Saunders Farm – An absolute MUST for Halloween lovers!

Hey everyone,

Hope you’re having a great week so far! As you know, Halloween is just around the corner and for us Halloween lovers out there this is exciting. My family and I have always been huge Halloween lovers and lucky for me our son is as well. Rain, shine or snow my mom took my sister and I trick or treating every year. I remember there being a few years where it rained all night but mom never kept us in. Worst case scenario, she drove along the way so that we could jump in and out of the car as need be lol As for my dad, well he is a HUGHalloweenen lover as well. He especially likes to decorate. As kids, he would always set up a strobe light, Halloween music and hand out the best chocolate and candies. To this day, he still calls me if Hocus Pocus (my absolute FAVOURITE halloween movie) is on TV. FYI though Papa G. There’s no need for you to call anymore. We bought it for $14 on the play station this week. I KNOW! You’re probably thinking that we paid way too much lol but it was worth it. Our son was begging us to watch it so we went for it.

As previously mentioned, our son is also a huge Halloween lover. He loves MJs thriller and anything witch or skeleton related so I decided to take him to Saunders Farm this year. He isn’t quite four years old yet so I wasn’t sure if he was too young to go but it turns out he was the perfect age for it.

Lucky for us, my parents-in-law (Mona and Paul) joined us. We planned to go for 10am when it opened and to my surprise, it was already packed. Good news is that despite there being a line-up to get in, the parking lot was very organised and there was a lot of room available. For those who don’t know, you can buy your tickets online and present them once you get there. I’m not sure that it speeds things up but you do get a bit of a discount if you buy them ahead of time.

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Below is a picture of the entrance to Saunders Farm. How stunning are the colours of the leaves? Beautiful aren’t they. Both the drive there and the farm itself were stunning. Fall is such a beautiful season.

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Although it was pretty packed, the farm wasn’t too overcrowded. We could easily walk through and we weren’t bumping into people. Our first stop was, of course, the barn of terror:

At first, I thought that this was a good idea. How scary could it be lol My daughter and I parked the stroller at the exit and waited for my son and in-laws. We must have waited at least 15 minutes for them to make their way through. During this time, I could hear screaming, loud spooky music, and what sounded like banging on the walls. I especially started regretting letting him in once I saw a couple kids crying as they left the barn lol Good news is that most of the kids came out smiling and laughing and our son came out asking to go in again. I guess he enjoyed it 😉 Apparently, they didn’t get through the whole thing though because someone was scared…not sure if it was Noah or Mimi 😉 but Noah surely went back one last time with his Papi before leaving.

Past the Barn of Terror was a kids heaven. We enjoyed the barnyard treehouse, the discovery barn and princess playhouse. This was probably the busiest part of the farm. It was filled with kids running through the treehouses and down the slides.

Then it was off to the ghost town stage. Now this was a tad creepy. A clown greeted us at the entrance. The kids weren’t too sure about her lol but they were happy to go through the exhibit.

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Spoiler alert: to our relief, nothing jumped out at us while walking through the maze. Next on the list of things to do was the haunted hayride and this was by far the most fun and SO worth the wait. I remember going to Saunders when I was in high school and everyone knew that at some point on the hayride a man would run out and chase everyone with a chainsaw. Well, things have improved during the last decade lol this hayride is a lot scarier than I remember and so much fun. There must have been at least three people who ran after us at some point, yelling, zombie walking or chasing us with a chainsaw or shovel. The ride was also a lot faster than I had remembered. I was clinging on to baby girl for dear life lol and Papi had a tight grip on his grandson. I don’t want to give all of their spooky effects but let me tell you there were MANY along the way and I can totally see how this ride would be petrifying at night. I tried convincing Julien to go with me this week but after going to see It with his dad, last week, I think he has reached his limit of creepy events lol.

I spent about an hour and a half there with the kids and Mona and Paul but had to leave early for baby girl’s nap. Lucky for our son, my in-laws stayed with him and he enjoyed the rest of what the farm had to offer as well as some apple pie for lunch ;).

Overall, Saunders Farm was totally worth the visit and $20 each. It was a lot bigger than I had remembered and very organized despite the large crowds. There was a lot to do, festival food throughout and it met my expectations. I would definitely recommend bringing your kids during the day. I think a nighttime visit would be terrifying for kids my age lol but if you are looking for a good scare for yourself and your friends you should totally check it out.

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How will you be celebrating Halloween? Going to any events or parties? Did you make it out to Saunders Farm? If so, what did you think?

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and an even better Halloween.

Happy Halloween!!!

 

MosaiCanada 150

Have you heard of MosaiCanada? If not, it is an absolute must visit for those living in or visiting Gatineau or Ottawa this summer. It is one of the many events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. It’s a breathtaking horticultural event like no other and perfect for adults and kids alike.

We took the kids last weekend and had such a magical time. We spent about an hour going through the exhibition and were blown away by the beauty and magnitude of the horticultural creations.

When you first enter the Jacques Cartier park you see a beautiful steam train. Our son was in awe and thought that it was real. Can’t blame him though. Check out the picture below. Isn’t it stunning?

IMG_20170723_120931.jpgContinuing along we saw a fisherman, horses, and a giant bear. The horses were incredible. It looked like they were literally running up and out of the ground.

Each piece was carefully crafted and made of the most beautiful flowers with vibrant colours. I can only imagine how much time it took to not only plan but assemble these structures. Other favourites were the gold miner and dragons.

Half-way through the event, we came across a cute spot for lunch. Turns out that it was the oldest house in Gatineau and they set it up as a restaurant for park visitors. They didn’t offer extraordinary food but our meal was satisfying. We had their pre-made sandwiches and ate them on their balcony out back over-looking the river and the Parliament buildings.

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After a few runs up and down the hill, behind our son, we continued on throughout the last part of the park. The last two structures left our kids in awe. The second last structure looked just like the girl from Moana. The kids loved this one and insisted on taking pictures with her. It was so hard to keep our son from running past the fence and right up to the structure. As you can see in the picture below, she was surrounded by beautiful deer and had a waterfall pouring out and over her palm. Words cannot express how breathtaking it was. The last structure was the end and side of the train we first saw when we entered the park.

Overall, we loved this event. It was a fun outing for the family and didn’t take much time. We were able to go through it after morning naps and make it back home on time for afternoon naps.  Like they say, this was a parent win ;). Lastly, the event was free and who doesn’t like a freebie.

For those of you who haven’t been, I highly recommend that you do before it is too late and for those who have been, I would love to know which structure(s) were your favourite.

Talk soon,

Ash xo