Witches are being added to the haunting brew at Saunders Farm this fall.
“The Coven,” a Salem witch-themed indoor and outdoor haunt, is the largest new haunt added at Saunders Farm at Munster in the past five years.
Open during the daytime as a Witches Village and at night as a full-blown haunt, the Coven features a swamp, a forest and an old witch’s house that features a maze of rooms. And since a coven traditionally refers to a gathering of witches, you can bet just from the name of this haunt that you are going to run into numerous witches as you make your way through the house.
Mark Saunders explains that the Coven marks a return by Saunders Farm to a classic traditional Halloween haunt, this one related to the famous Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in the 1690s when 20 people were actually executed for witchcraft.
The idea of the Coven came from Mark’s conversations with a friend of his in the United Kingdom who developed a witch-themed haunt with a swamp concept. Saunders Farm has been able to add a forest setting to such a haunt idea. The Coven at Saunders Farm has been totally constructed on the site by Saunders Farm’s own carpenters and staff.
Hundreds of people came out to see hundreds of creatively carved pumpkins on a warm November night at Village Square Park. It was all part of the annual Stittsville Pumpkin Parade. Congrats to organizer Trevor Eggleton and volunteers for another very successful event. Continue reading →
Billed as “the largest haunted attraction in the Ottawa area for 14 years” with “over 10,000 square feet of props”, the Ghoul-bourn Spook Show at 72 Cherry Drive wraps up another haunting season tonight. Continue reading →
A lot of Stittsville families will be heading out to find a pumpkin this weekend. Think about skipping the grocery store this year, and head to a local farm or roadside stand.
Not only is there usually a better selection, but some of them have special activities for kids, like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of a few of the pumpkin places near Stittsville. (Send us your suggestions at email@example.com)Continue reading →
Videographer Hien Hoang put together this video recap of last night’s 3rd annual Pumpkin Parade. There were around 350 creative pumpkins on display and hundreds of families passed through Village Square Park on Sunday night. Thanks to organizer Trevor Eggleton for his work in organizing the event!
1. Bring it to Stittsville’s 3rd annual Pumpkin Parade of course! Organizer Trevor Eggleton is expecting to have hundreds of creative jack-o-lanterns on display at Village Square Park from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Enter your own masterpiece to win a prize in one of three categories (child, teen and adult), or just come to marvel at all the creative designs. Includes prizes from Tracy’s Art Studio, Pottery Playhouse, the Ottawa Senators’, Brown’s Your Independent Grocer, Saoirse Esthetics, The Glen Pub, and Covered Bridge Brewing, plus free hot chocolate and a visit from Mayor Watson. Best of all, there will be compost bins on site so you won’t have to take your pumpkin home with you.
2. Feed it to the chickens. Rebecca Handbridge lives near Stittsville and uses pumpkins – whole or carved – as a supplement for her flock of chickens. She’ll pick up whole or carved pumpkins, as well as compostable straw and ha bales that you may have left over from your Halloween decor. She has 80 laying hens and says that she goes through a lot of pumpkins in the winter. UPDATE: Handbridge says she’s been inundated with requests for pumpkin pick-ups from all over Ottawa. If you’d like to help feed her chickens, you can drop them off at the gate at 6619 Franktown Road.
3. Launch your pumpkin from a giant slingshot. For $5/pumpkin ($20 for 5 pumpkins) you can launch your gourd to raise money for the Ottawa Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. It happens from 10am-2pm at 5740 Old Richmond Road near Fallowfield. More info here.
4. Compost it. You can put your jack-o-lantern out with green bin on garbage day.
Pictured above is the spirited Freedom 55 fitness class at the Goulbourn Rec Centre. Over 30 participants were all decked out for Halloween at today’s Friday class. Instructor Patti Dalby is in the front row with the witch hat. The group works out together three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Jason Tudor-Roberts, the athletics program coordinator at the GRC, says that the group is important as both a fitness and social program for the participants.
To help families have a safe trick-or-treating experience, the Ottawa Police offers you the following tips and tricks:
Make sure your children can be seen. Visibility is an important safety consideration. Flashlights with fresh batteries, glow sticks and reflective tape are must-haves on Halloween and will enable drivers to see kids as they go door to door.
Children should walk on the sidewalk and go to well lit homes on one side of the street; then cross safely at an intersection to visit homes on the other side of the street.
Ensure costumes are fitted. Make sure your child’s Halloween costume is made of flame-resistant materials and is well fitted. Costumes that drag on the ground can pose a tripping hazard, which can be a serious danger if kids fall while crossing the street. Masks, hats and other accessories should also fit your child properly without inhibiting their vision. Halloween makeup is a safer option.
Always trick-or-treat in groups. Accompany your children when they go out trick-or-treating. Older children may want to go with friends. If so, plan a route and make them carry a fully charged cell phone in case they get separated from the group.
Check Halloween candy carefully. Treat your kids to a Halloween snack before they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they gather before you have a chance to inspect their loot bags. Teach your children never to eat treats that are in packages that have been opened, show pinholes or have other damage. And remember, avoid homemade treats or fruit unless they are from a family member or close friend.
Find help. Teach your children to find a police officer if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating.
Motorists: be aware of children on the streets. With all the excitement some may forget to look both ways before crossing. Drive carefully and slowly when on residential streets.
(Above: Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.)
On November 1, Village Square Park will be home to what is becoming a familiar Stittsville tradition. Now in its third year, the Stittsville Pumpkin Parade continues to grow and has found a place in the community’s annual calendar.
Called a parade, it’s more of a show of Stittsville’s talent and spirit. Community members bring their jack o’lanterns to Village Square Park where they are filled with electric candles and put on display giving the park a beautiful and eerie feel. Continue reading →