From Pumpkins to Phantoms, SLPC Screams Halloween This Year

Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village, the new Pumpkinferno by Kingston Pen Tours, and re-introduction of Fort Fright at Fort Henry means SLPC has Halloween Covered for Everyone

Eastern Ontario — The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) is thrilled to announce its lineup of Halloween events for the upcoming fall season. With over a decade crafting unforgettable Halloween experiences, SLPC is set to deliver three distinct and thrilling offerings, catering to every Halloween enthusiast.

This year, St. Lawrence Parks Commission goes full Halloween, offering three thrilling experiences in Eastern Ontario: the original Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Kingston’s newest Pumpkinferno at Kingston Pen Tours and the return of Fort Fright at Fort Henry in Kingston.

Pumpkinferno: An Enchanting Luminary Experience

The award-winning event Pumpkinferno returns for its 12th season at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, starting September 29, 2023. This family-friendly attraction is a captivating luminary installation featuring over 7,000 handcrafted, glowing artificial pumpkins meticulously arranged along a curated self-tour path through the historic village. Attendees of all ages can expect to be immersed in a magical world of light and artistry, making Pumpkinferno an enchanting experience for everyone.

Kingston’s Pumpkinferno by Kingston Pen Tours

Kingston welcomes back the beloved Pumpkinferno for its third season, and this time, it’s finding a new home at Kingston Penitentiary, beginning September 29, 2023. The limestone walls of the historic setting will provide a backdrop for this family-friendly event, offering guests a chance to explore the mesmerizing display of glowing pumpkins while enjoying the rich architecture of the site. The hand-carved pumpkins you will see at Pumpkinferno are realistic, artificial pumpkins, whose forms have been shaped from molds of real pumpkins.

Fort Fright: Unleash Your Nightmares

Prepare to be terrified as Fort Fright returns to Fort Henry in Kingston, transforming the 18th-century garrison and National Historic Site into one of the most spine-chilling haunted houses in North America. Back after a two-year hiatus, this terrifying immersive experience through the Fort’s narrow hallways, interior ditch and tunnels offers a compelling option for those who want to venture beyond pumpkins, deep into the macabre nature of the season to find true ‘Halloween spirit.” The Fort Fright scare attraction presents a nightmarish realm of creatures and monsters through the use of more than 50 movie-style, quality animatronics, dynamic special effects, intense sound and lighting and a large number of costumed scare actors. Fort Fright opens on September 29 and runs select evenings until October 31.

Fall events like Pumpkinferno and Fort Fright play a key role in extending the tourism season and generating important economic spinoff for local communities and the Eastern Ontario region. From fantasy to phantoms, SLPC has Halloween for everyone. Fan-favourite Pumpkinferno is family-friendly and fun for all ages while Fort Fright is all about the fear factor.

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About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 10 campgrounds and 6 beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and Thousand Islands Parkways.

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