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09 Oct, 2015

Ottawa giveaway alert: family passes to Saunders Farm!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

WE HAVE A WINNNNERRRRR! Was it you? Check the comments. :)

Saunders Farm, a longtime Fishbowl patron, hit a very cool milestone this past weekend. Now in its 24th year, Saunders Farm welcomes over 50,000 guests each October for its Haunting Season and Fright Fest. But that’s not the big news. The millionth visitor came through their gates on Saturday. Can you believe it? The Latour and Bimm families found out they were 1,000,000th guests to visit Haunting Season and both families received lifetime passes to Saunders Farm. (Here’s a video of the moment! So cute.)

And here’s something good to know: Saunders is open Thanksgiving weekend, Friday (6 pm – 11 pm), Saturday (10 am – 11 pm), Sunday (10 am – 5 pm), and Monday (10 am – 5 pm). You can invite grandma and grandpa and walk off all that turkey! But if you can’t make it this weekend, you should know that the Farm is also open each weekend until November 1st and weeknights for “Halloweek” (Monday – Thursday) leading up to Halloween.

Saunders day

Related: we have always enjoyed our daytime visits (Sunshine! Hay rides! Jumping pillows! Mazes! Happy pumpkins!) but my youngest insists she’s ready for the scary stuff. I think I’m going to have to send her with friends because honestly, I am a fraidy cat and would likely make a spectacle of myself.

Saunders is kind enough to host a giveaway for family passes here every year, and this year is no exception. Please read the details before you put your name down. Thank you!

  • This giveaway is for four one-day admissions that will be given to one lucky winner. They can be used either for day or for night. In order for your entry to qualify, check out the website and leave a comment below telling me what your family would love to see or do at Saunders Farm! That’s it.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw the winning name using Random.org at noon EST on October 16, 2015. I’ll contact the winners via email at that time and post the name here as well.

Good luck! And happy Thanksgiving!

56 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: family passes to Saunders Farm!"

1 | HollyStar

October 9th, 2015 at 3:05 pm


My boys love, love, love Saunders Farm. The pirate ship, catapult & hay jumping are all must-dos for them.

2 | Nathalie d

October 9th, 2015 at 3:41 pm


We have never been there because we are such a big family and its expensive but the wagon ride looks amazing for all the kids! Halloween is our favourite holiday.

3 | samantha

October 9th, 2015 at 3:54 pm


Haunted house! It gets better and better each time. Saunders farm is also a great place for photo ops!

4 | Laura

October 9th, 2015 at 3:59 pm


Oh we would love to win these tickets and go on the nighttime haunted hayride!! Eeeek!

5 | briana harb

October 9th, 2015 at 4:05 pm


definitely camp slaughter!! the last time i went was years ago and they didn’t have it, so it’d be fun to relive old memories and make new ones!!! :)

6 | Gabrielle

October 9th, 2015 at 4:22 pm


the haunted hayride! i was never able to afford tickets so it’d be cool to finally go

7 | georgina

October 9th, 2015 at 4:55 pm


I’m a fraidy cat as well, so definitely during the daytime with my 2 boys on the hayride, corn maze and the play structure!

8 | rebecca

October 9th, 2015 at 4:56 pm


Day! My kiddos get spooked easily ;)

9 | rebecca

October 9th, 2015 at 4:57 pm


Bouncy pillows specifically ;)

10 | Brenda A

October 9th, 2015 at 5:24 pm


Fun! We’ve never been during haunting time and would definitely be day time visitors. As a puzzle family, we’d love the mazes!

11 | sarah vachon

October 9th, 2015 at 5:45 pm


Would love to take my 3 little monsters!!!

12 | Brandon

October 9th, 2015 at 6:00 pm


Camp slaughter is so much fun

13 | Nora

October 9th, 2015 at 6:45 pm


Thanks for the opportunity! We would love the haunted hayride. I think I’d prefer the daytime one – but my kids would beg to differ! Happy Thanksgiving.

14 | Lynn

October 9th, 2015 at 7:46 pm


We go every summer but I have never actually taken the kids at Halloween, so this is the year I am totally going to (if I can convince them to come). We love the jumping pillows and mazes but I’d like to see some of the Halloween stuff – like the hayride.

15 | Tuesday De Jong

October 9th, 2015 at 8:13 pm


I would love to go on the haunted hayride!

16 | Brenda

October 9th, 2015 at 9:03 pm


We would love to experience EVERYTHING!! We’ve never been before, and now with a brand new daughter, we’d like to start going to Saunders Farm as a family tradition.

17 | Rema

October 9th, 2015 at 9:31 pm


We’ve never been but have always wanted to. My kids would love the maze and wagon ride. My hubby and I think we’re brave enough to try the spooky stuff????

18 | Sarah

October 9th, 2015 at 10:10 pm


This is the year we have to go! Wexare excited to try any and all things!

19 | Gelatophile

October 9th, 2015 at 10:26 pm


We love the jumping pillows!

20 | Heather Williams

October 9th, 2015 at 10:31 pm


Would love to check out the mazes with the grandchildren.

21 | Amanda

October 10th, 2015 at 6:02 am


The mazes! My kids love them.

22 | Julie

October 10th, 2015 at 7:24 am


My boys would love this!

23 | Cheryl Shore

October 10th, 2015 at 7:46 am


Excited to enjoy the hay ride again this year!

24 | Cynthia Cartwright

October 10th, 2015 at 8:13 am


Visiting Saunders Farm is a perfect way to spend a glorious fall day with the family!

25 | Pamela

October 10th, 2015 at 9:06 am


It’s been so long since we experienced this as a family….love to see the new look and reconnect with the kid in us all!

26 | Amanda hoskin

October 10th, 2015 at 9:29 am


Our son has never experienced the magic of Saunders farm! Would love to take him there :)

27 | Joana

October 10th, 2015 at 11:28 am


I would love to take my son again to the day halloween and also for us (the grownups) to go at night (wich I never experienced)… Thanks!!

28 | Kyndra Watson

October 10th, 2015 at 1:35 pm


Would love to take my kids during the day! They haven’t been before and would love it! :)

29 | Karla Butt

October 10th, 2015 at 1:36 pm


My 3 children have never been to Saunders Farm in the fall! It would be a great way to spend a day. We would love to see the barn of terror!

30 | Nicole B

October 10th, 2015 at 5:19 pm


I would take the kids during the day and my kids love the bouncy pillows but would also love the ghost town stage

31 | Heather

October 11th, 2015 at 11:33 am


We love Saunders Farm! It’s a tradition and we go every year with extended family. My daughters favorite thing is the playhouses.

32 | Heather Thom

October 11th, 2015 at 12:42 pm


Ooo hay barns and mazes are fun at Saunders !
Thanks for the chance.

33 | ashton

October 11th, 2015 at 2:21 pm


The giant pillows look really cool. Great for kids to let out their energy.

34 | rachel

October 11th, 2015 at 5:35 pm


My son loves mazes. We would love to do the corn maze. Although the haunted hayride looks pretty fun too!

35 | lynn clayton

October 13th, 2015 at 2:50 am


the mazes my son would love it

36 | Vanessa

October 13th, 2015 at 9:57 am


This looks like so much fun – I love Halloween!

37 | Jason

October 13th, 2015 at 11:26 am


definitely the jumping pillows, they are always a favourite!

38 | binki

October 13th, 2015 at 11:31 am


Never been but kids would love it (they’ve been and want to go back this year).

39 | Veronique

October 13th, 2015 at 1:02 pm


We would love to do the haunted hayride!! Looks like so much fun!

40 | Stef

October 13th, 2015 at 1:10 pm


Would love to try the mazes with the kids. I think night would be too scary for them (and me!)

41 | Sam

October 13th, 2015 at 1:18 pm


The shambles sounds like it would be fun. Who knew pigs were scary!

42 | Angela

October 13th, 2015 at 2:23 pm


The Barn of Terror! It’s always an frightful experience! We never get tired of it! The Shambles looks um, fun too!!

43 | Michael

October 13th, 2015 at 3:46 pm


My kids have always loved the wagon rides, haven’t been in a few years, the field of terror sounds cool.

44 | greg

October 13th, 2015 at 4:35 pm


It’s become a family tradition for us to visit Saunders for Halloween. It’s like a right of passage for my young kids to do the scary tractor ride and survive! Halloween wouldn’t be the same without it. Really happy for Saunders that they’re enjoying such a success. Good for them!

45 | Janet H

October 13th, 2015 at 5:37 pm


Bouncing pillows!

46 | Connie P

October 13th, 2015 at 8:48 pm


Have never been before, but would love a day trip! Those jumping pillows look like they might be a sure-fire way to tire my kids out :-)


October 13th, 2015 at 10:19 pm


The jumping pillow looks like it’s so much fun

48 | Julie bolduc

October 13th, 2015 at 10:27 pm


I would like to go in the corn maze

49 | CeeB

October 14th, 2015 at 8:01 am


My kids would LOVE the ag-arcade. I’d like to try the haunted hayride, but I don’t think anyone else in the family would be willing to join me on it :)

50 | EvelynG

October 14th, 2015 at 11:08 am


Our kids love the jumping pillows and mazes!! :)

51 | Mel

October 15th, 2015 at 3:14 pm


we’ve never been but I have a feeling my kids would love it all!

52 | Shannon O'Brien

October 16th, 2015 at 10:39 am


Last time we went we got lost in the maze for far too long. I need to go back and tackle it again! :)

53 | John

October 16th, 2015 at 11:13 am


We would do the maze first!

54 | Shannon

October 16th, 2015 at 11:17 am


We’d love to try the jumping pillows and slide this year. Last year they were closed because it was too muddy!

55 | Guy

October 16th, 2015 at 11:42 am


This would be a fun outing for my family.

56 | andrea tomkins

October 16th, 2015 at 12:43 pm


We have a winner! Commenter #21 – Amanda – whose family is a fan of the mazes. :)

Congratulations Amanda! Please check your email!

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