In my book, it's never too early to start getting excited about fall and all the great things that cozy season brings. Think fuzzy sweaters, autumn colours, and of course, Halloween! Everyone loves Halloween because it's the one time of year when you can let all your creativity out and dress up as someone you're not.\nAll the creepy crawlies are free to roam the streets on Halloween, so you never know what's lurking around the next corner. Ontario has a rich and mysterious history that's much darker that you might imagine. There's been murders, disappearances, executions, and a whole lot of other frightening, inexplicable phenomena.\nThere are a whole lot of eerie places in Ontario that are just waiting to be explored. From haunted jails to ghost towns, there's a creepy story behind every spot on this list. Are you brave enough to read on? (PS: These spots aren't just reserved for fall; they're perfectly terrifying to explore ANY time of the year!)\nMerritton Tunnel\nWhere:\nView this post on Instagram Grand trunk railway also known as the blue ghost tunnel ⛼🌍 #blueghosttunnel #paranormal #haunted #abandon #abandontunnel #merrittontunnel #grandtrunkrailway #hikes #hiking #hikingaddict #nighthike #hikeeveryday #hikingadventures #hikeinthedark A post shared by Matt (@matthieu_beauchemin) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST\nSt. Catharines, Ontario\nThe Merritton Tunnel in St. Catharines is definitely one of the most haunted spots in this province. It's also known as the Blue Ghost Tunnel because of all the deaths that occurred in or near the tunnel. On some nights, there's said to be a "blue mist" that's mysteriously seen coming out of the tunnel and no one knows why. People have also said they felt like they were being pushed near the entrance of the tunnel and they could hear the echoes of crying children.\nView this post on Instagram #merrychristmas #tunnel #ghosttunnel #spooky #spooooky #abandoned #thorold #dark #haunted #ghost #graffiti #666 A post shared by Keelan Miller (@keelan.miller) on Dec 25, 2016 at 4:31pm PST\nGibraltar Point Lighthouse\nWhere: Toronto, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Lighthouse, lighthouse... let down your hair . . . . . #lighthouse #sunset #rapunzel #summervibes #toronto_insta #torontolife #building #torontoarchitecture #clouds #outdoors #outside #getoutside #getoutdoors #path #outandabout #trees #architecture #gibraltar #gibralterpoint #torontoisland #torontoislands A post shared by Jonathan Pavan (@pavanimal) on Jun 18, 2018 at 3:18pm PDT\nBuilt back in the early 1800s, this lighthouse carries a lot of controversy and mysteries with it. The very first lightkeeper that lived in this lighthouse was said to be murdered here by a group of men looking for bootleg beer. The men were never convicted of his murder even though they went to trial, and it's said the lightkeeper's ghost still roams this area. It's even creepier to visit this spot at night.\nView this post on Instagram 😏#saturday #weekend #toronto #torontoislands #gibraltarpoint #lighthouse #reddoor #the6ix #mixtoronto A post shared by Oksana (@sana.iatselenko) on Jul 14, 2018 at 10:49pm PDT\nThe Grand Theatre\nView this post on Instagram Chariots of Fire starts in previews tonight! Don’t miss this stage adaptation of the Academy Award-Winning film that tells the true story of two British runners, who overcome prejudice and conflict to compete in the Paris Olympics! . . . . . . . . . Set & Costume Design - Bretta Gerecke Lighting Design - Gerald Kind 📸 Christina Kuefner A post shared by GRAND THEATRE (@thegrandlondon) on Apr 17, 2018 at 12:42pm PDT\nWhere: London, Ontario\nA theatrical entrepreneur in the early 1900s, Ambrose Small opened up the the Grand Theatre in the heart of London. The interesting part of his story is that he was never found dead; he walked onto Yonge Street in Toronto and just disappeared. It's said that the ghost of Ambrose Small comes out and wanders the theatre after every opening night. He's also been spotted during performances, on balconies, and sitting in seats.\nView this post on Instagram It was an early morning, but totally worth it. Summit is always incredibly insightful and inspiring. I love listening to entrepreneurs share their stories of growth and success. Plus, who doesn’t swoon for @thegrandlondon? A post shared by Sydney Rose (@cleverquill) on Apr 24, 2018 at 4:11pm PDT\nRegional Mental Health Centre\nWhere: St. Thomas, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by @ebailsphotography on May 2, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT\nThis old asylum was built back in 1939 but has since closed its doors. Just about every abandoned mental hospital is assumed to be haunted, but real sightings have occurred here. It was used as a government asylum that held criminals who were guilty of serious crimes but were brought there instead of jail because of their mental illnesses. This building is said to be haunted by those who died inside its walls. People have seen curtains moving, lights flicking on and off, mysterious sounds, whispers, and even crying.\nView this post on Instagram Medical examination building of the #londonasylum 1869. One of the first mental healthcare facilities to use positive, non-violent and drug free patient treatment #historylesson #londont #canadaproblems A post shared by Melissa (@meltothev) on Sep 28, 2014 at 2:55pm PDT\nDrummond Hill Cemetery\nWhere:Niagara Falls, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram #drummondhillcemetery #niagarafalls #ontario #cemetery #headstone #graveyard_dead #tv_churchandgraves #graveyard_life #grave_affair #aj_graveyards #project_necropolis #grave_gallery #grave #burial #voodoo_society #headstone #graveyard_freaks A post shared by Shannonislington_ (@shannonislington_) on Oct 3, 2017 at 7:07am PDT\nThis cemetery was the sight of the Battle of Lundy's Lane, which was one of the most deadly fights during the War of 1812. This place is definitely creepy on its own, but people have reported all kinds of paranormal activity here. They say they've seen the ghosts of marching soldiers, sounds of battle, unexplained mist, and even the feeling of being watched! As if cemeteries weren't creepy enough already...\nView this post on Instagram Foggy night + backlit cemetery = awesome stroll #cemetery #fog #haunted A post shared by Foster Medina (@fostermedinax) on Jan 21, 2017 at 5:54pm PST\nBala Bay Inn\nWhere: Bala, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Fun Fact: This photo was taken at Bala Bay Inn just over a year ago where the idea of Haunted Huronia first began! #fingerscrossed they will have us there for a shoot! #MoreHH Do you have an experience or story there? We wanna hear it! A post shared by HauntedHuronia (@hauntedhuronia) on Jan 2, 2018 at 11:32pm PST\nIf you're heading up to Muskoka, you should consider staying at the Bala Bay Inn, which is home to all kinds of mysterious paranormal activity. Lots of different spirits are said to haunt the corridors here, including one notable writer and musician, E.B. Sutton. People have witnessed flying objects, TVs turning on on their own, creepy voices, footsteps at night, and rattling doors! If you're brave enough, you can spend a night here and see if these rumours are actually true.\nView this post on Instagram A little Saturday morning location scouting. @krystalwatson #Muskoka #summer #Bala A post shared by Emily MacDuff (@emacduffphoto) on Aug 8, 2015 at 8:58am PDT\nFort George\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Selina (@myleft_right) on Mar 28, 2017 at 4:34pm PDT\nWhere: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario\nAnother War of 1812 location, this one is a hotspot for spectral soldiers wandering the grounds (and talking with visiting children!), and some visitors have reported seeing a woman in haggard period clothing combing her hair in the officers' quarters.\nView this post on Instagram #fort #fortgeorge #nationalhistoricsite #parkscanada #ontario #canada A post shared by Michelia Alba (@albamichizen) on Mar 18, 2017 at 7:04am PDT\nPeterborough Lift Lock\nWhere: Peterborough Lift Lock\nView this post on Instagram Nice to be back home. Mom was general manager of the FTSW volunteer program and the Liftlock visitors centre here from 1982-1989. #peterboroughontario #liftlock #home #childhoodmemories A post shared by Jordan Smith (@js_1983) on Sep 2, 2018 at 5:48pm PDT\nThe Peterborough Lift Lock is the world's highest hydraulic lift lock and is truly an impressive structure. This spot is said to be haunted by many spirits who met their untimely death here. People have said to have seen a woman who was burnt at the stake here in the 1840s, a couple who committed suicide here, and a mother and son who died five days apart. Even the man who works as a guard here has admitted that he's experienced lots of paranormal activity and that this site is definitely haunted.\nView this post on Instagram #adventure #adventuretime #nightphotography #nightpics #tunnels #peterborough A post shared by Lainah Daling (@lainahdaling) on Aug 27, 2018 at 8:02pm PDT\nHermitage Ruins\nWhere: Dundas, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram 👻 #hermitageruins #haunted #hamilton #paranormalinvestigation A post shared by Becca Yonev (@yonevbecca) on Jun 28, 2018 at 6:12pm PDT\nThis was the site of British soldier Otto Ives's home, built some 160 years ago. Now all that's left are ruins of the walls, but there's a lot more to see here than meets the eye. People have said they've seen apparitions of what the house used to look like, and they've heard cries of the coachman who hanged himself there after a love affair with the soldier's daughter. You can take a Ghost Walk here and learn all about these spooky stories in-depth.\nView this post on Instagram #haunted #hermitageruins A post shared by maureen young (@mo.png) on Dec 1, 2017 at 10:01am PST\nGermania Schoolhouse\nWhere:Germania, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram GhostTowns, episode 4: Germania was welcoming and smelled nice. This used to be a schoolhouse. A post shared by Jel Bean (@officiallyjelly) on Sep 12, 2016 at 2:15pm PDT\nLocated in Muskoka, the small town of Germania was bustling back in the 1870s, but it was eventually abandoned, leaving a creepy ghost town in its place. The building of the old schoolhouse from the pioneer era still stands to this day. This town and the schoolhouse had a dark reputation for infanticide and other tragedies. People who dare visit this ghost town might hear the cries of children who haunt it. While you may not experience any paranormal activity first-hand here, even just walking through this ghost town is bound to give you the creeps.\nView this post on Instagram Abandoned shack in a ghost town called Germania Ontario....#ghosttown #abandonedshack #germaniaontario #photography #mylife #germania A post shared by 💜Riss💜 (@sexy.g.ma.04.08.76) on Apr 23, 2016 at 6:02pm PDT\nThe Jester's Court\nWhere:Port Perry, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Tonight on Big Red's Craft Beer Adventure I visit the haunted Jester's Court in Port Perry. Do I see a ghost? Tune in to the 5 o'clock news on Global Durham to find out! A post shared by 𝔹𝕚𝕘 ℝ𝕖𝕕 (@bigred_official) on Jul 24, 2017 at 1:53pm PDT\nThe Jester's Court is a pub located in Port Perry that's haunted by a whole lot of spirits. Patrons and staff have spotted a little girl in the stairwell, a woman in a blue dress by the women's washroom, an elderly couple sitting and talking at closing time, and a woman who throws things from shelves at the staff.\nView this post on Instagram Something awesome about this building. Always drawn to its character. #tgif #friday #portperry #jesterscourt #haunted #dinner #instagood #instalike #nighttime #nightscape #scenic #glow #historic A post shared by John Chambers (@johnmchambers) on Feb 22, 2019 at 7:09pm PST\nOld Oxford County Court House and Jail\nWhere: Woodstock, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Every court needs a cannon. A post shared by ryanhtn (@ryanhtn) on Nov 10, 2016 at 10:48am PST\nIn 1860, Thomas Cooke was convicted of murdering his wife. He was hanged in 1862, the county's first public hanging in which 3400 people showed up to watch. A mask of his face was made after the hanging, named a "death mask," and displayed in the courthouse. Apparently, the death mask was removed from the wall in 1982 and triggered a bunch of paranormal activity like flickering lights and ghostly faces appearing. The mask was hung back up and the occurrences stopped.\nView this post on Instagram #cuthbertsonandfowler #cuthbertson #richardsonianromanesque #richardsonian #countycourthouse #hallsoforder #oxfordcounty #woodstockontario #hometown #ontarioarchitecture #oxfordcountycourthouse #woodstockcourthouse #oxfordcountycourthouse A post shared by David W (@posthuma66) on Oct 10, 2017 at 5:01am PDT\nThe Nicholas Street Hostel\nWhere:Ottawa, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Spent the first night in jail... A post shared by Phil Wadley (@phil_wadley) on Aug 30, 2018 at 6:22am PDT\nThe old jail turned hostel is a unique spot in Ottawa where you can actually sleep in the old jail cells! In 1869, it was also the site where the alleged political assassin Patrick Whelan was hanged. People who have stayed here have reported seeing his ghost standing and staring at them or reciting the Lord's Prayer on the floor that was once dedicated to Death Row.\nView this post on Instagram Lost in the prison A post shared by Yaxin Cheng (@yaxin.cheng) on Sep 2, 2018 at 8:25pm PDT\nGalt Collegiate Institute\nWhere:Cambridge, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Memories made, friendships cemented and an education earned. It's been awhile since I've visited this place. #ghosts #GCI #galt #highschool #football A post shared by Anthony Arthur 🇬🇧🇧🇧🇨🇦 (@hypoidnutz) on Nov 5, 2017 at 10:11am PST\nGalt Collegiate Institute is Ontario's oldest educational institution that's still open, built back in 1852. The very first headmaster of this school is said to haunt the halls, teachers and students have reported smelling pipe smoke on the third floor, an old habit of his. People have also heard boys whispering in an empty main floor corridor.\nView this post on Instagram #galtcollegiateinstitute hard to believe this is my old high school. Lots of great memories in this old place...pretty spooky at night though. A post shared by Scott Miller (@therealscottbentley) on Sep 9, 2017 at 9:00am PDT\nCanoe Lake\nWhere: Algonquin Park, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram W O K E U P like this 🙏🏻 Algonquin misty mornings are pretty hard to beat. 👌🏻 Enjoy the long weekend! Visit us Port Carling if you are in Muskoka. A post shared by Tuck Shop Co. (@tuckshopco) on Aug 4, 2018 at 9:44am PDT\nIf you're Canadian, you've definitely heard of the Group of Seven artists. While Tom Thomson wasn't an official member, his art is often displayed with the group's. Thomson came to Canoe Lake for inspiration for his paintings, but he mysteriously drowned in the lake in 1917 after he went out on a canoe ride. The cause of death is still unknown, many thinking it could have been murder. People say that they've seen his ghost at the lake to this day.\nView this post on Instagram Misty mornings at Ahmek! #tsc #taylorstattencamps #canoelake #canoe #drone #dronephotography A post shared by Matt Adams (@madams91) on Sep 4, 2018 at 4:03pm PDT\nThis article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.