Halloween Season Tours - Ottawa 2014

Tickets are now on sale!  Buy them early to avoid disappointment!

Tour Schedule - October 10 - November 1, 2014
Various departures each evening in English or French
(on busier nights, departures are as early as  6:00PM and as late as 10:00PM)


1. The Ghosts and the Gallows, "Are You Afraid of the Dark" tour

2. The Original Haunted Walk, "Canada's Scariest Stories " tour

3. Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure!


"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" - Ghosts and the Gallows (Halloween Version)

This spine-chilling tour takes a completely different route from "The Original Haunted Walk". "Ghosts and the Gallows" recounts the murder of Thomas D'Arcy McGee, with a visit inside the old Carleton County Jail (now the Ottawa Jail Hostel), where Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder. You will be guided in total darkness by lantern light through the haunted hallways of the old Jail, Death Row and the last working Gallows in Canada.  Are you afraid of the dark?  Come and discover for yourself...

A portion of each ticket sold goes towards the preservation of the Ottawa Jail. Our special Halloween tour will include new stories and details not heard on our regular tour, as well as treats, prizes, and other ghostly surprises!  This tour is not for the faint of heart - it will be an unforgettable evening! "Ghosts and the Gallows" is not recommended for children under the age of 10.


Tour Length: Approximately 90 minutes

Adult - $18.75 (plus tax)

Student - $16.75 (plus tax)

Child (6-12 yrs.) - $10.75 (plus tax)


"Canada's Scariest Stories" - The Original Haunted Walk (Halloween Version)

This especially spooky version of our "Original Haunted Walk" will include outdoor stops at several haunted buildings. The tour will also feature a 30-minute stop inside the Bytown Museum, one of Ottawa's most haunted buildings, where our guides will tell you some of the scariest ghost stories from across Canada. Restless spirits are reported throughout this vast country, and we have collected the most terrifying and spine tingling tales to share at this most frightening time of year!

A portion of each ticket sold goes towards the preservation of the Bytown Museum. You will get a chance to see the actual places where our staff as well as the staff of the museum have had their own encounters with the ghost (or ghosts) in the building. Prizes will be drawn at the end of each tour. Expect the unexpected! 


Tour Length: Approximately 90 minutes

Adult - $18.75 (plus tax)

Student  - $16.75 (plus tax)

Child (6-12 yrs.) - $10.75 (plus tax)


Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure!

Click Poster For More Information

How to buy your tickets...

Choose which tour you would like to join, which evening best suits your party, determine how many people you have, then click the button....

You can also buy your tickets in person at our ticket office at 46½ Sparks Street (open 10am to last tour). Please note, tours often sell out early, and tickets must be purchased in advance.


Ticket availability changes daily and ticket purchases must be made online, over the telephone or in person. All tickets are first come, first served and should be purchased in advance to avoid disappointment. Our Halloween tours are, regrettably, not wheelchair accessible.

Please call: 

(613) 232-0344


Due to the high volume of telephone calls that we receive at this time of year,  you may not reach someone on the telephone immediately. It is likely we are already on the line. Please leave a message with your name and telephone number and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Please note that call priority is maintained and telephone messages are returned in the order in which they come in. 

If you have any questions, check our Frequently Asked Questions page
or email us by clicking here. Please note, due to the volume of requests for information received around Halloween, we may not be able to respond to email requests immediately. For more immediate response, please contact us by telephone.


Halloween Prize Sponsors

Gold Sponsors & Partners

Bytown Museum


D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub (Sparks & Elgin)

Fish Martket Restaurant

National gallery of Canada

Sparks Street BIA

Quiznos (Byward Market)

Silver Sponsors

Canada Agriculture Museum

Canadian Aviation & Space Museum

The Canadian Museum of Science & Technology

The Courtyard Restaurant

Earl of Sussex / The Black Thorn

Mama Grazzi's

National Arts Centre

Ottawa Classical Swordplay


Perfect Books