Entertainment venues and community groups across the Highlands are about to get spooky this weekend.

Two Halloweens held during COVID-19 meant limited public gatherings and mostly outdoors celebrations.

This year, there’s a range of family fun and more adult-oriented gatherings hosted indoors and outside.

For the whole family

The Haliburton Wolf Centre is hosting ‘howlo-ween.’ Guests will get a chance to tour the facility, look for candy and take a walk through the forest, ending the night with a wolf howl

On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Turtle Guardians are hosting a ‘Turtley Spooktacular Halloween Party’ with turtles and snakes to meet, a costume party and more

The Eagleview Events centre at Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride will host a family-friendly Halloween party Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m. with a costume walk-through, trick or treating and more.

“We’re excited because we haven’t done anything so much Halloween-related before,” said event coordinator Kayla Gardiner.

The Wild Life in Eagle Lake is hosting a family Halloween day from noon-4 p.m. Oct 29, with trick or treating, candy apples, Halloween games, pony rides, and more.

Minden Hills is set to resume its longstanding Halloween party at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be dancing, games, prizes and costumes are encouraged.

For the thrill-seekers

Abbey Gardens will host a haunted trail walk. Each walk is approximately 20 minutes with jump-scares, haunted scenes and scary characters. “There is no age limit, but participants must be prepared that once they enter the trail, there’s no turning back,” said Abbey Gardens.

For adult Highlanders

Minden Pride will host a costume-mandatory Halloween Bash at “ommmh…” in Minden from 5-10 p.m. Oct 29.

Sir Sam’s is throwing its first adult-oriented Halloween bash from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 29. There will be a professional DJ, appetizers, a costume contest and more.

On Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., doors open for the Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre’s ‘Witches Ball.’

“Our team has crafted cocktails and is putting together some ‘creepy canapes’,” said general manager Miles Harding.

He said he’s especially excited to host the Paul Morgan Band and hopes to continue booking acts this fall and winter.

The Rockcliffe Moore Falls is inviting singers to test their skills at its ‘s Karaoke Halloween Party’ with the karaoke machine turning on at 8 p.m. Oct. 29

Abbey Gardens is hosting a ‘Spooktacular Halloween Party’ the same night from 8-11 p.m. featuring live music from ‘The Ya Babys.’

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the HHSS Interact Club at your door on Halloween night, Oct.31, as they’ll be collecting non-perishable food during trickor-treating from neighbourhoods around the County for the ‘We Scare Hunger’ food drive.