Close this article now if you're afraid of the dark. Cornwall, Ontario's former SDG Jail is set to host nighttime ghost and paranormal activity hunts this September and October.
The event is organized by Ontario-based haunted tour company The Haunted Walk and Phantoms of Yore.
Participants will sit through a "full briefing on the haunted history of the site" — which, according to the company website, includes murders and executions — to set the mood before heading into the 19th-century building to search for any lingering ghouls or lost souls.
The Haunted Walk website indicates that ghost hunters will also receive the necessary equipment for their search.
The "paranormal investigations," as they're called, will take place on five dates: September 17 and 18, and October 22, 23 and 29.
There are several starting time slots available, ranging from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Each 3.5-hour experience can accommodate a maximum of eight people.
Get the details below.
Night Ghost Hunts At Cornwall's SDG Jail By Haunted Walk
September 17 and 18, and October 22, 23 and 29 Multiple starting times every night
Where: SDG Jail, 11 Water St. W., Cornwall, ON
Why You Need To Go: To empty your bowels and/or enjoy a good scare searching for paranormal activity
During the spooky season weekends, the Fraisière Lauzon et fils farm in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines is the place to be for visitors who want to take a walk in the dark and, although it is open to all ages, it's suggested that you be 12 years old and over to venture out.
The trail, which you walk through with a flashlight, is open Fridays and Saturdays between September 24 and October 30 starting at 6 p.m. The site closes at 11:30 p.m., but the last admission is at 8 p.m.
The labyrinth tour lasts between 45 minutes to an hour if you dare to wander through it while spooky characters wait for you at every turn.
The cost of admission is $15 per person 12 years and older, which gives you access to the entire site.
In addition to getting lost in the cornfield, you can walk among the pumpkins and squash, visit the mini-farm and the boutique during the day and enjoy the small café in the evening.
There are no reservations required to participate, but it's recommended that you call ahead of time to make sure it's open.
The Haunted Maze of Fraisière Lauzon et fils
Cost: $15 per person 12 years and older
When: Fridays and Saturdays from September 24 to October 30, from 6-11:30 p.m.
Address: 11, rang Trait-Carré, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC
Quebecers might remember the run-up to Halloween 2020, when, at the cusp of the third wave of COVID-19 infections, public health officials warned the holiday wouldn't resemble years past.
Though at least one municipality did cancel trick-or-treating, Quebec ended up releasing a list of Halloween rules that allowed children to go trick-or-treating with members of their own household — not with friends — but explicitly banned parties.
The Ministry of Health suggested that a similar list of rules and recommendations will come in 2021, though it didn't say what it would include or when we'll see it.
But Quebecers can at least expect the pandemic to once again influence their Halloween plans.