Summer may be over, but there is still plenty of fun in Elora. October is Monster Month — a time for wild and scary events.
Saturday, October 6 is Sensational Elora’s Pumpkin Day. Did you pick up your seeds in the spring and plant them? Do you have a spectacular pumpkin to show or to carve? Bring it down to Bissell Park for judging and other pumpkin fun. Events start at 10am. Enjoy music by The Boo Radley Project while you view pumpkins and eat pumpkin ice cream. Contests include judging for decorating, carving, sizes, and colours.
Sensational Elora is also holding their annual soup off event on Thanksgiving weekend. Join them at Aboyne Hall in the Wellington County Museum on Monday, October 8 from 1 to 4pm for music, freshly baked bread, and soup. There, contestants will show off their favorite soup recipe using as many local ingredients as possible. Your $40 ticket price includes a bowl or glass, and the opportunity to taste and judge the soup offerings.
Twilight Zoo – Prominent Part Of Elora Monster Month!
Anyone passing or visiting the Elora Centre for the Arts has seen plenty of action in the yard. Volunteers are busy setting up this year’s version of the Twilight Zoo. Starting on Saturday, October 6, you can immerse yourself in a larger than life, creepy world, made up of over 90 delightful sculptures created by Tim Murton. Daytime shows are during regular gallery hours. The Lantern shows, where the creations truly come to life, are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There is a small entrance fee of $5/person or $20/group of 5. There is no charge for children aged 4 and younger. Enter through the gallery during centre hours or at the side yard after 4pm.
The Twilight Zoo is part of the annual Scare Fair, to be held October 19-21. Opening ceremonies will feature special guest ventriloquist Tim Holland. Be sure to visit on October 20 and 21st to see Zoltan the Fire Eater and Frankenbill. Show times are 6-10 for the opening ceremony on October 19, and from 12 noon to 10pm on October 20 and 21. Children under 5 are admitted free with adults. Fees are $7/person or $30 for a group of 5.
Elora Monster March Parade
Get out your costume and anything else that makes a fantastic non-motorized float and join in the 4th annual Elora Monster March parade on October 20. The parade starts at 6:30pm at McDonald Square in downtown Elora. Participants will travel down Metcalfe St., turn at Mill St. and end their march at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Scare Fair. There everyone will enjoy games, a haunted house, music, story-telling and more.
You may have already noticed scarecrows popping up around Elora. They are part of Centre Wellington’s scarecrow contest. Participants are displaying their creations for judging. Go to www.monstermonth.ca for your tour map. Check out all of the scarecrows, pick your favorite and grab a ballot from the website.
Not scared enough? How about a Lantern Tour of Elora? Join Elora’s Village Duo for a bone-chilling tour of a few of the more mysterious locations in town. This tour begins at the Elora Information Centre at 9 Mill St. E. at 8pm on October 20 and at 7pm on October 26.
Still looking for more? End the month by attending a spine-tingling horror movie at the Gorge Cinema on Mill St. W.