MORRISBURG — Undaunted by the real-world creepiness of the COVID-19 era, Upper Canada Village turns into its the ever-popular Halloween alter-ego later this month.
An annual tradition that sees the Village transformed into an enchanted wonderland of over 7,000 handcrafted glowing pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, Pumpkinferno 2020 kicks off Friday, Sept. 25. New this year, the event is slated to run seven nights a week through Oct. 31.
Date- and time-specific ticketing will apply to ensure guests maintain physical distancing protocols. A limited number of tickets will be available each night, with multiple entry time slots offered in half-hour increments.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission says it’s reviving some of its most popular exhibits for the all-ages attraction, including Day of the Dead, Dragon’s Lantern Lair, Coins of the World, Night at the Gallery, Psychedelic Sixties, Enchanted Forest, Steampunk Station and many more.
Tickets went on sale yesterday, (Sept. 14) and are only available online at www.Pumpkinferno.com “to ensure nightly attendance is kept at safe levels as well as to promote a touchless ticketing experience,” says the Commission. Admission is $16 per person plus HST.
Pumpkinferno will operate 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25 to Oct. 18, and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19 through Halloween.
“We are keen to reveal that Pumpkinferno is returning this season and look forward to showing off our spectacular displays once again,” said Upper Canada Village Manager Tracey Ogilby. “Our teams have been working diligently this season to ensure Pumpkinferno continues to deliver an exceptional guest experience even amidst our current situation.”
The Commission asks that guests arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their allotted check-in time and have tickets ready prior to reaching the admission gate to ensure smooth entry. Each tour takes about 40 minute and goes ahead rain or shine.
Most of Pumpkinferno’s displays are outdoors, but face coverings or masks are mandatory within the Village’s indoor spaces, and guests are will be required to bring their own. Physical distancing rules must be adhered to, and staff “will monitor and remind guests as necessary.”
Guests must self-assess their health and should not visit Pumpkinferno if there is a possibility that they may have contracted or have come into close contact with COVID-19, the Commission says.
Accessibility Nights will be back this year, and that service is the only exception to buying tickets online. Guests or groups with physical limitations can ride in the comfort of their own vehicles to view PumpkInferno on October 13th and 20th: Reservations must be made ahead by calling 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328.
BeaverTails and the Harvest Barn will be open for food service onsite during Pumpkinferno; reservations for the Harvest Barn start at 6:30 p.m. (call 613-543-0660).