5810 Ferry Street Niagara Falls Ontario Canada L2G 1S9
Film starts at 7 p.m.
Film Series: Essential Hitchcock I CONFESS (1953 Alfred Hitchcock) 95 mins. Rated PG
Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden
Refusing to give in to police investigators’ questions, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Nominated: Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival.

October 24

Film starts at 7 p.m.
Film Series: Essential Hitchcock – REAR WINDOW (1954 Alfred Hitchcock) 112 mins.Rated PG
Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on neighbours from his apartment window, convinced one of them has committed murder. Awards: best picture, best actress.

November 7

Film starts at 7 p.m.
Film Series: Essential Hitchcock – THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955  Alfred Hitchcock)  99 mins. Rated PG
Starring John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwen
Harry is dead and everyone has a different idea about what to do with his body. Directors Guild of America: outstanding direction. BAFTA award, Shirley MacLaine.

November 21

Film starts at 7 p.m.
Film Series: Essential Hitchcock THE WRONG MAN (1956 Alfred Hitchcock) 105 mins.  Rated PG
Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
A man who earns little pay as a jazz musician in New York City becomes a suspect in a crime.  Based on a true story, and visually Hitchcockian in style and vision.


Hallowe’en fun in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


Hallowe’en fun in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Widely considered Canada’s most haunted town, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) is the place to be on Hallowe’en. You’ll be in good company: Famous ghosts include Captain Colin Swayze, a Canadian militia officer killed in 1813 at the Angel Inn, where reports of eerie nighttime shenanigans date back to the 1820s. In Queen’s Royal Park, the ethereal “Woman in White” is said to linger nightly at the gorgeous gazebo, still longing for her lost love after almost a century. And at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, the cemetery is the final home of many War of 1812 casualties, some of whom do not reportedly rest in peace.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory staff show off their Hallowe’en treats, which include a full-sized chocolate skull.


Ghost tours and antics

For a more formal introduction to the spirits, you can sign up for a number of different ghost tours.


Fort George is hosting special Hallowe’en ghost tours on October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31. They start at 7, 7:15, 7:30, 10, 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 and you must buy them in advance by calling 905-468-6621.


The guides from Ghost Walks and Dark History Tours will regale you with stories on an entertaining jaunt to the haunted parts of town. Extra tours around Hallowe’en make sure everyone gets a shot at meeting some spectres. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for kids 13 and under.


The Haunted Shop on Queen Street will give you the shivers as you browse for creepy gifts and treats. Be sure to ask about the resident apparition.


On my last Hallowe’en visit to NOTL, my Niagara B&B hosts lent me their book, Ghosts of Niagara-on-the-Lake by Maria Da Silva and Andrew Hind. This is a comprehensive and fascinating look into the NOTL spirit world. And of course, Niagara B&B owners know all the stories—some even have phantom guests.


Posted by E. Lisa Moses