Halloween is just around the corner, and that means party planning and costume buying for Halloween weekend is in full swing.
Since you’re probably busy buying the perfect red sweater for your Ken Bone costume, you might need a little help navigating your way through the variety of spooky events happening around the city. Never fear, we’re here to filter through everything and bring you the best options to get your scare on.
Here’s what you might want to get up to while celebrating the creepiest holiday of the year:
Casa Loma has finally taken advantage of the fact that castles are, by their very nature, inherently old and creepy, and created a haunted experience everyone in Toronto is raving about. Until Halloween is over, you can go to the castle and be thrust into the world of your favorite scary movies, from The Shining to Nosferatu and everything in between. The first half of the walk is especially creepy, as you travel through the outside grounds alone (with your group of friends) with no clue when these characters might appear.
Every fall, Canada’s Wonderland morphs from the happy place you go to ride rollercoasters with your family, into the terrifying grounds you visit to get creeped out by while also enjoying the rides before they close up for the winter. With so many options available, this one might be the most comprehensive for the money, since it includes mazes, rides, scare zones and creepy live music.
If you prefer to get your scare on indoors, Screemers is back at the Queen Elizabeth Building every weekend until Halloween is over. Admission includes 7 indoor themed haunted attractions, and all the outdoor carnival rides you can handle. This might not be for you if you scare easily, but it has become a Toronto Halloween tradition for a reason.
On Saturday, October 29th at 4pm, Clay and Paper Theatre’s 17th annual Night of Dread will return to Toronto at Dufferin Grove Park. Wear your creepiest black and white, and prepare to call on, mock and banish your deepest darkest fears as you walk in a Halloween parade with strangers. Theatrics, live music, and a closing dance party are all part of the fun.
With Halloween falling on a Monday night, you might get all your partying done over the weekend, but for those looking to celebrate on the actual day, Toronto’s cover band to end all cover bands has you covered. Their annual Halloween show at the Horseshoe Tavern on October 31st will see them performing all your favorite creepy tunes, from the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
The Gladstone is pulling off an epic themed Halloween party on October 29th, to the tune of Tim Burton’s movies. There is no greater filmmaker to represent Halloween, and we suspect the legendary hotel will be transformed into some of his spookiest sets. The event promises selfie booths, DJs, live music, dancers, and of course, a costume contest for the best Burton character costume.