Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re lucky enough to be in Manitoba’s Interlake region this year, you’re in for a treat (and maybe a few tricks). The Interlake area has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Halloween with gusto, and 2023 promises to be no different. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, here’s your ultimate guide to all things Halloween in Manitoba’s Interlake.
1. Witches Brooms and Ceremonial Brooms Workshop with Prairie Breeze Folk Arts Studio
Dates: Sunday, October 8 from 10 am – 3 pm & Sunday, October 22 from 10 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Prairie Breeze Acres, 4017e 87 Rd North, Balmoral, MB
Join Prairie Breeze Folk Arts Studio for an enchanting workshop where you can immerse yourself in the magic and mystery that the Fall/ Halloween season brings. During the month of October, Prairie Breeze is offering several workshops where you can craft your own magical broom or perhaps a witches-inspired broom or two. Prairie Breeze is offering Witches Brooms & Besoms: Ceremonial Brooms for Cleansing, handfasting/ weddings. Prairie Breeze folk arts invites you to explore the rich history of broom-making by exploring the everyday use of brooms as well as the ceremonial uses for brooms around the globe. In their 5-hour Witches Broom course you will make your very own Witches Besom Broom, a fragrant cinnamon broom, and more. All the necessary materials are thoughtfully included in the course price, and any additional materials needed to continue exploring the craft at home can be purchased following the class.
This year Prairie Breeze has also added a 1 ½ hour low-cost workshop for those big and small wanting to try something magical and memory-making this Halloween.
On Oct 22 at 4 pm, Prairie Breeze invites Halloween lovers old and young to come to craft a basic besom broom, which is similar to those associated with Harry Potter and witches riding brooms. This event is only $10 per participant and all supplies are provided. Participants can come with their own stick foraged from a backyard or park or can select from several sticks available at the event. This event encourages young and old to explore the craft at the perfect time of year. Advance registration is strongly encouraged but drop-in is also welcomed.
2. Fright at the Fort – Ghost Tours at Lower Fort Garry
Dates: October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29
Location: 5925 Provincial Trunk Hwy 9, Saint Andrews, MB
Follow a storyteller and explore a completely different side of Lower Fort Garry!
Listen to stories that unveil the dark past; discover unexplained phenomena; visit locations where disturbing and significant events have taken place and may possibly still be haunted….This will be a 90-minute walking tour where your personal guide will tell ghost stories throughout the site. These stories are those encountered by workers and residents over the years. Some stories are unsettling and we do not recommend those under 10 years of age attend.
Don’t miss this spooky experience – we sell out every year! Limited tickets are available at www.folfg.com.
**Please note, this tour is run by Friends of Lower Fort Garry, a non-profit organization created to support Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site**
3. Gimli Haunted Pavillion – Costumes, Tunes, and Goody Bags!
Dates: October 27
Location: 1 Fourth Ave, Gimli, MB
Get ready for a spooktacular evening at the Gimli Haunted Pavilion on Friday, October 27, from 6 to 8 pm! This free family event in Gimli promises a ghoulishly good time for kids and parents alike. Dress up in your most creative costumes, dance to some eerie tunes, and don’t forget to grab a goody bag to make the night even sweeter! If you want to spread the candy love but fear not having enough trick-or-treaters, we’ve got you covered. Drop off unopened treats at our municipal office, or better yet, pop your trunk at the event and hand out candy right there! For more information, call us at 204-642-6655 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for a fang-tastic time!