Family Fun,  Travel

7 Low Cost or Free Fun Things to do in Halifax This October

The leaves are falling and there’s a crispness in the air. Autumn in Halifax is here, and just because the weather is getting a little cooler, doesn’t mean the local fun has to stop.

With the rising cost of everything these days, free activities are more important than ever. Most of the events I have listed below are free or low cost. I have one bonus activity at the end with a higher ticket price, but if there was an activity this month to splurge on, this would be it!

Nocturne Festival, October 12-14th

This free, contemporary art festival brings art to the streets to highlight and celebrate the amazing local visual artists. Visit their website for the full list of activities, speakers, and a map.

Glow in the Park, October 14th

This 1.5km walk/run takes place at Sir Sandford Fleming Park and includes face painting, campfires, a dance zone and free glow hear for the first 250 people.

Visit a Cemetery, Anytime (check hours)

Halifax is rich in history and a stroll through a cemetery will take you back in time. Headstones of soldiers, Halifax Explosion and Titanic victims, locals politicians and activists, and more can be discovered at these local sites, which include Camp Hill, Fairview, Holy Cross, and the Old Burying Grounds National Historic Site of Canada. Check opening times before going as some may have locked gates.

Camp Hill & Fairview
Holy Cross 
Old Burying Grounds 

3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch, October 14-15th

In support of Special Olympics, this pumpkin patch will take place on Saturday, Oct 14th at Hydrostone Park (Novalea Drive & Young) and Sunday, October 15th at Ardmore Park (Oxford & Almon). Pumpkins are by donation and free family photos will be available.

Curbside Giveaway Weekend, October 14-15th

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Search for great finds by walking around your neighborhood and seeing what treasures your neighbors no longer need.

Zombie Walk, October 21st

Dress like a zombie, walk and talk like a zombie, and have fun terrorizing (with consent). Meet at the Public Gardens main Gate at 1pm and head out in search of brains from there.

Museum of the Atlantic Tuesday Night Talks

With free admission Tuesday evenings 5-8 pm, it is the perfect time to visit, take in the exhibits and history, and listen to guest speakers on a variety if topics. Follow them on social media for current


Halifax Ghost Walk, Evenings (various dates and times)

October is the perfect time for a ghost walk and tour guide Dusty is an excellent storyteller. Although a pricier option, I couldn’t include a list of October events without mentioning this experience! Reservations are required and extra times have been added for spooky season. Adult tickets are $25, seniors and students $20, kids 5-12 are $10.

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