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October 23, 2023

Get ready to have some Halloween fun in southern Grey County!

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BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — With Halloween just a week away, it's time to get those scary costumes ready and stock up on candies. Get ready to have some fun, too! There's lots for all ages to do over the next 7 days as well.

Monday - Monday, October 23 - 30

Pumpkin Pic-Off

Get decorating! The Grey Highlands Public Library is hosting their first Pumpkin Pic-Off, an all ages online contest for residents of Grey Highlands, West Grey, Chatsworth, and Southgate. Starting Monday, October 23 until Monday, October 30, we’re challenging you to carve or decorate a pumpkin, then snap and share the photo to win a prize.

Prizes will be awarded for the most Classic Pumpkin, the Spookiest Pumpkin, and the Goofiest Pumpkin. You can submit your photo by tagging the library on Facebook or Instagram, or submitting it online. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween!).

Visit the Grey Highlands Public Library website for more information

Wednesday, October 25

Family Friendly Spooky Tales from West Grey, 4 pm

The library's historian-in-residence Mat, brings along Stephanie from Grey Roots Archive to deliver a little spine-tingling fun with locally-based stories.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the West Grey Public Library website.

Friday, October 27

Let's Get Spooky

It's a day of crafts, snacks and fun for kids on this PA Day. The program takes place in the Well Room at South East Grey Community Heath Centre in Markdale between 10 - 11:30 am and in the Millennium Room at the Flesherton Library between 1:30 - 3 pm.

Pre-registration is required. Visit the Grey Highlands Public Library website for more information.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 27, 28 & 29

Hanley Haunted Hike, 7 pm

What sinister ghosts and spooky manifestations lurk among the derelict buildings of the Flesherton Frontier Village? Closed to the public for many years, the trail behind South-East Grey Support Services (SEGSS) which once modelled an 1800s pioneer town, remains. Although the buildings have been abandoned, there will be some new illusory stirrings among the old creaky wooden structures of this phantom settlement this October.

The Hanley Institute, led by local veteran actor Michael Copeman, youth from the Hanley Theatre Club and a small but mighty team of volunteers will stage, decorate, and act in the Hanley Haunted Hike to take place over three nights on October 27, 28 and 29. Billed as "a night you may not care to remember," the show will be performed only once per evening and promises to be full of scary surprises at the ruins of the once-popular Frontier Village.

Visitors will be escorted past scary vignettes, culminating in a musical Grand Finale at the SEGSS Pavilion. Under the direction of Michael Copeman, the Hanley Haunted Hike will showcase the enthusiastic talent and commitment of the Hanley Institute youth actors. Additionally, the Hanley Haunted Hike will help foster creativity and friendship among the youth group while building confidence, problem solving skills and a sense of responsibility within each child.

This event is free to the public but donations are gratefully accepted and will go to support the good work of the Hanley Institute. Pre-registration is not required but recommended.

Organizers warn that the hike is a work of fiction. "You may expect to encounter simulated violence, blood, dismemberment, ghost-related incidents, use of replica firearms and power tools in ways you do not expect."

Each performance will begin at 7 pm. Parking is at Highland Grounds and Sparlings Propane just a short walk from the SEGSS entrance on highway 10, so be early if you want to be on time to attend.

The event happens entirely outdoors, so visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately. Attendance is not recommended for kids aged under 12 years. For more information about the Hanley Haunted Hike, visit the Hanley Haunted Hike website.

Saturday, October 28

West Grey Halloween Party, 10 am - 2 pm

Local businesses and groups create a Trick-or-treat trail! Bring your trick-or-treater dressed up in their costume and walk the trick-or-treat trail as businesses and groups hand out candy, tricks, and maybe some treats.

Throughout the trick-or-treat trail, kiddos will find various challenges and activities to complete and gain stamps on their event passport for a chance to win a mega Halloween prize pack.

Prior to starting on the trick-or-treat trail please stop by one of the passport locations during the event to pickup your event passport and map:

  • Durham Town Hall (185 George Street W.)
  • Vickers Park (178 Lambton Street W.)
  • Riverside Park (Queen Street S.)

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. When registering; please register for the number of children attending the event.

Businesses interested in having a booth can contact the municipality at (519)-369-2200 x240 or email

More details can be found at

Dundalk Halloween Fest, 2 - 3 pm

It's the annual Downtown Trick or Treat in downtown Dundalk. Stop at participating businesses for a treat and take a look at what this amazing community has to offer locally! For more information, visit the Dundalk Halloween Fest Facebook page.


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