Boo! Scary Halloween Events Rise Up in Toronto 2012September 28, 2011 1 Comment
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. 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $23.50; $28.50 on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place.
Haunted Walking Tours of 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 are $20 per person and take place on Sept. 14, 21 and 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register by calling 416-263-3618.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland
Starting Oct. 5, 2012 and running to Oct. 28, 2012, 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 $29.99 on Friday nights and $32.99 on Saturday nights.
Fort York After Dark
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 from Tues., Oct. 23, 2012 to Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 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. 5, 2012 to Wed., Oct. 31, 2012. Midnight tours are held Fri., Oct. 26, Sat., Oct. 27 and Wed., Oct. 31. 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 email@example.com.
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. 21, 2012 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Participants will hear stories of murder and 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, Children (8-15) $10.50; not recommended for under 8. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street near Riverdale Farm.
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 Thurs., Oct. 25 and Sun., Oct. 28, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 26 from 7:30 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 and take place Sat., Oct. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Refreshments are included. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 416-392-6916.
This haunted Halloween walk, which runs from Oct. 12 to Nov. 3, 2012, begins at 20 Gristmill Lane in the Distillery District and stops at the old hanging grounds near St. Lawrence Market. The 90-minute tour ends at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Special tours on Oct. 20, Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 30, 2012 stop at Mackenzie House. Adults $18.75, Students $16.75 and Children $10.75.
Investigate the ghosts at Casa Loma during ghost tracking sessions throughout October and early November. Begin in the library with an introduction to Casa Loma’s haunted history, check out paranormal equipment and electronic voice phenomena of previous tours, then take a guided tour of the castle to look for poltergeist activity. Bring a digital or disposable camera and small compass for children. Tours are Oct. 15, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Oct. 29, Nov. 1 and Nov. 11, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adults $26.95, Children 14 and under $15.95; some content not suitable for young children. Tickets can be purchased online.