By Lori Bosworth
Want to celebrate Halloween, but think you’re a bit too tall to pull off the door-to-door trick or treat or want to pass on Toronto Halloween parties in 2012? Then check out these scar-r-r-y Halloween events happening this October in Toronto including ghost walks, cemetery tours, scream parks, haunted houses and horror shows.
The ghosts and goblins have returned to haunt the Exhibition! The Screemers park includes a Maniac Maze where lingering souls can emerge at any moment, a Haunted House, and the Slasher Wax Museum that contains characters from Slasher movies. You can also slip down the rabbit hole at the Diabolical House of Cards for a psychedelic 3D experience. Ride the five rides on the Midway of Mayhem as often as you want then encounter some friendly spirits at the Vampire Lounge (19+). Bloody Mary anyone? Open Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 and 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Oct. 28 and 29, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $24.95 plus HST with $5 off coupon on website; $28.95 on Oct. 24, 25 and Oct. 31, 2014. Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place.
Take a walking tour around Exhibition Place to discover the documented haunted sites of the grounds including Stanley Barracks near the Direct Energy Centre, the Press Building, the Horse Palace and Scadding Cabin. Tours begin at General Services Building on Manitoba Drive and end at Scadding Cabin. Led by Steve Collie, the tours take place on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014 at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Register by calling 416-263-3659.
Beginning Oct. 3, 2014 and running from Friday to Sunday only to Oct. 31, 2014, Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland features 10 mazes including the Terror of London and Blood on the Bayou and three new shows including The Hanging, Beyond the Grave and Skeleton Crew. Enjoy midway rides that are even spookier in the dark. Admission is as low as $30.99 on Friday nights and $32.99 on Saturday nights if you purchase your tickets online. Park admission price is $37.99-$39.99. A Haunt pass with unlimited visits is $49.99.
Tour Fort York on Halloween weekend and hear stories of its harrowing history including the haunted lighthouse and the Battle of York. Ghost sightings of a woman in the officers’ quarters and a guard in the barracks have been received by the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society. The tour runs on Fri., Oct. 17 and Sat., Oct. 18 and Fri., Oct. 24 and Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and includes refreshments. Admission $12.50, children under 8 not recommended. Pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6907 x221.
Muddy York Walking Tours hosts a nocturnal tour of the U of T grounds while narrating stories of the university’s past including that of the two stonemasons involved in a love triangle, the Canadian author who haunts Massey College and the mistress who was locked in a secret room by her lover. Sightings of ghosts and poltergeist activity have been reported by students (pulling all-nighters for exams?) and staff. The 90-minute tour, which begins at the front steps of the Royal Ontario Museum and ends nearby, is held every night at 10 p.m. from Fri., Oct. 10, 2014 to Fri., Oct. 31, 2014. Adults $20, $15 each if 2-3 people, $10 each for 4 or more. Reservations are required. Call Richard at 416-487-9017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mackenzie House is hosting City of the Dead: Necropolis Cemetery Tour, resting place of former Toronto mayor William Lyon Mackenzie, George Brown and Ralph Day, on Sun., Oct. 19, 2014 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Participants will hear stories of murder and Victorian funeral customs during the graveyard walk and will then tour Mackenzie House, where the ghost of the original owner allegedly haunts the upper floor and mysterious sounds such as footsteps and piano-playing are sometimes heard. Light refreshments will be served. Adults (16+) $12.50 plus HST, Children (8-15) $10.50 plus HST; not recommended for 7 and under. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street near Riverdale Farm. Call 416-392-6915 to register.
Hear all about the ghost stories and legends of High Park’s Colborne Lodge and learn about High Park’s unique connection to the War of 1812. Separate tours are offered for adults and families. Tours for Adults (18 years and over) are $17.50 plus tax and are offered on Fri., Oct. 24 and Sat., Oct. 25 and Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014 and Fri., Oct. 31, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tour for families and children on Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tours for families with children (not recommended for children under 8) are Adults $12.50 plus tax and Children $7.50 plus tax. Refreshments are included. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 416-392-6916.
This haunted Halloween walk, which runs from Oct. 10 to Nov. 1, 2014, begins at 8 p.m. at the Hockey Hall of Fame at 30 Yonge Street. Hear about public hangings and haunted Mackenzie House during this 90-minute tour. Special Halloween tours take place from Oct. 15-31, 2013. Adults $18.75, Students $16.75 and Children (6-12) $10.75.