Halloween celebrations at southern Ontario Parks (2010)

Halloween has become a family tradition at many southern Ontario Parks. Milder temperatures and later fall colours attract many camping families to parks along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron.

MacGregor Point is a family favourite. Its annual “Witches in the Woods” is planned for October 15-17. Besides pumpkin carving, there will be campsite decorating and, of course, trick or treating. Many of MacGregor Points campsites are large and quite private. There are plenty of trails including a bike trail that runs the entire length of the park. A play area is popular with kids and the park’s pet-friendly beach means the family pooch is welcome too.

Point Farms was once the site of a popular Victorian Resort on Lake Huron, north of Goderich. The park is on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron and has one of the best views of a Lake Huron sunset. Halloween weekend is planned for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, October 9-11. Similar to MacGregor Point, Halloween activities include pumpkin carving, campsite decorating and trick or treat.

Wheatley Provincial Park is Canada’s sun parlour close to its southern most tip. The park is on a secluded estuary on Lake Erie and has a kilometre and a half of beach. Migrating birds stop here on their way south. The park is home to deer and small animals. Campers go all out decorating their campsites for trick or treaters. This park’s Halloween celebration will be held Thanksgiving weekend, October 9-11.

Nine hundred campers are expected at Turkey Point’s Halloween celebration this year, October 9-11. “It’s a big weekend because it’s our last of the season, says park superintendent Mike Postma. “Families get dressed in costume and decorate their campsites. We have pumpkin-carving and the picnic shelter becomes a haunted house. Kids love it since they get to trick or treat twice- here and at home.”

Staff at Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron cleverly link their Halloween celebrations to species ecology. Halloween Weekend takes place October 23-24. Special presentations on Bats, Spiders, Owls and Coyotes will help to dispel common myths. A special Bat-Box Building session on Saturday morning and a Pinery- themed scarecrow contest are planned along with traditional trick or treat and decorated campsites.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park between Oakville and Burlington may be close to Toronto but once you’re here, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time at this park which includes a working late 19th century farm. Camper Halloween will be celebrated October 23. Ghosts and goblins travel from site to site instead of door to door. A special walk featuring Creepy Creatures and Coyote Howl is planned. This park’s 19th century playbarn and its farm animals are always a hit with young kids.

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  1. Rock Point Provincial Park just southeast of Dunnville on the Shores of Lake Erie will also be celebrating Halloween during the weekend of the Canadian Thanksgiving October 8 – 10, 2010. Have a goulish good time with special sessions on Spiders and bats,, complete with pumpkin Carving and Site Decorating contest. Complete your stay with Costume Campfire and of course Trick or treating.

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