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19+ Evening Events

RBG After Dark

RBG After Dark: Boos and Brews

Thursday October 26, 2023 
6 to 11 p.m.; Hendrie Park

RBG’s Hendrie Park transforms under the cover of darkness for an exclusive, adult-only Halloween celebration which is sure to send a chill up your spine! Follow the candlelit glow of hundreds of jack-o-lanterns deep within the recesses of the Hendrie Valley before emerging to a mini-midway and food trucks a-plenty. Arrive dressed in your Halloween best, especially if you intend on jumping on stage with Good Enough Live Karaoke for a song in the Tent of Rock! This is your chance to embody the singer you’ve always admired.  Enjoy this evening of music and entertainment, good food and local crafts brews as you explore the autumn nightscape of Royal “Boo”tanical Gardens!

This is a 19+ event. Event tickets required.

Costumes encouraged! (Please keep all attire appropriate and non offensive) 

  • mandala carved into jack-o-lantern
  • Two people warming hands by a high-end propane fire pit
  • Clown carved on jack-o-lantern lit at night in Hendrie Park
  • beer and finger foods on a table at RBG after dark
  • Jack-o-lanturn carved with a raccoon face sits on a lit trail

RBG After Dark Tickets

This is a special ticketed event and pre-registration is required.

Type Ticket Price
Adult $25 (+HST & $1 Service Fee)
Student (19+)* $22 (+HST & $1 Service Fee)
  • This is a 19+ event. ID will be checked at the door.  
  • This event requires a specific event ticket (not included in Garden Admission or Membership)
  • Garden admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket holder.
  • *A valid student card from a post-secondary institution is required for entry with a student ticket.

Thank You for Supporting RBG!

Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education.

Event Features


Find the mini-midway in the paved lot (Cherry Hill) at the end of the trail!

Ride tickets can be purchased from one of two ticket booths. Rides require one or two tickets per person. There will be three rides and one corn maze inflatable.

Midway ticket pricing (all prices + HST)

  • 1 ticket = $2
  • 2 tickets = $4
  • 20 tickets = $22

Held in Hendrie Park

Parking is available on-site, with overflow parking with free shuttle available at Rock Garden (~2km from RBG Centre, 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton ON).

680 Plains Rd. W. Burlington ON.

Looking for a Family-Friendly Alternative?

The Great Pumpkin Trail

October 20 to 22, 27 to 29
Time-ticketed, Hendrie Park

RBG After Dark FAQ

Have a question about this event? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

What's Included?

Event tickets provide access to Hendrie Park and the Great Pumpkin Trail beginning at the timeslot chosen during registration. Any operating discovery activities and live entertainment are also included in your event tickets.

Midway ride tickets, food, and beverages are sold separately (purchasable on site the night of the event).


Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event, and typically sell out quickly. Tickets are final sale. When purchasing your tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date/time, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible.

Arrival and Entry Time

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.

Final event entry: 8:30 p.m.

Age and I.D.

Attendees must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please ensure you have a government-issued ID on your person during the event; anyone who does not present a valid ID upon request will be asked to leave. 

Food & Drink

Outside food and drink is not be permitted. 

This is a licensed event; alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those age 19+. A valid I.D. is required for beverage purchase. 

Directions & Parking

This event is held in Hendrie Park; please enter through RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario.

Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre. Should the lot at RBG Centre become full, alternate parking locations are: 

  1. Street parking along Botanical Dr. and Spring Gardens. Rd. From this area, cross the parking lot and make your way to RBG Centre main entrance to check in. 
  2. Staff Parking Lot / Classroom 5 south side of Plains Rd. W. at Botanical Dr., Burlington. From this lot, make your way to RBG Centre main entrance to check in.
  3. Rock Garden (just down the road at 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton), with complimentary shuttle to RBG Centre.

Please note that the Hendrie / Cherry Hill Lot will NOT be open. You will not be able to enter the event through the Rose Garden Service gate. 

This garden is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See for more details. 

Trail Length & Lighting

The Great Pumpkin Trail is a 1km route, beginning in Hendrie Park, and continuing down into the Hendrie Valley. The trail ends at the Cherry Hill Trail Head. Please note only a ¼ km section of the trail is fully wheelchair accessible.  

The trail route is lit by the jack-o-lanterns. You are encouraged to bring a flashlight as it can get dark out there! 

How will Karaoke Work?

Good Enough Live Karaoke is a self-managed group who will oversee and host this aspect of the night. They are a full band with a library of over 300 songs to choose from, and will offer two 90 minute sets. From their website: “Singing with Good Enough is as easy as scanning the song list, picking a song you love and daring to get on stage with us. Lyrics are provided on an iPad on a music stand. And we will cue you in and sing back up when necessary.”

Can I see the songs ahead of time?

Yes! Preview options here –


This event is 100% outdoors so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather. 

Pets & Service Animals

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

Pets are welcome in RBG’s outdoor spaces between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. so long as they remain leashed, and cleaned up after.


Only a ¼ km loop of the Pumpkin Trail is fully wheelchair accessible. The remainder is along the RBG trail system which includes rough terrain. If you have any questions about accessibility at this event, please contact us at 905-527-1158. 

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets for this event can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. If RBG cancels a special event, ticketholders will be fully refunded. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry for the tour.   

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.