Over here at ADDICTED, we love Halloween. It might be all the candy or the fun in dressing up as your favourite character or creation, or maybe some of us just love a good scare. Either way, we thought we’d take a little time to highlight some fun Halloween attractions and haunted houses in Toronto to visit this October.
From haunted houses to spooky nights, frightening films to scary lights, there is so much to do, so keep reading below to see what jumps out at you.
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Toronto After Dark Film Festival
If you are a horror buff and can’t get enough gore, sci-fi, murder and zombies in your films, then this is the festival for you.
The Toronto After Dark’s 16th Annual Edition runs over 5 Thrilling nights, Wednesday-Sunday, October 19-23, 2022. The festival will screen around 40 amazing new films, features and shorts at the Scotiabank Theatre at 259 Richmond Street West, the largest cinema in the heart of Toronto’s downtown Entertainment District. A number of the filmmakers will be in attendance for lively Q & A’s with the fans following their screenings.
So, if you want to pack in as many frightening flicks as possible through October, this is the way to do it.
Legends of Horror – Casa Loma
Once again, this October, the grounds of Casa Loma will be transformed into an immersive theatrical experience, Legends of Horror. Done in the presentational form considered “promenade theatre,” in which the audience walks at their own pace through a 2 km trail commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public.
Paid parking is available at George Brown College (south of Casa Loma off Macpherson Avenue). This parking is closest to the entrance at Walmer Rd. and Davenport Rd. There is limited paid parking onsite at Casa Loma, subject to availability.
Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Parental discretion is advised.
Strollers are not permitted.
For tickets and more information, visit legendsofhorror.ca
Pharma giant Biolux has introduced their new wonder drug: the Biolux Serum, an all-in-one solution to aging and disease. And it’s true: after you ingest the Serum, you don’t have to worry about illness or death–because your brain will have rotted away, leaving you a shambling, cannibalizing zombie, ready to infect everyone around you.
This October, step into the Biolux pharmaceutical facility and see if you can survive ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, Toronto’s newest and largest zombie-themed haunted house. Guests will start in the unsettling Biolux showrooms, only to uncover the grisly secrets in the Biolux labs, full of gruesome experiments and maniacal scientists. Then, they explore the survivor camps as the last of humanity struggles in a doomed battle against the zombie apocalypse.
Step into a two-story historic building with Zombies lurking around every corner. Throughout this 30-minute experience, the audience is immersed in walk-through rooms and haunting displays with live actors and theatrical design.
Standard Hours 6 pm – 11 pm (last admission)
October 13th – October 20th
Zombie Apocalypse: $40
Combo with Legends of Horror: $75
October 21st – October 31st
Zombie Apocalypse: $50
Combo with Legends of Horror: $85
Nights of Lights
Halloween Nights of Lights will now be a thrilling, immersive walk-through experience for the 2022 season. Bigger and better, this year’s experience will feature more than 1.5 million LED and RGB lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Halloween tunes. Continue the fun inside Pumpkinville, a fun fair at the end of the Nights of Lights trail featuring larger-than-life pumpkin sculptures and village. Halloween Nights of Lights is the must-see Fall season event for ALL AGES.
September 30 – October 31, 2022
Thursdays – Sundays Sundown – 11 pm
Located at CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall
Alone in the Dark at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre
Join in for a once-in-a-lifetime paranormal adventure as we explore Toronto’s famously haunted theatre & National Historic Site – The Elgin and Winter Garden. Small groups (12 guests or fewer) will have exclusive access to investigate the empty theatres & ornate lobbies – in the dark! Stand in the exact locations that have made the theatre a paranormal hotspot as we share the building’s chilling ghost stories and history. Throughout the evening, we will also trace humanity’s attempts to contact the other side from ancient times up to today. As we experiment with different communication methods – will any of the theatre’s ghosts answer back? Each group will have a unique and unpredictable experience while investigating the building. This unforgettably eerie evening at the only operational (and haunted!) double-decker theatre in the world will delight ghost story enthusiasts, paranormal investigators, avid theatregoers, urban explorers, or anyone with a curiosity about the unknown. All participants must be 18+. Masks are required.
Toronto: Evening Distillery District Segway Ghost Tour
Join the world’s least scary ghost tour to hear fun stories while on a roll. Set off on a 40-minute guided Segway tour of Toronto’s historic Distillery District—at night. Perfect for beginners, Segways are fun and easy to ride. Before the tour, you’ll spend a few minutes learning how to ride the Segway, starting off with a brief overview of how the machine works, followed by a one-on-one training session with a trained instructor. After your training is complete, ride through the Distillery District with your spooktacular tour guide at a breezy 10 km/h across 14 acres of beautiful bricks, buildings, and creepy history. Do ghosts exist? Nobody really knows. Your tour will delve into the various stories told by past and present workers and guests of a few haunted buildings. Hear ghost stories from various sources and learn about the area’s local history. You’ll have a number of stops in front of buildings and areas that have had reports of hauntings.
After Dark – Fort York Events
Hear chilling and eerie tales on a lantern tour of Fort York and its historic surroundings. Learn about a haunted lighthouse and the bloody Battle of York. Explore the military burial ground. Tour the creepy shadows and 200-year-old buildings of Fort York at night and learn of the fort’s history and its many paranormal mysteries.
Please arrive at the Historic Fort’s west gates at 100 Garrison Road. Tours start at 7:30 pm and will conclude between 9 – 9:30 pm. Tours will begin and end at Fort York National Historic Site. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up.
SCENES STUDIO – scenes
Check out this new interactive themed Photo Booth party on Queen West. Whether by yourself or with family/friends, SCENES is for everyone who wishes to express themselves creatively or capture seasonal memories in an artistic and unique setting. With 6 different creative scenes in one massive open space, our goal is to create a fun, inspiring, encouraging environment to help you express yourself to the world through photography and video.
Jaymes White Entertainment – Mindreader & Séance Expert
After six years of completely sold-out Séances, Jaymes invites you to THE HOWLAND INN SÉANCE.
Experience undeniable fear in an authentic Victorian Séance at one of Toronto’s oldest and most haunted Inns. This soul-shaking psychological experience is not intended for the weak or faint of heart. The Séance runs from October to November 2022. Restricted to ages 18+.
Jaymes has been running his Victorian Séance since 2015, and they have been 100% sold out. Tickets sell fast! Don’t miss out on this spine-chilling and engaging psychological experience.
Dates: September 30th – November 26th, 2022
Location: Meet at the intersection of Howland Avenue and Dundas Street West (at the North East corner bus stop in front of the 4020 Dundas Street West Plaza). You will then be escorted a short walking distance to the Séance Location.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Group Size: 16-18 people
Tickets: $66.66 per person (Private group max. 16 ppl – save $200)*
Martino Manor – Haunted House
Technically not in Toronto, but close enough, Martino Manor offers a haunted house experience and an outdoor maze open to anyone 14 years of age or older.
OPEN October 1st, 2nd
7th, 8th, 9th
13th, 14th, 15th & 16th
20th, 21st, 22nd & 23th
27th, 28th, 29th, 30th
31st (HALLOWEEN NIGHT)
There you have it, some great suggestions for where to get spectacularly spooked and scared this October in and around Toronto.
If you have some suggestions, let us know on social or below!