If you’re wanting to get into the spooky spirit of things this week, you’re in luck, Torontonians. You’re kind of spoiled for choice here. Below is a list of some events we’ve collected.
What: Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Where: Multiple venues.
When: October 20th to 27th
The 6th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival features 8 nights of horror, action, sci-fi, and cult movies! Check out the schedule here. Regular screenings cost $13, with Gala screenings at $15.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Bldg, Exhibition Place, Toronto – 200 Princes’ Blvd, M6K 3C3
When: October 14th to 31st, opens 7pm each night
Indoor scream park with haunted attractions, the Midway of Madness, a vampire lounge and more. (Maddy went to this last year. She would describe it as fun, silly, and scary.) Admission: $23.50
What: Halloween Haunt
Where: Canada's Wonderland, 9740 Jane Street, Maple, ON L6A 1S6
When: Fridays & Weekends + Monday October 31st, 7pm – midnight
Mazes, live shows, monsters, chilling rides and more. Admission: $30-$36
What: Powerhouse of Terror
Where: Power House Recreation Centre, 65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park
When: October 13th to October 31st, 6pm
Walk through mazes filled with monsters and zombies. This event raises money for the PACT Urban Peace Program which is dedicated to helping at-risk youth.
What: Haunted High Park
Where: Colborne Lodge, High Park, Toronto
When: Fridays, October 21 and October 28, October 30: 8 to 9:30 pm. Thursday October 27, 7 to 8:30 pm.
Hear ghostly tales and legends about the park, for ages eight and up. Admission: $12.50, child $7.50.
What: All Hallows Eve at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, near Steeles and Jane
When: Saturday October 29th, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
“What spirits lurk in the deep dark corners of a 19th century country village?” You can find out at Black Creek and enjoy a variety of events and activities, including Ghost Encounters in historic buildings, the Haunted Maze, and Fortune Telling. With topics like Victorian mourning, Postmortem Photography, curing ailments, “Spiritualism”, Memento Mori, and the trouble with 19th century cemetaries, you can learn all about how people dealt with death and All Hallows Eve in the 19th century. Buy your tickets ahead of time and it costs $15 for Black Creek members ($20 at the door), and $20 for non-members ($25 at the door).
What: Night of Dread Parade: Clay and Paper Theatre
Where: Dufferin Grove Park, near Dufferin south of Blook (Google map)
When: Saturday October 29th, Parade assembling at 4pm, Parade departing at 6pm
Community parade and celebration to banish our darkest fears, with stilt walkers, musicians, dancers and more. $10 or pay what you can.
What: The Skeletons In Montgomery’s Pantry
Where: 4709 Dundas St W
When: Saturday October 29th, 7:30 pm
The Skeletons In Montgomery’s Pantry And Other Chilling Tales (for adults). Ghastly storytelling with Nan Brien. $20.
What: Masquerade Dance
Where: 4709 Dundas St W
When: Sunday October 30th, 2pm and 3:30 pm
The Fort York Regency Dancers hold a spooky 19th-century masked ball in the historic assembly room at the Inn. Learn a few steps too, if you dare! Lessons included in admission.
What: Grindhouse Ghoulies: A Tribute to Cinematic Sleaze
Where: Revival, 783 College, Toronto
When: October 27th, 9pm
Halloween burlesque with Skint Tight Outta Sight. Admission is $25.
What: Fort York After Dark
Where: Fort York, 250 Fort York, Toronto
When: October 28th, 29th, 7:30 pm
Tour the grounds and hear stories about the haunted lighthouse and the bloody Battle of York, for ages eight and up. Admission: $12.50
What: Toronto Zombie Walk
When: October 22, 3:00 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Why dress up like a zombie and shamble through the streets of Toronto? Why not? Register now.
What: Trick-or-Treat Comics!
Where: Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
When: October 29th & 30th
On Saturday Oct 29th, make Spooky Comics with Terry Woolcott, 12pm-6pm, every hour on the hour. October 29th-31st, in-store trick-or-treating (bring your kids, costumes encouraged!).
What: Attack of the Teen Zombie: DIY Zombie Guide
Where: Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street
When: October 29, 2:30-4:30 pm
Decomp on a dime! A do-it-yourself guide to zombie makeup using household products to create blood, gore and rotting flesh. Afterwards, make yourself up using the techniques. Please register: 416-393-7746. For ages 10-17.
What: The Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto: Muddy York Walking Tours
Where: Meeting outside the ROM
When: This two-hour tour takes place every night at 7pm up to and including October 31st (Call ahead to arrange other times for tours, as this tour is available year-round)
Delve through Toronto’s history and its haunted spooky spots on this walking tour. Individual price is $20, $15 each for two or three people, $10 each for four or more people.
And if all else fails, carve yourself a Wolverine Pumpkin, care of Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils: