It’s that time of the year again for pumpkin pies, fall coats, and of course Halloween.
Throughout October haunted houses, ghost tours, and creepy mazes will be open in Toronto and nearby cities for fright-seekers looking to test their bravery. Here are some creepy sites within the GTA:
- Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror begins in the lower gardens of the castle. Guests travel through tunnels and corridors not regularly open to the public, meeting creatures along the way. It’s open all-month until 11 p.m.
- Canada’s Wonderland has transformed into a “scream park” with 20 haunted houses, more than 700 monsters, and mazes until Oct. 31. Guests can also go on roller coasters and watch live shows at the park
- Expect to hear stories of hidden burial grounds and unsolved mysteries on the Haunted Walk of Toronto ghost tours which run between 75 to 90 minutes long. Tour locations include, the Black Creek Pioneer Village, the University of Toronto, Mackenzie House, and the Distillery District
- Toronto Island has some haunting history of its own. Between Oct. 5 and Oct. 31 boat rides will travel into the “Spooky Lagoons” where the “unofficial mayor of Toronto Island” Jimmy Jones, will be sharing tales of the land and the mysterious stories around the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
- Follow clues to uncover a murder mystery at the Royal Ontario Museum with Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts every Sunday in October
- Haunted High Park at Colborne Lodge is a ghost tour after-dark where participants can explore and hear stories about alleged ghost sightings and the land’s connection to the War of 1812. There are family-friendly and adult tours between Oct. 19 and Oct. 29
- Grimm Grounds in Brampton is a large maze that uses props, theatrical lighting and actors. There is a family-friendly walk-through as well as a night time scare maze which are open between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31.
- Toronto’s Horror Hallway’s in Etobicoke is a “never-ending maze of horror” in complete darkness. This is not recommended for children and will run from Oct. 6 till Halloween night
- NOWAYOUT Escape Rooms in Mississauga have a new theme where guests are in an abduction simulator and have 45 minutes to get out. They also have the “Red Market” about organ trafficking and “13 Sedah Ave.,” a room that appears to be haunted, but turns out to be a “sick game”
- For movie-goers, the 12th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival at the Scotiabank theatre will run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 20 this year. During those nine days the event will show horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies
- For those who don’t mind travelling further out for horror-themed attractions, the Fear Farm in the Kitchener-Waterloo area near Highway 401 offers six haunted houses and pumpkin picking at night from Friday to Sunday in October.
- Niagara-on-the-Lake offers ghost walks every day this month, and nearby on Clifton Hill there are haunted houses along the strip, about a 2-hour drive from Toronto.