By JAMES HERBERT
Halloween is just around the corner, and the Niagara region has plenty of attractions related to the night of frights.
In Niagara Falls, horror fans can visit Haunt Manor, on Lundy’s Lane. The park contains six haunted houses, a haunted corn maze, a haunted hayride and several horror sideshows, says Phil Van Kleef, Haunt Manor’s owner. “You can choose which attractions you want to go to, but I recommend getting the full package. It’s a better experience.”
“Every year I go to a haunted trade show in St. Louis where we learn about how to keep the attractions safe and provide a good experience,” says Van Kleef.
Haunt Manor is open Fridays through Sundays from late September to Nov. 1, and there is a discount deal for Niagara College students if they bring their student identification.
Also in Niagara Falls is Nightmares Fear Factory, a haunted house that boasts over 120,000 people have failed to make it all the way through. Nightmares, which sits on Clifton Hill, is open all year.
St. Catharines offers its own frights with the Full Moon Ghost Walk Tours, which take place downtown. Carolyn Watson, the communications co-ordinator for the St. Catharines Downtown Association, says the tours run Oct. 18 to Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 17, also at 7 p.m. Tour guides stop at some of St. Catharines’ interesting, historical buildings.
“There are two different routes for the tours,” says Watson. “They both meet at the Market Square, and begin at the old courthouse. The first tour goes down Church Street, past a church cemetery, and ends on Yates Street by the Bell Media building. The second tour goes down St. Paul Street.”
Tickets must be purchased in advance, either online or at the St. Catharines Downtown Association office at 80 King St.
“Tickets should be purchased soon,” says Watson. “The first few tours are already almost sold out.”
For more information on the Full Moon Ghost Walk, visit mydowntown.ca.