Anyone who knows Toronto understands that there is plenty of Halloween left for everyone and for every taste beyond the trick-or-treating years.
Whether you’ve been laboring away at your Halloween ensemble for the last few months or plan to be in your PJs by 7pm on the ‘spookiest’ night of the year, there is something on this list you may want to try.
Attend a Live Séance
History lovers who don’t mind the idea of meddling with the supernatural might like taking a few steps back into Toronto’s Victorian past at George Brown House.
From September through to the end of November, this 18th century mansion will host what is popularly known as the Beverley Street Séance.
For the last three years, Mentalist Jaymes White has led small groups of no more than 18 guests through what some have described as equally exciting and terrifying ceremonies.
If history is your thing but making calls out to the spirit world is outside your range of interests, try the Gibson House for an insightful tour into the rituals and beliefs that shaped death and mourning in the Victorian era.
Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror invites guests to immerse themselves in a “promenade theater” inspired by time-honored horror stories.
This self-guided tour takes approximately one hour to complete and allows participants to explore lesser known pathways and spaces within the castle’s intricate structure.
The Funhouse’s bizarre and artistic mazes have taken a dark corner this Halloween season with some creepy and unexpected editions.
There is little to explain the “unwanted” presence left behind by a secret society that is rumored to have lived here once upon a time, unless of course patrons come to take a stroll and see for themselves.
Horror Film Screenings
What could be more Halloween than a horror movie marathon? There are several happening in cinemas throughout the city this time of the month.
Junkies of this genre might be up for the Grand Gerrard Theater’s Mind Melter—a 24-hour horror movie marathon. Film titles are kept secret from viewers, but the theater promises to play some prominent and memorable titles to provide a terrifying experience.
If you’re curious about the work of new filmmakers and screenwriters, check out the Horror Short Film Festival at Carlton Cinema. Submissions come from around the world and admission is free.
You can also catch box office hit Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in the Cinema at Hotel X in the city’s west end.
The Ripley’s Aquarium will kick off the weekend before Halloween with the Dark Waters party. Guests are invited to dress up and dance to DJs Lucie Tic and Cozmic Cat.
Cash bars at the aquarium will serve signature drinks and you can pick up snacks at the café.
The Monster Dash
Registration for the annual Monster Dash is almost full. Every year participants take off from the Ontario Science Center in full Halloween attire and run or walk the 5km or 10km route.
This year’s dashers can challenge themselves to carrying a medium sized pumpkin throughout their run and win a bonus finisher’s gift.
If you’re serious about partying the night away in your costume this Halloween, don’t miss Ghost Ship.
This boat party boards at 9 pm on Saturday night. Tickets are still available. There is a $500 cash prize for the best costume.
Something about wearing a different guise, even if just for one night, makes some of us want to travel back a few decades in time.
If you’ve still got all the moves to Thriller stored in your bones, you’re going to love Boom 97.3 Totally 80’s Dance Party at the Phoenix Concert Theater.
There will be drinks, candy, performances and a $5000 cash prize for the best costume.
You can still get tickets by listening to boom 97.3.
If your nostalgia doesn’t go that far back in time, you may want to check out this Fresh Prince 90’s Halloween Party. Dance to music from DJ Skratch Bastid at “Toronto’s Best Old School Halloween Jam.” Cash prizes will also be awarded for the best costumes.
Best of all this event isn’t until November 1st, so you would have a little extra time to prepare for this one.
Why not party and contribute to a good cause all at once?
Guests of the Million Dollar Smiles Halloween Gala enjoy a four-course dinner and open bar, live entertainment and DJ as well as prizes for the best costumes.
The proceeds from this event are used to support children who face life-threatening illnesses.
Music and Theater
Dave Malloy’s highly acclaimed Ghost Quartet will continue to run until November 3rd.
This “song cycle of love, death and whiskey” takes audiences through a web of stories that span seven centuries.
Sit back and watch these tales unfold to the sounds of the celtic harp, accordion, cello, piano, percussion and haunting vocals.
Stay at Home
But of course. How is this not one of the best things you could do for yourself on Halloween?
Before you head over to the couch for some Netflix, take a few minutes to check out Snap Judgment’s Spooked if you haven’t already.
Producers of the show have travelled the world to record people’s personal encounters with the supernatural and bring them back to fans of the show.
Glynn Washington’s voice and the podcast’s story selection will have your mental theater running on high even if you normally prefer visuals.
If it doesn’t take much to get your imagination going, you may not want to listen to this alone.