Halloween is our all time favourite holiday so we’ve decided to post our Top Ten Picks for family events, activities, workshops and parades. This is just the tip of the graveyard though –we have a monster list of events right here!
October 13-21 | Scooter Girl Toys Annual Pirate Treasure Hunt
This beloved toy store’s annual family treasure hunt is a really fun way to get out and explore the neighbourhood with your children (or send older kids off on an afternoon of adventure)! The Hunt begins on October 13th and continues until Saturday, October 21st – just in time for the Great Pumpkin Sale to raise funds for Sorauren Park. You can pick up your treasure map in the store and follow along on Facebook.
October 14 | The Addams Family at The Royal
Get in the mood for Halloween and watch the 1991 big screen adaptation of the classic ’60s TV series, The Addams Family. The cast is on point with Christina Ricci as Wednesday, Anjelica Huston as Morticia and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. $8/adult, $5/child. Find out more here!
October 15 | The Nestle Craveyard
Every year, the Nestlé Chocolate factory opens its doors to Toronto children for a spooky haunted house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and refreshments. This year pirate magician Captain Corbin and Dan the Music Man will appear on stage to entertain and delight! Halloween costumes are encouraged!
October 21-22 | Riverdale Farm Boo Barn
Visit the Boo Barn this Halloween at Riverdale Farm! It’s great fun for little kids with face-painting, arts and crafts! Find the pumpkin patch, carve pumpkins and take home your jack-o-lantern and pumpkin seeds. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary.
The farm hopes you’ll contribute the suggested $5 donation and please also bring a non-perishable food item for entry to explore the “Boo Barn”
October 21-22 | Hallowe’en Hootenanny at Black Creek Pioneer VIllage
Our kids have consistently loved holiday events at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The combination of old time buildings and an autumn crispness in the air (with a little seasonal mist creeping over the path) invariably sets a wonderful mood. This year, the Village will give kids the chance to decorate their own pumpkin, watch main stage performance, try out the apple sling shot, listen in on spooky pioneer superstitions and more. Get the details…
SOLD OUT October 27 | Halloween Howl at the High Park Nature Centre
The wonderful folks at the High Park Nature Centre are ready for another Halloween Howl! Explore the haunting side of nature on a night hike through the woodlands and finish off the night by warming up around a campfire.
Costumes are recommended but not required but don’t forget to bring a glass jar to make your own lantern!
October 28 | Monster Bash at the AGO
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the AGO’sGuillermo del Toro exhibit and now there’s a really fun way to get your kids involved! Free with your AGO admission, the Monster Bash at the AGO is calling all monsters to join in a Guillermo del Toro-inspired Halloween party! Your children can wear their Halloween costume to the AGO and take part in a gallery-wide celebration of del Toro’s favourite holiday. Join a dance party hosted by Space Chums and Miss Fluffy Soufle! Dig your claws into slimy art-making activities, take a tour of the AGO led by monsters, and go see My Friend is a Monster, a screening program of monstrous short films for very young audiences. Plus, there’s a candy bar. The Little Paper loves this art-inspired way to get into the Halloween spirit at the AGO – have a hauntingly good time!
October 28 | Night of Dread
We held off going to the Night of Dread for years, thinking it was too adult or too scary for our kids. Turns out, we couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s a magical evening of community, creativity, weird and wonderful entertainment and spectacle! Clay & Paper Theatre presents the Night of Dread for its 18th year on October XX in Dufferin Grove Park. Arrive at 4pm to muster for the costume parade (this years theme is black and white and Clay & Paper Theatre puppets and masks are available for un-costumed revellers to borrow ) or at 6 to watch the parade (with its towering puppets, fire spinners and an assortment of marching bands) wend its way through the neighbourhood. Stick around for giant puppetry, glowing lights and the naming and mockery of dread performance followed by a Small Fears bonfire, a waltz with the Death dancers, and an opportunity to eat traditional Pan de Muerto baked fresh in Dufferin Grove’s own park bake ovens. The dreadful night then swings into a boisterous closing performance and dance party with a local Toronto band.
And please, make a generous contribution to Clay and Paper theatre!
October 29 | Hallowe’en Bed Race
Head over Bloor Street West in between Montgomery and Royal York Road to cheer on the participants and watch the costumes and the decorated beds flying. Teams will compete to be crowned the winner and all proceeds will support the Dorothy Ley Hospice.
New this year is a Scavenger Hunt! Anyone can participate so pick up your scavenger hunt card and enter for your chance to win!
October 29 | High Park Pumpkin Float
Meet at the wading pool in north west corner of High Park to carve a pumpkin, set it alight and watch it join all the other little jack o’lanterns floating on the pool. Organized by the wonderful people at the High Park Nature Centre, this is the 22nd anniversary of the twilight pumpkin float and easily makes it into our Top Ten Picks for Kids Halloween 2017.
November 1 | Pumpkin Parades
Sorauren Park is the home of Toronto’s original Pumpkin Parade and visitors can expect to see week over 2000 jack o’ lanterns on display this year. This little neighbourhood event has inspired 34 parks in Toronto to host their own parades on the day after Hallowe’en. Even Gibson House is getting in on the fun with their own pumpkin parade on November 2nd. Find all the parades right here!