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Twenty-five ways to get your thrills this Halloween

From all-night ragers to family-friendly fun, these activities are a devilishly good time.

25. Halloween Hauntings: Supernatural Folklore in Nova Scotia 
Folklorist and musician Clary Croft will have you digging out your nightlight after sharing these tales stuffed with the supernatural. Register for the spooky stories online at or by calling 902-424-7001.
Government House, 1451 Barrington Street Tues, Oct 31, 7-8:30pm, free

24. Halloween Havoc
A night of ice cold metal music—courtesy of Tri City Villains, My Living Will and Last Kick—welcomes the darkest night of the year on the right note.
Parkside Pub & Smokehouse, 14 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth, Sat, Oct 28, 9pm-2am, free

23. Halloween Flash Day
If the night of the living dead has you feeling extra YOLO, throw down for a custom flash tattoo by one of HFX Tattoo's artists. Pieces will range in size and price, from $31 to $166.
HFX Tattoo Company, 6191 Young Street, Sat, Oct 28, 12-6pm

22. Night Of The Living Dead screening
Ring in Halloween with this, a timely screening of the classic zombie movie: The 1968 flick sees panic sweep America as the dead suddenly come back to life. Watching the main characters barricaded in an old farmhouse will surely kill your crush on The Walking Dead—because no modern camp can live up to this cult classic.
Bella Rose Arts Centre, 283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Mon, Oct 30, 8pm, $2

21. Art Party
See the swank AGNS loosen its tie with this after-dark party that lends a club vibe to its canvas-covered halls: Dance to beats by DJ OKAY TK, make a mask with artist Jessica Weibe and create a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience! Costumes encouraged.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Fri, Oct 27, 8pm-12am, $20

20. The Great Pumpkin Patch
Peanuts favourite Linus always says: "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin." Break his golden rule at this display featuring over 30 of the orange squashes, carved by gourmets from NSCAD and NSCC.
Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, to Oct 31

19. Halloween Thriller
Costumes are mandatory at this all-night sweat fest with beats by DJ Savory.
Pacifico, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Tues, Oct 31, 10pm-2am

18. Valley Ghost Walk’s 10th Anniversary Show
Wandering in both narrative and literal senses, the Annapolis Valley ghost walks have been haunting audiences for a decade. Here, the ghouls and ghosts behind the fun gather to celebrate.
Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main Street, Wolfville, Mon Oct 30, 7:30pm

17. All Hallow’s Eve
Ring in the scariest night of the year with this goosebump-bringing, adrenaline-pumping smackdown featuring Markus Burke, Marko Estrada, Brody Steele and Jack Swagger.
Spryfield Lions Rink, 111 Drysdale Road, Sat, Oct 28, 7pm

16. Halloween Whispers: The Magical Forest Walk 
If your end-of-October plans skew more sweet than spooky, this gentle Halloween celebration might be just the ticket: All ages are invited to a twinkle-light-lined walk through an enchanted forest. Mask making, live music and a bonfire round out the fun. Rain date is Oct 28.
Waldorf School, 64 School Road, Blockhouse, Fri Oct 27, 6-8:30pm, free

Twenty-five ways to get your thrills this Halloween
The Waldorf School's Halloween is more gentle than ghoulish (see 16).

15. Cask Night and Pumpkin Carving
If your Halloween plans are more 'gourmet' than 'get lit', get yourself to Propeller for a tasting of its coffee porter cask, paired with a savoury pie from Humble Pies. The cherry on top is actually a pumpkin, which you get to carve yourself.
Propeller Brewing Company, 2015 Gottingen Street, Sat, Oct 28, 6:30-10pm

14. Another Spooky Night at the Movies: The Monster 
If you like your horror served with a vintage twist, this 1925 flick should do nicely: Shawn Whynot, organist, provides a live soundtrack to the silent film The Monster, which follows a mad scientist's ghastly experiments. Grab your tickets by calling 455-0521.
Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Avenue, Fri, Oct 27, 7:30pm, $15

12. Morbid Curiosities: Discovering the Peculiar and Unfamiliar 
An exploration into Victorian-era mourning practices sees the Heritage Museum lean into some timely old-house-on-the-hill vibes, lining up creepy dolls for you to gawk at.
Dartmouth Heritage Museum, 26 Newcastle Drive, Dartmouth, Oct 24-Nov 18

11. Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour
Dare to be scared on this guided nocturnal journey through the dimly lit passageways and shadowy chambers of the 16th century fort! These eerie, 70-minute tours are guided by a lantern-weilding animator in full period uniform.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street, to Oct 28, 8:30pm, $12

Twenty-five ways to get your thrills this Halloween
Let the Citadel's ghost tour give you some chills (see 11).

11. Samhain Ritual Circle on the Common
An annual harvest celebration, this pagan ritual has been held on the Common for 20 years—commemorating the dead through drumming, chanting and a spiral dance.
Halifax Common, Sun Oct 29, 7-9pm

10. Hal-Con Halloween Parade
Attention freaks, geeks and anime fiends! Just when you thought the fun of Hal-Con was over for another year, the celebration of sci-fi, comics and fantasy rolls out its fifth annual Halloween parade. Arrive in your best cosplay for this march departing from the Central Library's front plaza.
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Sat Oct 28, 8:30am-1:30pm

9. Macbeth: The Shadow King 
Just in time for Halloween, Shakespeare By The Sea delivers a thrilling new adaptation of the Bard's famous tragedy that blends shadow puppets, projection and live action.
Park Place Theatre, bottom parking lot of Point Pleasant Park , to Nov 5, 8pm, $25

8. Scientists of Sound w/Slowcoaster, Elephant Skeleton, Norc
Get lost in a technicolour dreamscape as Scientists Of Sound bump epic beats at this wild Halloween celebration.
The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, Sat, Oct 28, 9pm-2am, $10

Twenty-five ways to get your thrills this Halloween screenshot
The Scientists of Sound keep it weird at The Marquee (see 8).

7. Fear The Darkness Haunted House
Spook yourself silly at this epic haunted house that draws crowds from miles around. Pro tip? Arrive early or you'll face a frighteningly long line.
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, to Oct 31, 6:30pm, $12

6. 3 Dead Trick or Treaters Screening
When a paperboy's route is interrupted by the discovery of three graves—with handwritten horror stories tacked to the headstones—a ghastly exploration into Halloween rituals ensues. This wordless, DIY flick will have you biting your nails to the end!
Radstorm, 6050 Almon Street, Fri, Oct 27, 8-11pm, PWYC

5. Halloween w/Party Boots
The good-time-giving Party Boots bring a bad attitude to The Local for a night of dancing and debauchery.
The Local, 2037 Gottingen Street, Tues, Oct 31, 9pm-12am

4. Phantom’s Freakshow Haunted House
A quiet house in the country, complete with a winding field of corn, sits on a rural route. If it feels like the opening of a horror film, that's because it is—for a few days a least. Head to Phantom's Freakshow (10317 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Wolfville) for the spine-chilling haunted house of your nightmares, complete with blood-smeared walls, Pennywise-style clowns and a corn maze where you can't outrun your demons.
Oct 26-27, 7-10 pm, Sat, Oct 28, 1-5 & 6:30-10pm, Sun, Oct 29, 1-5 pm and Mon, Oct 30, 7-9 pm

3. Science, Spirits & Boos
If Halloween has you itching to bust out your inner Doctor Frankenstein or mad scientist, rest assured that the Discovery Centre is on your wavelength: Its adult-only night returns for a special Halloween edition that'll have you donning your spookiest garb to witness hands-on experiments, eye popping demos and a bumpin' dance floor.
Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street, Oct 28, 7-11pm

2. Inner Empire w/No Problem Halloween Bash
Mixologists from Highwayman restaurant sling custom Bacardi cocktails while Inner Empire delivers its mix of psychedelic and progressive rock at this swish show. Cover also cribs you a welcome cocktail at the door, so don't sleep on tickets—which you can get at Highwayman or Anna Leonowens Gallery.
Art Bar + Projects, 1873 Granville Street, Mon, Oct 30, 8:30pm, $10

1. Detox HalloQUEEN Tour
RuPaul's Drag Race alum Detox graces you with her high-fashion presence for this can't-miss Halloween-themed show. At around $40, the ticket price might feel steep, but then again, it isn’t often royalty comes to town.
Pacifico, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Oct 26, 9pm

Still looking for more Halloween fun? Check out even more ideas here.

Morgan Mullin

Morgan was the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she wrote about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She started with The Coast in 2016.
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