The weekend is here again – from pumpkin patches to Budget 2020 – events not to be missed

(A fall pumpkin patch in a farmer’s field located on the Huntley Road on route to Richmond. Photo: Janice Bain)

The Halloween season is upon us and there are a few spooktacular events to enjoy this weekend and during the upcoming week, along with some other happenings not to be missed.

Friday, October 25th

Come out and hear the duo Dickerson Airplane play live at Brew Revolution (in the Jackson Trails Centre) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Take in some Friday evening music to end your week.

Brown’s YIG for two days this weekend is offering Haunted House Workshops and a Movie for kids ages 6-14yrs (no adult accompaniment required, drop your child off). The movie is: Hotel Transylvania 2. Contact Brown’s to register. Friday October 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm pizza, movie & popcorn included $22 per child (drop your child off) or Saturday October 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm pizza, movie & popcorn included $22 per child (drop your child off).

Saturday, October 26th

The Patriotes Race 4th Edition – run or walk 2km family, 5km and 10km courses. The event starts at 9:00 am. The race is organized by École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais. The school is holding this race to bring the Stittsville area together in support of food counters in western Ottawa. Each participant must bring at least one non-perishable foodstuff for Stittsville Food Bank which Paul-Desmarais teachers and students proudly support.

Jo-Jo’s Pumpkin Patch Party. Come out for some free Halloween fun for the whole family. The party starts at 11:00 am at Jo-Jo’s Pizza, 1573 Stittsville Main, in the parking lot. Free Pumpkins, Free Pizza and Free Ice Cream while quantities last. Limit of 1 slice and 1 cone per person. For some additional free fun there will be bouncy castles, face painting, Live DJ and more! The rain date is October 27th.

Carp Farmers Market is holding its last regular Saturday market of the 2019 season. This market is going to be special – a Spook-tacular Market, taking place from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Carleton MPP, Goldie Gharmari is hosting a ‘Carleton Pumpkin Fest’ where she will be giving away pumpkins to the first 300 children who greet her at her booth (the pumpkins are grown locally). It all takes place at Abby Hill Farms (1490 Bankfield Road, near Manotick). Enjoy some free fall fun at this Fest starting at 11:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm.

Show your appreciation and support First Responders by celebrating 55 years of community service with the Stittsville and District Lions Club at their Charter Dinner. Imagine 55 years of community service! Get your tickets and celebrate with the Stittsville Lions in reaching this milestone. Order your tickets for this historical evening at:…/55-years-of-community-servic….

Looking for something to do on Saturday night? Come join the Stittsville United Church (Fernbank and Main) starting at 5:00 pm for a community pot luck dinner followed by a games night – I hear there will be a 25lb turkey!

St Thomas Anglican Church is hosting a Roast Beef Dinner.There are 2 sittings at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Tickets are available from the Church Office at 613-836-5741 on Tue, Wed & Thur from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, or at the door. Ticket prices are $18/adult $9/child (ages 6-14) family $50 (2 adults, up to 3 children).  St. Thomas is located at 1619 Stittsville Main St (Main St & Carleton-Cathcart).

Sunday, October 27th

Just a reminder that the Stittsville Market at the Barn will not be open this week due to some private events being held at the site.

A children’s Halloween WorkshopMansion Mayhem – is being hosted by Goulbourn Museum starting at 9:00 am. Join the Museum for a morning of costumes, candy, cackling and hair-raising Halloween hijinks! Drop your little ghosts and goblins off to decorate edible haunted houses, make creepy crafts and play ghoulish games! This is a drop-off activity for ages 6-11. Cost is $27 per child ($22 for Kits’ Club Members).

At the Ottawa Writers’ FestivalChrist Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street at 3:00 pm join host, Matthew Pearson, whose family was the focus of the documentary “The Mamas and the Papas: How two Ottawa couples became co-parents” for a conversation with Rick Prashaw and Amanda Jette Knox, whose new books shed a light on love’s power to overcome obstacles and the many ways families can support each other in a world that is too often cruel and unwelcoming. Tickets available at:

This year, the Ghoulbourn Spook Show will be complimenting other haunts by projecting eerie halographics in all of the windows of 72 Cherry Drive. Drive by and see all the spooks in 5 different scenes on evenings starting October 27th! Don’t forget to bring along a non-perishable item or two for the Stittsville Food Bank.

Wednesday, October 30th

The Budget 2020 jointly held session for Stittsville and Kanata residents will be hosted by Councillors Glen Gower, Allan Hubley and Jenna Sudds. From  5:30 – 9:00 pm you can attend the public information session at the Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall B, at 100 Charlie Rogers Place. If you are unable to attend the session, you can also provide your budget input online through Engage Ottawa.

Speaking of budgets, are you starting a small business? Do you have questions about taxes and accounting? Come to meet the Liaison Officer for Small Business, an accountant from the Canada Revenue Agency, for a workshop that will answer your tax and accounting questions. the Stittsville Public Library is holding a Tax and Bookkeeping session for small business from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday, October 31st

Halloween has finally arrived! From the Canada Safety Council, here are 10 tips for trick and treating safety:

  1. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Children should wear clothing that can easily be seen at night. Retro- reflective materials are best.
  3. Children should trick or treat in one well-known area and not wander into unknown neighborhoods.
  4. All candy should be inspected by an adult to make sure that no one has tampered with it. If it looks suspicious, the police should be contacted.
  5. Children should avoid stray animals.
  6. Children should wear masks that do not interfere with vision. Better yet, they can avoid masks by wearing makeup.
  7. Children should watch for moving vehicles when crossing streets.
  8. Costumes should be short enough that the child will not trip.
  9. Trick or treaters should dress appropriately for the weather and carry a flashlight.
  10. For extra safety, organize a Halloween party for children in your neighbourhood.

****Keep your calendars free – two really exciting events happening on November 1st – we will be sharing all of the eerie info next week!



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