5 local spooktacular events to try this Halloween

Oct 20, 2023 | Culture, Headlines, Life

Everyone eventually outgrows the traditional trick-or-treating, so here are five Halloween events in the GTA.

A red castle with a blue fiery skull during night time.

A one hour experience filled with scares and fright at Casa Loma's Legends of Horror trail. Photo credit: Casa Loma

1. Legends of Horror

Casa Loma has transformed into a horror palace.

The grounds of Casa Loma will perform a theatrical Legends of Horror trail from seven in the evening until midnight.

The path travels through the tunnels and darkest spaces of the castle, and never-before-seen classic horror figures will be open to the public.

Casa Loma also provides a Family Hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for families with younger children.

Tickets for Legends of Horror and Family Hour are available online and onsite. However, prices vary, and the event is time-slot-based.

Casa Loma’s Halloween event is at 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto and is open until Oct. 31, 2023.

A scary carnival theme in the backgroud and the event name, "Screemers" in red text.

Screemers is back bringing the terror in Vaughan. The haunted attraction is open until Halloween day but hours vary during the week. Photo credit: Screemers

2. Screemers

Celebrating 30 years of haunting, Screemers is back in Vaughan.

The event includes seven haunted mazes, live entertainment, midway rides, various trucks food, and a drinking lounge.

Screemers is open from October 19 to October 22 and October 25 to Halloween day. Open hours vary according to the day.

Tickets are available online and at the door – cash or debit is acceptable. However, prices vary on the day of visitation.

Screemers is at 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan, and parking is free.

In the center of the image, "Halloween EVENT" is written in black colour. Then "animenorth" in white and red at the top.

Halloween FrankenVent hosted by Anime North will be held on Friday, October 27, in Toronto. Photo credit: Anime North

3. Anime North

Anime North is a non-profit, fan-run anime convention, and they’re hosting the annual Halloween FrankenVent on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This event includes an artisan market, live performance, arcade and video games, cosplay contest, food vendors, and a Momo Tea workshop.

Halloween FrankenVent has an entrance fee of $5 (cash only), and all proceeds go to SickKids Foundation.

The event is located at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Sakura Way, in Toronto.

Anime North provides free parking, but space is limited.

A line of different food vendors in the background and families scattered around at Halloween Food Truck Festival.

Halloween Food Truck Festival in Scarborough provides different vendors and dietary needs for guests. Photo credit: Variety Village

4. Halloween Food Truck Festival

Looking for more food than fright? The annual Halloween Food Truck Festival is open from Saturday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 29.

The food-loving event includes Halloween movies, food, drinks, kid-friendly activities, a costume contest, treats, live entertainment, a photo booth, giveaways, and raffles.

Vegetarian, Halal, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.

In addition, guests are welcome to dress upon visitation.

The Halloween Food Truck Festival has a fee of $10 per person or $20 for families. The entrance fee supports Variety Ontario’s unique programming for individuals with disabilities.

The event is on 3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough, and parking is free along Danforth.

It’s recommended to bring chairs and blankets due to seating limitations.

The hours for the Halloween Food Truck Festival differ for Saturday and Sunday.

Five images of people customs and some people are wearing face paint.

Humber Halloween Thriller will be held on Halloween day in Toronto. Photo credit: Student Nightlife

Multiple images of people dressed up for Halloween Boat Party.

A booze cruise open for 19 year olds and older. Student Nightlight hosts a boat party on Saturday, October 28. Photo credit: Student Nightlife

5. Halloween Parties For Humber Students

Are you the life of the party and enjoy the nightlife? Student Nightlife is hosting three Halloween parties for Humber students.

Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old to enter and 19 years old or older to drink.

All parties include drinks, a DJ, a professional photographer/videographer, and a costume contest.

On Friday, Oct. 27, Humber Fright Night 2023 will be held at 180 Pearl Street, Toronto.

Tickets can be purchased in advance starting at $25 per person.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Student Nightlight will be hosting the Humber Halloween Boat Party.

This cruise will be at 539 Queens Quay West, Toronto, from 8:30 p.m. to two in the morning.

Advance online tickets are $30 per person. Prices vary when purchasing at the dock.

On Halloween day, Humber Halloween Thriller will be taking place at 180 Pearl Street, Toronto, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The cost of tickets starts at $25 per person if purchased in advance.

For guarantee entry, purchase tickets online.

Unfortunately, no Halloween events or activities are planned on the campuses of Humber.