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33 family-friendly Halloween events happening in Toronto

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Ainsley Smith Oct 13, 2017 12:07 pm 119

If your little ones are looking for more chances to wear their Halloween costumes this year, you’re in luck as there are plenty of spooky family-friendly Halloween events happening all month long.

From mazes and parades to costume parties and ghost walks, check out these awesome family-friendly Halloween events in Toronto this year!

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Pumpkin Picking

What: Sure, you could pick up a pumpkin from the grocery store but what’s the fun in that? Spend an afternoon at one of Toronto’s many patches and hunt for the perfect pumpkin. While the pumpkin itself might not be free, there’ll be plenty of free activities to partake in like hayrides, corn mazes, and much more.

When: October
Where: Throughout the GTA

Corn Mazes

What: Corn mazes are hands down one of the best things to do in the fall, and they’re popping up all over the GTA. This October, get into the Halloween spirit by getting seriously lost (and scared) in some of the best corn mazes Ontario has to offer.

When: October
Where: Throughout the GTA

Witchfest North

What: Come out and celebrate witches, women and the arts in multiple venues and events held throughout the city celebrating the repeal of section 365. This year’s Witchfest North theme is ‘Out of the Broom Closet.’

When: Now until October 31
Where: Venues throughout the city
Tickets: Admission is free

Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland

What: For those with kiddos who aren’t afraid of thing’s that go bump in the night, head to Canada’s Wonderland this month, as it gets transformed into a very sooky spectacle each year – and this year will be bigger than ever. Brave your way through terrifying mazes, scare zones and live shows in addition to 700 monsters prowling through the park.

When: Now until October 31
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Tickets: Available online from $34.99

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters 

What: This fall, the AGO will transform into a rare exhibit that will showcase the creative process of famed and fascinating filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and it’s one of the AGO’s most immersive exhibition experiences to date. 

When: Now until January 7
Where: AGO, 317 Dundas Street West
Tickets: $25 per person, $16.50 for students

Brick-or-Treat

What: This Halloween party will feature plenty of boo-tiful attractions and activities around every creepy corner including a spooky LEGO build challenge, monster mash scavenger hunt, pumpkin trail, zombie takeover in MINILAND and much more.

When: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 & 31
Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Tickets: $15.60 to $24

Craveyard Halloween Party

What: Nestlé Canada is celebrating Halloween in a spooktacular way this year with the fifth annual Nestlé Canada Craveyard Halloween Party. This family-focused event will feature a live musical performance by Dan the Music Man and Captain Corbin, a spooky haunted house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, some refreshments and more.

When: October 15, 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: Nestlé Canada’s Sterling Road Confectionery Factory, 72 Sterling Road
Tickets: Admission is free

Haunted High Park

What: Explore the grounds of High Park after dark and discover the chilling legends and ghostly tales that have been spooking visitors for decades.

When: October 19, 20, 22, 27, 28 and 29, 7:30 pm
Where: Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr
Tickets: $32.50 per person

Boo! At the Barns

What: This free, all-ages Halloween party offers frightful fun for the whole family. This year’s event will feature a haunted house, scary dance party, face painting, costume swap, a beer and wine garden, treats, and much more.

When: October 21, 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Tickets: Admission is free

Hallowe’en Howl

What: Children’s performers Soli and Rob will lead the audience in an interactive Halloween concert. Costumes are encouraged!

When: October 21, 22, 28, & 29
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns Solar Stage, 601 Christie Street
Tickets: $20 per person

Just Say Boo!

What: Kids of all ages are invited to get dressed up and enjoy an afternoon of fun at the East Toronto Masonic Temple. Guests can enjoy fun games and activities for the whole family, costume photo opportunities, and the chance to meet other local families.

When: October 21
Where: East Toronto Masonic Temple, 15 Chisholm Avenue
Tickets: Admission is free

Howling Hootenanny

What: This October, head to Toronto’s historic Black Creek Village for some festive fun. Guests can decorate their own pumpkin, watch live performances, check out the Creepy Creature Show, get lost in the haunted maze, trick-or-treat around the village, listen to spooky pioneer superstitions and much more.

When: October 21, 22, 28 & 29, 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway
Tickets: From $11 to $15 per person, kids four and under are free

Boo at the Zoo

What: Get into the Halloween spirit by getting dressed up and heading to the Toronto Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. Kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get FREE admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. Don’t forget your camera as there will be plenty of Halloween photo opportunities at the zoo.

When: October 21, 22,28 & 29
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd
Tickets: $14 to $23 per person

Ghost of Old Town Hall

What: Come and tour downtown Newmarket and learn about the stories of the past. Guests will be taken on a guided walking tour of Main St. and the Old Town Hall where they will learn about the many suspicious events and anecdotes that have haunted the area since the 1880’s. Throughout the evening, guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about paranormal activity, and by evenings end, experience a real live paranormal investigation and any findings hosted by The Georgina Paranormal Society.

When: October 25, 7 pm
Where: Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street
Tickets: $20 per person

Unsound Does Halloween

What: Unsound first came to Toronto as part of the Luminato festival in 2015 and created a sensation. This fall, Unsound will be putting on a special Halloween performance in Toronto at The Sony Centre. The landmark theatre will play host to a radical mix of ambient soundscapes, innovative film and TV scores, dance, and even ancient Slavic sounds.

When: October 27 & November 3
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Tickets: Available online from $35 – $85

Halloween Spooktacular

What: This Halloween, come and say boo at the Bata Shoe Museum for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Guests can decorate Halloween-inspired cookies, make a special craft and play ISpy in the galleries.

When: October 28, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Bata Shoe Musem, 327 Bloor Street West
Tickets: Admission is $5 to $14, kids in costumes get in free

Riverside Ghost Walk

What: Get the entire family (and your four-legged pals) decked out in costumes and head to Riverside for the annual Ghost Walk.

When: October 28, 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: 807 A Queen Street East
Tickets: Admission is free

The Halloween Walk & Fundraiser

What: Get into the Halloween spirit by participating in the 4th annual Halloween Walk & Fundraiser in support of first responders. This free day of fun will feature entertainment, refreshments, and excitement.

When: October 28
Where: The Armoury, 70 Birmingham Street
Tickets: Admission is free

Halloween on Queen

What: If you’re looking to get into the spirit of Halloween, put on your spookiest costume and check out this creepy carnival that’s fun for all ages. Dress to impress as there will be a costume contest, as well as live music, carnival games, a scavenger hunt, a haunted maze, Halloween crafts and much more.

When: October 28
Where: Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens
Tickets: Admission is free

Pumpkinfest in the Junction

What: Come out and celebrate all things Halloween, pumpkin, and fall throughout the Junction neighbourhood. Pumpkinfest is perfect for all ages and is the perfect event to get you into the Halloween spirit. Costumes are definitely encouraged.

When: October 28, 2 pm to 6 pm
Where: The Junction Train Platform, 2964 Dundas Street West
Tickets: Admission is free

Pumpkinfest at the Kingsway

What: Come Celebrate the spooky Halloween season with the Kingsway. Bring your best costume and decorate some pumpkins, enjoy crafts, food, face painting, raffles and so much more.

When: October 28, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: The Kingsway
Tickets: Admission is free

Night of Dread at Dufferin Grove Park

What: Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 18th annual Night of Dread, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery this Halloween. At this much loved, family-friendly, community event, Torontonians are invited to call on, mock and banish their private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance and a devilishly good party.

When: October 28
Where: Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Street
Tickets: This event is pay what you can. Suggested donations at $5/$10/$15

Halloween Comic Fest

What: Come and pick your own free comics during Halloween Comic Fest at participating Toronto comic book stores. Head to the event website to learn which stores are participating.

When: October 28
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Tickets: This event is free

Twilight Pumpkin Float in High Park

What: This year marks the 22 annual Pumpkin Float at High Park. Visitors can come and carve a pumpkin and then set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds.

When: October 29, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: High Park Wading Pool, 1873 Bloor Street West
Tickets: $2.50 per pumpkin

Monster Dash

What: Monster Dash is a family-friendly event that features three exciting challenges in one – a 5k and 10k walk/run for kids, teens and adults and a ‘Spooky Mile’ for the little ones. Costumes aren’t mandatory, however, they are definitely encouraged.

When: October 29, 4:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road
Tickets: $20 to $85 per person

Halloween Fest

What: Join your neighbours for a spirited costume parade through the Bloor-West neighbourhood with some special guests. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, including two performances by Splash ‘N Boots.

When: October 29, 11 am
Where: Bloor West Village
Tickets: Admission is free

Halloween Howl

What: If you’re looking for another excuse to wear your Halloween costume, head to the Toronto Botanical Garden for a family-friendly event filled with spooky games, crafts and treats.

When: October 29, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East
Tickets: $12 per person

Harry Potter Halloween

What: Trick-or-Treaters are invited to stop by the Mount Albert Library before hitting the town for some Halloween fun. Guests are asked to bring a single sock to help free the Library elf and will be given Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. All socks will then be donated to Carly & Charley’s Odd Sox Project.

When: October 31, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: Mount Albert Branch, 19300 Centre Street
Tickets: Admission is free (just remember to bring a sock)

Halloween on Church

What: This Halloween, Church Street is the place to be. Later this month, The Village will be shutting down six blocks of Church Street to host a massive pedestrian-only Halloween party, that’s known for being the largest Halloween party in North America. The fun begins at 6:30 pm, and the Village’s shops, cafés and bars will be bumping all night long. All are welcome, and it’s highly recommended that you wear a costume.

When: October 31, 6:30 pm
Where: Along Church Street (Wood Street to Gloucester Street
Tickets: Admission is free

Halloween Social Dance Party

What: Come and join an evening of dancing, prizes and plenty of good vibes! Tickets are also available at the studio for $7, online or $10 at the door. In addition to the costume contest, there will also be snacks and drinks on hand.

When: October 31, 7:30 pm
Where: Access Ballroom Studio, 276 Main Street
Tickets: $7 to $10 per person

The Bunz Flea #5 Spooky Edition

What: Come and enjoy this very spooky edition of The Bunz Flea Market. This is still the same unique market featuring local artisans who will be accepting both trades and cash in exchange for their goods or services, PLUS a giant open trading area, but this time with a little bit of haunting in the air.

When: October 31, 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Tickets: Admission is free

Rennie Park Pumpkin Parade

What: Save the date and head to Rennie Park’s second annual Pumpkin Parade. Bring your family, bring your pumpkin to be lit up and then enjoy the beautiful designs. At the end of the night, the park will send all the pumpkins for composting.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Rennie Park, 1 Rennie Terrace
Tickets: Admission is free

6th Annual Mimico Pumpkin Parade

What: Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns down to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park. No someone who can’t make it? Leave no pumpkin behind and bring your friend’s stranded pumpkins to the parade and help the park reach its target of 900 glowing pumpkins.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Mimico Square, 2445 Lake Shore Blvd West
Tickets:
 Admission is free


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for the best avocado toast.

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