You don’t have to go far this October to indulge in Halloween activities. Four of Barrie’s greatest Halloween enthusiasts have worked hard to transform their very own homes into one-of-a-kind haunted houses that are open to the public. The best part is that admission to all of them is free but donations to local charities are kindly appreciated! Grab your friends and family and check these out.
1. The Haunted Garage – 288 Browning Trail, Barrie
The Haunted Garage on Browning Trail is the place to go if you are looking for a night of terror! “Ghosts and ghouls come out at night, monsters and madness prey upon the soul that creeps through the trail of horror!” That being said….they are also offering ‘non-scare dates’ for people looking for some Halloween fun, without being frightened completely out of their whits.
Come on down for a scare between 6-9 on Oct 26 , Oct 30 to Nov 2 and for smaller children and those who want less of a scare, with less noise and lights, come between the hours of 4 and 6 on Oct 26 and Nov 2.
Admission is free, but non-perishable food or monetary donation to go to BNFC Hunger to Hope & Grassroots Outreach Programs.
2. Dunnett’s Dark Lair- 59 Dunnett Dr, Barrie.
Chris Arnott has been transforming his garage and front lawn for more than a decade into spook-tacular fun for the whole family. As a past winner of the Canadian Haunters Association award for “Best Canadian Garage Haunt”, Arnott is a seasoned professional at bringing Halloween thrills to his front door. This family friendly, yet spooky home haunt has been collecting donations for RVH Foundation Cancer Care Centre for the past 5 years and have collected close to $5000 so far.
Admission is free but donations to the RVH foundation are greatly appreciated. Hours of operation this year will be October 29th & 30th – 6-9pm and October 31st – 5:30 – 9:30pm
3. The Osburn Family’s Halloween Maze- 7 Assiniboine Dr, Barrie
After two succesful years, Melissa Osburn and her family return to the home haunt scene this Halloween with their very own Halloween Maze. The Osburn’s are inspired by a true love for the Halloween season and enjoy experiencing the screams and laughs with children around the neighbourhood. Some things to be expected in this year’s maze are animatronics, smoke and mysterious objects dangling from above. You’ll have to stop by to see what else is in store!
Admission is free with the donation of a canned good to go to Barrie’s Food Bank! Hours of operation are October 18 – 20 & 25 – 27; October 30 – November 2 at 7 – 9pm
4. The Haunted Hotel, 69 The Queensway, Barrie
For the third year, the ‘Haunted Hotel’ invites you to share in their love of Halloween…if you dare. The event is in support of the Barrie Food Bank so if you’re not too scared, support a great cause
5. Kauhu Haunt, 90 Country Lane, Barrie
Walk through the “Cemetery of Horrors” and tremble in the abby, if you dare! The display goes up as of October 28th, and is open to the public October 30th & 31st 6 – 10pm.
6. The Freemore Residence, 296 Stanley Street, Barrie
The Freemore Residence is requesting the honour of your presence of our “2019 Carn-evil”. Although they can’t promise your survival, they do guarantee that no one will hear you scream! Admission is free but they are accepting donations for Furry Friends Barrie. Hours of operation are Every Friday & Saturday from October 18th to October 31st; 1pm – 3pm (Family Time); 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Actors on Site)