Halloween is the one night of the year that Canadians young and old can walk around in public pretending to be anyone or anything else, from scary goblins to their favourite celebrities. This is a time to show off your creative side and score some candy in return for all of your hard work. Sure, it's not exactly acceptable for young adults and up to go trick or treating anymore, but dressing up to hand out candy to little ones and hitting a holiday party or two is definitely alright.
Those of us who might be busy at work or home in the beginning of October could be caught unawares when October 31 starts approaching, and by then, a lot of the best costumes have already disappeared from store shelves. This is where ingenuity - or at least finding do-it-yourself plans on the Internet - comes in. And for those who don't want to dress up, decorating the house or yard can also be a fun family activity.
There are so many different ways Canadians can make the most of this spooky day, and as with most other aspects of our lives, the Internet is a great resource to take advantage of the fun and scary activities Halloween has to offer.
Book a trip to Canada's scariest place
According to The Canadian Press, Newfoundland's St. John's has been recognized as one of the scariest places in the nation, thanks to infamous stories of hauntings and odd coincidences. The news source said that residents of the seaside city generally accept the fact that there are numerous spirits present as if it were no big deal.
October might be the best time of the year to head to St. John's and listen to some ghost stories or try to capture spectres or spirits yourself. Even though it's close to the witching hour, adventurous travelers can still take to the Internet for the best last-minute travel deals around, booking everything from the plane to accommodations.
Costumes coming down to the wire
Parents are still trying to deal with the beginning of the school year and getting their little ones into the swing of their schedules. As such, Halloween shopping might have taken a backseat, leaving families scrambling to buy whatever costumes are left.
And with Statistics Canada reporting that in 2012, more than 3.7 million Canadian kids between 5 and 14 years old took to the streets in search of candy on October 31, there could be slim pickings. However, the Internet is often a great resource, yet again. As with other times of the year, when consumers can't find their products on shelves, they can go online to check other stores or overall company inventories and get the merchandise shipped directly to their homes.
This sentiment can also extend to individuals who wanted to decorate their houses but procrastinated a little too long. They can find the right products they need to make their homes the scariest haunted houses on the block online, even if there aren't many themed products left in stores.