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October 09, 2016

Enjoy the Season with Camp Spooky #canadaswonderland #halloween

I'm the first to admit that I'm a big. time. scaredy. cat.
I don't like scary movies, being freaked out, eerie music, horror stories.

Halloween is an ironic occasion for me, because while I love the treats, I can do without the tricks.

And that's why I really like Camp Spooky at Canada's Wonderland.

Canada's Wonderland is known for putting on kick-ass Halloween Haunt festivities (not that I've ever personally been, but I have covered it for work. I really need to get over this.) Those who crave the fear can ride some of the park's signature rides in the dark and go through quite a few mazes and haunted houses that will have you jumping out of your pants. If the costuming and the make up on the hundreds of ghouls and goblins doesn't scare the crap out of you, it will most definitely impress you. It does both for me. 

But back to Camp Spooky. Camp Spooky is the much tamer version of a Halloween fall festival-- designed for kids and families, and, well, people like me. It celebrates the season, allows little trick-or-treaters to enjoy the park while in costume, take part in fun activities and see some great Halloween-themed shows. 

2016 is the 50th Anniversary of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and Canada's Wonderland is pulling out all the stops for this occasion at Camp Spooky. 

When you first enter Planet Snoopy or KidZville, kids 12 and under will need to grab an orange Camp Spooky bag to collect all their goodies. Inside the bag? A little surprise, plus, a treasure map! 

We had a fabulous time making our way through the two kids' areas, transformed in fall and Halloween decor. We visited our familiar and favourite rides, of course, but were continually surprised by what was awaiting us at every turn and corner. There are literally HUNDREDS of pumpkins everywhere, a traditional hay maze, a pumpkin patch and an Enchanted Forest maze and so many special friends in costume, handing out goodies at various check points. Even the areas surrounding the rides were beautifully decorated in the theme. 

Here's Isabelle explaining the hunt:

Needless to say, she had a wonderful time.

Should you need a break from all the excitement, you can pause to enjoy some live entertainment at the Playhouse Theatre. We sat and watched Spooky Tales with Snoopy while we enjoyed our lunch.

And for the creative cats out there, you can also decorate a pumpkin for $3 per person/pumpkin. Plus, the Action Theatre also shows It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown every 30 minutes.    
The folks at Canada's Wonderland really know how to cater to the crowd -- regardless of age, gender or experience with the park. And if you NEEDED another reason to visit? The season, of course. While the fall means you'll have to bundle up a bit, it also means the lines are a bit shorter and the crowds are less -- bonus, for this mamma! It makes for a perfect fall day with the fam. 
Camp Spooky is open every Saturday and Sunday in October and is included with Park Admission, free for Season Pass Holders. For more information on pricing or how to visit, visit the Canada's Wonderland website. 

Happy (scare-free) Halloween!


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