Halloween at Canada’s Wonderland is more than screams on rides and funnel cake. Halloween Haunt runs on select nights until October 31st. This massive theme park event features more than 700 monsters and 20 haunted attractions, including nine mazes, six scare zones, and three live shows. There are several new attractions this year, including a pitch-black maze through a passage under a mountain called Blackout and a Forest of Fear. Also new for 2017 is the Bloody Buccaneers, a haunted pirate ship with the demolished remains of a dead crew, and Devil’s Circus, an acrobatic show with demons and fire!
Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON, Canada, +1 416 905 832 700
Halloween on Church Street
Don a costume and visit The Village to see it turn into Toronto’s biggest and best Halloween block party on October 31st. Presented by The Church Wellesley Village, Halloween on Church Street 2017 kicks off at 6:30 pm and goes on way past midnight. While DJs blast their music, the shops, cafés, and bars stay open late for the masses of people lining the blocks from Wood Street to Gloucester Street.
Legends of Horror
For Halloween, Casa Loma transforms parts of its gardens, castle tunnels and dark spaces that aren’t usually open to the public into spectacular sets for their promenade theater, Legends of Horror. Audience members walk through a two-kilometer (1.2-mile) trail for an immersive experience that lasts well over an hour. As the audience passes through each theatrical set, they will face infamous characters from the horror genre brought to life by actors. The encounters include Dracula, a Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Phantom of the Opera and one of the greatest monsters of all time, celebrating the 200th anniversary of its creation.
Toronto Island Stories: Murder At The Lighthouse
Take a boat ride into the past and journey into the history of Toronto’s Islands. Spooky Lagoon hosts this unique Halloween event. Across the lake, Jimmy Jones, the “Unofficial Mayor of Toronto Island” who has been living there for 85 years, will tell you the true story of John Paul Radelmüller’s murder, a 107-year-old sunken ship, and other island tales. The ride is about an hour long and includes a stop at Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.
Night of Dread
On October 28th, Clay & Paper Theatre, a not-for-profit theater company, will present their annual Halloween event, Night of Dread. Pay what you can for this family-friendly community parade now in its 18th year. The dress code for the event is black and white. Participants gather in Dufferin Grove Park from 4–6 pm where Clay & Paper Theatre puppets and masks are made available to wear. After the hour-long procession, complete with towering puppets, fire spinners, and various performances, all participants return to the park for a theatrical spectacle showdown with the “Fear of the Year” for 2017.
Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Park Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 392 0913
Feel the fear at Toronto’s Haunted Scream Park. Screemers is celebrating their 25th anniversary at Exhibition Place this year. Attractions include Skull Castle, 3D House of Cards, The Darkness, The Haunted House, Field of Screems, Slasher Wax Museum, and a show from illusionist Ryan Brown. Their newest attraction for 2017 is Zombie Prison. However, due to a major power failure, the security systems at their Zombie incarceration facility have been compromised, and the inmates are out for blood!
Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON, Canada, +416 263 3600
Toronto’s Horror Hallways
This horror attraction will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand! For a truly terrifying night, head to Etobicoke and try to find your way out of this haunted maze. You’ll be treated to total darkness and demons lurking by ready to scare you out of your wits.
Shaun of The Dead
See this movie as you’ve never seen it before! The Secret Sessions create immersive events for audiences with elements of mystery and surprise by transforming spaces into worlds from movies. Their movie experience brings film to life with a captivating fusion of live theatre and cinema. For Halloween this year, from October 25th–28th, The Secret Sessions will bring Shaun of The Dead to life by turning The Monarch Tavern into Winchester Pub.
The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 531 5833
After Dark Film Festival
Horror movie buffs will love this critically acclaimed visual fright fest. From October 12th–20th, for nine nights, After Dark Film Festival screens a selection of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from around the globe. As well as film screenings, there are also Q&A sessions with visiting filmmaker guests, the popular Zombie Themed Night, and Pub After Dark, the festival’s nightly social event where fans can mingle with filmmakers and other guests.
Scotia Bank Theatre, 259 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 368 5600
Run alongside things that go bump in the night. This family-friendly event takes place on October 29th and features three fun activities, a 5k and 10k run or walk for any age, a Spooky Mile for the kids, and beer for adults. Costumes aren’t mandatory for Monster Dash. However, there are some prizes involved, so it might be worth dressing up!
Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 338 4386