Halloween 2014 in Toronto

Vampires, Witches and Zombies, oh my! Ghoulish fun for the young and the young-at-heart, check out these picks to enjoy Halloween in Toronto.


Family-friendly

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 & Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 (11:00 am to 3:00 pm)

It’s time to get out your Halloween costumes and head out to the Toronto Zoo! Up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in free when accompanied by an adult. All kids are eligible to take part in the “Critters and Costumes Parade” at 11:40 am and 2:40 pm daily, departing from the Waterside Theatre. Also on hand for the Boo fun is My Little Pony who will be at the Zoo’s Courtyard Stage. Kids can also drop by the Play-Doh Play Centre next to the Courtyard Stage to create their very own Zoo animal or Halloween creation. Check out Zoo animals receiving festive pumpkins throughout the day.

Location: Toronto Zoo.

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Haunted High Park

Saturday October 25, 2014 (pre-registration required)

Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park.  Period refreshments included.

Location: Colborne Lodge, High Park.

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Symphonic Spooks – Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Saturday October 25, 2014

Delight in hair-raising, spine-chilling classical music, as creatures of all kinds come to haunt the concert hall. Perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages, well-known spooky works, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera Overture, selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Symphonie fantastique will be heard echoing throughout the hall. Come dressed in costume to help the Orchestra get into the Halloween spirit!

Location: Roy Thomson Hall.

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Howling Hootenanny

October 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2014

Have a howling good time with the whole family, from 11am to 4:30pm on select dates in October. Enjoy The Haunted Maze and Scarecrow Mini Maze (for the little ones), Apple Sling Shot, FREE pumpkin decorating, Creepy Creature Show, Trick-or-Treat in the Village and much more!

Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village.

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Halloween Howl

October 30, 2014

An exciting evening of wolves at the Zoo! A short presentation, followed by a moonlight hike to their home in Tundra Trek

Location: Toronto Zoo.

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Adult fun

Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade

Saturday October 25, 2014

The zombie walk started one gloomy Sunday, a week before hallows eve in 2003. A handful of the living dead rose from their graves to wander the streets of Toronto in search of brains. 2014 marks the 12th annual event which has grown into a full one-day festival including Halloween vendors, live entertainment and, new this year, The Nerf Zombie Strike Midway. Festivities begin at 12pm, with the Walk at 3pm.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square.

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Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland

Opens Friday October 3, 2014

Halloween Haunt takes over Canada’s Wonderland for 12 terrifying nights. From 7:00pm till midnight on select nights in October, experience an amazing assortment of thrill rides along with horrifying mazes and creepy scare zones throughout the Park. Not recommended for children under 13. No costumes.

Location: Canada’s Wonderland.

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Haunted Toronto Scavenger Hunt

October 4, 11, 18, 24, 25, 29, 30 & 31, 2014

Seek the answers to tricky trivia questions while discovering some very dark corners of Toronto’s history, filled with stories of intrigue, betrayal and revenge. Search for gothic architecture, gargoyles in the ivy, a mass graveyard, and some very creepy public art. Bring a flashlight! Advance ticket purchase required.

Location: Around Queens Park, University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory / Royal Ontario Museum.

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Murder at the ROM

October 4, 11, 13 (Thanksgiving), 18 & 25, 2014

A curator has been murdered and you must scour the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum, deciphering clues and solve… whodunit, where and with what! Price includes entry to the ROM; advance ticket purchase FROM URBAN CAPERS required.

Location: This is an Urban Capers presentation that takes place inside the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Halloween Party Monster Mash

October 31, 2014

Celebrate this Halloween in a 1878 haunted historic Toronto venue. DJ and dance floor. Prizes for best costumes. Raffle door prizes.

Location: Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

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Baroque + Beer: Hallowe’en Madness Edition

October 30, 2014. Doors Open at 8pm, music at 9pm.

Prepare yourself for a night of beer, music, and spooky good times in honour of Hallowe’en. Get your costumes ready and start gathering your friends for this night out with Tafelmusik.

Location: Tranzac Club.

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Ghost tours

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! Tour

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from mid-September until the beginning of November. Reservations Required.

“I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost” is a unique ghost tour with a skeptical twist. In addition to the spooky stories, tour guides discuss the paranormal with the same seriousness of a ghost investigator. This tour is a collection of first-person accounts of ghostly encounters and a revelation of scientific theories and natural phenomena that could explain much of what people think is paranormal. Guides deliver both the spooky and the science and leave the conclusion up to you.

Location: Departs in front Toronto’s Old City Hall at 60 Queen St West.

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The Haunted Walk of Toronto

October 10 – November 1, 2014. Reservations recommended.

From the old military town of York to the metropolitan city of today, discover Toronto’s ghost stories and darker history.  Hear of the city’s  haunted theaters, public hangings and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House.  You will never look at the city the same again.

Location: Departs from Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Segway Distillery Ghost Tour

Tuesdays – Sunday (5pm, 6pm & 7pm)

Tour of the ‘other side’ of the Historic Distillery District. Learn to ride a Segway, then explore areas of the site where ghosts and other strange events occurred. At the conclusion of the tour, everyone receives an appropriately themed edible treat! Tour is entirely outdoors and at times in dark.

Location: Distillery District.

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Ghost Tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

October 30, 2014 at 7pm

Learn about the history and restoration of the complex and hear tales of the alleged ghosts and spirits that are said to inhabit the building. Not necessarily a spooky tour, but some of the stories may send a chill up your spine.

Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.

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