• Halloween Events Near You

    Oct 17, 2017

    That scariest time of year is back. No, we don't mean tax season -- Halloween! Time to dust off your wizard cloak and prep the light sabers -- it’s trick or treat time. With a lot going on in cities all across Canada, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of Halloween events happening in your area this fall.

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    Edmonton/St. Albert: Boo at the Zoo

    Halloween comes alive this year at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Wear your coolest costume, bring your own trick-or-treat bags, and check out the spooky wonders of the animal kingdom. Hands-on experiments, crafts, an extinct animal graveyard, and a witch's den are just some of the fun activities that will make this Halloween one to remember! Get more info here.

    Edmonton: Deadmonton Haunted House

    Don’t miss this year’s Deadmonton Haunted House. Located at the Old Paramount Theatre, this haunted house is rated 12+ and beware. If you’re taking your child, make sure they’re up for it as the website for the event notes that there will be no refunds for kids who get too scared!

    Toronto: Legends of Horror at Casa Loma

    As if Casa Loma wasn’t creepy enough. This Halloween, the iconic Toronto castle transforms into a theatrical, immersive Halloween experience!  Tickets include access to areas of the castle never before seen by the public. Don’t miss out and learn more here.

    Calgary: Halloweekends at Calaway Park

    Calaway Park is getting all spooked up for Halloween. Dress up in your favourite costume and enjoy tricks, treats and spooktacular rides. Activities include family photo opportunities, face painting and much more. It’s all about getting your family together for a fantastic fall day. Learn more here.

    Niagara: Dracula

    Halloween isn’t only about trick or treating, boo barns and costume parties. If you’re ready for a more refined Halloween experience, check out Bram Stoker’s Gothic thriller at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake this October. “Sexy, funny and scary, this is red-blooded theatre that will leave all your senses on fire.” Learn more here.

    Oakville: Camper Halloween

    On October 14th and 15th, and October 21st and 22nd, trick or treat around the Bronte Creek Campground. Ghosts and goblins will go from site to site instead of door to door. This event also features a guided walk with creepy creatures and howling coyotes. Learn more.

    Montreal: Les Fantomes du Vieux-Montreal

    Les Fantomes du Vieux-Montreal is a tour through all the dark ghostly corners of Old Montreal. Running from May to October, it's the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. Check out more here.

    Montreal: Harry Potter

    This Harry Potter themed party combines Hogwarts good times and the spookiness of Halloween. It’s hosted by Cégep du Vieux Montréal and will involve beer, karaoke, costume contests, quizzes, and much more.

    Drummondville: Village Haunte

    Just outside Montreal, the town of Drummondville completely transforms this Halloween into a massive haunted village. You'll be chased by actors playing zombies, clowns, ghosts, and monsters over 3km of trails and streets. Runs September 29th until November 4th.

    Timbercreek hopes these events inspire you to throw on a costume and celebrate Halloween in your area. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Best Kid-Friendly Fall Activities

    Sep 18, 2017

    To help keep your little ones smiling this fall, Timbercreek brings you this list of kid-friendly fall activities the whole family will love.

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    Nature Walk

    It’s almost always a good time to go for a walk. Even if you’re subdivision bound, there are always parks close by, or conservation areas a little further away, that can make for a great fall outing. Pack a snack or a full-on lunch, make sure to bring water, and outfit your little ones with some sturdy shoes. Also bring bags for the kids to collect nature items - twigs, rocks, leaves, bark - it can all be fun for nature collections or crafting once you get home. As fall temperatures start to drop, be sure to consider appropriate clothing and layers to make your outing disaster proof.

    Picnic

    Picnics aren’t just for summer. A fantastic fall activity, picnics are great so long as you wear and bring the right stuff along. With unpredictable temperatures, pack some hats and coats. Don’t forget to bring all the usual picnic supplies like frisbees, baseballs, blankets, PB & J sammies, drink boxes, and kites. 

    Pumpkin Carving

    While generally reserved for Halloween, pumpkins are a symbol of autumn. Harvested from September through October, they offer families a great range of activities. Going to a local pumpkin “patch” to pick a few for the house is a great afternoon outing, while carving competitions, roasting pumpkin seeds, and playing with pumpkin “slime” are all great ways to enjoy them.

    Leaf Forts

    Jumping in a pile of leaves is a classic fall activity that never gets old. For kids it’s like an invitation to play and explore. Burying, burrowing, making forts, tossing them all over each other in leaf wars: they all make for great outdoor play that can occupy kids for hours. On a safety note, while obvious, check your leaf piles (before your kid jumps in them) for branches, rocks, garbage, and other debris that can be hiding inside after raking and yard cleaning.

    Baking

    A great fall activity for kids is baking. A couple seasonal snack options are apple chips and roasted pumpkin seeds. Slice some apples in thin, full width pieces and place evenly on a baking tray. Sprinkle them with cinnamon, brown sugar, a bit of butter, and even some coarse sea salt, and bake at 340F until slightly dehydrated and/or golden brown. Let dry and refrigerate for a great snack. Almost the same process can be applied to pumpkin seeds. Clean and rinse a big handful of seeds and lay them out evenly on a baking sheet. Add coarse salt and, if desired, a dash of olive oil, and bake until firm and slightly brown.

    Make Butter

    It’s surprisingly easy to make butter and it’s also a great activity to do with kids. All it requires is heavy whipping cream and a whisk. But by using a Mason jar, two small marbles, and a bit of music, you can dance your way to whipping that cream into butter. Shake a jar (or whisk) until the cream thickens. As the fat molecules bind together, a ball of butter will form, separating from the remaining buttermilk. Once a ball has formed, drain off the buttermilk, add some salt, and voila!  Homemade butter.

    Timbercreek hopes this article gives you a few ideas for how to entertain your kids this fall. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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