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4 Local Activities to Look Forward to in October

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Queen's U chapter.

If you’re like me and can’t get enough of the Halloween and fall season, then look no further. Kingston and the surrounding area are loaded with fun things to do with your friends throughout the ghoulish month of October. Here are four ideas to look into that’ll leave you yearning for more!

1. Fort Fright

Starting October 4th and running until the 31st, you can get your scare on over at Fort Henry. This is a local favourite that is sure to leave you in a bit of a ‘fright’ AND make you want to go through a second time. The event page describes this year’s event as a test of your fears and phobias: “From clowns, spiders to darkness and more, Phobia Arenas will make you face your worst nightmares! Scream, panic and run as you try to evade this dream gone wrong. Do you have what it takes to escape?” I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a scream-filled fun night.

Check out the event page on Facebook to purchase tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/632911163777179/

2. The Wolfe Island Corn Maze

If you’re looking for something a little less on the *scary* side of the Halloween season, then a corn maze is a great match for you. How can you get more fall than walking through a corn maze with your friends? Navigate through both of their mazes on the 50 acre farm and meet some animals while you’re at it. The ferry ride at night from downtown Kingston over to Wolfe Island is also beautiful and definitely a must do. While there are admission prices for the maze, the ferry is free!

For contact information and general inquiries, check out their website: http://www.wolfeisland.com/maze/

3. The Haunted Walk of Kingston

These 90-minute walking tours are perfect if you want to get to know the haunted history of Kingston. It’s a great way to both have fun and learn something new, so you won’t feel guilty for choosing a night of walking around over doing your assignments. The guided tours are a favourite of many tourists and locals alike. If you were left thinking, “Fort Fright sounds cool, but I wish there was an extra 30-minute walking tour that talked about Fort Henry’s world-famous haunted stories,” then you’re in luck! You can purchase this in addition to your Fort Fright tickets in advance or when you arrive. It’s ideal for the history buff who isn’t afraid to get up close and personal with haunted historic sites.

Follow this link for info on the traditional and Tales from the Tunnels at Fort Fright walking tours: https://hauntedwalk.com/kingston-tours/

4. Hiking

If none of these events excited you and you’d rather just enjoy the fall weather, hiking in the greater Kingston area may interest you. There are plenty of scenic trails that will allow you to take in the colours of the leaves and cool breezes. Grab a friend or a group of them and take in some of the amazing sights that Kingston has to offer. A few options include the Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Lake Ontario Park Trail and Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Rock Dunder is also a popular destination.

Check out this site for some more info: https://threebestrated.ca/hiking-trails-in-kingston-on

Information on Rock Dunder can be found at: http://www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/explore/fab-trails/hike/hiking-trails/rock-dunder

These are only a few of the many options for fall and Halloween themed events happening in the Kingston area over the next month. Don’t be afraid to explore the city and have fun! After (f)all… winter is coming.


Sarah Mitchell

Queen's U '19

Sarah is a fourth year student at Queen's University with a love for creative writing and social change. She grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario which helped her appreciate her surroundings. Ideas for articles have been swimming around in her head for years, so she figured why not put them to use. Happy reading.