20 Fun Spooky Things to do in Toronto for Halloween This Year
Halloween is such a fun time of year. It is a holiday that is celebrated differently depending on who you speak to as some people enjoy the scarier things, while others enjoy the fun things. There are so many things to do in Toronto for Halloween as the city truly knows how to put on fun events no matter what your tolerance level of spookiness. Here is our list of 20 fun things to do in the heart of the city and its outskirts to give your autumn a sprinkle more “spirit.”
1 – Halloween Haunt & Camp Spooky- Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland, the biggest amusement park in Ontario, transforms into a spooky and haunted extravaganza enticing all to pay a visit and test their scare tolerance. There are over 20 rides in operation, unique food treats such as spider web soup, a fantastic acrobatic show, and haunted houses perfect for the horror movie fan. Enjoy getting lost? Why not check out the fun corn maze and get chased out by the various ghouls and monsters within the stalks? To read more about our experience here and how we enjoyed our time, check out our review here.
If you have young kids and wish for a fun Halloweeny day out, Canada’s Wonderland also offers fun weekend attractions in their Camp Spooky, starring the beloved Peanuts characters awaiting the Great Pumpkin. Enjoy character encounters and fun Halloween treats that are more suitable for the young ones in your group.
For more inspiration, check out our video of the Halloween Haunt:
2 – Downey’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch
Head up to Caledon, a suburb just 30 mins from the heart of Toronto to Downey’s Farm. Enjoy a pumpkin patch boasting 20,000 pumpkins, a bakery of fresh pies, pastries, tarts, breads, and donuts unlike anything you have ever tasted. For the younger crowd, pony rides, face painting, hayrides, and corn mazes are great fun. Learn how to carve a pumpkin, do Halloween crafts, and pick your favourite apples in their plentiful orchards. The farm is open daily and brings thousands yearly. Make sure you arrive early as parking is limited and the lines for the bakery get very steep.
3 – Hop on the Spooky Lagoon Boat Ride, Toronto Islands
The spooky lagoon is the perfect attraction in Toronto for Halloween. It is most ideal for those who enjoy hearing legends, ghost stories, and other fables attached to the mysterious deaths of locals.
Take a boat rides around the Toronto Islands and learn of these legends. Tickets are $25 and include admission and beautiful city views of the CN Tower and the rest of the Toronto cityscape.
4 – The Casa Loma Haunted House Exhibit
Head to Toronto’s famous castle as it is transformed into a haunted house! Enjoy the 2 km trail of darkness and spirits between 6-11 pm. Tickets are available for the Legends of Horror spectacle with spots available up until October 31st.
5 – Screemers, Exhibition Place, Toronto
This is the top-rated haunted park in all of the city and it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Join them for some of the scariest exhibits and attractions that will test your inner scaredy-cat. You will want to bring a friend to this haunted and creepy extravaganza of monsters, zombies, ghosts, and more. The attraction is found right in the heart of the Exhibition grounds and is open until October 31st.
6 – Black Creek Pioneer Village Haunted Hootenanny
Step back in time at the Confederation and see how the locals lived in Toronto back in the day. See the homes, foods, and other exhibits. For Halloween, there are added attractions including a corn maze, performances, trick or treating for the kiddies, and superstition discussions.
7 – Halloween Howl – Toronto Botanical Gardens
Sunday Oct 28, this family event is a great opportunity for young children to show off their costumes! Dress up, bring friends, and enjoy a beautiful day in some of the most gorgeous florals of the city.
8 – Hop Aboard the Halloween Train
This fun excursion that is located in York-Durham, a quick drive from the heart of Toronto is fun for all ages. Children who come dressed in costume are only $1 admission with each passenger receiving a fun loot bag. The train departs from Uxbridge station and takes you on a spooky 90-minute ride. Enjoy views from your 1950’s vintage train car seats surrounded by pumpkins, ghouls, and goblins. The last opportunity to ride is the 28th of October.
9 – Head to the Toronto Zoo
Enjoy Boo at the Zoo! Kids who come to the zoo in costume get in free. Enjoy a fun filled day of seeing the gorgeous animals with a Halloween theme. The park has some special Halloween photo opportunities, themed foods, and extra treats for all ages. Do note that they do not allow inflatable costumes as they scare animals.
10 – Attend one of the Awesome Halloween Parties in the city
With such a large interest in the holiday, why not get dressed up and go to one of the many Halloween parties in the city!? Carnieville is one of the more popular parties that encourages costumes! Head to Tequila Jacks and enjoy a spooky evening of ghosts and ghouls. If you cannot make it to that one, there are tons of others in the GTA.
11 – Head to the Beaches for the Halloween on Queen Costume Contest!
Dress up into the most unique costume you can and head out for the biggest contest in the city. Judges will award the most creative costume for the evening! An event definitely not to miss if you have the perfect costume.
12 – Head to the Art Gallery of Ontario for the Guillermo Del Toro Exhibit
Enjoy such films as the Pan’s Labyrinth? Well, acclaimed artist Guillermo Del Toro’s collections and artifacts are on display at the AGO until January. Known for horror films and monsters, this is the perfect attraction for the artsy one, but also serves as a great Halloween attraction.
13 – Shop at the Harry Potter Store
A new Harry Potter style magic shop has opened in Parkdale, within downtown Toronto! They sell lots of magical items including incense, spells, books, potions and other things. Do head there for a shopping trip this Halloween! The shop does carry some Harry Potter items, but the owner’s main purpose of opening this themed shop was to bring magic to the city.
14 – Church Street Halloween Block Party
Come dress up to the largest street event of the season. Thousands come out to Church and Wellesley sporting their best costumes for a night of spooks, music, and Halloween fun. It is a pedestrian event with closed off intersections, so arrive early to park you car outside the parameters.
15 – Night of Dread
Want to see a tamer Halloween production than Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street? Than head to the Dufferin Grove Park to see a fun parade of puppets and other characters. This event is family-friendly and is perfect for the kids and Halloween lovers who don’t want to be scared out of their wits.
16 – Dark Waters at Ripley’s Believe it or Not
For Halloween Toronto’s favourite aquarium is turning the shark tunnel into a darkened experience to bring out the spirit of Halloween enthusiasts! Head there for a unique experience surrounded by the most deadly predators in the sea.
17 – Head to Cranfield House, the Movie Set for IT, in Toronto for Halloween
So I’m terrified of clowns so this wouldn’t be my choice, but for those who enjoyed the remake of Stephen King’s “It,” why not head to the mansion featured in the film – the Cranfield House in Oshawa Ontario.
The mansion is located in Riverdale and has attracted many visitors thanks to the newfound horror movie fame. It opened in 1902 and there have been sightings of supernatural beings. oooooh!
18 – Head to Haunted High Park
High Park is the perfect spot in Toronto for Halloween. Enjoy haunted walks, spooky spirits and scares, as well as other fun Halloween attractions. Learn about the creepiest legends, including ghosts that still linger around Grenadier Pond, and take in the winds as they howl in the moonlight. Admission is $32.50 but worth it for a very ghoulish evening.
19 – Head to the After Dark Film Screenings
The is the perfect event for horror fans! Theatres in Toronto will be featuring classic horror films for those who want to enjoy a blood and spook fest in Toronto for Halloween this year. Enjoy classic blood-curdling flicks as Halloween (nobody can beat Jamie-Lee Curtis…), Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and more.
20 – Head to a Coffee Shop and Get Halloween Foam Art
I love when barista make special foam art on my lattes! This year in Toronto for Halloween, head to one of the many coffee shops in Toronto and get a ghost, pumpkin or other Halloween motif crafted on your drink. It will add just enough Halloween spirit!
No matter what you choose to do for the Halloween season, do be safe and enjoy the moment! These are the top extravaganzas in Toronto to enjoy. Hopefully you can go to at least one of these events!
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