12 things to do in Toronto this week: October 12-17


With Thanksgiving out of the way, it’s time for the spookiest vacation of the year. Toronto loves Halloween, and there are a ton of things to do that will get you on your mind.

Discover a haunted house, start preparing your costume, and have a drink at a themed bar.

Here’s what’s happening for Toronto this week:

Take a haunted tour of Fear Farm

The spookiest time of the year is fast approaching, and with it, the reopening of Toronto’s legendary haunted farmhouse. Fear Farm, located about an hour and a half outside of Toronto, welcomes guests for the spooky season. Courageous visitors can embark on four different haunted tours, including the Hillbilly Hike, which takes you through an eerie swamp full of chainsaw maniacs.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 25 to October 31
Or: 36685 Blenheim Road, Bright, Ontario

Face your fears at Martino Manor Haunted House

Are you looking for a haunted house that is not recommended for the faint of heart? Head west to Toronto and explore the neighborhood’s spookiest haunted house. Tickets are on sale for October, and it’s sure to scare you.

When: Until October 31
Or: 7 McIntosh Ave

Explore the city’s most haunted places

Beyond the ornate exteriors of Toronto’s oldest buildings lie gruesome tales of torture, murder and betrayal. From hanged maids to angry soldiers and faceless nuns, the city is teeming with ghosts. They are found in restaurants, theaters and on college campuses. With Halloween just a few weeks away, what better time to explore some of Toronto’s spookiest sites?

When: For the scary season
Or: Through the city

Get in the mood for Halloween at Canada’s Wonderland

Halloween Haunt is back and ready to scare. The event runs until October 31, so be sure to go to see the monsters for yourself and ride the roller coaster at night. Be ready for new scares this season, as the Monsters have had the whole pandemic to prepare for new ways to bump into the night.

When: Until October 31
Or: Canada’s Wonderland

Socially Distanced Sound Experience Now Open at Mirvish

Blindness, a physically distant sound experience, began on September 24 and will run until October 24. This is your chance to enjoy Toronto’s return to the indoor theater since the start of the pandemic. You can attend the show at different times from Tuesday to Sunday. The show lasts approximately 75 minutes. Customers should be prepared for loud noises and bright lights.

When: Until October 24
Or: Princess of Wales Theater

Venture into the horrors of Screemers

Toronto’s most terrifying haunted attraction returns next month with a new location and even spookier monsters. After failing to function last year due to COVID-19, the infamous Screemers are back with seven spooky themed mazes, over 120 spooky actors, and a Midway of Horrors.

When: Select dates from October 8 to 31
Or: 80 Interchange Lane, Vaughan

Be afraid of the horror legends of Casa Loma

Casa Loma, the elegant castle overlooking Toronto, has summoned the living dead and will bring back its annual Legends of Horror event this month. Throughout the month of October, fear and horror will pervade the castle grounds and guests can finally be afraid. The annual event is now in its sixth year, and tickets are now on sale.

When: October 1 to 31
Or: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace

Discover the Black Lagoon Halloween pop-up bar

The ultimate Halloween pop-up bar is coming to Toronto just in time for a spooky vacation with all the themed drinks, spooky shows and nightly shows imaginable. Black Lagoon will be located on the second floor of 866 Bloor Street West and features a mix of goth, metal, and plenty of horrors bundled together in one immersive and fun space.

When: October 14 to October 31 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Or: 866 Bloor Street West

Check out the seasonal activities at Fall n ‘Leaves 2021

Fall n ‘Leaves returns to Toronto for its second year. The outdoor event at a physical distance runs from October 1 to 17, celebrating all that falls. Soak up the warm weather while munching on delicious dishes like wood-fired pizza, Thanksgiving poutine served in a pumpkin, and more.

When: October 1 to 17, Monday to Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 12 a.m.
Or: 621 Richmond Street West

Dive into a cranberry swamp

A cranberry swamp near Toronto has just welcomed its first harvest. You can wade with the berries and later enjoy a cheese plate. Located at Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh is the place to be for cranberry lovers, who can don a pair of waders and take the plunge with thousands of pounds of cranberries.

When: Until October 24
Or: 1074 Cranberry Road, Bala, Ontario

Get lost in the halls of horror

If you like to scare you, check out the Horror Hallways in Richmond Hill. “Enter if you dare”, and lose yourself in the abysses of hell. It might not sound alluring, but it is definitely exciting if you like everything there is to do with Halloween. Horror Hallways is so terrifying that it is not recommended for children.

When: Until October 31
Or: 9350 Yonge Street

Watch a live music show from a boat

This is the last week to see a live musical performance from a canoe on the Humber River. Paddle to see popular Toronto artists perform from the shore. Music season on the river is almost over, so grab this rental canoe while there is still time.

When: Until October 15
Or: Humber Paddling Center


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