Ottawa’s Fright Fest has a new crypt and haunted sites will bring your nightmares to life


Spooky season is approaching and this popular haunted farm near Ottawa hosts an annual Halloween event with so many scares.

Fright Fest at Saunders Farm is back multiple nights from September 24 through October 31 and there’s even more spooky fun to come.

The Barn of Terror, one of the oldest hideouts, has been completely renovated inside for a new experience. The cemetery has a new self-guided area called the Crypt, which is great for spooky photos.

Strange sights and sounds await you around every corner and it’s like walking through an episode of Goose bumps. Each haunted attraction has a scary rating of one to four chainsaws and the popular Barn of Terror is pretty scary with three chainsaws.

“Dr. Saunders had many failed experiments, and some of them are still hiding in the barn. Enter if you dare and walk through his diabolical maze,” the farm told Narcity. You’ll navigate a part of the doctor’s house and clinic where you can expect blood, gore, and critters ready to jump.

The Cemetary Scare area with the new crypt has a “whipper snapper” level rating from a chainsaw. There are no terrifying scares, but you can spot the gravedigger sharing strange stories.

Circus-themed Haunted Hayride and the Coven of Witches are a little spookier at two chainsaws each. The hayride will have characters chasing you as you drive and the Coven is an ancient swamp and mansion full of old old magical fairies.

The spookiest attraction is the Haunted Site of Shambles which is sure to get your heart pumping. With the highest rating of four chainsaws, the attraction will have you racing for your life as you are chased by pigmen – half-human, half-pig experiments gone totally wrong. Good luck trying to escape those chainsaw-wielding monsters.

If you’re not a fan of scares, you can visit the farm during the day to pick pumpkins, ride a fearless wagon, enjoy a monster walk, watch a puppet show, navigate mazes and lunch.

The cider house offers wood-fired pizzas, poutine, hard cider, local wine and other dishes and beverages. The whole farm is licensed so you can walk around with your booze as long as it’s finished before entering haunting sites.

Tickets start at $45 per person and must be purchased in advance. They are date specific and non-refundable. The farm would like to remind guests that weekends in October are always busy and you should book in advance if you want to ensure a visit.

Fright Fest, Saunders Farm

Price: $45+ per entry

When: Select dates from September 24 to October 31, 2022

Address: 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Why you need to go: You can kick off your Halloween season with the ultimate spooky sites filled with witches, pigs, clowns, and other monsters.

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Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.

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