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5 FUN Family Activities to Experience Over the Holidays in Halifax!

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The holidays can be a busy and occasionally stressful time – no matter how well your family gets along! Fortunately there are plenty of things to do in Halifax that will keep the whole family entertained.

Here are 5 of Halifax’s BEST family-friendly activities to consider:

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The ULTIMATE Guide To Christmas Shows In Halifax

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Taking in a show with family or friends is a holiday tradition, and what better place than Halifax? With so many fun and festive things to do in the city, why not make it a weekend getaway or a fun staycation!

Whether you’re a fan of the classics or looking for something a little more modern, we’ve collected a list of the seasons’ best shows, PLUS, where to stay, where to eat and where to shop while you enjoy your visit to Halifax.

Now you have everything you’ll need to plan the perfect weekend getaway!

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5 Family Friendly Halloween Events in HALIFAX!

The scariest, creepiest night of the year is upon us – Halloween is coming on October 31st! Many of us will be enjoying horror movie marathons, haunted houses and midnight graveyard strolls. But not everyone likes to be scared out of their wits! And some of us have small children too young to enjoy these horrid happenings.

What can these families do to celebrate a Halifax Halloween? They can check out one of these family-friendly Halloween events!

HAL-CON Halloween Parade, Oct 24th
There are sure to be some incredible costumes to see at this event – the third annual parade by HAL-CON: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Fan Festival. You never know when Darth Vader or Frodo Baggins will march by! Parade entries will be judged beforehand and winners chosen in categories such as “Best Spirit” and “Most Humorous”.

Find a spot along the route, cozy up and watch the magic unfold before your eyes.

Halloween Cat Show, Oct 24th & 25th
The only thing better than dressing up in a costume is dressing up your cat! Even if you don’t have your own cat to clothe, you can see dozens of others at the costume contest, starting at 1pm Saturday.

Warning: Distinct chance of cuteness overload!

And if that doesn’t fill your ‘squee’ quotient, you can always wander around and view the dozens of beautiful, non-costumed kitties vying for awards. No worries about a black cat crossing your path at this event.

Halloweenie, Oct 25th
If you think cats in costumes are cute, just picture wiener dogs! There will be lots of them at the Atlantic Canada Dachshund Rescue’s 2nd annual event.

Enjoy a costume contest, bobbing for weenies and there may even a special guest or two (careful, you may end up taking a weenie home with you!). This is a chance to not only have fun, but support a local charity, which is always a great option for everyone in the family.

Sci-Fi Symphony, Oct 31st & Nov 1st
In case you don’t have enough fantastical fun at the HAL-CON parade, you can take the whole family out to this concert, which showcases the iconic scores of blockbuster franchises such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones and more.

Speaking of iconic, the show is hosted by none other than English actor John Rhys-Davies (from Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones). And if you can’t miss the trick-or-treaters on the 31st, there is a second show for you to enjoy on November 1st!

Get your tickets here.

A Wild Halloween Party, Oct 31st
It’s ok to get a little wild on Halloween, and it’s particularly appropriate at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Stop by on the 31st to show off your costume to the animals (I am sure they will be very impressed if you go as a lion or skunk), take in the haunted house and maybe a few “surprises”. The kids will love exploring and learning cool animal facts, and you will love getting home with plenty of time to prep for trick-or-treating. Regular park admission applies.

You don’t have to leave the kids at home to enjoy this spectacularly spooky holiday. This is sure to be a happy Halloween for Haligonians of all ages!

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Top 5 Fun Fall Family Activities!

Are you searching for some fun family activities to do this fall? Look no further than this great list!

  1. Corn Mazes and Apple Picking

Just outside the city limits, there are a multitude of orchards and corn mazes full of family fun for all ages. If you’ve never been apple picking, explored a corn maze or picked your Halloween pumpkin right from the vine, then this is the year to do it!

The two spots with the most family activities are Noggins Corner Farm Market in Greenwich and River Breeze Farm & Corn Maze in Truro. You can find a corn maze, wagon rides, a petting zoo, jumping pillow, straw mountain, pumpkin U-Pick and more at River Breeze. While at Noggins you can find a wagon ride, corn maze, rope maze, duck races, washer toss, puzzle mazes, the barnyard adventure area and the Red Cross Haunted House.

  1. Take in a Ghost Tour of Citadel Hill

In the dark of the night, after all the tourists have gone home, your family can brave a family friendly ghost tour of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. While this isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s definitely fun and age appropriate for older children.

Led by a costumed guide, you travel deep into the dungeons of Citadel Hill and learn more about the history of the fortress and the ghosts who supposedly reside there.

Tours are offered on Friday and Saturday nights.

  1. Bluenose Ghost Festival at Alderney Landing

If your family is looking for more Halloween fun, take them to the Bluenose Ghost Festival at Alderney Landing on October 9-11 and 15-31. You’ll find a haunted house, cemetery tour, a trick or treat house and more!

Pop into the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market if you’re there on the weekend to grab some local apples or pumpkin pie!

  1. Take in a Wagon Ride at Hatfield Farms

There are lots of fun activities at Hatfield Farm in the fall. The weekend family round up includes a Wagon Ride, Petting Pen, Mini Golf, All-You-Can-Eat Hot Dogs and time in their Rubber Rodeo with the inflatable games.

They are having a Halloween Costume Party on October 31st which also includes a full meal, campfire and a DJ!

  1. Nocturne: Art at Night

Nocturne is a family friendly, delightful art festival, which takes place on October 17th from 6pm to midnight.

It spans the harbour with exhibits in both downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, linked by the ferry. Various displays of wonder showcasing the visual arts scene are located in both museums and public spaces and the event is completely free.

Let us know if you take part in one of these fun family activities on Facebook and Twitter!