If you like horror movies, scaring your friends, or walking through the woods at night by yourself, then you are going to want to check out these haunted destinations. Below are some of the scariest haunted houses, barns, factories and woods in Ontario. Think you can get through these courses without chickening out? Or perhaps you have?
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1. Nightmares Fear Factory
5631 Victoria Ave
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Nightmares Fear Factory is known for their hidden camera photos – capturing participants in their moments of absolute terror. To date, over 140,000 people have chickened out – that is, bailed at some point before finishing the walk through the Fear Factory. Nightmares Fear Factory is open year round, but is a great place to venture to if looking for some Halloween fear. This two-time Niagara Falls Attraction of the Year is a great place for mature thrill seekers – "mature" meaning do not bring your 3-year-old through this unless you want them sleeping with you until they go to college. This also makes for a great date night.
2. Fear Farm
Snyder’s Family Farm
Ayr, Ontario (15 minutes from Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo)
Located on a 100-acre farm, Fear Farm is worth the drive to the Tri-City area. There are a few options at this farm that are sure to give you chills. Dr. Fear's Hayride will take you across 50-acres and deep in to the woods to meet the good doctor. Condemned Farmstead challenges you to navigate through the fields. Before long, the darkness will start to play tricks with your mind. You may see and hear things that aren't really there – or perhaps there is something there. The Hiller House is 2,500 sq ft haunted house. The FAQs on the site indicate that you should not attempt any of these attractions if you are pregnant, have heart or respiratory issues, suffer from claustrophobia, are prone to seizures or have back problems.
3. Haunt Manor - Hayrides & Haunted Houses
9387 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, Ontario
There is a lot to see and do at this attraction, including live music and a show by illusionist Edward Stone. In addition to the Theatre Stage are several haunted attractions. Choose from an assortment of haunted houses (The Bates Motel, Dark Raven Manor, The Dead End Diner, Escape Miller's State Prison, and The Curse), the Night Feast greenhouse & nursery, the Body Harvest haunted trail and the Folklore Grove haunted hayride. Or do them all. According to the website, the house is over 200 years old and is haunted by a woman and two children.
4. Halloween Haunt - Canada's Wonderland
9580 Jane Street
One thing Canada's Wonderland does well is theatrics. The haunting starts at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight. During this time, over 700 zombies are unleashed to the park in "scare zones". Zombies don't scare you? How about clowns? Attractions are for the 13 and up set, so you know this is no joke. In addition to the "scare zones" there are 10 haunted mazes and the interactive attraction Zombies 4D. Zombies 4D involves a climb up the side of Wonder Mountain and then a steep decline in to zombie territory. There is a gaming as riders compete against each other in order to escape. The park is already packed to the gills with frights that guest with costumes or face paint will not be permitted.
5. Fright Fest Nights
7893 Bleeks Road in Munster
Fright Fest is a great place to head if you like to have the fuzz scared out of you. Saunders Farm has used a rating system to let visitors know how scary the attractions are:
2 Chainsaws = unpleasant; MYSTERIOUS, UNCOMFORTABLE
3 chainsaws = alarming; shocking, TERROR
4 chainsaws = EXTREME, frightful; causing intense fear
It has 5 fright sites: The Shambles (4 Chainsaws), Barn of Terror (3 Chainsaws), Camp Slaughter (3 Chainsaws), Haunted Hayride (3 Chainsaws), and Cemetery Scare Zone (2 Chainsaws). Sounds like an episode of Friday the 13th mixed with a little Nightmare on Elm Street. If you are hungry after all the scares there are many of food stops though we recommend eating after going through the frights. Thirsty? Visit The Tombstone Tavern – you may want to visit that one before the thrills.
6. Fort Fright
1 Fort Henry Drive
Frightful nights at Fort Henry’s Fort Fright is back again and has been updated with tighter corners, darker areas and more live ghouls! This destination is open on select nights with new haunted attractions, new technology and new scares. The setting is the 19th century military fortress of Fort Henry with impressive presentations including Hollywood-style animatronics, eerie sound and light effects, 3-D wall projections and this year some of the attractions have a smell factor that will leave you haunted. Top off your tour with a Coffin Ride. Who wouldn't want to ride in a coffin? Fort Fright also has SAFE PASS options for those of you who just can't handle the scare... or are a bit younger.
7. Scarehouse Windsor
576 Ouellette Ave
Scarehouse is located in downtown Windsor for the 2016 Halloween season. The scene is The Metropolitan Theatre where 324 souls were lost to a fire in 1976. It's said that those souls roam the rooms and the halls of the three floors of the building. This attraction is open until the end of October and has a covered area outside so if it is raining - you stay dry. Scarehouse is such an iconic Windsor institution that it was the inspiration for the 2014 slasher movie Scarehouse.