With fall comes a lot of excitement back to Toronto after slower summer months, where people are trying to mostly escape the city. Maple Leafs are starting their season, there are interesting food festivals happening, but most importantly Halloween is just around the corner. So if you want to know about the spookiest places in Toronto that you can visit this month, keep reading.
Toronto Maple Leafs Home Opener
When: October 3
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Toronto Maple Leafs are starting their season with an epic home opener against Montreal Canadians. Doesn’t matter if you manage to score tickets or if you plan to watch at home, Leafs’ first match of the season against their arch-rival is not to be missed.
Toronto Chocolate Festival
When: October 5 – November 11
Where: Around Toronto
What’s better in fall than a cup of hot chocolate? Toronto Chocolate Festival will be serving the best chocolate in the city, both liquid and confectionery. Come taste Chocolate High Tea at Omni King Edward Hotel, have a Chocolate Dinner or attend the Ultimate Chocolate Tour, Masquerade Chocolate Party or Wine/Beer + Chocolate tasting.
Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship
When: October 13
Where: Dundas Square
Always wondered how much poutine are you able to cram into your mouth? If the answer is yes, this event is for you. Not in the mood for overstuffing yourself? You can still come and watch the biggest poutine eating competition in the world. And of course, if you want to have a taste test, there will be plenty of poutine for everybody.
International Festival of Authors
When: October 18 – 28
Where: Harbourfront Centre
International Festival of Authors is an event for authors and readers alike to share their love for literature. During the 11 days of the festival, you can experience debates, readings, lectures and book signings of notable authors from around the world like Madeline Miller, Christopher Dewdney or Ross King.
And if you want some more fun, make sure to check out the Poetry Slam Game Show happening October 26.
Halloween in Toronto: The Ultimate Guide
Toronto After Dark
When: October 11-19
Where: Scotiabank Theatre
Love for Sci-Fi and Horror is real this Halloween season. Come experience some of the best horror and sci-fi movies and some cult classics at the scariest film festival Toronto has to offer. There will be some filmmakers to chat with, a Zombie-themed pub night and many more events that will chill you to the bone.
The Haunted Walk
Where: Around Toronto
Take a haunted tour around the city this Halloween with The Haunted Walk Tours. You can choose from various walks, that explain the most chilling history of our city. From the Original Haunted Walk, that will show you the most creepy parts of Toronto’s history, through Distillery Spirits Walk (pun probably very much intended), Seances at Black Creek and much more. If you want to experience the city from a different, scarier perspective this Halloween, this is the way to do it.
When: October Weekends
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland tradition is coming back this year with even spookier fun. With various mazes to cross, scary zones and some shows and rides thrown into the mix, your stay at Halloween Haunt this year will be spooky-riffic. And if you feel brave enough, you can try the “Blackout” attraction, that will allow you to experience ultimate darkness.
When: October 5-31
Where: Scream (Queen) Elizabeth Building
Probably Toronto’s oldest Halloween attraction is back with its scary stories and terrifying attractions. Come and experience their new Kill Show, visit Zombie prison or Skull Castle or simply chill in a Vampire Lounge. Screemers might be an oldie, having a tradition of over 26 years scaring people of Toronto, but it’s a good event to add into your Halloween-month celebration.
Haunted High Park
When: October Weekends from 18th
Where: High Park
Did you ever visit High Park at night? We are sure you heard the rumours before, about ghosts roaming the park. Now you can finally find out if they are true. But the question is, do you really want to? Now you have your chance to experience the full scary potential of this giant space. Except your regular ghost hunting, you can attend a true Victorian funeral and learn about Victorian mourning traditions or visit a Victorian Séance and contact the dead. Will you dare?
Rocky Horror Show
When: Through October
Where: Lower Ossington Theatre
Put your hands on your hips and do the time warp again! Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic that you can’ miss on Halloween. Lower Ossington Theatre will be playing this must-see show during the whole of October. Grab your fishnets and prepare your singing voice, because you can bet there will be viewer participation required as it became a sacred habit on Rocky Horror Shows. And of course, this one will leave you shivering with antici-
Monster Dash Race
When: October 28
Where: Sunnybrook Park
Join the spooky run at Ontario Science Centre this Halloween and get some exercise for a good cause, since all the proceeds go towards the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilition Hospital. Run or walk at Sunnybrook Park and back to the Science Centre in 5K or 10K chip timed race, or simply have some fun with your kids at the Spooky Mile and get in trick-or-treating practice since there will be candy stat. Costumes are not mandatory, but are a nice and fun touch to enjoy during the race. And if you are not too exhausted afterwards, enjoy a costume after-party back at the Science Centre with all your fellow runners.
Halloween on Church
When: October 31
Where: Church Street
The Village will be closed for cars this Halloween but open for any eager costumed individual ready to party. Toronto’s “gaybourhood” is transforming its positive and glee image to something much more sinister this Halloween eve. Shops, cafés and bars among the Church Street will be open all night living the true Halloween life. Come party with the rest of Halloween-positive people this year and fill the streets with wickedness and colour.