Werewolves and Zombies and Vampires, oh my! It’s just about time to start planning your Halloween costume, but perhaps more importantly, your Halloween trick or treat route. It’s no secret that some Toronto neighbourhoods do Halloween better. Whether it be the décor, haunted houses, creepy music, or the premium candy, here is a roundup of the best communities to trick or treat in this year:
If you don’t have a sweet tooth but are itching to experience all things Halloween this season, Toronto has a vast selection of events and attractions sure to amuse, frighten and raise your blood pressure.
Halloween Haunt at Wonderland has become a classic outing for many adventure seekers. Not only is it your last chance to experience the Leviathan and Behemoth until next summer, but the park is also entirely Halloweenified. Riddled with over 700 terrifying monsters, six scare zones and nine haunted mazes, Canada’s Wonderland promises the ‘fright of your life’. Experience the terror every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, and on Tuesday, October 31st.
Castle Loma Legends of Horror invested roughly 1.5 million transforming the grounds into a 2 km trail of terror, winding through the lower gardens and the castle's tunnels, which have never been open to the public before. Hosted by Dracula, you will be immersed in a theatrical performance of love and immortality. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the venue and run from dusk until midnight every day until October 31st.
Toronto’s original haunted attraction Screemers is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Seven haunted mazes and houses, fortunetellers, illusioneer Ryan Brown and the newest haunted house Zombie Prizon promises to get you in the Halloween spirit. And they can't guarantee you won't be chased with a chainsaw. Screemers is located at the Queen Elizabeth Building and tickets start at $26.
Boo at the Zoo is great for all ages, but especially for the young ghouls. Come in costume and experience the Toronto Zoo like never before. Bring your camera for the many Halloween photo ops throughout the park grounds. Up to two children (under the age of 12) in costume get in free with one adult admission. Boo at the Zoo is open on the last two Saturdays and Sundays of the month.
Toronto is certainly getting into the spirit this Halloween season with the Annual Night of Dread Parade, Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade and the Fact or Fiction Toronto Ghost Tour (and they don’t cost a thing!). Other Toronto attractions including The Aquarium, Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village and many Toronto Libraries are also beyond spooky this month.
Don't forget to keep your little one's costumes safe this Halloween. Use reflective tape or stickers and whenever possible choose light colours so they can be seen in the dark. Opt for face paint over masks, so vision is not impaired and an adult should always accompany young trick or treaters. A reminder that drivers should take extra care when pulling out of driveways and laneways. Lastly, it is still a good idea to inspect any candy and toss anything that may appear to be tampered with.
Wishing everyone a very sweet and scary Halloween!