Halloween Children’s Events All October Long in TorontoOctober 5, 2011 1 Comment
By Lori Bosworth
No matter how old or young, almost everyone expects a good fright around Halloween. But some Halloween events are a little too scary for children. The following kid-friendly Toronto Halloween events might make them jump a little, but it shouldn’t have them running for the nearest exit. (For teens or adults, check out Halloween Events in Toronto 2011.)
Harbourfront Centre is offering the following Monster-themed events to get kids ready for Halloween:
- Monster Makers runs from Oct. 13-16, 2011 and features interactive shows by performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex that involve children in helping a monster learn how to become a monster and face success and failure. Shows are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and take place at the Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Children $10, Adults $15.
- HarbourKIDS Monster takes place Oct. 8-10, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes events such as LEGO from the Black Lagoon where kids build a LEGO monster, the Monster Movie that allows kids to star in their own horror flick, Chomp Monsters, a craft activity in which kids create their own monster and the Monster Run where children take a monster around Harbourfront Centre and teach it how to behave. All events are free. Events take place at various rooms at York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.
Boo at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo at the Toronto Zoo takes place on the weekends of Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tundra Trek. Visitors can wander along the Pumpkin Trail and stop at trick-or-treat stations, as well as see Arctic wolves, foxes and polar bears. The Critters and Costumers Parade takes place at noon and 2 p.m. Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $20, Children 4-12 $15 and 3 and under Free. Up to two kids in costume will gain free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Casa Loma’s Boo Tastic Event
Kids are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes for Casa Loma’s Boo Tastic weekend event where they will make 12 mini black-and-orange-icing cupcakes and take part in a guided trick-or-treat tour on the second floor of the castle. Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. or Sun., Oct. 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adults $20.55 plus tax (admission only); Children (4-9) $20 plus tax (children must be accompanied by adult).
Register a team to participate in the first annual Toronto West Halloween Fest, a Halloween street parade that begins at St. Joseph’s Health Centre on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 3 p.m. and makes its way along Parkside Drive, High Park Blvd. and Sunnyside Ave. Participants who raise $250 or more in donations will receive a complimentary invitation to the Halloween party at the Palais Royale, hosted by Dina Pugliese of Citytv’s Breakfast Television. The post-parade, family-friendly party will feature live entertainment, an old-fashioned dance suitable for all ages, children’s activities and surprises for kids. Parade registration is Adults $20, Children (3 to 12) $5 and under 3 are free. Proceeds are in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts All Hallow’s Eve on Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can tour the village and historic homes and hear stories of Black Creek Pioneer Village’s haunted present or find there way out of the haunted maze.Vladimir, Illusionist and Master of Levitation, perform on the main stage at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Learn more about Victorian practices including postmortem photography, Victorian spiritualism and cures, and memento mori, the practice of creating such things as jewelry from human hair. Advance tickets are $20; $25 at the door.
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre has two scheduled Halloween events for October 2011:
- The free Halloween Star Party invites guests to dress up in their Halloween costumes and participate in a costume parade, watch frightening science demonstrations and view constellations from telescopes at their outdoor plaza near the main entrance.
- The Halloween Sleepover geared to families happens Sat., Oct. 29, 2011 and features Dr. Frank & Mr. Stein’s Odd-itorium Show, the Putrid Pumpkin Science Patch and science activities that center around Halloween. Families can gather around the virtual fireplace and listen to ghost tales. Cost is $59 per person and includes evening snack, hot breakfast, evening entrance to Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop – The Exhibition, IMAX film and parking. Pre-registration required.
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