Embarking on an eerie adventure in Toronto this Halloween season? As the chilling winds and spooky vibes descend upon the city, it's the perfect time to plan some hair-raising activities that'll make your spine tingle. Here are ten terrifying things to experience in Toronto during this haunting season.
1. Nightmares at Revue Cinema (September 28 to November 23, 2023)
Prepare for your Halloween celebrations at the Revue Cinema, where iconic horror and sci-fi cult classics are waiting to send shivers down your spine. Films like "Halloween II: Season of the Witch" will haunt your dreams, making it the ideal prelude to a night of fright. Before heading there, you can enjoy a relaxing day in Roncesvalles Village.
2. Toronto After Dark Film Festival (October 18–22, 2023)
If you're in for a night of spine-tingling thrillers, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is the place to be. This festival showcases new horror, sci-fi, and action movies from around the world. Choose from a selection of 40 films screened at the Scotiabank Theatre in the Entertainment District, with some screenings offering live Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
3. Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt (September 22 to October 29, 2023)
Dive into the eerie atmosphere of the Halloween Haunt at Canada's Wonderland. Navigate bone-chilling scare zones, enjoy thrilling night rides, and immerse yourself in sinister live shows. This year, you can explore three new creepy mazes, including the "Dark Ride," an abandoned carnival attraction.
4. Legends of Horror at Casa Loma (September 29 to October 31, 2023)
Embark on a terrifying 2 km trail through the immersive theatrical experience at Casa Loma. Pass through dark tunnels and interact with scary character actors in the lower gardens. The best part? It's as scary as you want it to be. You can book an earlier experience if you have younger or sensitive members in your group.
5. Zombie Apocalypse at Casa Loma Escape Rooms (September 29–October 31, 2023)
Test your survival skills in a zombie-infested Biolux pharmaceutical facility. Can you escape within 30 minutes while zombies lurk around every corner? Find out in this heart-pounding experience.
6. Martino Manor (September 30 to October 31, 2023)
Brave the horrors of Martino Manor, one of Toronto's spookiest haunted houses located in west-end Etobicoke. Explore the terrifying haunted house and navigate through a spooky outdoor maze. Don't forget to bring cash for this thrilling attraction.
7. Screemers (October 6–31, 2023)
Screemers, a long-standing Halloween attraction just north of the Greater Toronto Area, promises a night of screams and terrors. Gather your friends to conquer seven creepy haunted mazes, enjoy unlimited rides on the Midway of Madness, and sip on witchy brews and spine-tingling drinks at the fully licensed Vampire Lounge.
8. Black Creek Pioneer Village's Nightlife
Ever wondered what secrets the Black Creek Pioneer Village holds after dark? This 1860s country village features 40 historic buildings, 10 gardens, and a range of heritage farm animals. Explore the supernatural side of the village on a ghost tour or test your wits in a live escape game, all under the shroud of night.
9. Self-Guided Toronto Ghost Tour
Lace up your walking shoes and embark on a self-guided ghost tour to discover Toronto's chilling past. Learn about the spirits that lurk in iconic Toronto institutions like the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Old City Hall, and Queen's Park, the former site of the University Hospital for the Insane in the 19th century. You can begin your journey at Union Station and make your way to the Royal Ontario Museum or explore in the opposite direction.
Toronto is alive with spine-tingling events this Halloween season. Dare to explore these terrifying experiences and make this year's celebrations unforgettable. If you have the courage, Toronto has the scares.