“It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared”
Call me crazy, but I LOVE being scared! In fact horror movies & Gothic literature are my absolute JAM… during my stint at Western University, I even enrolled in a few elective courses specializing in this very genre! So when Halloween rolls around, I completely immerse myself into all things horror. I therefore found it appropriate to also incorporate a little spooky, festive fun into my fitness routine… & yours! Below I’ve compiled a list of some Halloween themed walks, runs & hikes across Ontario to help keep you active during this ghoulish month!
What: a family friendly event that consists of a 5km & 10km walk/run or a “Spooky Mile” for participants under the age of 12. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume (although not mandatory) in order to be eligible for prizes in best costume, scariest costume, best group/team costume & even more!!!! There’s EVEN a post race party with food… sold! Any donations & pledges from the event go to the World Wildlife Fund.
Where: Leaside, Ontario
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015
2. Haunted City Walks
What: Most cities have tour companies that offer walking ghost tours! This is SUCH a unique & interesting way to learn more about the history of your city! The Haunted Walk (based in Ottawa, Kingston, & Toronto) even offers Halloween specific versions of their tours, which you can find here!
Where: Check your local listings! I’ve seen various tour companies advertised in London, Guelph, Toronto, & Kitchener!
When: Will vary based on city & tour company
What: Participants can either take a self-guided hike or purchase tickets to a guided “performance hike” on haunted hill; there’s a promise of spooky surprises around every corner! Additionally, there’s an ENTIRE weekend dedicated to family filled Halloween fun. Pumpkin carving, face painting, dances, carnivals… need I say more?!
Where: Blue Mountain, Ontario
When: October 23-25th, 2015
What: A 5km obstacle run… did I mention that some of these “obstacles” are zombies?! YIKES! You’ll be running through the trails & parks of Canatara, all the while trying to dodge the hordes of zombies who are just dying to convert you to their ranks of the “undead”. Participants can either register as a zombie or a runner! There’s also a kid run/walk for those aged 4-10! This looks SERIOUSLY cool you guys.
Where: Sarnia, Ontario
When: October 31, 2015 from 9am-2pm
What: Dubbed as “Canada’s Original Night Trail Run”, Trek or Treat consists of a “Creepy Mile” for families & an additional 5km run/walk later that evening. Participants will receive pizza, hot chocolate, Halloween candy & an INCREDIBLE experience! Additionally, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for food banks in Oakville.
Where: Oakville, Ontario
When: October 16th, 2015 at 7pm
What: In support of the Autism Ontario Hamilton Chapter, participants run in either a 7km or 1km run!
Where: Stoney Creek, Ontario
When: October 24th, 2015
Do YOU incorporate Halloween into your Fitness Routine?! Tell us how in the comments!