Halloween Adventures in Toronto

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You may have heard about Halloween, but if you are new to Canada, you may not know where to go or what to do on this spooky holiday. Do not feel discouraged, Toronto is the place to be for whatever Halloween adventure you seek.

Here are a few suggestions for how to spend Halloween in Toronto and some helpful tips for preparing a costume!

1. Legends of Horror

The top choice of any thrill seeker during the Halloween season is most definitely the Legends of Horror haunted house at Casa Loma. This gothic-inspired luxury estate is already spooky enough on regular day, but from September 30 – October 31 Casa Loma transforms into a labyrinth of evil, full of all manner of nightmarish creatures.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as this immersive experience lasts for an hour and takes you on a full 2 kilometer-long walk through the castle gardens and underground tunnels. Reservations do not last long and with only a short time until Halloween you need to act fast. Do not miss out on this Halloween-horror-movie come to life!

2. Halloween Haunt

You will often hear screams from rollercoaster enthusiasts at Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s largest amusement park located just north of Toronto. But during Halloween Haunt, the screams you will hear are the type to keep you awake at night.

Visit this theme park between September 23 – October 30 and experience the designated “Scare Zones” like Wicked Hollow and Streets of the Undead or see the “Sinister Entertainment” like Day of the Dead Festival.

This experience is slightly more expensive than Legends of Horror, but you will have loads of attractions and entertainment to choose from and plenty of time to see and do it all with the park being open from 7 pm – 12 am. To find out why they call it a “scream park”, order your tickets today!

3. Halloween on Church

If you are looking for the best party on the night of Halloween itself, there is only one place to be: The Village. Known by locals as Halloween on Church, the biggest Halloween street party in the city is back this year for the first time since 2019!

Six blocks of Church Street (between Wood Street and Gloucester Street, also known as The Village) becomes a pedestrian-only boulevard from 6:30 pm on October 31 until the early hours of the morning.

Thousands of costume-wearing partygoers take to the streets of this well-known entertainment district to showcase their wild, wicked, and wacky costumes. No need to make a reservation or hand over any cash because this event is totally free!

4. Getting a Costume

If you have decided to take part in the action and dress up for a Halloween party, you have a few options for all your costume needs. With a little creativity and some help from the right stores, you can make your own Halloween costume without hurting your bank account too much.

To begin with, Halloween Spirit is one location that has all your Halloween costume needs. From masks to make-up or full costumes and fake blood, this seasonal pop-up store is dedicated solely to Halloween. So whether you have not quite mastered making your own costume yet, or you just need a little inspiration, Halloween Spirit has what you need.

Another favourite destination for amateur costume designers is Value Village (or any second-hand clothing store near you, for that matter!). Discover used apparel and accessories to help complete your look. Thrift stores are a cheap place to pick up clothes you may cut, rip, or cover in fake blood.

If you do not have the time to go searching through endless racks of used clothing, but you still want to participate in the fun, then head to Dollarama for all your last-minute costume needs. Dollarama stores are located across the city and are stocked with candy, costumes, and decorations for whatever you have planned on Halloween night.

With so many options to choose from, both leading up to Halloween and on the night of as well, you could make Halloween a multi-night adventure. Trick or treating may be for children, but Halloween can be fun no matter what age you are!


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