The best things to do in Toronto this Halloween season

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There’s still a little over a week until Halloween is just around the corner.

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There’s still so much to explore in the days leading up to the spooky holiday, from pumpkin farms to corn mazes to ghost walks at Exhibition Place.

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As October comes to a close, you can take part in some spooky-fun festivities as there is so much to do this time of year for adventure seekers and Halloween lovers.

Here’s what you need to know to make the necessary plans. (Costumes aren’t required, but where’s the fun in that?)

Halloween nights of lights and Pumpkinville

Have fun at this two-in-one event that promises festive fun but also provides an opportunity to support Epilepsy Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and families affected by epilepsy.

The walk-through experience is bigger and better, featuring more than two million lights animated and synced to your favorite Halloween tunes.

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The fun continues at Pumpkinville, a fair featuring a larger-than-life village full of pumpkin sculptures.

Pumpkinville runs until October 31st in Scarborough town center and is open from 12pm to 11pm on weekends and 5pm to 11pm on weekdays.

The light show portion begins every evening at sunset. For tickets and more information click Here.

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St. Joe’s Toronto West Halloween Fest

Most kids will find any excuse to dress up, and on this special day they can take part in a costume parade and trick-or-treating, enjoy a Halloween magic show and listen to spooky stories.

All the hair-raising fun is on Sundays from 11am to 3pm at Sherway Gardens. More information can be found here Here.

Halloween on the farm

Just because it’s that spooky time of year doesn’t mean you can’t visit some animals. Feed them their favorite treats, carve pumpkins, go on a hayride, eat vegan baked goods, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Head north of town to Farmhouse Garden Animal Home in Uxbridge on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. For tickets and more information click here Here.

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Great pumpkin path

Watch what can only be described as a magical, enchanting experience for anyone who wants to be enchanted by the candlelight of hundreds of jack-o-lanterns.

Visit Hendrie Park in Burlington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. For tickets and more information click here Here.

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As darkness falls, children of all ages encounter monsters, ghosts, witches and thousands of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns illuminated by more than 20 million brilliant LEDs that transform the night sky and bring 13 magical universes to life.

Visit Illumi at 7174 Derrycrest Dr. in Mississauga until October 31st. For tickets and more information click here Here.


Paw parents and their fur babies can take part in a popular event with warm drinks, local vendors, an adorable costume parade and great prizes for the best dressed dogs.

All the crazy fun is happening at The Bentway on Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. More information can be found here Here.

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Fort York after dark

Take a lantern tour and hear the spooky stories about Fort York and its historic surroundings. Explore the military burial site and learn about the fort’s history and its paranormal mysteries.

Prepare to be scared at Fort York National Historic Site on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m

For tickets and more information click Here.

Halloween in the village

Participate in spooky activities and hair-raising events where children of all ages can conduct spooky experiments, learn about the wickedness of witchcraft and wizardry, and brew a powerful witch’s brew.

The spooky adventures take place at Black Creek Pioneer Village on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets and more information click here Here.

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