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Be prepared to be scared at these spooktacular events in the Timmins area

From haunted trails to pumpkin carving, there's something for everyone
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Crystal Marcotte and Marc Lacroix at the Haunted House that will be set up Halloween night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 395 Toke St. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Looking for a fright?

'Tis the season for scaring, and there are a lot of events lined up in the coming week for thrill-seekers. 

Here are some of the haunted activities to check out:

Because walking a dark, wooded path at night isn't scary enough, the Haunted Trail will feature 16 frightful stations. Northern College and Algoma U have teamed for the event on a 1.45-kilometre walking trail behind the Porcupine campus. Local high schools, community partners and volunteers are all helping to make the scares happen. There is also a pumpkin carving contest and corpse cafe. The Haunted Trail is Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the college. It's open to the public, and there is free parking. Admission is $5 per person, of $20 for a group of five. All proceeds will go towards participating local high schools and Northern College’s bursary foundation to be redistributed to current and future students.

A Haunted Hay Ride out at Trussler's Pantry is promising to deliver frights. Expect darkness if you dare take the ride, even the tractor won't have lights. Organizers say to expect a bunch of scary characters, loud noises and people jumping out at you. The fun is taking placing Friday, Oct. 25 a short drive from Timmins, at 1241 Blackbear Rd., Matheson. If you want to check out the trail without the spooks, a daylight hay ride runs from 4:30 p.m. to dusk. Tickets for the family-friendly ride are $10 each and available here. Tickets for the haunted ride are $20 each and available here

A double feature is lined up for the final night of the Night Terrors Film Festival this Friday, Oct. 25 at Cinema 6. At 9 p.m. there is a screening of The Exoricst. For the midnight film, choose between A Nightmare on Elm Street and An American Werewolf in London. There will be a costume contest, and trivia 30 minutes before the show starts. Tickets are $5 each and available at Alfie's and Imagine Cinema 6.

The Connaught Community Assocation is having a Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids are invited to stop by for crafts, games and lunch. It's being held at the Connaught Community Centre, 6825 Frederickhouse Lake Rd.

Get in the Halloween spirit with two spooky activities at the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre. The action is happening Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. Registration is required for the pumpkin carving contest. Families and individuals can participate. All supplies are provided, but props from home are welcome too. There will be prizes for the spookiest and most creative pumpkins. To register call 705-360-2617 or email to register. There is also a free drop in for watercolour spider webs where you can create a creepy spider web using the wax resist painting technique. 

Students are serving up scares to raise money for a school trip. Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault's Indoor Halloween Haunted House is Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Let the students at give you a scare and help them raise money for their 2021 Europe trip. The haunted house is in the music room (171), and Sunday there will be inflatables in the gym. Entry to the haunted house is $5, candy sale is $3 and inflatables are $2 each.

Take a tour through the Halloween Haunted House at 395 Toke St. on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Marc Lacroix and friends have a few tricks and treats up their sleeve this frightfully fun house. Donations of cash and non-perishable food items will be collected for the food bank. 

Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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