Look, we know nothing can compare to that haunted house your neighbour down the street spent months converting his family home into when you were five.
But that doesn’t mean Toronto isn’t full of wickedly daunting dwellings to check out if you feel like you want to prove something.
Here are 9 haunted houses in Toronto you need to check out this Halloween…
A Toronto tradition, Screemers is back to haunt you with seven haunted houses and thrilling rides. Take your bravest friends and head into an evening of ghostly excitement.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Building, 180 Princes’ Blvd
When: October 21-23, 26-32 from 7 pm to midnight
Enter the depths of hell and explore this terrifying, seemingly never-ending maze of horror. Tremble in complete darkness. Runs Friday to Sunday, including Halloween. Think you can handle the darkness?
Where: 401 Mini Indy, Etobicoke (near Highway 401 and Dixon Road)
When: Now until October 31
Alright, so it’s a little outside of the city, but this 2000-square-foot-plus abode of terror is worth the drive to Whitby if you want to test your toughness. Most people apparently can’t even make it past the kitchen…
Where: Highway 401/Thickson Road, Whitby
When: October 28, 6-9 pm; October 29, 2-9 pm; October 30, 2-6 pm
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.
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: October 22 at 5 pm
An immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures as the audience is led through a one hour, 1.5 km self-guided walk through the bowels of the historic – and spooky- castle.
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
When: On now until October 31 at 6:30 pm
You know it’s going to be a good production when there’s a video preview. This haunting is a partnership between the University of Toronto chapter of Zeta Psi and Ryerson Students for Wishes and will see a 118-year-old mansion transformed into a place of nightmares.
Where: 180 George Street
When: October 31, 7-11 pm
Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in style! Corpses, dapper survivors, cute cadavers and HAZMAT tuxedos. Dress to impress or infect!
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: October 28 at 10 pm
Not an event, per se, though certainly haunted. Venture out to the Toronto Islands and explore this Creepy Canada landmark, the first lighthouse keeper of which was murdered by soldiers from nearby Fort York looking for bootlegged beer.
Where: Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands
When: Anytime after dark
Lanterns. Darkness. Actors. Zombies. Clues. Puzzles. Escape. Canada’s first haunted escape adventure! Explore a village in the middle of the darkest night with only a lantern to guide your way.
Where: 1100 Courtney Park Drive, Mississauga
When: Open daily