Family activities and events for Halloween in Toronto


It’s officially spooky season! While we suspect most kids would say Christmas is their favorite holiday, we also bet that for many of them, Halloween is a close second. And grownups, how many of you love the excuse to dress up, eat candy, and entertain yourself on the dark side of life? Halloween continues to grow as a holiday, and with that growth comes bigger and better seasonal events, including more than one that are genuinely family-friendly. Below, we’re rounding up over 13 Halloween events and attractions in Toronto that we think will get your whole family in the Halloween spirit, without any major scares.

Don’t forget to also check if your local park has a pumpkin parade. Most Pumpkin Parades take place on November 1, but some locations may use another date.

Best bets for Halloween fun in Toronto

Fun on the farm

Various places

Sure, you can buy a pumpkin at your local grocery store, or you can spend a day picking out the perfect squash by visiting one of the GTA’s many local fun farms. Pumpkinfest at Downey’s Farm in Caledon includes an eight-acre corn maze, petting zoo, live entertainment and more. Tickets start at $17, with pumpkins extra. Brooks Farm is another beloved local farming option. In addition to its playground, farm animals and delicious market, this place offers themed weekends like the Princess Halloween Party on October 22nd and 23rd. And then there’s After Dark Spooky Festival, which includes a forest walk for all ages and some spooky elements, like the quarantine zombie pit, best viewed by kids 10 and up. The fun starts at $20 (kids under two are free) and After Dark visitors get a free pumpkin pie. Personally, we are fans of Synder’s Family Farm. Home to the Scare Farm at night, this kid-friendly daytime location lets adults experience spooky haunted houses while kids enjoy playgrounds, a giant inflatable pillow, pedal cars and more . The farm alter-ego also means the tractor ride is a bit more interesting and scary than your typical tour through the fields (watch out for the giant spider!).

Pumpkins after dark

Until October 30
National Heritage Park 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton

Get into a Halloween spirit with Pumpkins After Dark, an award-winning outdoor event. This year’s edition is bigger and better than ever with over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins and over 80% new display content. There will also be live pumpkin carving demonstrations, fall treats and candies, and other forms of Halloween fun. All tickets must be purchased in advance and are available for a starting price of $18, with a four-ticket family pack available for around $75

Spooky light show

Until October 31
Meadowvale GO Station, 6845 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga
Richmond Hill GO Station, 95 Newkirk Road, Richmond Hill

Does a driving light show work better for your family? Then explore this vehicle-only option, which takes place in two GTA locations. The two-kilometer-long ride will take you past more than two million lights arranged in Halloween-themed 2D and 3D displays, through a tunnel filled with pumpkins, and alongside beloved (and sometimes spooky) characters. ). While you cruise, your family can listen to the show’s dedicated radio station which only features Halloween-related tunes. Tickets are sold per car and cost around $35 for a vehicle that seats up to eight people.

spooky camp

1 Canada’s Wonderland Parkway, Vaughan
Until October 30

Before night sets over Wonderland and brings out the zombies, ghouls and other creepies that inhabit Halloween Haunt, the GTA’s biggest amusement park is hosting a sweeter, sweeter Halloween event, perfect for kids under 12. In addition to the usual rides and games, there are tricks, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween-themed entertainment. There is even a costume parade and yes, children are encouraged to dress up. All the fun is covered by your Wonderland ticket, which costs $60 (but kids under three are free).

legends of horror

Until October 31
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto

Just like in Wonderland, this attraction offers family hours earlier in the day. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., when it’s not too dark, Legends of Horror lowers the scare factor by not having any live cast and leaving a few lights on. But you will still have the opportunity to see the spooky halls and gardens of Toronto Castle. While this may still be too much for very young children (and note that strollers are not permitted), many school-aged children will get a thrill out of it. All tickets, which start at around $37, are timed and advance purchase is highly recommended.

Halloween Night of Lights

Until October 31
Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, Toronto

Halloween Night of Lights is back with an expanded format that now includes Pumpkinville, “a funfair at the end of the Nights of Lights trail featuring larger-than-life pumpkin carvings and a village.” This walk-in event also features 1.5 million LED and RGB lights set to a Halloween score. Expect to spend about 45 minutes exploring the trail, then who knows how much time at Pumpkinville, which features carnival rides, tons of photo ops, and even a beer garden, complete with food trucks. Tickets for the whole experience start at $15 (children under two are free) and admission to Pumpkinville, which is open on weekend afternoons, can be purchased for $12 per person.

Crafts and scary stories at your local library

Various dates
Various locations

Several library branches are hosting fun Halloween activities in Toronto. On October 25, the Riverdale Library will guide kids three and up in creating paper bag monsters while on October 29, your little ones can build a Q-Tip skeleton at the Brentwood branch. For an overview of all of the Toronto Public Library’s October children’s programs, visit here. Halloween fun isn’t limited to Toronto’s library system. The Vaughan Public Libraries hold their Halloween Howl night on various dates and historically other libraries in the GTA have also held kid-friendly events that celebrate October 31st.

Toronto Pumpkin Festival

October 8-10, 15-16, 22-23
Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Drive, Toronto

This Halloween-focused festival has been so successful in the past that it spans three weekends! Families love this event because it has everything for a fantastic day out: food trucks, carnival rides and games, a pumpkin patch, and even pony rides! Tickets are around $30 per person and you’ll need them to get on any of the rides.

Pumpkin Patch Family Fest and Train Ride

October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
York-Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge

Kids who love trains will love this Toronto Halloween outing, which includes a trip to a pumpkin patch on a train ride in an open-air baggage car. After your train journey is over, check out this event’s many family-friendly activities, including a hay maze, bouncy castles, and petting zoo! Several train trips are made each day and tickets start at around $10.

Halloween in the village

October 15, 22, 29 & 30
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, Toronto

Get ready for some old-fashioned spooky fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Along with the usual historical cast and presentations, there will be all sorts of Halloween-themed extras, including a “petrifying puppet show”, guessing games and the chance to learn “the evil skills of witchcraft and sorcery, including the recipe for making a powerful witches’ brew. Children are encouraged to dress up, even if they don’t exactly match the 1860s setting of the village. Tickets start at $18, children two and under are free.

Bloorcourt Pumpkins

October 23
Westmoreland Parkette, 760 Dovercourt Avenue, Toronto

Hello residents of Bloorcourt and surrounding areas, come and claim your free pumpkin, courtesy of the Bloorcourt BIA. The organization hands out large pumpkins while hosting live music and sharing treats and sweets provided by local businesses. This event is scheduled to run from 1-4 p.m. or until the pumpkins run out, so come early!

Truck or treat Halloween Food Truck Festival

October 29 & 30
Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

Variety Village is partnering with Canadian Food Truck Festivals to host a Halloween-themed event built around food trucks. Along with a variety of refreshments, there will also be live entertainment, children’s activities and even a beer garden. Variety Village will also hold an open house of its facilities, which you can experience first hand. Admission to the festival is free, but we encourage you to make a cash donation to Variety Ontario, who will use your donation to fund programs for people with disabilities. Oh, and don’t forget your costume!

Junior Forest Explorers: Spooky Forest

October 31
Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto

Join the Jr. Forest Explorers for “spooky outdoor activities on crawlers” at Downsview Park. Aimed at toddlers, the Jr. Forest Explorers program offers games, a craft and even a snack! Children are encouraged to wear a costume, and adults, you can feel free to wear one as well. The entertainment starts around 10 a.m. and is free but requires pre-registration.

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