If you’re a fan of everything Halloween-related, then make sure to check out the Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland! Halloween Haunt runs every Friday to Sunday for the month of October, as well as Wednesday, October 31, 2018 itself. Torontonicity was invited to experience this year’s Halloween Haunt on opening night; if you’ve never been to Halloween Haunt before and aren’t quite sure if it’s worth checking out with friends or family, read on for my recommendations.
The park opens at 7 p.m. and closes at midnight, but trust me that getting there early is the better option! Despite ample parking, you do not want to get stuck with a spot too far from the main gates, especially during these cooler October nights. Tickets for Halloween Haunt gain you access to the entire park so make sure to dress warmly. WindSeeker can be a bit chilly, but if you bundle up, the view of all the beautiful lights is totally worth it!
They’ve let some zombies loose throughout the grounds, so watch out, and keep your group close for protection!
Main areas of Canada’s Wonderland have been transformed into a haunted mansion; you’ll even gain access to some areas that are normally restricted. Code Red is such a case. This military compound turned testing ground for gruesome experiments is actually the best introduction to the rest of the park.This experience can be quite overwhelming due to all the noise, screams, and nervous laughter. Also, don’t be too surprised if other visitors bump into you trying to escape the clutches of… well best if you go see for yourself.
Kidzville is closed during Halloween Haunt, but there is a Silent Disco that’s perfect for younger guests. Canada’s Wonderland staff give visitors a set of Bluetooth headphones that wirelessly connect to the music that the DJ is playing at the front of the dance area. The DJ and zombie dancers are also wearing headphones, and their microphones connect only to the closed music system. This set up leaves a lot of people out on the outside confused, but is totally worth checking out!
Some of the decorations are super cute, like the giant globe near the main entrance that gets transformed into a pumpkin! Some can be a bit more disturbing, and terrify the heck out of anyone walking by. Keep an eye out for the electric chair victims, and consider yourself warned!
If you’re like me, scare easily but enjoy horror movies and all things Halloween, then please make your way to Corn Stalkers. It’s set up in the same area as White Water Canyon, and is an outdoor haunted maze made from actual dried corn stalks. Get there early, because the lineup builds quickly, and will have you waiting quite a while to get in. This one freaked me out, because we couldn’t differentiate between the scarecrows and the real humans dressed as possessed scarecrows! I have to say that after quite a few screams and real jump scares, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would highly recommend it.
If you need a little snack, and you’re craving some signature Wonderland treats, make sure to check out their seasonal Pumpkin Spice funnel cake! It’s not available outside of the Haunt season, so make sure to grab one while you’re there – especially if you like all things pumpkin spice. You could also go for my personal favourite fall treat: Nutella BeaverTails! When they’re made fresh, they’re warm and just as addictive as those messy Tiny Tom donuts I love so much.
Let’s say Halloween just isn’t your thing, but you do love rides and are looking for a fun date night this early Fall? You should seriously check out Canada’s Wonderland before it closes for the 2018 season. The crisp cooler air seems to make the ride lights shine even brighter, and make all the fried treats taste even yummier. If you’re a Halloween Haunt veteran and have some tips for new fans, like me, comment down below and let me know what I should be checking for my next visit!