The history behind Christmas traditions is often very surprising. It is a unique combination of the spiritual, supernatural and the strange. This unique intersection is most prevalent with the star of the season, Santa Claus. Santa (as his friends know him) was inspired by a fourth-century Greek bishop named Saint Nicholas. Numerous stories have him...read more
Jim DeanChristmas Is Weird: The Strange Connection Between Santa & Prostitution
Haunted Walk tour guides have been sharing the disturbing (yet weirdly charming) European tradition of Krampus since 2013 on our Nightmare Before/After X-Mas tours. In recent years, more and more people have become interested in Krampus, the demon-like creature who appears in European villages every December 5th to take away the most naughty children in...read more
Jim DeanThe Haunted Walk is Ottawa’s Krampus Headquarters!
ROWAN ON THE POSTER SINCE 2013 Over the past 6 years, we have been very fortunate to have close to 1,000 volunteers help bring our “Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure” to life. Three zombies have been a part of our horde since day one. Megan is a Senior Performance Analyst in the Global...read more
Guests on our Halloween tours at Black Creek Pioneer Village continue to experience an unprecedented level of unusual activity. One of the most active buildings on the property is the Halfway House. Richard Ong recently sent us this intriguing photo he took inside the building in October 2010. Richard wrote that: "This is no trick....read more
Jim DeanMysterious Photo From Black Creek Pioneer Village
At the Haunted Walk, we are always excited to see Friday the 13th when flipping through the calendar. The superstitious nature of that infrequent date always makes for an extra spooky night of tours. Two questions come to mind. How did this seemingly random date take on such an ominous presence in Western culture? And,...read more