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Things To Do in Simcoe County This Fall

It only really takes a quick look around to see that fall is officially here. Leaves are turning and crunching under our feet, people are cozying up in their favourite scarves and sweaters, and the aroma of pumpkin is just about everywhere. Check out the events that Simcoe County has to offer this fall!


Pumpkinferno at Haunted Harbour

When: Every Thursday to Sunday in October from 7pm-10pm
Where: Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene

Come and visit Discovery Harbour as it turns into Haunted Harbour for their second annual Pumpkinferno! Enjoy a walk through the eerie site and view the amazing carved pumpkin displays. Fun for the whole family with plenty of crafts and a new and improved maze. But beware, the terror zone is back and spookier than ever! Enter if you dare…

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Marsh by Moonlight

When: October 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Wye Marsh in Midland

Come visit the Wye Marsh in the evening to experience a guided voyageur style canoe tour through the sparkling moonlight water of this beautiful site. Twinkling voyageur canoes and boardwalk, night noises, some yummy bannock and lots of laughs will make for a few spectacular photo-ops and an unforgettable night!  Connect with nature and enjoy this unique and different perspective of the marsh.


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Murder Mystery Event

When: October 15th at 7pm
Where: Huronia Museum in Midland

Join Huronia Museum for a night of mayhem, mystery and murder, where the audience has a role in solving the case! This murder mystery isn’t a single, unchanging theatre piece – it’s an event that plays out through the museum throughout the evening. Keep your eyes out for whispered secrets, dropped notes, and knowing glances. Work alongside others to compare what you have seen and heard, or just enjoy the plot as it unfolds. Will you be the one to paint us a picture of the Munchausen Murder? A night of fine art, fine acting, and fine dining.


Spaghetti Dinner

When: October 21st from 5pm-7pm 
Where: Royal Canadian Legion in Midland

Join the Ladies’ Auxiliary for a delicious homemade spaghetti dinner and enjoy the company of family and friends from within the community. Tickets are $10 per person with children 10 and under at half price. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Branch.

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Amphitheatre Grand Opening

When: October 21st from 6pm-9pm
Where: Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park in Penetanguishene

Join the Town of Penetanguishene as they celebrate the Grand Opening of the New Outdoor Amphitheatre in the Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park! The event will be featuring live music from local artist Scott Cooper and a screening of the Halloween classic – Hocus Pocus. A variety of treats are available for a donation. Come out and enjoy the fall crisp evening air with some music and a movie!

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Picnic of the Living Dead

When: October 22nd from 12pm-3pm
Where: Huronia Museum in Midland

Huronia Museum is back with its second annual Picnic of the Living Dead. We are calling all zombie enthusiasts to dress up, pack a picnic and join the museum staff and volunteers for a picnic in the park with games, contests and fun. There will be prizes for the Best Dressed Zombie and even a Zombie Talent show to be judged by the museum's official "Zombie Appraisers".


Hallowe’en Spooktacular

When: October 29th from 2pm-4pm
Where: Penetanguishene Centennial Museum 

An afternoon of family fun! Featuring Witch Broom Races, Hallowe’en Selfies, Boo Boo Bowling, Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt, crafts, and more. 

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Halloween Movie Night

When: October 29th from 7pm-10pm
Where: 509 Bay Street Parking Lot

Catch a FREE movie under the stars in Downtown Midland. As voted by the people of Midland, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be playing on the big screen! The movie will start at dusk. Bring your own lawn chair. In addition, 104.1 The Dock FM will be playing fun Halloween themed music beforehand and will be collecting non-perishable food items for charity. Those who donate will receive snacks in return. And don't forget to dress up in your Halloween costume!

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Pumpkin Mania Fall Festival

When: Every weekend from September 24th-October 30th from 11am-5pm 
Where: Rounds Ranch in Barrie

Enjoy wagon rides, goofy pumpkin-themed games, corn mazes, farm animals and our Western Playground! Games include Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Bingo, Pumpkin Hockey and many, many more, with prizes in store for kids. Each Guest will visit our large pumpkin patch and pick their own pumpkin to take home. Make this Fall unforgettable at Rounds Ranch!


Pumpkin Festival & Haunted Adventure

When: September 19th-October 21st from 10am-6pm
Where: Chappell’s Farms in Barrie

Come and experience Chappell’s Farms in the fall for Pumpkin Festival, featuring animals, play areas with sand diggers, bale run, corn maze, boo barn, wagon rides, and pumpkin picking. Visit on a weekend to see the magic show, ride the train, run the obstacle course and jumping castle, and even experience the tent of terror!