What we are Thankful for in October


In Niagara Falls, we have so much to be thankful for. First of all, we were blessed with this incredible natural wonder, which draws millions of visitors from around the world each year. And to be quite frank, the Falls never gets old, whether you are seeing it for the first time or the hundredth time, it truly is a thing of beauty.

There are also so many exciting events happening in Niagara in October. Perhaps some you are aware of and some you are not. Get your pen handy (or for those techies – get your “notes” handy), because we are about to do a whole lot of sharing:

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere

It’s that time of month, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies and yes pumpkin donuts. Yes you heard us correctly “pumpkin donuts.” If you haven’t tried a pumpkin donut before, it’s a must. Rush on down to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch because it’s not only a “howling good time, it’s a howling and delicious good time.” While the kiddies are having fun in the corn maze, throwing hay in the straw barn, playing in the sand box, going for a tractor ride, watching the pig race, riding the rex train, jumping on the haystack pillow, BE SURE TO GRAB YOURSELF A PUMPKIN DONUT and LIFE WILL BE GOOD (SO GOOD). And on your way out, don’t forget to pick out the coolest pumpkin ever.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, because like we said, Pumpkins are popping up everywhere. There are pumpkins galore at Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm. Here there’s an animal petting zoo, with chickens, ponies, a farm wagon ride and a haunted hay ride for those let’s call them “braver” folks.

History and Mystery

Speaking of “braver” folks, if you are in the Halloween spirit and love a good ghost story or two, you have to check out the Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks.  There is a lot of spooky history in the old town, from the mysterious ghost of the Angel Inn to an old house that makes the cameras go crazy.

Just footsteps from the hotel, you’ve got to visit one of the most historic cemeteries in Canada, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. Here you’ll get a history lesson about the War of 1812 and get spooked out at the same time. Apparently this cemetery is a historical hotbed full of ghost activity. So if getting scared is your cup of tea, this is one place you have to visit.

The mystery and history continues during All Hallow’s Eve Tours in Old Fort Erie. Learn about the history of Halloween (1812 style), brought to life through the ghosts from the War of 1812. Oct. 19th, 25th and 26th

Festive Festivals

The 39th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival is happening from October 11th – 14th. Niagara is surrounded by natural beauty and this festival’s backdrop is amid the Niagara Escarpment and the Twenty Valley Eco-system. Featuring over 130 talented artisans sharing their masterpieces (jewellery, pottery, paintings, clothing and more), live entertainment and so much more. This event is also a fundraiser for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority with admission revenues directed to a number of NPCA conservation programs.

Plus you have all of the traditional events happening in the area. From the Fallsview Casino Concerts to the dozens of delicious events happening in Niagara Wine Country:

Wine Down Fridays – Peller Estates

The Pinot Affair – Coyotes Run

This Little Piggy – Hillebrand

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for these fun October Celebrations:

October 11th – Egg Day – so get cracking

October 12th – Music Day – so get playing

October 18th – Chocolate Cupcake Day – so get baking

October 21st – Virtual Clean your Desktop Day – so get cleaning

October 22nd – CAPS LOCK DAY – so get typing

October 23rd – Howl at the Moon Day – you get the trend here

October 27th – Mother-in-Law Day

October 30th – Frankenstein Day

October 31st – Magic Day

There’s plenty to celebrate in October and Niagara is the place to be and the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel is the place to stay.