kids aren’t as inclined to dress up as a group this year, so we’ll see if the tradition continues!
We hope you enjoy this list of great Halloween events happening in our area; be sure to let the organizers know you read it about it on Pickle Planet! And if you have an event to add (for this list or our weekly round ups), send us a message via our Facebook page; we do our best to search out information, but if you want to ensure you’re included, let us know! Please note: This list was created in chronological order (though some events start one weekend and continue, so read it all!) and is updated regularly as we find more events to add. Click through to the source links for all the details!)
Kick off the season with the annual Monster Trot, a fundraiser for the Atlantic Wellness Centre. This trick-or-treating event takes place at the Moncton Coliseum on Saturday, October 13. $10/trick or treater, 11am-3pm.
Michael’s has lots of crafting fun this month, including a craft pumpkin decorating session Saturday, October 6 (buy the pumpkin, supplies provided to decorate), a cookie decorating session Tuesday evening (costs associated), a spooky slime make & take on Saturday, October 13 (free), a Halloween-themed T-shirt making session on Saturday, October 20 (must purchase shirt), and a free slime party on Sunday, October 21. The store also offers Halloween-themed crafts all month long at its Saturday morning Kids Club sessions; costs range from $2 to $5, depending on age.
Keillor House in Dorchester once again presents a Haunted House Tour (not suitable for young children) on October 19, 20, 26, and 27. Open 7-9pm, $12 adults, $10 students.
Zombie Manor is open again for the season! Scare yourself (not suitable for kids) on Friday or Saturday night through the month of October – or on October 30 or 31st.
Boo at the Zoo returns again this year, with events on Saturday October 20, Sunday 21, Saturday October 27, and Sunday, October 28 from 11am until 4pm (Zoo hours are 10am to 6pm). The animals will be out with various Halloween displays around the site, with various levels of spookiness, making this a great event for all ages. There will also be bouncy castles, pony rides (additional cost), food vendors, and more. Admission is $40 for a family of four; toddlers three and under are free. Children under 12 are $9, seniors $11, and general admission is $12.
Saturday, October 20 is also the annual ‘paint-your-own jack-o-lantern’ at The Clayspace. Purchase a one-of-a-kind creation, paint it, and come back after it’s fired to pick up your incredible holiday keepsake. (Cost is $35; you can pre-register to secure your spot!)
On Saturday, October 20 the family can enjoy Hotel Transylvania 3 on the big screen again for just $2.99 a person at Cineplex!
MyGym Moncton is holding its annual Halloween parties on Saturday, October 20. The under four-year-old crowd is welcome from 9-11am, while those ages five to 13 can come from 11:30am-1:30pm. Members are $6, non-members $8 (plus taxes), with siblings also $6. Enjoy games, songs, puppets, treats, and a costume parade!
Bass Pro Shops is offering a free Halloween event in store on October 20, 21, 26-31. You can get a photo with the Peanuts Gang, enjoy games, crafts, and more. Kids can trick-or-treat in the store on Saturday, October 27 from 3-5pm and on Halloween from 5-8pm; there will be cookie decorating on Halloween night, a costume parade, and more!
Grey Cove Veterinary Health Centre is holding a Haunted Hospital fundraiser for the Greater Moncton SPCE on Saturday, October 20. From 2-5pm it’s a family-friendly level of scariness, then from 6-9pm the brave folks can enjoy. Admission is by donation.
Saturday, October 20 is the second Halloween fundraiser at Neptune Drive In for the Greater Moncton SPCA. It’s just $20 per carload – with lots of chances to win prizes for costumes and more – to view Hotel Transylvania and Halloween on the big screen.
Pumpkin Personalities are returning to the Town of Riverview this year, arriving on Monday, October 22. You’ll be able to find a map on the Town’s website to visit all the displays created by businesses and residents.
The Haunted Train returns to Hillsborough on Thursday, October 25. This is an annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club. It runs 7-8:30pm; admission is by donation.
Enjoy a Halloween party at hop! skip! jump! on Friday, October 26. Come dressed in a safe costume (no masks, capes, sharp props, etc.) for 10% off admission – and the play centre will be open until 8pm that night! There will be free games and face painting, too! The fun starts at 4pm.
Northrup Frye School’s Halloween Party is Friday, October 26; all are welcome. Dress in costume, enjoy music and games, a cake walk, and more. Admission is $5/child (parents are free).
Salisbury Elementary School’s Friends of the Cubs are hosting a showing of Hotel Transylvania on the big screen in the gym on Friday, October 26. Admission is $2, with popcorn and water available to purchase as well.
The Boys & Girls Club of Salisbury is planning a Halloween dance for ages eight to 12 in the JMA Armstrong High School cafeteria on Friday, October 26. Tickets are $5; dance runs 6:30-8pm.
Petitcodiac’s Saint Andrews Anglican Church holds their annual children’s Halloween dance Friday, October 26 as well, with children in kindergarten to Grade 2 welcome from 5:30-7pm, then Grades 3-5 from 7:30-9pm. Admission is $2; there will be a DJ and prizes for best costume!
Shediac’s Pascal Poirier House will again be transformed into a haunted mansion, with younger children welcome Friday, October 26 for a less scary version and older children welcome on Saturday. Free, but you are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food; 6-8pm.
Saturday morning, October 27, the kids can enjoy a Halloween sing-a-long with Art Richard at the LJR school auditorium in Shediac. Free, with food donations appreciated.
Of note: The Town of Shediac advises that trick-or-treating is to take place on Tuesday, October 31 between 4 and 7pm.
One of our family’s favourite Halloween events is hosted by Hawthorn Hill Academy and Waldweg Forest School and celebrates the origins of this holiday. This event is intended for children under the age of eight, and is very much a family affair. Enjoy a walk through woods with a Jack-o-Lantern Scavenger Hunt to complete. Enjoy warm apple cider and a snack around the campfire when your journey is complete. This is a morning event; admission is by donation.
Chapters Indigo is holding a Halloween Parade and Slime’tacular in the store on Saturday, October 27 at 11am.
Sky Zone Dieppe/Greater Moncton is holding a Halloween event on Saturday, October 27. Receive a discount on admission for wearing your costume and enjoy special trick-or-treating stations around the facility, as well as a glow party after 7pm.
Salisbury Baptist Church is hosting a treat-filled Enchanted Forest on Saturday, October 27 from noon until 8pm.
The McKee’s Mills 4H Club is again holding a haunting family event at Birch Springs Farm. Bring your flashlights on Saturday night, October 27 to enjoy; just $10/family.
Fairlanes Bowling Centre will host Boolathon, an annual fundraiser for the Kids Help Phone, on Sunday, October 28, from 2-4pm.
Journey Church (Allison Heights) is planning a trunk or treat on Sunday, October 28 from 5-6:30pm. You are asked to register online in advance.
You can bring the family to watch Paranorman on the big screen at the Moncton Library on Sunday, October 28.
The Riverview Skate Park is having an all ages event on Sunday, October 28 – free admission if you wear your costume!
Hillside Baptist Church is holding a Treasure Hunt Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 29 from 6:30-8pm.
The Early Childhood Family Resource Centre is holding its annual Halloween potluck on Tuesday, October 30. Contact the centre in advance if you plan to attend – and don’t forget your costume!
The Village of Memramcook is holding a free Halloween skating party on October 31, starting at 12:30pm.
Riverview’s Raise the Grade program is holding a Halloween for Hunger food drive on October 31. Stop by the Riverview Boys & Girls Club during the day to drop off items.
The Boys & Girls Club of Dieppe will once again open their doors as a Haunted House on Halloween night, from 5:30-8pm. Walk through and collect a treat bag! This is a free event.
In Hillsborough, the Baptist Church is holding a ‘trunk or treat’ event from 6-8:30pm (it will be moved inside in case of poor weather). The Village observes a 9pm curfew for trick-or-treating.
And of course, don’t forget the pumpkin blaster, kiddie mazes, and Wildcats-themed corn maze at the Green Pig Market in Salisbury, along with their Zombie Wars and flashlight nights.
You can also check out the corn maze at Trueman’s Blueberry Farm outside Aulac.
And one final note, thanks to a reminder from a reader: Please consider purchasing non-food treats and displaying a teal pumpkin this year, to show children (and parents of those children!) with nut and other food allergies that you offer safe treats for them as well!
Happy Halloween, everyone!