Spooky season is here. Now it’s time to plan some scary-good Halloween activities in Toronto!
In honour of Halloween (and for those who celebrate year-round!), here are 10 great ways to get spooked after dark in one of the best nightlife cities. Join in… if you dare!
Enjoy cinematic thrills and chills
Nightmare Alley at Revue Cinema
September 28 to November 23, 2023 – Pregame your Halloween celebrations at the Revue Cinema, where you can get spooked by some of the most iconic horror and sci-fi cult classics, including Halloween II: Season of the Witch. Fact: these frightening films will give scary movie fans the best kind of nightmares.
Spend the day in laidback Roncesvalles Village before walking over to the Revue.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
October 18–22, 2023 – Get your fright night on at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, a showcase of new horror, sci-fi and action movies from around the world. Snag your tickets to one (or several!) of the 40 films screened at the Entertainment District’s Scotiabank Theatre, with some screenings featuring live Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
Survive haunted houses, mazes and escape rooms
Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt
September 22 to October 29, 2023 – Tiptoe through bone-chilling scare zones, go on thrilling night rides and immerse yourself in sinister live shows at the annual Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland. You can experience three creepy new mazes this year, including “Dark Ride,” where you’ll get to explore an abandoned carnival attraction.
Legends of Horror at Casa Loma
September 29 to October 31, 2023 – Meander your way down a terrifying 2 km (1.24 mi) trail, passing through an immersive theatrical experience complete with scary character actors, leading to the famed castle’s lower gardens and darkest tunnels. The best thing about Legends of Horror at Casa Loma is it’s only as scary as you want: if you’ve got younger children (or sensitive folks) in your group, you can book an earlier experience, which takes place without actors.
Zombie Apocalypse at Casa Loma Escape Rooms
September 29–October 31, 2023 – Think you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Step into the eerie Biolux pharmaceutical facility, where a new wonder drug has turned people into the walking undead. You get 30 minutes to try to make your escape, with zombies lurking around in every corner.
September 30 to October 31, 2023 – Brave your way through west end Etobicoke’s spine-chilling Martino Manor, one of Toronto’s scariest haunted houses. You’ll get to explore inside the terrifying haunted house and make your way through the spooky outdoor maze. It’s a cash-only attraction, so be sure to have some on hand.
October 6–31, 2023 – Prepare for a night of screams and terrors at Screemers, one of the longest-standing Halloween attractions just north of Greater Toronto Area. Gather the gang to navigate your way through seven creepy haunted mazes, go on unlimited rides on the Midway of Madness and sip on witchy brews and bloody good drinks at their fully licensed Vampire Lounge.
Discover Toronto’s haunted history
Black Creek Pioneer Village’s Nightlife
Ever wondered what it’s like to explore Black Creek Pioneer Village after dark? This circa-1860 country village is home to 40 historic buildings, 10 gardens and an array of heritage farm animals. Visit after dark to experience a ghost tour, uncover the supernatural side of the village or try your hand at the live escape game—all in the dark of night.
Self-guided Toronto ghost tour
Lace up your walking shoes and discover Toronto from an eerie new perspective on this self-guided ghost tour. You’ll learn about the spirits lurking at iconic Toronto institutions like the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Old City Hall and Queen’s Park (which used to be the site of the University Hospital for the Insane in the 19th century). You can start at Union Station and make your way to the Royal Ontario Museum or walk the other way around.
Want more ghost tours? Try Ghost Walks at Exhibition Place.
Have a frighteningly fabulous time!
Halloween on Church Street
October 31, 2023 – Don your scariest costume for this wicked block party in Church-Wellesley Village. The main drag turns into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare on the night of the 31st as it hosts Canada’s largest Halloween party. Dress to impress, toast the scary season and show off your best “Thriller” dance moves in Toronto’s bustling 2SLGBTQI+ headquarters.
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