By NoBetterNina (@nobetternina)
The latest “holiday” in question is Halloween, and for some the year just isn’t complete without some witches, zombies and goblins roaming the streets at night. But fear not! While trick or treating might be very different, and even non-existent for some this year, there are still socially distanced Halloween events you can safely attend.
Halloween Night of Lights
Halloween Night of Lights is a family-friendly drive thru experience featuring over 700,000 LED lights synchronized to your favourite spooky music. It’s about a 2km drive, totaling to be a 30 minute experience, with Halloween themed music playing in your car via the FM dial. Halloween Night of Lights is the first of its kind in Canada, and will be taking place in Vaughan from October 1 – November 1. Tickets are available for purchase online at $25 per cars of 2 people, $40 per cars of 3-5 people and $65 per cars of 6-8 people, and a portion of proceeds will be going toward Epilepsy Toronto.
Boo at he Zoo
Boo at the Zoo, taking place at the Toronto Zoo of course, is another family friendly event
scheduled for weekends from October 10 – October 31. The event will feature a “Hay-lloween” town with lots of hay bales, fall décor and photo ops, along with an all-new attraction called the Boomobile. The Boomobile is a 40-minute-long spooky adventure that will take you around the zoo, while listening to some facts about animals and ghosts that haunt the zoo. In following COVID-19 protocol, the Boomobile will be sanitized between each ride, with limited seating available to enforce social distancing, while all guests will be required to wear a mask. This year, children two and under are free, while everyone else will be required to purchase a ticket online to enter the zoo. “Hay-lloween” town is included in your entry ticket, but the Boomobile is an additional $25 for members of the zoo or $30 for non-members.
Taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village, Howling Hootenanny is an annual family friendly event. In following COVID-19 guideline, this year’s event will feature a physically distanced tour with a séance, Halloween races & games, a spooky fairy-tale puppet show, a gruesome medicine and sneaky science show, and a hunt for treats in some of the village’s heritage buildings. Howling Hootenanny will take place on weekends from October 17 – October 31, with tickets ranging from $11 - $15. In addition to Howling Hootennany, the village also offers more spooky haunted walks and tours for adults aged 18 and up as well.
Legends of Horror
Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror is a staple for Halloween in Toronto. Known for its haunted hallways, Legends of Horror offers guests a one hour self guided tour starting in the lower gardens of Casa Loma, working your way through the winding castle tunnels, enduring spaces never before open to the public. The tour also boasts a dramatic 3-D projection onto the exterior of the castle to add to its atmosphere, along with over 70 actors who bring some of the most recognized characters of horror to life, such as Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera and more. This year’s event will feature family friendly time slots from 5pm-7pm, with all time slots after recommended for those 18 and up, and children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Physical distancing will be enforced and masks are required for all staff and guests on the premises, while contact-tracing measures will also be applied. Legends of Horror takes place on most nights starting October 2 – October 31 and ticket prices range from $30 - $50 depending on when you attend the event.
*This event has been cancelled this year.
Dwayne Gretzky Halloween at the Drive-In
If you’re not big on the whole spooky aspect of Halloween, but still enjoy the costumes, lights and decorations then Dwayne Gretzky Halloween at the Drive-In is definitely for you. The Toronto based nostalgia band will be performing a concert at the City View Drive-In on October 31, with tickets ranging from $90 - $390 per person, not vehicle. The show begins at 9pm and this is an all ages event.