The Halloween season is much shorter than the Christmas season, so you may find you have a hard time getting in the spirit. There was a lot going on in St. Thomas this past weekend that could have helped, but in case you missed this year’s festivities, we’ve put together a quick how-to for next year. Though it might be too late to check off all the steps this year, feel free to keep this list handy for Halloween 2019.

Step 1: Prowl downtown St. Thomas for pumpkins

Think of this as a Halloween test drive. Your kids get to try out their costumes, you get a ton of candy before the big day, and you get a peek inside the businesses on Talbot Street, several of which are new. This is the second year the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board has put this event on, so keep your eye out for next year!

2018 DDB Pumpkin Prowl | Photo: Grayden Laing

At the very least, you get to witness these adorable costumes. Halloween is officially the cutest holiday.

Step 2: Try not to get nightmares

Everyone needs a good scare this time of year, which is why Railway City Brewing Company’s spooky party, A Nightmare on Edward Street, is on the list. There were games, grub, boogieing, and of course, brews. You also had to wear a costume to get in, and it’s safe to say the guests brought their A-game.

RCBC A Nightmare on Edward Street | Photo: Grayden Laing

Step 3: Boogie with the fam

Is there anything better than dancing the afternoon away with your cuties in costumes, all while surrounded by cobweb-covered trains? This might be an experience that is completely exclusive to St. Thomas! This year it included face painting, crafts for all ages, snacks, and glitter tattoos. Two parties geared to different age groups ensured that everyone had a spooky yet age appropriate time.

The Elgin County Railway Museum during the Family Halloween Dance Party | Photo: Sara Amaryllis

Step 4: Trick or treat for comics

More costumes, more Halloween spirit, more community. But with comics.

Comics at Free Comic Book Day | Photo: Railway City Tourism

Railway City Tourism hosted this Halloween edition of their Free Comic Book Day over the weekend, which involved dressing up as your favourite character and visiting participating businesses to pick up free Halloween-themed comic books. If that sounds like something you wish you hadn’t missed, the next one is the first Saturday of May 2019. Watch our events page or Railway City Tourism’s website for details.

Step 5: Visit a haunted house

If you missed the first four steps this year, never fear! Step 5 is still an option. The haunted house at Rail City Recreation only closes its door for good at 10pm on Halloween night, so stop in if you dare!

Photo Courtesy of Rail City Recreation

BONUS: Attend an open mic and art night

Streamliners Open Mic Night hosted by Jeff Butler | Photo: Grayden Laing

Unrelated, but if it happens to fall on the weekend before Halloween, it will make an excellent addition to your weekend. Local talent, incredible art, and premium LAS CHICAS DEL CAFÉ coffee at Streamliners Espresso Bar are always a good choice.

This is just a sample of the Halloween-themed events that happened in Elgin County this year, so if you’re hoping to make next year feel more spooky, keep an eye on our events page or sign up for our email newsletter, where we keep you up to date week by week on upcoming events!