“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – okay, wrong holiday song, but the sentiment still rings true, for some people anyway! Don’t get us wrong, Christmas is a fantastic holiday, but Halloween is also pretty great. Halloween is one of the most fun and creative holidays of the year. Everyone can express their individuality with Halloween costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, making festive treats and putting up ghoulish décor. It’s spooky and fun. Halloween in Toronto is even more fun. With endless events and parties, there’s no shortage of things to do to get into the scary spirit. Whether you like petrifying frights or something a little more PG-13, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our list of the 8 top Halloween events in Toronto this year.
Images: Screemers (Left); Casa Loma (Top Right); The Haunted Walk (Bottom Right)
- Haunted Houses
Toronto has a wide range of haunted houses and grounds to explore leading up to Halloween. If you enjoy being terrified by monsters and ghouls and screaming your lungs out, you’re in luck! Check out Canada’s Wonderland’s Halloween Haunt or Canada’s premier scream park Screemers. Neither of these events is for the faint of heart, so be prepared to be scared and bring along a friend for support.
- Legends of Horror and Zombie Apocalypse
Legends of Horror at Toronto’s Casa Loma is a haunted house with a twist. The castle grounds are transformed into an immersive theatrical experience, in which the audience walks at their own pace through a two-kilometre trail. Throughout the one-hour experience, guests are immersed in a variety of theatrically designed sets, each of which introduces characters into the environmental theatre. New this year is an additional immersive experience called Zombie Apocalypse, a 30-minute event featuring live actors that promises to take the fear factor to the next level. Eek!
- Ghost Tours, multiple locations
Do you enjoy a good scary story? What about real-life scary stories that took place in our very city of Toronto? Haunted Walks are a great way to get out, stretch your legs, and learn about the more sinister history of our city.
Images: Night of Lights (Top Left); Black Creek Pioneer Village (Bottom Left); Candlelight (Right)
- Halloween Night of Lights and Pumpkinville, CF Sherway Gardens
Located in the parking lot of CF Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke, Halloween Night of Lights is a more light-hearted, family-friendly Halloween experience. Walk through Halloween-themed LED light installations while listening to the Halloween classics. Make sure to have your camera ready! Afterwards, visit Pumpkinville (included in the price of admission) to see thousands of carved pumpkins, have some snacks and drinks, and have fun at the midway.
- Toronto After Dark Film Festival
“Do you like scary movies?” Then the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is right up your alley. This festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi and action movies, enjoyed by over 10,000 attendees each year, including fans, filmmakers, press and industry. Taking place at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre, this spooky film festival is the perfect prequel for Halloween!
- Halloween at the Village, Black Creek Pioneer Village
Do you have little ones? Over the next few weekends, Black Creek Pioneer Village will be transformed into a spooky village with lots of fun activities for the young and the young at heart. Help with grisly experiments during the Slimy Science Show. Spill your guts to the Village’s doctor, while learning the gruesome secrets of 19th-century medicine. Learn witchcraft and wizardry skills, including a powerful recipe for concocting witch’s brew. Uncover the mysteries of the future through fortune telling, and then try to survive a terrifying puppet show. Make your own monster mask, and stop by the Fake Frights station. There’s so much to do here!
- Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics, Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
Listen as the Listeso Quartet performs Halloween classics, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song from Ghostbusters, in one of the most iconic venues in Toronto. A unique and one-of-a-kind experience, hundreds of candles will illuminate the venue, creating a serene atmosphere that will enhance your listening experience. Tickets will sell out fast, so get them today!
- Halloween on Church, Church Street
Are you one of those people who loves Halloween but waits until the last minute and then scrambles to find a party to go to? Then Halloween on Church is the perfect place for you! This legendary party sees thousands of Halloween enthusiasts dressed in some of their best costumes take over a section of Church Street. The block party shuts down a section of the street to cars, making it a pedestrian-only road starting at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween night.