Weekend What’s up: Halloween in the Glebe
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Spirits are alive this weekend in the Glebe.
With Halloween less than a week away, the ghosts, goblins and ghouls are coming out early this weekend – and with a cauldron full of spooky events on the slate, there will be something for every monster in your family.
The St. Matthew’s Anglican Church will be a historic haunt Friday night when they screen the classic 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu. Accompanied by live choral music and organ virtuoso Matthew Larkin, the film will be played on a big screen for those brave enough to enter. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students. Click here if you dare disturb Count Orlok from his slumber.
If you’re not quite ready to celebrate Halloween yet, you can take in the hottest team in the Ontario Hockey League, as the first-place Ottawa 67’s take on the London Knights at The Arena at TD Place on Friday night. The team has won seven of its last 10 games looks to continue their winning ways. Click here for tickets.
Saturday night is for the parents, beginning at the CRAFT Beer Market for their WitchCRAFT Halloween Party. The night will feature a live DJ, dancing, drinks and prizes for the top 3 best revellers. The monster mash gets going around 8 p.m. and will end when the final soul is consumed. Click here to start casting your spells.
Irene’s Pub is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza memorial for former open stage host Geoff Johnson who passed away earlier this year. The event will be an open mic format with rotating musicians throughout the night. The Extravaganza will also boast raffle draws and prizes with proceeds going to Johnson’s charity of choice, Because I’m a Girl. The party gets going around 9:30, but show up early if you want to get in. Full dress up in effect. Click here for more information.
If you need another little break from Halloween, you can catch Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson in concert at the Arena at TD Place. You’ll hear all the hits from “School,” and, “Dreamer” to “Give a Little Bit,” from his Supertramp heyday throughout the 1970s. Tickets start at $59.50 and can be purchased here.
On Sunday the ghouls really come out in the Glebe for Lansdowne Fright that will boast trick or treating, a Halloween hockey game, and a pumpkin derby.
It all kicks off around 9:30 a.m. with the annual Lansdowne Pumpkin Derby. If you haven’t turned your pumpkin into a high-octane racer yet, you still have time. Design a pumpkin car, strap some stable wheels to it, decorate it and send it off in the Lansdowne Pumpkin races. The pumpkins will roll down a ramp in an attempt to cross the finish line first. There will be prizes for the top 3 fastest pumpkin racers, the top three decorated racers and a prize for the Most Spectacular Pumpkin Crash. There will also be an honor for the best-dressed pumpkin car “driver.” Click here for more details.
Kids are encouraged to dress up for the day on Sunday, as they can trick or treat all day at shops around Lansdowne Park. There will also be a Kids Zone set up at Lansdowne complete with spooky activities and games, as well as train rides around Lansdowne.
At 2 p.m., the Ottawa 67’s will take to the ice for their annual Halloween game at the Arena at TD Place. Fans are encouraged to don their spooky costumes, as there will be a costume parade during the game. It’s also the 67’s Family Funday Sunday, which gives fans a ticket to the game, a pop and a hot dog for just $25. Click here for tickets.
The Glebe Community Centre will be transformed into a haunted mansion Sunday afternoon for the GNAG Hallowe’en Party that will boast face painting, a bouncy castle, cookie decorating, a kinder fun house for the little ones and a “really freakin’ scary,” haunted house for the older kids. Tickets are $10 per child and can be purchased here.
Looking to taste a little red, perhaps some pinot grigio? Head to the Horticulture Building from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday for Wines By Nature and sample a selection of organic, biodynamic, low-intervention natural wine. Meet winemakers and importers and learn about natural wines. Tickets are $50 and can be scooped here.