Halloween at the Garden

** Please Note the date change of our Family Weekend event**

Children enjoying Halloween event

Halloween Howl 2021: October 30 & 31; 10 AM- 3 PM

(All Ages)

General Admission

What’s the scariest thing about Halloween? The plants!!! Walk amongst the poisonous plants at the BOO-tanical Garden for lots of family fun and learn why bats, owls, crows, spiders, and even the plants aren’t all that scary once you get to know them. This program is ideal for children ages 1-10, and is a non-scary program (no jump scares, no "gore"; but do expect to see bats, spiders and skeletons!) Our goal is to have fun while learning all about the nature-based symbols that are used during Halloween. Lots of hands-on fun for everyone!

Activities this weekend include: 

  • Guided tours*: Join a member of our Education staff as they take you through the trails and garden to look for the different signs of Halloween. How many bats, scarecrows, and pumpkins can you find? Duck feed provided.
  • Scavenger hunt (11 AM): How many orange and gold pumpkins can you find? If you find the right one, you may win tickets to our Merry and Bright light festival! All participants will receive a small prize.
  • Poisonous plant tour: take this self-guided tour around MUN Botanical Garden and learn all about the dangerous plants we spend every day around! Plants have been identified in the gardens with a tombstone. 
  • Leaf pile: fun for children and adults alike, participate in the long-loved tradition of making (and jumping in) leaf piles! (weather permitting - we need leave to fall and dry days to collect!)
  • Storytime: join a Friends of the Garden volunteer to hear Halloween favourite stories. 

Children in costume enter for FREE! 

FREE for Season Pass Holders and MUN students.


* Because this is a public event we cannot guarantee that groups will be kept together, or that other members of the public won't join along in the guided tour. Our tours aim to have ~20 people in them and run every 15-20 minutes, or as there is interest. Aside from the tour and the scavenger hunt, all other activities are ongoing throughout the day.



Coyote howling at the moon


Haunted Howl

(Group bookings, Ages 10 & Up)

Join us for an after-hours guided forest walk and learn about what goes bump in the night! Learn about bats, owls, and spiders, and other symbols of Halloween that aren't that scary after all! We will demystify the scary sounds you hear in nature when it is dreadfully dark outside.

While this is an educational walk, it is recommended for ages 10 and up as the walk is dark and spooky in nature. Parental discretion is advised.

Admission fees apply.

PLEASE NOTE:
- Kids age 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult
- Teens (13+) do not need an adult
- Masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained


Coyote howling at the moon

Haunted Howl

(Guiding & Scouting Groups)

Calling all Guiding and Scouting groups!  Join us for an after-hours guided forest walk and learn about what goes bump in the night! We will demystify the scary sounds you hear in nature when it is dreadfully dark outside.

While this is an educational walk, it is recommended for ages 10 and up as the walk is dark and spooky in nature. Parental discretion is advised.

Admission is limited. For more information or to book your group, contact us!

PLEASE NOTE:
- Groups must have a minimum of 12 kids to participate.
- Kids must be accompanied by at least 2 leaders (no charge)
- Masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained


For more information, please contact bgprograms@mun.ca or telephone 864-8590.