As you get older you come to realize that Halloween is basically a weekend long or week long activity, especially if the actual day of Halloween is on a weekday. At that point, people are getting drunk basically every night and I don't know about you, but that can get seriously exhausting.
From bar-hopping to party-hopping, and everything in between, it seems that the older you get, the more Halloween becomes one big drunk fest, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are so many ways you can make the most of this spooky time of the year, and live your best life!
Where: Various locations
When: October 27th & 28th, 7:30pm-11pm
Why should you go: Although this event allows you to grab beer or wine, it is optional. The main point of this event is to let loose and make some art with your friends! It is an ideal way to de-stress and enjoy a little Halloween fun.
Legends of Horror
Where: 1 Austin Terrace // Casa Loma
When: Until October 31st
Why should you go: This classic event at Casa Loma is the perfect way to enjoy Halloween. Be part of a tour that takes you through all the nooks and carnies around the legendary Casa Loma castle. Bring bae with you...but don't look back or stray away from the group, you never know what is lurking in the shadows!
Scary Movie Marathon
Where: Your house, bae's house, BFF's house...
Why should you go: Gather up the pals, and have a good ol' fashioned scary movie marathon. Take a trip down memory lane with some classics like 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'The Shining', or the 1978 version of 'Halloween'. Snacks and all this is a surefire way to enjoy your Halloween night! If you want to kick it up a notch, check out these 13 creepy documentaries that'll keep you up all night long.
Hand out candy
Where: Your house
When: October 31st
Why should you go: Getting some major nostalgia over the days where Halloween was as simple as putting on a kick ass costume and Trick or Treating through your neighbourhood, because same. Go back to the childhood roots of Halloween and be on the other side of things! Hand out candy, create a horrific scary set up in your front yard, whatever floats your boat.
And check out this list of 36 cool things to do at home while you wait for all the little monsters and ghosts to visit your doorstep.
High Park Haunted Walk
Where: 11 Colborne Lodge // High Park
When: Until October 29th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Why should you go: Is there anything better than a good ghost story? This walk through of one of Toronto's biggest parks, will indulge you in some spooky tales while showing off all the spots that are sure to leave you terrified.
Where: 770 Don Mills Rd // Thorncliffe
When: October 29th, 4:30pm
Why should you go: Do something a little different this Halloween season, and give back! Get decked out in your Halloween gear, gather your friends and family and help to raise money that will support the Science Centre’s Community Access Programs, including the Adopt-a-Class program which helps deliver unforgettable science learning and experiences to schools in underserved neighbourhoods in Toronto. Plus, best costume wins the "Top Ghoul" Award!
Murder at the Lagoon
Where: 99 Harbour Sq // Toronto Islands
When: Various dates up until October 31st
Why should you go: Take a little trip to the Toronto Island for this fun and festive, true to Halloween roots event. Passengers will truly feel like they have stepped back in time a hundred years as storytellers, dressed in full costumes from the early 1900s, will guide you up to the old lighthouse to the site where it is said Radelmüller’s remains were found. The history buff inside you, will 100% thank you for this one!
Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd // Liberty Village
When: October 25th-27th, 7:30pm
Why you should go: Skin-crawling tour? Sign me up! The tour includes haunted tales about this national treasure and the bloody history that surrounds the Battle of York. You'll then be guided around the haunted lighthouse as well as have a chance to visit two military cemeteries.
St. Joseph’s Toronto West Halloween Fest
Where: Bloor and Durie
When: October 29th, 11am-4pm
Why should you go: Bloor West Village hosts many festivals year-round and this is certainly one of the best! Ghouls and goblins hit the streets, food vendors for days and live entertainment.
If all else fails and you cannot figure out what in the world to do, take a look at these amazing Halloween makeup looks and trick or treat yourself!