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.)
Boo at the Zoo at the Toronto Zoo takes place on the weekends of Sat., Oct. 18, Sun., Oct. 19, Sat., Oct. 25 and Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tundra Trek. See My Little Pony at the Courtyard Stage for meet and greets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Critters and Costumers Parade takes place at 11:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. Adults $28, Seniors (65+) $23, Children 3-12 $18 and 2 and under Free. Prices include HST. Up to two kids in costume will gain free admission when accompanied by an adult who purchases a full price adult admission ticket.
Register a team to participate in the first annual Toronto West Halloween Fest, a Halloween street parade and party at Bloor West Village (between Runnymede Avenue and Jane Street) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Natasha from CityTV, the family-friendly party will feature live entertainment including a performance by Jully Black, children’s activities and surprises for kids. Be one of the first 1,000 to register online to start fundraising and receive a trick-or-treat bag. Proceeds are in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts Howling Hootenanny on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kids can watch the Creepy Creature Show, get a Happy Face Airbrush Tattoo, wander the Haunted Maze, take part in the Apple Sling Shot and pumpkin decorating or enjoy trick-or-treat in the village. Adults $15, Children $11, Seniors $14, Students (with ID) $14.
Attend the free, family-friendly Halloween Star Party at the Ontario Science Centre on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy activities at the outdoor party including helping to make atmospheric special effects; creating your own scary movie scene; choosing your favourite Science Slam speaker; participating in a costume parade; and stargazing with the help of Royal Astronomical Society of Canada volunteers and telescopes. The event is free, but parking is $10.