To me, aside from candy, Halloween is synonymous with horror movies and haunted houses. I’m a huge scaredy-cat but I love the feeling of anticipation I get when it’s dark and the sinister music comes on (peaking through my fingers, obviously). Or better yet, when it’s silent and all you can do is wait with baited breath for what’s to come…
One of the classic haunted attractions in Ottawa at this time of year is Saunders Farm.
Saunders Farm has been a staple in Ottawa’s Halloween scene for 27 years. I’ve made the trip out to Munster almost every October for the past twelve years to get my scare on. This year, the team at Saunders has hired over 300 employees and upgraded several of their Fright Sites for optimal spook factor. Their Barn of Terror has been turned into a Bug House, and they’ve added more scares to their haunted hayride, The Coven (this was my personal favourite!) and The Shambles – all part of their Fright Fest attractions.
Aside from the haunted attractions, watch your back for some seedy characters. Some of them are funny, others are just creepy… but I didn’t see any of them break character once so I give them major kudos for that.
Food with your fright
Like us, you’ll probably be on-site for at least a couple hours. With your adrenaline pumping, I feel like it’s natural to work up an appetite so we were so happy that Saunders offers some solid bites. From burgers to Beavertails, Saunders has a wide selection of goodies. Here were some of my personal highlights:
- Poutine is one of their best sellers (obviously). They have four options: original, Pogo, pulled pork and a pickle variety. We thought about picking one and sharing… but ended up giving into temptation and getting one each. The fries are so crispy on the outside – I can see why they were voted as Ottawa’s top French fries a few years ago.
- The Tipsy Tombstone Tavern sells alcoholic beverages and the yummiest soups. For those looking to warm up on those cool October nights, make sure you try the chicken pumpkin stew. It’s homemade from the owner’s own family recipe and just feels like a hug on the inside.
- And, of course, for those of you with a sweet tooth, check out the selection of fudge and candy apples in the farm shop before you leave. They have some really interesting flavours this year like watermelon fudge.
Plan Your Visit
Fright Fest is open to public from September 22 to October 31 (but only 13 days in total). Check out their website for details on their opening hours.
For those of you who aren’t quite brave enough to venture onto the grounds at night, Saunders Farm has you covered. During Haunting Season, they offer daytime activities including hedge and corn mazes, live shows, a parade, food booths and more. This makes for a fun-filled day out with family or friends.
You can use the discount code FF8667 to get 10% off your admission to Haunting Season (daytime) or FrightFest (nighttime) when you buy your tickets online. (NOTE: this discount code is valid until October 31st!)
Let me know in the comments what your Halloween traditions are! Are you a fan of haunted houses too?
* This post includes sponsored content from Saunders Farm.