Toronto is a city that takes Halloween very seriously and there are always so many events, parties and activities on offer that it can be tough to decide what to do and where to show off your costume. Whether you want to go all out or do something more low-key, you want to dance the night away or do something that the whole family can get involved in, there are lots of options. Here are 10 of the best things to do for Halloween in Toronto this year.
Legends of Horror at Casa Loma (until October 31)
Castles always have the potential to be spooky. With all their winding tunnels, hidden rooms and dark passages, you never know what could jump out and scare you. This year, Toronto’s very own Casa Loma is dialing up the fright factor with Legends of Horror. The castle’s gardens, tunnels and deepest depths have been transformed into an elaborate haunted house where guests go on a self-guided 1.5 kilometre walk, where they’ll be confronted with various familiar faces from the horror genre, from Dracula and werewolves to the Invisible Man.
Haunted Walks (until October 31)
Get a side of exercise and fresh air with your spooky experience by testing your nerves on a haunted walk. There are several spooky walks to choose from at various locations including Pioneer Village, Distillery District, downtown and the University of Toronto. Get insight into some of the most haunted corners of the city in the form of real-life ghost stories that are sure to send at least a few shivers up and down your spine.
Toronto’s Horror Hallways (until October 31)
There’s nothing like being trapped in the dark, with no idea what might be ready to jump out at you to really get your adrenaline pumping. And that’s exactly what you get with a visit to Toronto’s Horror Hallways, located in Etobicoke at the 410 Mini Indy. The haunted maze is filled with scare-inducing characters so be prepared to scream. This one isn’t recommended for kids under 10.
Zombie Prom (October 28)
Get dolled up in your zombie best and dance the night away among the undead at Zombie Prom, taking place at The Great Hall on October 28. And if you’re not confident in your ability to turn yourself into a convincing zombie, there will be makeup artists on hand who can transform you for a small fee. There will also be free photoshoots to commemorate the night, DJ Johnny B Goode playing top 40 tunes and Halloween favourites, as well as costume contests, prizes and giveaways.
ROM Friday Night Live – Goosebumps (October 28)
Get yourself down to the ROM for a night of spooky fun in a unique museum setting with the Goosebumps edition of Friday Night Live. There will be DJs, live music, tarot card readings, featured museum exhibitions to check out, food vendors, zombie tours and more. Costumes are encouraged, but keep in mind, since you’re in a museum, masks and props aren’t allowed. Tickets are available at the door, started at 7 p.m., but go early if you want to snag one.
Howling Hootenanny (October 29 and 30)
Gather up the kids and make your way to the Howling Hootenanny at Black Creek Pioneer Village for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate Halloween. On October 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be lots of kid-focused fun to be had in the form of live performances, a haunted maze, the chance to decorate a pumpkin to take home, trick or treating around the Village and more.
Halloween Haunt (until October 31)
Canada’s Wonderland is a mecca for all things frightening around Halloween with their annual Halloween Haunt that offers plenty of ways to get spooked. There are six different “scare zones” each with their own brand of horror, as well haunted mazes and haunted houses. If that’s not enough to tempt you towards the dark side, you can even get the chance to battle zombies in a 4D adventure inside Wonder Mountain. When you’re done getting scared by zombies, monsters and haunted mazes, make time for a few of your favourite rides, like the Leviathan, Drop Tower and the Mighty Canadian Minebuster.
Night of Dread (October 29)
The 17th annual Night of Dread will take place October 29, presented by Clay and Paper Theatre. The interactive parade – complete with music, stilt walkers, fire-spinners, giant puppets and more – begins and ends in Dufferin Grove Park. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. but go early to get yourself a mask or a puppet from the rink house starting at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to take part in the parade, which is about an hour in length. Afterwards there will be live music in the music tent.
Halloween on Church (October 31)
Halloween on Church Street is an unforgettable experience and one of the biggest Halloween parties in the country. Church Street will be closed from Wood Street to Gloucester Street starting at 6 p.m. and that’s when the crazy, colourful, spectacular costumes come out. This is a street party like no other and thousands of revelers come out to enjoy the lively atmosphere. Bars and restaurants in the area usually have Halloween events or costume contests going on so there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Screemers (October 26-31)
Known as Canada’s number one indoor scream park, Screemers is the place to be if you’re hoping to inject some fear factor into your Halloween weekend. Located at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the CNE, Screemers has everything you need to ensure at least a few scary surprises. Take your pick of seven different haunted attractions including a classic haunted house, a haunted maze that plunges you into total darkness, a 3D Diabolical House of Cards, Slasher Wax Museum displaying some of the scariest villains from slasher movies and a terrifying magic show. If you need a break, stop by the Vampire Lounge for a drink or something to help fuel the rest of your fright night.