The time has come again, October and its high light of Halloween. And If you reside in Canada or happen to be in the area, this can be a great time to take advantage of what the session has to offer.
Organized halloween events.
Depending where you are staying, there could be different events going on. Look up whats going on through out through out the month, or the time you are staying. There can be great oppertuntites available for children and everyone else. In Vancouver, last year the police museum held a movie night in their morgue. be creative in where you search.
Nearly every city has some sort of night time ghost walk. I have attended one when I was in ottawa and it was a fun night time activity that was informative as well as creepy. We also saw sites we other wise wouldn’t have visited, like an old prison.
Visit a haunted place! Canada has many so you can look up places closest to you! Barkerville BC is one of these haunted places. It’s story was featured in one of the Haunted Canada books with multiple ghosts to possible see. I swear I had my own ghostly experience, but you don’t have to believe me. You can go see if you can experience on for yourself!
Halloween is very popular in Canada, and it is open to everyone. If you are from a country that does not celebrate halloween, I recommend you try. Its a fun night, although the concept may seem odd. If you are new, I suggest you go with someone who knows what they are doing, as you will get the best experience possible. But if you need a run down on how it works, 1. Dress up in a costume 2.bring a basket or a pillow case to carry your candy 3.halloween does not have an official start time. people usually start going when it starts getting dark, and small children go earlier. 4.knock on a door and say “trick or treat”, accept the candy offered and remember to say thank you!
On my trip to Boston I got to spent one of my mornings and afternoons at Salem. Salem is famous for its rich American history and the witch trials. Salem’s most popular tourist season is Halloween, but this wonderful town is still nice to visit any other time of the year.
I visited in mid March, not expecting much, and I ended up having a blast! Salem has an aesthetic that is uniquely their own and it makes this city exciting to see. With old architecture, Salem is a charming town with many stories to tell. The large willow trees and the beautiful ocean side to admire. If you are taking a tour, like I was, there is a rule where you must have a salem tour guide show you around. This is a good thing as this tour guide is likely more informed then the one who took you there. The woman we had take us around the city had lived there her entire life and was passionate about the history and the buildings that make Salem great. She made the tour more personal when she mentioned that she was a descendant of one of the victims of the trials. Although she did have some confusion when engaging Canadians (she asked if we were obsessed with “Tom Hortons”), she was entertaining and engaging.
The entire town is charming. You don’t have to go on a tour to enjoy salem. There are many attractions to visit just on your own. The House of Seven Gables was interesting and worth doing, even if you are not informed of its story.
The is graveyards and memorials you can visit. The are also museums and cute shops to check out. My friends and I ate lunch at Red’s cafe. The people there were wonderful and nice, which was refreshing as they treated us like people and not the rotten teenager treatment we had been getting. And The food was amazing, my friends even ordered take out so they could eat it again later!
We left way to soon to fully enjoy the town, which I regret. I would return in a heart beat and spend a day or two there. This town is an underrated get away that you’ll definitely enjoy if halloween is your favourite celebration or you like history and charming towns!