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Garden Movie Night: Halloween Edition

Special Event Accessible Event

Date & Time:

October 1, 2022, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Hendrie Park (680 Plains Rd W)


Entertainment, Evenings, Family-Friendly, Get Social, Special Event


2+ Hours


Ticketed Event, Pre-Registration Required

Event Description

It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus… or is it?

Kick off the fall season at RBG with a spook-tacular double feature of nostalgic Halloween movies. Grab some seasonal snacks, your comfiest blanket and relax under the autumn nightscape for an evening of zany, classic fun brought to you by the Sanderson Sisters and the Ghostbusters.

Who you gonna call?  RBG, that’s who.

Please note: Due to a function taking place in RBG Centre ticketholders are to park in the small lot at 1101 Plains Road West (located at the west end of Hendrie Park, on the north side of Plains Road) and enter Hendrie Park through the service gate.

Rain date: Friday October 7


  • 6 to 7 p.m.: Arrival and enjoy exploring Hendrie Park (don’t forget to get your spot for the movie!)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993): Movie will begin when lighting conditions allow (approximately 7 p.m.)
  • Ghostbusters (1984): Movie will begin at approximately 9 p.m.

Special Event Tickets

Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event.

Type Price
Adults $15 (+ HST & Service Fee)
Youth (age 13 to 18) $12 (+ HST & Service Fee)
Child (age 4 to 12) $10 (+ HST & Service Fee)
Infant / Toddler (age 3 and under) FREE
  • All prices are subject to HST and applicable service charges
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
  • Everyone attending the event must have a ticket. You will not be admitted into the event without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned upon arrival.

Double Feature

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Movie poster for Disney's Hocus Pocus, featuring three witches

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Showtime: Movie will begin when lighting conditions allow (approx. 7 p.m.)

Synopsis: Conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters, a tricky trio of 300-year-old witches set out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim youth. But first, they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat.

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins

Ghostbusters movie poster, featuring three men in jumpsuits looking at a creepy sky

Ghostbusters (1984)

Showtime: Approximately 9 p.m.

Synopsis: Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers.

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Event Frequently Asked Questions


Tickets are available for purchase online, payable by credit card. Your tickets will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment shortly after online payment. You will be required to present these tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device.

Tickets are final sale.

Directions & Parking

This event is held at Hendrie Park. Parking is included in the ticket price. Due to a function taking place in RBG Centre, ticketholders are to park in the small lot at 1101 Plains Road West and enter Hendrie Park through the service gate. Ticketholders can use RBG’s main parking lot for overflow parking.

Hendrie Park is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See Directions & Parking for more details.

Seating Arrangements

Seating is general admission, and first-come first-served. Chairs are not provided for this event. Guests are asked to bring blankets, cushions, or pillows for turf seating. For those unable to sit for longer periods on the turf, lawn chairs are permitted and a section at the back of the turf is reserved for chairs only.

Food & Drink

Grab some sips and bites to enjoy before the movie! Concessions by the Rose Tent will be open with grab and go fare available for purchase.


Washrooms are available just outside the Turner Pavilion Teahouse. Please note, there will be no access into RBG Centre on this evening.

Weather & Rain Dates

We are able to execute this event in light rain, anything more and it’s not a pleasant experience for everyone. Wind is also a factor that will be considered.

If the weather conditions are not ideal, this event will be postponed to Friday October 7th. Any changes will be communicated to ticket holders as soon as possible. RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather. Only if the event is canceled will ticketholders receive a full refund.


RBG welcomes the use of personal assistive devices that allow visitors to enjoy our facilities and services. The movie screening is located in Mitchell’s Field in Hendrie Park, and is accessible by paved pathways with a ~350m walk from the service gate.

Mitchell’s Field is a large, open lawn area with a natural slope.

For convenience RBG has a limited number of wheelchairs available for loan. Wheelchairs are available on a first come basis and may not be reserved in advance. It is recommended guests bring their own wheelchairs.

If you have any questions about accessibility for this event, please contact us at 905-527-1158.

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.


Effective May 5, visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens.

What do I do if I feel ill?

As part of our commitment and shared responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we ask that guests perform a self assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to your visit. Should you feel ill please stay home and contact your health care provider. Your tickets can be transferred to other family members or friends (no transfer fee required).

Terms and Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event.

COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities: Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, guests are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies. By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the exhibition with you.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.