• Laura Vial

All the Tricks and Treats to Have A Spook-tacular Halloween Night!

Written by Laura Vial

With the spookiest holiday creeping up on us once again this year, Halloween may look different with the state of COVID-19. With all of this in mind, I have decided to make the ultimate guide to survive this Halloween Night!

With frequent updates on COVID-19 being released in the news, this link can provide you with the most current updates and safety precautions we should be following this Halloween.

As of Oct 10: The city of Ottawa is now in a modified stage 2 for the next 28 days, whereby, facilities such as restaurants, cinemas, gyms and more are now closing. The government is asking people to mitigate any non-essential travels as much as possible for the next 28 days. This will be in effect as of Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Taking all possible safety measures into consideration, you can still enjoy Halloween night this year with these movies, treats, and activities!

Top 5 Movies to Watch:

Around any holiday, who isn’t in the mood to watch a movie? This is a list of some popular Halloween movies to get you in the spirit, with my personal favourite listed first.

Halloweentown (1998) – Directed by Duwayne Dunham

o When a young girl living with her good-witch grandmother learns she too is a witch, she must help her grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.” (IMBd)

Hocus Pocus (1993) – Directed by Kenny Ortega

o A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.” (IMDb)

Halloween (1978) – Directed by John Carpenter

o Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.” (IMBd)

Hotel Transylvania (2012) – Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

o “Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.” (IMBd)

The Haunted Mansion (2003) – Directed by Rob Minkoff

o A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.” (IMBd)

No Tricks…Only Treats:

In order to watch those very spooky movies you’ll need some snacks to go with them. These are some very tasty, easy to make Halloween treats.

Ghost Smores Dip

o Spread chocolate chips and heavy cream into a baking dish, layer the top with ghost Peeps and bake in the oven for 8 to 10 min. Enjoy with graham crackers for dipping.

o https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55544/ghost-smores-recipe/

Frankenstein Rice Krispies

o Mix marshmallows, Rice Krispy cereal and green food colouring, let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. Once ready, cut into rectangles and decorate your Frankenstein.

o https://acultivatednest.com/cute-frankenstein-rice-krispie-treats/?m

Ghost Strawberries

o Dip freshly washed strawberries into melted white chocolate and place them on waxed paper. Add chocolate chips as the eyes and mouth and enjoy!

o https://www.gracelikerainblog.com/2020/09/chocolate-covered-strawberry-ghosts.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=grow-social-pro

Graveyard Candy Apple

o Melt caramel into a bowl, as well as melting white and milk chocolate chips into their own bowls. Dip your favourite apples into the melted caramel and place them on parchment/waxed paper. Cover your apple with whatever delicious graveyard candies you wish. Finally, drizzle your melted white and milk chocolate over the apples, add candy eyes and place them in the fridge until served

o https://www.easycookingwithmolly.com/2016/10/graveyard-candy-apples-gourmet-halloween-treat/

Spooky Spider Cookies *contains peanuts*

o Bake any cookie of your choice (homemade, pre-made, etc.) Place a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the middle of the cookie and drizzle melted chocolate chips to make the spider legs. Add chocolate eyes to complete the spooky spider cookies.

o https://www.shesaved.com/2015/09/halloween-treat-spooky-spider-cookies.html/

Top 5 Halloween Howls to Listen on Repeat:

o Thriller – Michael Jackson

o Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

o Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

o Time Warp – Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien

o The Addams Family – Vic Mizzy

A Spooky Good Time:

Pumpkin Carving

o An essential activity to do this Halloween is carving pumpkins! With many classic pumpkin carvings ideas such as spooky faces, there are many creative templates to follow with a few linked here.

Haunted Walks of Ottawa

o “The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa (Most nights until Nov 28th!) – We will share some of our favourite ghost stories from the area and lead you by lantern light to some of our favourite haunted spots, including: the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier and Ottawa’s haunted high school. You’ll never look at the city and these buildings the same again! A tried and true favourite for all ages. (75 minutes).”

(The Haunted Walk Website – for more information)

Deadwood Haunted Drive

o “Deadwood, created by DNA Live, is a haunted drive-through experience at the Wesley Clover Parks Campgrounds. Attendees will experience 6 spine-chilling, hair-rising horror sets telling the blood curling story of the Deadwood Massacre. With live actors, dazzling special effects, coordinated lighting and sound and unforgettable scares all from the comfort…or discomfort of your vehicle… will you survive Deadwood??” (Deadwood Ottawa – to buy tickets)

Happy Halloween! Have a spook-tacular and fa-boo-lous night!