How a Small Town in Canada Keeps the Spirit of Halloween Alive Every Year

Reapers Realm Haunted Forest Ride is Southern Ontario's scariest outdoor haunted attraction.

Is Halloween celebrated in your family? Is it like Thanksgiving, or Christmas? It is for the Baxter family! They own a 15 acres of bush that now hosts a yearly Halloween forest ride and haunted house. They have even added a few new attractions to scare the masses. Reapers Realm is a multi-attraction outdoor event with a fall carnival atmosphere. The idea was built on an experience that Chris Baxter had with his wife in Ohio where they went on a haunted forest ride. After that, they decided to give it a try in their small Lambton County community. 

It’s a Family Affair 

What makes this ‘scary carnival-like experience’ special is that the entire Baxter family is involved in putting it all together every year. They begin the planning stage in January, and then build props and scenes as soon as the snow melts. The preparation is underway early so the venue will be ready to open by the last week of September and run until the end of October. These arrangements turn out way better than anyone could imagine. 

Photo: Reapers Realm
Photo: Reapers Realm

Continuing the Tradition

Chris’s grandparents always had a big Halloween party every year and when he was old enough, he wanted to honour and continue that tradition. The fun begins with a haunted forest ride. It features a bus with the roof removed so characters in horrifying costumes can jump on and scare the living pants off everyone on the bus. Expect this to be a bumpy ride with sharp turns. Anything you can imagine to scare you most likely happens on the ride. The characters get right up in your face and scream, laugh or simply just stare at you through their frightening mask. Their one goal is to make you scream bloody murder, but there is no touching allowed; you can’t touch them and they won’t touch you. 

Photo: Reapers Realm
Photo: Reapers Realm

The Real Horror

The petrifying experience can get anyone to the hair-raising scared level. If you’re still unfazed by the bus ride, try the haunted houses. Loud music and screams blast as you slowly walk through the chilling pitch-black maze. You are either at the front, middle or back of your friend, but no matter where you stand, you will never feel safe. The characters can come out of anywhere at any time. Your senses are heightened, and it makes the whole experience even more terrifying and fun. 

Photo: BlackBurn News
Photo: BlackBurn News

This haunted circus only runs on weekends and the ticket prices are $20 per person. If you love Halloween and are in need of some good old fun through getting scared to death, Reapers Realm is the place to be. 
Address: 2305 Tecumseh Rd, Sombra, ON N0P 2H0

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