With Halloween weekend just around the corner, there are always things to do in Toronto to keep you busy and entertained.
Get in the spooky spirit with safe yet adventurous events in the city. From places to eat and places to discover, here’s a list of a few things you can do in Toronto this week:
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Though you may not be able to celebrate the spooky season that way you’d hope, you can still enjoy Halloween-inspired savoury and sweet foods that can be ordered and delivered right to your door. Parties are out of the picture, so that costume you had saved up for this year’s event will have to go back into the closet, for now. So why not take the chance to try some spooky eats while you still can and celebrate by treating yourself to a scary feast.
When: Several locations across the GTA
Where: Toronto restaurants and bakeries
A new dining experience is coming to Toronto, and it’s ready to conquer the cold. Cabana Waterfront Patio is introducing The Marquee, their new outdoor heated patio, by the end of this month. For the rest of the cold season, with the addition of heaters, Cabana Waterfront Patio will transform into the city’s largest outdoor heated patio on October 24.
Where: 11 Polson Street.
When: Thursday to Sunday from 5 pm to 11 pm. Opening day October 24
With indoor dining out of the picture for a bit, Toronto restaurants are keeping their patios open with the help of heaters to keep everyone warm as the cold season approaches. As the province re-enacted certain Stage 2 restrictions, such as the closure of indoor dining, a few restaurants have had to get creative in order to keep business booming.
When: Restaurants vary
Where: 20 restaurants to uncover
A new haunted experience is taking over Toronto just in time for Halloween. Beginning on October 21, the Haunted Drive-Thru Experience at Square One invites guests to journey through a series of spooky setups that allow you to witness “a living nightmare from the safety of your vehicle.”
When: October 21 to 31, 2020
Where: 100 City Centre Drive, Parking Lot 5, Level C, Mississauga
Tickets: $25.12 per person per car, $19.13 per child per car
Are you sad that the President’s Choice Superdogs show was cancelled this summer? Have no fear, because you have the chance to see the talented dogs at their Howl-O-Ween performance at the haunted drive-thru in Toronto! The haunted drive-thru event is a fun, safe, and immersive Halloween experience where guests can drive through various themed areas including a Graveyard, Giant Kraken, a Haunted Pumpkin Patch, Haunted Movie Studio, creepy spiders, and much more!
Where: The Docks, 176 Cherry Street.
When: October 31 to November 1
Tickets: Purchase tickets here
The spooky season isn’t over for Casa Loma after all. Take a self-guided tour of the terrifying Halloween sets within its castle grounds for the ultimate haunted house. For the month of October, Casa Loma will continue its Halloween celebrations in a more physically distanced way. As part of the castle’s ticketed general admission, visitors of all ages will be able to take part in a self-guided tour through Halloween sets within Casa Loma’s grounds and tunnels.
When: Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm until November 1
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
Tickets: Available on their website
Although the city’s regression to a modified stage 2 has forced many spooky attractions to close their doors, Toronto’s Horror Hallways remains open, and promises that you’ll be trembling in fear. Located near Highway 401 and Dixon Road, the attraction invites guests to “enter the depths of hell” as they explore the “terrifying, seemingly never-ending maze of horror.”
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until November 8, 2020
Where: 37 Stoffel Drive, Etobicoke
Tickets: $19.99, cash only
Toronto’s Haunted Drive-Thru is set to open next weekend, and it promises one-and-a-half kilometres of spooky props, eerie lighting, and creepy animatronics. Created by entertainment company Toronto Shines, the immersive Halloween experience is taking over the Docks Driving Range at 176 Cherry Street and will run from October 16 to 31.
Where: 176 Cherry Street, Toronto
When: October 16 to 31, 2020
Tickets: $24.95 for the Superdogs show, $34.95 for the Haunted Drive-thru, and $49.95 for both
Toronto’s beloved One Of A Kind Show is moving online this fall. Normally held for just a few days twice a year, this year’s show will run for close to two months, from October 22 until December 20. The spring iteration was cancelled due to COVID-19. With the show being held virtually, Canadians across the country will be able to take part. Featuring unique items and crafts from local makers, the One Of A Kind Show is an ideal way to support small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
Where: Online at oneofakindshow.com
When: October 22 to December 22, 2o20
Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopened, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines.