The month of October brings with it crisp, cool mornings, the vibrant colours of autumn and a slew of fun (and creepy!) events to the Haldimand area!

Grand Caledonia Half Marathon and 5K- October 7

Race day has almost arrived! Whether you’re planning to be a participant or a spectator, Caledonia Fairgrounds is the place to be on October 7 as the runners hit the rural roads of Haldimand! The L’il Pumpkin 1K race will take place inside the Fairgrounds for children 12 and under. Participants will earn their very own medal and a mini pumpkin to decorate and take home! Visit to register for the half marathon, 5K and 1K races.

Creepy Caledonia Ghost Tours – October 7, 21, 27

Discover all about Caledonia’s haunted history on a guided, lantern-lit walking tour of downtown, featuring local stories, legends and folklore. Cost is $5 per person, children under 3 are free. Free parking at the Fairgrounds. Event starts at 7 p.m.

21st Annual Cars in the Park Vintage Car Show – October 9

If you have a soft spot for all things automotive, don’t miss the Cars in the Park Vintage Show at Ruthven Park! In 2016, over 500 cars travelled to Ruthven Park for this event. Enjoy outdoor tours, trail walks, displays, door prizes, and tours of the Thompson Mansion. Admission is $10.

Ghost Walk and Dark History Tour – October 27

Tour the Thompson Mansion at Ruthven Park and keep your eyes peeled for playful little Bessie on the stairs, dread in the parlour and the ghost of a famous actor! Multiple tours will be offered from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Admission is $17 for adults, $10 for kids 13 and under. Parking is free with your tour ticket! Visit to register.

Ruthven’s For the Birds Festival – October 21

Our feathered friends take centre stage at this annual event! There will be fun activities for the whole family, including a Bird Census Walk, a birding workshop and much more. Festival begins at sunrise and refreshments will be offered. Visit for more information.

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