Family Halloween Activities This Year

Halloween is almost here and we have an updated round-up of Family Halloween Activities for 2023!

In addition to general tips and ideas, we have added local details and links to help you plan, although these tips and ideas are helpful for everyone, regardless of where you live.

Inside you will find activities to do at home, a map of Greater Moncton area Halloween homes, our Spooky Playlist, Local Trunk or Treat and other Halloween Events.


Activities To Do At Home

Carve or Paint Pumpkins together for a fun afternoon or evening activity. You can find real pumpkins at local markets like the Green Pig Market in Salisbury and Farmer Browns Greenhouse in Hillsborough Parish, or pick your own at a local pumpkin patch.

Be sure to make some Spooky Treats leading up to Halloween or on the big day! We have some awesome ideas and recipes pinned on our Halloween Pinterest board.

Plan ahead and make your own Halloween Costumes. Here are some ideas for DIY Halloween Costumes

Photo above: Lorne wanted to be a soldier one year after we had visited the Fortress Of Louisburg. I made this with scrap fabric, a red blazer from the thrift store and some painted buttons and trim. We had the play gun and hat already.

Create a scavenger hunt around your home.
Here are the clues we did for our son one year:

  • Halloween is a night when you get to stay up late. Your next clue is hidden where you find a cup or a plate.
  • Halloween night can be scary, but it does not need to be. The next clue is hidden where your hairbrush would be.
  • We’ll all dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween. Your next clue is found where your clothes go to get clean.
  • Halloween is full of wonderful treats, go look inside where you would bake something sweet.
  • Happy Halloween and congrats on a great race, now look in your closet to put a smile on your face!

Or PRINT OUR SCAVENGER HUNT and additional activity sheet above, to do as you go around the neighbourhood or on a decoration drive!

Grab some treats and enjoy some Halloween movies with the kids. What are some of your favourite Family Halloween movies?
We have enjoyed Hotel Transylvania,  Scooby-Doo (several different titles), the original Ghost Busters, Casper and Hocus Pocus. For the little kids, Spooky Buddies or Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie.

Make some Halloween decor for inside or outside. We have lots of ideas pinned on our Halloween Pinterest Board.

Colour some seasonal images together, like these Colouring Pages you can download and print.

Have A Dance Party

Kids love to dance, and it makes them so happy when we adults join in the silliness and fun. Hit play on our playlist and have a boogie blast! Check out our Halloween Dance Party Playlist on Spotify!


In The Community

Halloween Homes Map

  • Go for a drive or walk to see some of the amazing Halloween Displays people put together in their yards. Here is a map of Halloween Displays in Greater Moncton . Map is updated yearly in October, but some displays may be up to see before we get a chance to confirm them all. Let us know if we missed any or if you can confirm them in the current year!
    Be sure to check some out daytime as well. There are many that are not well lit, and during the daytime, you can see and appreciate all the details.

Tips for finding events in the community:

  • Start by searching “Trunk or Treat” in your area. Many organizations and churches offer events that include trick or treating leading up to Halloween.
  • In many communities, Individual stores and businesses may have events happening as well. Do a search on Facebook for events in your area. Also, check smaller local shops, some will give out treats for the kids who visit in costume.

Halloween Events In Greater Moncton

AT THE MAGNETIC HILL ZOO:

The Friends of the Magnetic Hill Zoo are proud to present “Boo at the Zoo 2023!” This family friendly Halloween event features decorations throughout the Zoo’s 40 acre park and mild, moderate, and scary Halloween venues. Join in the fun October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2023 from 10 am – 4 pm for a variety of Halloween activities and visit with the animals. Online tickets are available for purchase at https://tickets.moncton.ca/. Come dressed for the weather, enjoy some Halloween fun, and support your municipal Zoo! For more information: www.zoodemagnetichillzoo.ca/boo-at-the-zoo

Monster Trot – Fundraiser for Atlantic Wellness – October 21st

This is an indoor trick-or-treating event.

$15 tickets are available for various timeslots. Parents/guardians buy tickets for a particular time slot in advance or at the door. One ticket is needed per trick-or-treater.

Sunny Brae Trunk Or Treat – Saturday, October 29th

Head out to Sunny Brae’s church parking lot at 85 Elmwood Dr, Moncton, on Friday, October 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Check out all the decorated trunks and collect some yummy treats!

Trunk or Treat at Highfield Baptist

Details To Come

Trunk or Treat at the Salvation Army Moncton Citadel Community Church

Family Friendly fun event at 210 Centennial Dr, on October 28th at 5 pm.

Olympia Allstars Cheerleading Trunk or Treat on October 29th.

Salisbury Pumpkin Walk on Friday, October 28th at 6pm. Located at Highland Park in Salisbury.

Other events in New Brunswick:

Sackville Area:

Hillsborough Area:

The “Haunted Jail” at the Albert County Museum is on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th. For only $5 per person you can tour the three cells and decide which one is the creepiest, and then enter the upstairs of the jail where the fun continues. Open 6 pm -9 pm, all-ages event.

Petitcodiac Area

Shediac Region:

Miramichi & Bathurst: The Point Church – Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is coming – don’t miss out on all the candy, costumes, and fun! Visit our website and register today.

Miramichi: Saturday, October 28- thepointchurch.ca/trunkortreat
Bathurst: Sunday, October 29 – thepointchurch.ca/trunkortreat-bathurst

Saint John: Special Needs & Accessible Trunk or Treat

This is an accessible and inclusive event for SPECIAL NEEDS Halloween lovers of ALL AGES and ABILITIES (and their families of course)
This event is about providing a safe, non-judgmental, inclusive, sensory friendly (as we can be) and easily accessible environment for the special needs community to celebrate Halloween.

Participants MUST sign up to Trick or Treat car to car, trunk to trunk at TD Station parking lot in one of two time slots,
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM or 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Saint John: Trunk Or Treat at the EXIT Castle

Mark your calendars because we’re rolling out the orange carpet for our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat event, and trust me, you won’t want to miss it! 🗓

When: October 29th
Time: 5 PM
Where: EXIT Realty Specialists Office (Yes, the one that’s a castle on a hill! 👑🏰)

Saint John: Harvest Trunk or Treat

 Harvest Trunk or Treat 3:00PM-4:00PM Saturday, October 28th at Calvary Temple Church for a fun event with lots of decorations, costumes and of course…CANDY! This is for children 12 and under with their parent or guardian.

Sussex: Truck or Treat at Clark Chevrolet Buick GMC

Join Clark Chevrolet Buick GMC for a night of spooky fun! On October 30th from 4pm until 7pm Clarks will be hosting a community wide “Truck or Treat” event! The Sales staff will have treat stations set up in the front parking lot (there might even be a treat or two for the caregivers!) 

Fredericton: Go-Go Trunk or Treat

2nd annual ‘Go-Go Trunk or Treat’ event on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Your little ones are invited, in their Halloween costumes, for a fun-filled afternoon of trick-or-treating out of “trunks” of many local organizations – all in support of the pediatrics department at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.

Tickets are $10/child and are sold in half hour increments between 1:30pm and 4:00pm. 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Chalmers Foundation. The goal is to raise $5000.00 to support the new pediatrics playground at the DECRH.

Hosted by Capital City Elite Cheer and Tumbling on Saturday, October 28th from 3-5pm.
245 Hilton Rd unit 29 
 

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