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Road Trippin’ – Halloween Edition

If hitting the open road is your jam for Halloween, there are plenty of potentially petrifying destinations you could head to…if you dare.

Simcoe county has no shortage of locations to add some scare to your weekend. Read on for a trio of terrifying trips!

Road Trippin’ – Halloween Edition

Bala Bay Inn

If you’re heading to Muskoka for Halloweekend, consider stopping by the Bala Bay Inn. The lodging is allegedly home to all manner of mysterious activity. Spirits and Specters are said to haunt the corridors, including the noted writer and musician, E.B. Sutton. Witnesses have reported flying objects, TVs turning on on their own, whispering voices, footsteps at night, and door handles rattling. Probably not the best place to stay if you are easily frightened…or if you watched the Shining recently.

Germania Schoolhouse

Another Muskoka locale, the tiny town of Germania was all a bustle in the 1870s, but it was abandoned, leaving a creepy ghost town in its place. You can still find a few of the the old structures from the pioneer era, including the schoolhouse. This town and the schoolhouse had a dark reputation, and was the site of many tragedies, including infanticide. Visitors who have braved the trip to this ghost town have been witness to eerie whispers and strange experiences. Although nothing close to a paranormal encounter has ever been reported, just walking through the remnants of this town can be a harrowing hike.  

Canoe Lake

If you went to school in Canada, you’ve heard of the Group of Seven. Back at the turn of the 20th Century, the Canadian painters were the canuck art scene equivalent of the Beatles. Although Tom Thomson wasn’t an official member, his work is regularly presented with the group’s at exhibits and museums. In 1917, Thomson journeyed to Canoe Lake on a art inspiration trip, but he drowned, very mysteriously, while on a canoe ride. The cause of death was never determined, and to this day there is a belief that it was in fact a murder. Visitors to the lake over the years have reported strange sightings and sounds, while some people claim they’ve actually seen his ghost at the lake.

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The Halloween Jam List

It’s not really Halloween until you’ve ended up at an apartment party with at least one nurse and/or Heath Ledger’s Joker, and someone drunkenly yelling at the DJ to play Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, this year none of that is happening. (Another opportunity to give the finger to Covid)

But still. You can put together a bash with a killer playlist for your close bubble and roommates. There are so many options for the scariest night of the year. Eerie options. More horrifying tunes.

With that in mind, we canvassed some of Barrie’s local musicians and the gang here at Barrie Uncovered to compile the Ultimate Halloween Jam List.

It’s an eclectic list of traditional and unexpected Halloween fare. Creepy, eerie and mysterious tracks to liven up the night. Check out everyone’s Top picks and then scroll down to access the playlist!

 

BRANDON DAVENPORT/THE NOOLANDS

Desert Sessions – Crucifire

Goosebumps Theme

The Monster Mash

 

STU LYNAM/BARRIE UNCOVERED

Depeche Mode – Black Celebration

Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

Dj Jazzy Jeff/Will Smith – A Nightmare on My Street 

 

ERIC BOLTON/FLIGHT 97

The Menzingers – After The Party

Rancid – Fall Back Down

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

 

MEGAN STEWART & BIGFOOT’S HAND

MJ – Thriller

Bigfoot’s Hand – Down A Drink With The Devil & Runaway

 

BARRY LACHANCE/ BIGFOOT PORTAL CRISIS

The Noolands – Grenadine

Heavy Petter – With These Eyes

Creepshow – Sticks And Stones

 

IAN HENDRIE/BARRIE UNCOVERED

AC/DC – HIGHWAY TO HELL 

 

JOSHUA DOERKSEN/THE MYSTICS

Dirty Projectors – Offspring Are Blank

July Talk – Push & Pull

Timber Timber – Demon Host 

 

B KNOX

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Put a Spell on You

Paul Simon – Werewolf 

Kanye West, et. al – Monster

 

DANIELLE Q/BARRIE UNCOVERED

This is Halloween – Nightmare Before Xmas

Spooky Scary Skeletons Dub Steb remix

Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon 

 

MEGAN ANNE

Madison Mueller – Exhale 

 Gary Gordon – Ghosted 

 Cardinal Street – From Across The Room 

 Megan Anne – Stay Out All Night 

 

AUSTIN MEYERS/CRAST

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead 

 

 

Don’t forget to check out Uncover The Music, our podcast devoted to the local music scene. 

Haunted Houses and Drive Through Hauntings Around Barrie

Haunted Houses and Drive Through Hauntings Around Barrie

Get Your Creep On At Social Distance Haunted Hubs Around the Area

Haunted houses are an absolute must for Halloween every year. In 2020, the pickings are slim, given that whole Pandemic thing (which is kind of like a full year version of Halloween scary stories)

However, there a few of haunted houses, eerie socially-distanced walk-throughs and creepy drive throughs running within driving distance of Barrie. Level up your spook by checking out one or two! Keep in mind that it’s best to check each in advance to ensure they are still open, and what Covid restrictions are in place.

Here’s a roundup of haunted Halloween houses and drive-thrus in and around Barrie this year.

Haunted Houses and Drive Through Hauntings Around Barrie

Flashlight Corn Maze – Rounds Ranch

Although it’s not as terrifying as a full on haunted house, Round’s Ranch still provides slightly petrifying experiences in their extensive corn maze. (And anyone who as seen Signs knows full well that corn mazes are CREEPY)

The kids can navigate the maze after dark, or in early evening, with only a flashlight to guide their way. Round’s ranch is operating the maze every Saturday in October, so you still have a few weekends to take part. They’ve also got loads of daytime and pumpkin related mischief to entertain the family.

Haunted Hollows Scream Park

East Gwillimbury’s most terrifying 1.5-acres is open and looking for victims. This wooded area walk through experience includes an insane asylum, a butcher shop, a cemetery, Frankenstein’s Lab, and some very horrifyingly effective actors. Masks are mandatory. Running every Friday and Saturday in October, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Halloween Night of Lights

Halloween Night of Lights is a creepier version of the drive-thru light fests that takes place during winter holidays in the colder months. Instead of Xmas carols, you’ll get spooky music piping through the speakers. And any reindeers involved will likely be zombie-fied.

The immersive experience uses over 700,000 LED lights and runs out of the 21-acre Improve Canada outdoor space in Vaughan. Tickets are reserved in advance (by the car, not the person) to ensure the entire experience completely contactless. It’s a 2 km drive with about 30 minutes of scary fun programming. 

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4 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now

5 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now

GIVE THANKS THIS WEEKEND FOR THESE 4 THINGS IN BARRIE

Barrie has a bit of a reputation as a city that likes to complain (occasionally)

And yet, when you take stock of all the good things out there that are often overlooked or taken for granted, it paints a vibrant picture. Despite the pandemic.

In honour of Thanksgiving, dive into our meandering list of things to give thanks for in Barrie right now.

4 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now

SELF CARE

Now, having said all of that, we might might need some maintenance on their nerves by the end of the year.

Luckily Barrie is packed with a growing number of options for self care and general health improvement.

Keep in mind that of course, there are plenty of restrictions due to Covid in place. So be sure to check the requirements before heading out.

If it’s the body you’d like to work on, hit up Jeevanaya Wellness or one of the many other yoga spots across the city. Or a gym.

And if the diet is dogging you, visit a few of the healthy eating restaurants in town. And don’t forget about Nutrition Plus downtown for organic bulk foods, herbs and spices, free range and organic meats, and gluten free foods.

THE WATERFRONT

It’s a no-brainer. And we tend to overlook what’s in our own backyard.

Yet we are fortunate to live in a city with a waterfront that produces daily breathtaking views and walking spaces. And at this time of the year, the fall colours just make it all the more inviting.

BACKYARD NATURE

And speaking of our own backyards, the Ardagh Bluffs, Sunnidale Park, Heritage trail and Wilkin’s Walk are just a few options to get the most out of in-town nature.

There simply are not many cities in Canada that can make similar claims. Get out there and revel in it.

LIVE MUSIC

C’mon, you KNOW we are going to use every opportunity to brag up the local music scene.

Barrie is fortunate to have a terrific assortment of venues that offer live music throughout the week including Flying Monkey’s, Common Good cafe, Donaleigh’s and North Country.

What do you think of our 4 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now? Did we miss anything you are thankful for? Send us an email or a msg to our FB page to let us know!

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