What to do in Toronto: Halloween Family Fun in the City

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Thanksgiving is behind us, so it is time to jump right into Halloween. Halloween has quickly become one of the most popular holidays in the calendar. Whether it’s the candy or the costumes, people…specifically kids…cannot seem to get enough of Halloween. Every year there is a longer and longer list of events in the city to help families celebrate the scariest day of the year. If you are wondering what to do in Toronto to take in some Halloween fun – we’ve rounded up some of the spookiest events.

Our top picks for cute and spooky Halloween fun

Bata Shoe Museum Halloween Extravaganza

Visit the Bata Shoe Museum on the weekend of October 29th and 30th to experience their Halloween Extravaganza. Decorate a Halloween inspired cookie, make a spooky craft and play iSpy in the gallery. Wear your costumes…kids who arrive in a costume enter the museum get in free.

www.batashoemuseum.ca

TSO Symphony Spooktacular

Celebrate Halloween with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Get into the spooky classical favourites and toe-tapping, sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs tunes such as “Let it Go” from Frozen and “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” This concert will appeal to all boys and ghouls, aged 5-12. Be sure to come in costume to help the orchestra get into the Halloween spirit!

www.tso.ca

Fort York After Dark Lantern Tours

Keep the littlest kids at home and learn about the spooky history of our city at historic Fort York. Arrive at sunset and listen to stories about the haunted lighthouse, the bloody battle of York in the War of 1812 and visit two historic cemeteries as well. Pre-registration required. October 26, 27, and 28.

www.fortyork.ca

Halloween on Queen

On Saturday, October 29th, head down to Queen Street East for a street long Halloween event. From 12-4pm, Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens will be hopping with children’s performers. Take part in the pumpkin carving contest at the Home Hardware carving station, march in the costume parade along Queen Street – you might just win a best costume prize.

www.thebeachvillage.com

17th Annual Night of Dread Parade

Clay and Paper Theatre presents the 17th annual Night of Dread Parade in and around Dufferin Grove Park on October 29th. It’s an unforgettable evening of music, masquerading, towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire-spinners and spooky costumes. When the parade is done, head to Dufferin Grove Park for festivities that will last into the night. This one might be best suited for bigger kids.

www.clayandpapertheatre.org

images courtesy of Fort York and Beach Village

Which Halloween event will you and your family be attending this year?

Jen Farr

In my “previous life” I was a mental health professional…in my current life I’m a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on my kitchen counter over on my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the kitchen, you will also find us out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors.

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