By: Georgiana Woods

Halloween in Toronto

Tags: Things to do, Halloween, Toronto, Georgiana Woods


The countdown to Halloween is on, and there's no shortage of awesome events for Toronto and GTA kids! Get into the spirit with some LEGO building fun at Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto and Halloween Train rides at York-Durham Heritage Railway. The fun continues with a Monster Bash at the AGO, a Haunted GLAM Mansion Halloween Party at Glama Gal and much more!

Here are some events around the city

 Also, check your local community centres as many offer Halloween events for neighbourhood children

Halloween Family Monster Bash at the AGO
October 29, 2017
Calling all monsters to join in a Guillermo del Toro-inspired Halloween party for kids of all ages! Wear your Halloween costume to the AGO and take part in a gallery-wide celebration of del Toro’s favourite holiday. Join the dance party hosted by Space Chums and Miss Fluffy Soufle! Dig your claws into slime art making activities, take a tour of the AGO led by monsters, and go see My Friend is a Monster, a screening program of monstrous short films for very young audiences.

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto
October 7, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Treat the kids to spooky, kooky, bricktastic fun all Halloween season! Jump inside the world's spookiest box of LEGO® bricks at the only Halloween Party that’s built for kids! Our LEGO® FUNgineers are busy making the attraction boo-tiful and are planning awesome activities around every creepy corner. Weekends in October and October 31. 

Halloween Train at York-Durham Heritage Railway
October 21, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Each year, the Greater Toronto Area’s only tourist railway runs its very popular family Halloween Trains. On board the decorated trains are ghosts, ghouls, and other entertainment for young and old alike. Trains operate from the Uxbridge and Stouffville stations and have lots of Halloween activities. Children 12 and under in costume ride for $1. Children will receive a goodie bag upon departing the train. 

?The Haunted GLAM Mansion Halloween Party at Glama Gal
October 27, 2017
It’s the most SPOOKtacular bash of the year. We will transform our spa’s into haunted mansions. Join us if you dare. BEWARE the evening includes creepy cupcakes & bat juice , create your own secret lotion potion, hands on slime creation station, spooky nail art, creepy crawler surprise bath bomb, and monster bash dance party with best costume contest. Event is suitable for ages 5 and up.

Camp Spooky at Canada's Wonderland
September 30, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Halloween FUN for the entire family! Join us at Canada’s Wonderland for the ultimate fall festival held every Saturday and Sunday September 30 to October 29 – Camp Spooky! Families and kids can participate in a collection of scare-free Halloween activities for kids including BOO-rific mazes, trick-or-treating, foam pits, and so much more. Plus, all of your favourite rides will be open during the day, including KidZville and Planet Snoopy kids’ areas. 

Halloween Workshops at Clay With Me
October 3, 2017 to October 24, 2017
Do you have a dream Halloween costume you want to learn how to make? First three Tuesdays in the month of October at Clay with Me studio, Adrienne Ball will be providing workshops in Halloween costume making. Armour, headpieces, masks, face paint. Email to book your spot and brainstorm your idea, so we can have materials on hand.

October 6, 2017 to October 31, 2017
SCREEMERS is Toronto’s original and best haunted attraction, this year, celebrating 25 years of being Toronto’s best and only Haunted Scream Park. Will you dare #LiveTheFear! New for 2017: Zombie Prison.

October Weekends at Scarborough Museum
October 7, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Don't be a Halloweenie! Conjure up your pioneer spirit at Scarborough Museum! Lots of Halloween themed activities to ensure you have a screaming good time. This event is presented as part of the City of Toronto Historic Sites' Halloween Programming. Admission is Pay What You Can! 

Pumpkinville! Free Event!
October 14, 2017
Free admission! This fall event has been a community favourite for years. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin patch, inflatable rides, haunted house, face painting, children’s activities, live entertainment, interactive experiences and more.

Spirit Walks at Bowmanville Museum
October 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Join Clarington Museums for our bone-chilling, lantern-lit tours through the streets of Bowmanville. Over the course of the evening, you will hear ghostly accounts while being introduced to the town’s early history. Tours start from the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre at 62 Temperance Street at 7:00 and will finish there around 8:30 with refreshments. Advanced purchase of Spirit Walk tickets is required. Reserve your space today or be gravely disappointed!

The Great Pumpkin Trail at Royal Botanical Gardens
October 19, 2017 to October 20, 2017
It’s a magical evening on the Pumpkin Trail! Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along our garden and South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Event is sold out!

Haunted High Park
October 19, 2016 to October 29, 2017
Explore the grounds of High Park after dark and discover the chilling legends and ghostly tales that have been spooking visitors for decades. Discover Victorian funeral and mourning traditions inside the candlelit  rooms of historic Colborne Lodge and see what goes creak in the night. Event is sold out!

BOO! at the Barns
October 21, 2017
Your favourite neighbourhood Halloween party! A family-friendly evening with food, drinks, and activities for people of all ages. Strut your stuff in your costume and enjoy the spooky dance party, haunted house, arts and crafts, and more! Free

Halloween Howl at Fifty Point Conservation Area
October 21, 2017
Join us at Fifty Point Conservation Area for an afternoon of Halloween family fun!

Halloween Mask Making at Todmorden Mills
October 21, 2017
Use your imagination to create your own spooky Halloween mask in this family workshop. Treats provided!

Boo at the Zoo
October 21, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Calling all costumed kiddies and celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get FREE* admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. Don’t forget your camera as we will also have our much-loved Halloween Photo Opportunities in place for the fun.?

Bump in the Night at the Toronto Zoo
October 21 and 22, 2017
Join us as the sun goes down on the Zoo for an exciting evening of discovery! Through a short presentation learn more about the unique characteristics of nocturnal creatures and how they manage to live in the dark. Then join us for a moonlight hike to see what we find and get a chance to “communicate” with our wolves. This night will leave you howling with excitement!

Halloween Spooktacular at Halton County Radial Railway
October 21, 2017 to October 28, 2017
All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged. Reservations not required.

Hallowe'en Howl at Solar Stage
October 21, 2017 to October 29, 2017
With Soli & Rob. Ages 3 to 8. Audiences can't get enough of Hallowe'en Howl! After a sold out run last year and the year before, Halloween Howl is back once more! Children's performers, Soli & Rob, lead the audience in an interactive Hallowe'en concert.

Howling Hootenanny at Black Creek
October 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2017
Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek this Halloween! Decorate your own pumpkin; Mainstage performers; Creepy Creature Show; Haunted Maze. Plus! Trick-or-Treat around the Village!; Try your hand at the Apple Sling Shot; Listen in on spooky pioneer superstitions and more!

Halloween Lanterns Making at Todmorden Mills
October 22, 2017
Create a spooky paper lantern to light up Halloween in this family workshop. Treats provided!

Pumpkin Sunday at Westfield Heritage Village
October 22, 2017
A fun event for the whole family, especially the little ones!  Featuring pumpkin-themed games, demonstrations, crafts and activities. Bring your camera!

Legacy of Horror
October 22, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Legacy of Horror, supporting SickKids Foundation is back again this year! Markham’s Best Residential Haunted House - Featuring ‘CarnEVIL’, ‘The Playroom’, ‘Zombie Apocalypse’, ‘Mad Science’, ‘Lockdown’, and more. We will be open and operational from October 22nd to the 31st. Join the thousands who have already been our guests. Stop by for a scare, or a laugh and make a donation for a worthwhile cause!

Fort York After Dark Lantern Tours
October 25, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, the lantern tour should not be missed. You will also visit two military cemeteries near the Fort.

Kreepy Kortright
October 26, 2017 to October 28, 2017
A haunted house, Halloween activities, campfire, frightening forest walk and live owls! For kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

Haunted Halloween at Westfield Heritage Village
October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Something curious is happening in the village!  Find out what as you explore by lantern, pumpkins and moonlight.

Spirit Walk at Mackenzie House
October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings. Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House, and soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house! 

Scaryfest at Markham Museum
October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Join us as we transform our 25-acre site into a ghoulishly grand Halloween town –  perfect for children 10 and under! With your treat bag in tow, trick-or-treat around the Museum grounds where you will encounter lively and not-so-lively characters! Have your fortune told by our Fortune Teller, try out some Super Hero Science, and dance the night away at our Monster Mash Bash!

Bata Shoe Museum Halloween Extravaganza
October 28, 2017
Say boo at the BSM this Halloween and join us for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Decorate a Halloween inspired cookie, make a special craft and play I Spy in the galleries. Kids who wear their costumes get in FREE!

Camp Celebration Scare at Celebration Square?
October 28, 2017 
Trick-or-treaters beware, you'll have a monstrous amount of fun at Camp Celebration Scare presented by Hershey! Join us as we transform your favourite Square in the city into a forest filled with adventure. Free.

Halloween on Queen
October 28, 2017
Join us for our annual Halloween on Queen event! Stop by Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrrest Gardens for a Creepy Carnival! With carnival games, magician, stilt walker, crafts, live music, a costume contest, DJ, inflatable fun, Yo Yo Dave Juggler & Magician, and MORE! Free.

Halloween Kids Event at Fairyland Theatre
October 28, 2017
Beware! It's finally October, the month we at Fairyland Theatre are always eagerly waiting for. Yes, you guessed right: We are ready for Halloween Kids Event 2017, and we can't wait for you to drop by and see just how scary and fun our Halloween parties can be.

Pumpkinfest in the Junction
October 28, 2017
Pumpkin carving at The Train Platform, trick or treat at local businesses, enjoy many family friendly activities throughout the neighbourhood! Free admission.

Retro Halloween Family Drop-in at Todmorden Mills
October 28, 2017
Join us as we celebrate Halloween traditions of the past. Tour our historic homes, sample old-time treats and make a creepy craft. Costumes encouraged!

Toronto West Halloween Fest
October 28, 2017
St. Joseph's Health Centre's Toronto West Halloween Fest takes place October 28. Don’t miss joining your neighbours for our spirited Costume Parade a 1km walk through the neighbourhood with some special guests. Free.

Boo in the Zoo at Reptilia
October 29, 2017
Come and celebrate a Fun Filled Evening with: Trick or Treating, DJ Dance Party, Magic Shows, Animal Meet and Greet and more!

Family Funday: Digging Halloween at the ROM
October 29, 2017
A-haunting you will go as archaeology and Halloween come together at the ROM! Dress up, hunt for history, and find out what "digging the past" is all about from ROM archaeologists.

Halloween Family Fright at Vanderburgh House
October 29, 2017
Thrills and chills are calling your name! Bring the kids to the historic Vanderburgh House in Richmond Hill on Sunday afternoon, October 29. Don't forget your Halloween costume as you check out the spiderweb obstacle course, costume contests, a graveyard walk, a witches lair photo opportunity, a haunted tour of the building and lots more! This is a family-friendly event hosted by the Richmond Hill Board of Trade. Free.

Halloween Howl at Toronto Botanical Gardens
October 29, 2017
Try out your Halloween costume at this family-friendly event filled with spooky games, crafts and snacks. Adult accompaniment and registration required.

Monster Dash Toronto
October 29, 2017
Come celebrate Halloween with us! Miles the Monster invites you to join Good Times Running for Monster Dash - a Halloween-theme based walk/run event on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre! 100% of the pledges made will support the Science Centre’s Community Access Program. Register today for the Monster Dash Spooky Mile, 5 km or 10 km run.

Spirits of the Automobile at Canadian Automotive Museum
October 29, 2017
The world of automobiles has its share of spooky stories and colourful characters. This year the CAM's volunteers and members of the Oshawa Little Theatre will bring to life some of our favourite stories from the collection using first person interpretation. You'll get a chance to chat with John DeLorean, Robert McLaughlin, Lady Eaton, and more!

Ghost Tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
October 30, 2017
What do a lonely trombone player and a lady who prefers lavender perfume have in common? They are just two of the alleged ghosts who are said to inhabit the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres. Join us this October for ghost tours that will feature tales of spooky spirits and playful phantoms. From rows of seats that fold down on their own to elevators that stop on non-existent floors, you will hear about all the strange goings-on that occur both onstage and off!

Tricks & Treats Halloween Event at Bridlewood Mall
October 31, 2017
Spooktacular Magic Show and Trick-or-Treating! Kids in costume can enjoy trick-or-treating at participating retailers followed by a spooky magic show you wont want to miss! Come if you dare... Free!

Mimico Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2017
Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park on Tuesday November 1st beginning at 6pm. Please bring your own lighter and candles. Volunteers will load the pumpkins into bins for composting the following morning.

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