12 things to do safely around Toronto this Halloween weekend

Oct 28 2020, 7:22 am
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Halloween is a few days away and although things may feel a little different, there are always scary (fun) things to do in Toronto during this season.

While it’s important to stay safe, enjoy yourself this weekend and discover what the city has to offer.

Here’s a list of what you can do safely around Toronto this Halloween weekend:

Casa Loma’s self-guided walking tour of spooky Halloween sets

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

Halloween Nights of Lights

With more than 700,000 LED lights animated and synced up to classic Halloween tunes, this drive-thru event is perfect for the fall season. The events 2.25 km drive through a beautiful light show, under tunnels and with animated displays will make this Fall season one to remember.

When: October 1 to November 1
Where: Improve Canada – 7250 Keele Street
Tickets: Tickets are available here

Oktoberfest at Fall N’ Leaves Pop Up

Due to popular demand, the Fall n’ Leaves Pop-up team has decided to extend Fall n’ Leaves TO until October 31. The outdoor physically distanced event offers a food and wine bar, and features a fun little pumpkin patch to enjoy. The pop-up includes a wood fire BBQ pit and wood-fire oven for all the delicious foods you can try, from “fall inspired pizzas, pastas, and soups served in a squash or in a pumpkin,” according to their website.

When: Until October 31, Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: 621 Richmond Street West
Tickets: Tickets here

Pumpkinferno

Upper Canada Village is hosting its annual pumpkin lantern festival, Pumpkinferno which showcases over 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins, lit up at night along a one-kilometre path set against a 19th-century backdrop. Some are individual pumpkins and some are fused together to make some outstanding and pretty impressive art pieces.

When: Until October 31, every day from 7 pm to 10 pm until October 18
Where: Upper Canada Village – 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, ON
Tickets: $16 for general admission 

Boo at the Zoo

The Toronto Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo event is back and they have a lot of seasonal fun planned. From Thanksgiving Weekend to October 31, the Zoo will transform into a beautiful fall experience, with special exhibits such as their “Hay-lloween Town” at their Savanna Picnic Site.

When: October 10 until October 31
Where: Toronto Zoo – 2000 Meadowvale Road
Tickets: Tickets are available here.

Haunted Drive-Thru Experience at Square One

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

Go for a ride with the BOOmobile at the Zoo

A terrifying experience but in the best way possible. The Toronto Zoo’s BOOmobile is back this year and you can go on a spooky adventure around the Zoo while learning fun facts about animals along the way. “You and your family will learn about how the animal kingdom has contributed to Halloween traditions in a special Halloween themed commentary,” said the Zoo. This family-friendly event runs for about 40 minutes and is sanitized before and after each ride. Limited seating is also available for social distancing.  Masks are also asked to be worn.

When: October 10, 11 – every weekend until October 31
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Road – Toronto Zoo
Tickets: Non-member pricing is $30.00 per row (up to 5 Guests) and member pricing is $25.00 per row (up to 5 guests), available here

Toronto’s Horror Hallways

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

Halloween-inspired treats to order around Toronto

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

Super dogs Howl-o-ween

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

Toronto’s Haunted Drive-Thru

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

Fear Farm

Fear Farm is ready to terrify and thrill all those who dare to enter. Make sure to book your tickets online ASAP to experience the farm before the season ends. Remember to check the website for full hours and availability.

Where: 936685 Blenheim Road, Bright, Ontario
When: Friday to Sunday (until October 31, hours are being updated)

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.

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