The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum is getting in the spooky spirit this October.
The museum, located across from Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls, has so far had a busy month as the air gets colder and the leaves begin to change colours.
"We still have quite a few events still going on for fall," said Sienna Cauley, program coordinator at the Heritage House.
The month of autumn events began as candlelit Ghost Walks returned this year at the museum from Oct. 6 to Oct. 16. As visitors toured the halls of the museum they heard stories of ghosts and paranormal events of the Smiths Falls area and the museum.
The museum hopes that these events will not only bring in tourists but will also get more Smiths Falls residents to come check out the museum if they've never been before.
The Community Pumpkin Carving Contest kicked off earlier this month; the Heritage House Museum is accepting jack-o'-lanterns from the community until the day before the Fall Fun Day this past Saturday.
After the rain last weekend, they had to make the decision to push back the Fall Fun Day to this past weekend, Saturday, Oct. 23, which also extended the deadline for the pumpkin carving contest.
"And our final one that is still happening this October is our haunted house," said Cauley.
Currently the museum is prepping for their four nights of the spookiest museum tour yet. The haunted house and Fall Fun Day events are back after taking a hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
"We ask people if they're brave enough to wander through the rooms of the Heritage House in the dark" said Cauley.
Visitors will explore the rooms and corridors of the 1860s house in the dark. With many hiding places and some very eerie sights, sounds and characters, organizers promise a scary Halloween experience.
Cauley explained that there will be jump scares and flashing lights throughout the museum.
"It's pretty scary," she added.
The haunted house runs from Oct. 22-23 to 29, with the final day on Oct. 30, the night before Halloween, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per youth 15 and under.
Tickets for the haunted house can be purchased in advance at sfhauntedhouse.eventbrite.ca and tickets can be purchased the night of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times